WORKSHOP & TRAINING


Registered attendees only

Sanctuary
Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide SA 5000
  sanctuaryadelaidezoo.com.au

DINNER
(6 for 6.30pm Wed 8th)

Registered attendees only

Sir Thomas Elder Rotunda
Adelaide Zoo
  adelaidezoo.com.au/venues/sir-thomas-elder-rotunda

KEY AWP CONTACTS

Katharine Cross profile photoPartners Workshop lead
Katharine Cross ⋅ email

Shreya Gyawali profile photoProgram and logistics
Shreya Gyawali ⋅ email

Communications
Zoe Talsma⋅ email

Workshop Agenda Details

Click on the session titles below for more information.

Tuesday 7 March (pre-workshop training)

Summary

In this session we will explore the experiences, lessons, knowledge and principles of adaptive management under climate change in the water sector. The training will also explore how they could be applied in different contexts beyond Australia.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Time

Tuesday 7 March, (lunch included for participants 12:00–1:00pm).

Program facilitators

Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

 


Dr Paula Hanasz manages climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the Victorian water sector. Paula is also the author of Transboundary Water Governance and International Actors in South Asia: The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, and her thesis examined conflicts and cooperation over international rivers. Paula has a background in national security, defence, and strategic communications. Read more

Summary

This training includes an introduction to key GEDSI concepts and their relevance to water resources management (WRM), and development of participants’ understanding and capacity to practically incorporate and implement GEDSI in activities.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Time

Tuesday 7 March, 1:00–4:00pm (lunch included for training participants 12:00–1:00pm)

Program facilitators

WaterAid Australia


Chelsea Huggett is an international development expert specialising in gender equality, and human rights in water, sanitation and hygiene in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Her current role at WaterAid Australia builds on twelve years of experience in international development programs, policy and research. Chelsea provides technical leadership within WaterAid, and development partners. She is passionate about gender transformative WASH and menstrual health.

Summary

This networking reception will take place the evening before the official AWP Partners workshop. The event will at the Stamford Plaza Hotel from 5:30-7:30pm on 7 March. This is an opportunity for Partners to get to know each other in a more informal setting and build networks to form consortia for future cooperation through AWP and other development initiatives.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Location

Stamford Plaza Hotel

Time

Tuesday 7 March, 5:30–7:30pm

 

Master of Ceremonies


Hon. Karlene Maywald

South Australian Water Ambassador

Former South Australian Minister for Water Security and the River Murray, Karlene Maywald is now Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing specialist advice to the private and public sector. Karlene has extensive experience in the area of water policy development and reform and was appointed Chair of the Australian, National Water Commission in 2012. Read more

Wednesday 8 March (Day 1)

Session Detail

9.00 – 9.30am | A Welcome to Country will be undertaken by Clem Newchurch from the Kaurna community.

9.30 – 9.50am | South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, Susan Close will be delivering the opening address of the AWP Partners workshop with a focus on adapting water management to climate change and perspectives and experiences in South Australia.

9.50 – 10.00am | AWP General Manager Sarah Ransom will give an overview of AWP changes and achievements over the last year and plans looking forwards.

10.00 – 10.30am | This icebreaking session facilitated by our MC, Tamerlaine Beasley aims to identify who is in the room, where they are from and the expectations for the workshop

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 9:00–10:30am ACDT


Master of Ceremonies

Tamerlaine Beasley profile photo

Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder & Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Tamerlaine has over twenty years of experience in engagement focusing on cross-cultural collaboration across the Indo-Pacific. A board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamerlaine is the founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural providing advice and capability development for Federal Government, multinational companies and International NGO’s. Tamerlaine speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. Read more

Welcome to Country


Clem Newchurch
Kaurna Community

Clem is a Kaurna, Narungga and Kokatha man with a background in education and community development. Clem works in a cultural education and advisory capacity, representing the Kaurna community in several settings, including the environmental, education and arts sectors. He is an artist who uses native, natural materials to create woven and carved pieces inspired by items his Ancestors made. In 2022, Clem had an exhibition with Guildhouse and the South Australian Museum called ‘Kaurna Still Here’ with his Uncle Peter Turner, which was visited by over 22,000 people and which toured to two other venues, with another planned for 2023. Read more

Speakers

Susan Close MP

South Australia Deputy Premier
Minister for Climate, Environment and Water

Before entering Parliament, Susan was an executive in the SA Environment Department.  She previously worked at the University of Adelaide running student services and holds a PhD from Flinders University. Susan is focused on protecting South Australia’s unique natural environment, ensuring we are properly meeting the challenges of climate change and addressing skills shortages and economic diversification.

 


Sarah Ransom

AWP General Manager

Sarah is a former Australian diplomat with a background in international development with DFAT, AusAID, the Asian Development Bank and in the UN system. As General Manger of the Australian Water Partnership, Sarah leads a multidisciplinary team managing two DFAT grants focussed on supporting climate resilient sustainable water resource management across the Indo-Pacific region.  She engages with AWP’s network of partners across Australia, the region and the globe to support Australia’s role in the critical issues of water for development. Read more


 

Session Recording (will be available after the session)

Session Summary

The session provides an opportunity for our partners to become familiar and updated on what changes are taking place around water and climate policy including how does this translate to our international engagement in water and development. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water will provide insights, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 11:00–12:00pm ACDT


Speakers


Dr Cate Rogers

Assistant Secretary, Climate Financing and Programming Branch, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Cate has over 20 years experience working in development, economics and foreign policy, spanning Asia and the Pacific and multilateral engagement. Most recently, this included co-chairing the G20 Infrastructure Working Group in 2021. Cate recently led the Indo-Pacific and National Security Branch at Treasury, where she managed the National Security team, established a China Policy unit and delivered bilateral loans to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Cate holds a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, with a research focus on Papua New Guinea.


Chris Golding
Acting Branch Head, Strategic Water Policy and Engagement at the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water

Chris currently heads up the Strategic Water Policy and Engagement Branch providing strategic policy advice to the Commonwealth Water Minister on international, national, urban and Murray-Darling Basin water resource management matters in the Water Division of the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. Read more

 

Panellists


Anna Jackson

CEO, Unitywater

Anna Jackson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Unitywater in July 2022. Anna comes to Unitywater from state government-owned SA Water, where most recently she was General Manager Customer and Commercial. Anna has also held executive roles responsible for business strategy, water security and quality, innovation, customer engagement and environmental and social governance. Read more.


Dr Pichamon Yeophantong

AWP Advisory Committee Member

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong is Associate Professor and Head of Research at the Centre for Future Defence and National Security, Deakin University at the Australian War College. As an Australian Research Council Fellow, she also leads the Responsible Business Lab and the Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project. Read more.

 

Facilitator


Michael Wilson
eWater Group Chief Executive

Michael commenced as Group Chief Executive of eWater Limited in January 2022, having previously served as Chief Executive of the Australian Water Partnership. Michael joined eWater following a 25-year career in international development, national security and sustainable development policy, including as head of the Australian aid program in mainland southeast Asia (2011–14) based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He then headed practices within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working on political governance; water resource management, sanitation and hygiene; and the effective delivery of development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Read more


 

Session Recording (available following the session)

Session Summary

Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat will be speaking about water management problems and climate risks in the Mekong region, how these are being approached and how partnerships are supporting action. He will also touch on areas where partners could provide support to address climate risks and water management. There will be Q&A following the keynote.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 1:00–1:45pm ACDT


 

Speaker


Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun
Chief Executive Officer, MRC Secretariat

 

Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat. He was unanimously selected by the MRC Joint Committee and appointed to the office on 17 January 2022 by the MRC Council of Ministers, representing the governments of the four MRC Member Countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. He is the 3rd Riparian CEO, the 8th CEO overall, and the first from Lao PDR.

Facilitator


Dr Emily Barbour

Mekong Program Lead

Dr Emily Barbour joined the Australian Water Partnership as the Mekong Program Lead in 2022, leading strategic investment to support the adoption of climate resilient water policies, practices, and tools in the Mekong subregion. Emily has worked in the water sector for over 15 years, both within Australia and internationally.  Read more.


 

Session Recording (available following the session)     

Session Summary

Come for a bus tour with Kaurna man Clem Newchurch to Pirlta Wardli, learning about the history and significance of the Torrens River and surrounding landscape for Kaurna peoples, and some of the current challenges faced within this space to begin to heal this waterway.

You will also join Kaurna woman Quahli Newchurch on a walk through the Botanic Gardens to learn about Kaurna plants, their uses and connections, and the importance of holistic knowledges when it comes to restoring the health of our land, our waters and ourselves.

Location

Meet outside workshop venue

Time

Wednesday 8 March, 2:00–5:00pm ACDT


 

Cultural Guides


Clem Newchurch
Kaurna Community

Clem is a Kaurna, Narungga and Kokatha man with a background in education and community development. Clem works in a cultural education and advisory capacity, representing the Kaurna community in several settings, including the environmental, education and arts sectors. He is an artist who uses native, natural materials to create woven and carved pieces inspired by items his Ancestors made. In 2022, Clem had an exhibition with Guildhouse and the South Australian Museum called ‘Kaurna Still Here’ with his Uncle Peter Turner, which was visited by over 22,000 people and which toured to two other venues, with another planned for 2023. Read more


Quahli Newchurch
Kaurna Community

Quahli is a proud Kaurna, Narungga, Kokatha woman with a background in environmental management and cultural education/services. Quahli has previously worked within the environmental sector for a number of years as both an on ground contractor for biodiversity company Balanced Habitats and as a volunteer coordinator for Trees for Life and Green Adelaide. Quahli is a current member of a Kaurna Land Management team who are reintegrating traditional, holistic ways of knowing and caring for Country back into the landscape with the use of fire management. Read more

 


What to bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing + rain jacket (just in case)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Valuables (laptops, bags, etc) – these can be left on the bus during the tour otherwise should be secured with hotel concierge/guest rooms.

What we provide

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Afternoon tea

Workshop participants are invited to join for the the AWP Partners dinner, which will be held at the Sir Thomas Elder Rotunda at the Adelaide Zoo.


 

Welcome to Country and Cleansing Ceremony


Kuma Kaaru

Kuma Kaaru was founded in 2008 by Jack Kanya Buckskin starting out as a Traditional dance group performing welcomes across Adelaide. Kuma Kaaru has since expanded its brand into Kaurna language workshops, Cultural Awareness training and Rap Development & Consultancy.

 

 

Speakers


Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC

Governor of South Australia

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC is a proud sixth-generation South Australian – her mother, the Honourable Jennifer Cashmore AM, was a South Australian parliamentarian and her late father, Ian, was a manager at Hills Industries.  Her late step‑father, Stewart Cockburn AM, was a distinguished Walkley award winning journalist. Read more

 

Bob McMullan

Bob McMullan

Chair, AWP Advisory Committee

Robert (Bob) Francis McMullan is the Chair of the Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee (AWPAC) and has a background in international development. His previous positions include Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum; Board Member for the Crawford Fund and the Foundation for Development Cooperation; and Executive Alt Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Read more

 


Sarah Ransom

AWP General Manager

Sarah is a former Australian diplomat with a background in international development with DFAT, AusAID, the Asian Development Bank and in the UN system. As General Manger of the Australian Water Partnership, Sarah leads a multidisciplinary team managing two DFAT grants focussed on supporting climate resilient sustainable water resource management across the Indo-Pacific region.  She engages with AWP’s network of partners across Australia, the region and the globe to support Australia’s role in the critical issues of water for development. Read more


Thursday 9 March (Day 2)

Session Summary

The second day of the workshop will kick off with a recap from Day 1 by Tamerlaine Beasley including a visual summary from Gavin Blake, the workshop visual scribe. AWP Strategy and Partnership Lead Katharine Cross will then introduce Bob McMullan, Chair of the AWP Advisory Committee, who will give welcome remarks for Day 2.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (register to receive a link)

Time

Thursday 9 March, 8:45–9:00am ACDT

 


Speakers

Tamerlaine Beasley profile photo

Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder & Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Tamerlaine has over twenty years of experience in engagement focusing on cross-cultural collaboration across the Indo-Pacific. A board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamerlaine is the founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural providing advice and capability development for Federal Government, multinational companies and International NGO’s. Read more

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Katharine Cross

AWP Strategy & Partnerships Lead

Katharine joined AWP as the Strategy and Partnerships Lead in 2022 engaging and positioning AWP in the domestic and international water spaces, building partner engagement, as well as supporting knowledge development and management. She has extensive experience in the water sector from global to local scale. Read more

 

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Bob McMullan

Chair, Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee (AWPAC)

Robert (Bob) Francis McMullan is the Chair of AWPAC and has a background in international development. His previous positions include Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum; Board Member for the Crawford Fund and the Foundation for Development Cooperation; and Executive Alt Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Read more


Session Summary

This session will be a facilitated process for Partners to engage with peers across the industry on areas that are important to them. The approach is to start with a marketplace where Partners bring their ideas and areas of interest, followed by dynamic conversations to be driven by partners on key issues around climate resilient water management.

Location

The Sanctuary – In person only

Time

Thursday 9 March, 9:00am–12:00pm ACDT


Speakers

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Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder & Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Tamerlaine has over twenty years of experience in engagement focusing on cross-cultural collaboration across the Indo-Pacific. A board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamerlaine is the founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural providing advice and capability development for Federal Government, multinational companies and International NGO’s. Tamerlaine speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. Read more

 


Sarah Ransom

AWP General Manager

Sarah is a former Australian diplomat with a background in international development with DFAT, AusAID, the Asian Development Bank and in the UN system. As General Manger of the Australian Water Partnership, Sarah leads a multidisciplinary team managing two DFAT grants focussed on supporting climate resilient sustainable water resource management across the Indo-Pacific region.  She engages with AWP’s network of partners across Australia, the region and the globe to support Australia’s role in the critical issues of water for development. Read more.

 

Greg Claydon

eWater Group Chair and Independent Director

Greg has extensive experience within the water industry as well as natural resources management knowledge and expertise, both in Australia and internationally. He has been recognised at state, national, and international levels for his work in water and associated national resources reforms, in whole of river basins planning and management, and in integrated urban water management. Read more.


 

Photos of each table’s key points will be available here

Session Summary

An interactive panel of thought leaders speaking about climate challenges and responses across the international and domestic policy spheres.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Thursday 9 March, 1:00–2:30pm ACDT


 

Speakers


Kaneka Keo

Oxfam Mekong Water Governance Program

Kaneka manages complex program structure and multi-program teams across the Mekong region. From her role at Oxfam, Kaneka believes on inclusive development approach where people with disability, children and women are primary change agents and inclusivity is key towards sustainability and equity.

 


Dr Ashley Kingsborough

South Australian Department of Environment and Water

Dr Ashley Kingsborough is an environmental engineer who has worked on Water Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation projects in Australia, the UK, South-East Asia and the Pacific.

 

 


Professor Seth Westra

University of Adelaide

Seth Westra is a professor of hydrology and climate risk, and director of the University of Adelaide Water Research Centre. Read more

 

 


Allison Woodruff

Principal Water Security Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Allison is an environmental and natural resource economist with more than 15 years’ experience working on urban water supply and sanitation and natural resource management projects in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Read more

 


Arun Shrestha

Senior Climate Change Specialist, ICIMOD

As the Regional Programme Manager of ICIMOD’s River Basins and Cryosphere Programme, Arun’s role is to ensure that the initiatives within the programme contribute towards the policies, strategies, and development programmes highly critical to water resources management and disaster risk reduction across our regional member countries. Read more

 


Clem Newchurch
Kaurna Community

Clem is a Kaurna, Narungga and Kokatha man with a background in education and community development. Clem works in a cultural education and advisory capacity, representing the Kaurna community in several settings, including the environmental, education and arts sectors. He is an artist who uses native, natural materials to create woven and carved pieces inspired by items his Ancestors made. In 2022, Clem had an exhibition with Guildhouse and the South Australian Museum called ‘Kaurna Still Here’ with his Uncle Peter Turner, which was visited by over 22,000 people and which toured to two other venues, with another planned for 2023. Read more

 

Facilitator


Lucía Gamarra

AWP Senior Partnerships & Impact Officer

Lucía joined the AWP team in September 2020. She supports AWP’s knowledge, partnerships, events, communications and program areas, drawing on her experience in food, agriculture, water, and finance. Read more.


 

Session Recording (available following the session)

Session Summary

Ms. Rhonda Robinson, Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division at the Pacific Community and her team will be highlighting issues from the Pacific which intersect across water and climate. This includes around flooding risk and how it is being addressed, water scarcity, as well as engagement on water security. The keynote will also touch on the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, the benefits of a collaborated approach of WASH and WRM.

Location

The Sanctuary / Online (Register here to receive a link)


Speaker


Rhonda Robinson

Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division at the Pacific Community

Rhonda Robinson is the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Director for the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division. She leads one of the organisation’s largest Divisions that support Pacific countries and territories with scientific and technical solutions to address some of the region’s greatest challenges.

 

Respondents

Lusia Sefo-Leau

CEO, Pacific Water & Wastewater Association

Lusia Sefo Leau is the CEO of PWWA and has held this role since late 2016; she helped establish PWWA as a permanent regional organization for Pacific water and wastewater in Samoa. She has held senior leadership roles in a number of government Ministries, including CEO of the Ministry for Revenue, Deputy CEO, Ministry of Finance, and Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

 

 

Dean Taylor

Sector Lead – Asset Management, BecaHunter H20

Dean is a highly experienced Water and Wastewater Systems operations manager with extensive experience working in Australia, Vietnam, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Read more

 

 

Facilitator


Rohan Kent

AWP Program Lead

Rohan is the Program Lead at the Australian Water Partnership overseeing a diverse range of projects across the Indo-Pacific in river basin and water resources planning, urban and rural water, agriculture, flood and drought management, and climate resilience. Read more


 

Session Recording (available following the session)

Tamerlaine Beasley will provide a wrap-up incorporating a visual summary from Gavin Blake.

General Information

Registration/sign in

Registration on Day 1 (8 March) is from 8am with the opening session starting at 9am. On Day 2 (9 March), registration is from 8am with the first session starting at 8.30am. Upon arrival at the Sanctuary, follow the signage to our registration desk, pick up your workshop pack and settle in with a tea or coffee.

For participants joining online, register for individual sessions any time before a session starts. View sessions above with the video icon for the link.

COVID safety

AWP will provide disposable masks and hand sanitiser. Please follow the latest SA health advice below and if you are feeling unwell please get tested and do not attend if you return a positive result.

  • Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Please do not attend the workshop in person if you:

  • Are feeling unwell
  • Have been in close contact with a known active case of COVID-19
  • Have travelled overseas in the previous 14 days
  • Have been to a COVID affected area in the previous 14 days.

Getting to The Sanctuary

For those staying at the Stamford Plaza Hotel a bus will be provided to and from the venue at the start and end of each day. See the bus schedule.

Car | Adelaide Zoo is situated on Frome Road, near the River Torrens. Entry is via Frome Road (follow the signs). Please note there are current road closures on Plane Tree Drive due to other events, and no parking available on the grounds of Adelaide Zoo.

Bus | Buses stop on Frome Road directly outside the zoo (Bus number 271 or 273 from Currie Street). Visit Adelaide Metro for more details. The half-hourly Connector Bus passes the Adelaide Oval and many of the UPark carparks in the city. Further information on buses (trams and trains), can be found through Adelaide Metro.

Bike | Free bike racks are provided within the entry precinct, just outside the Santos Conservation Centre. Best routes to Adelaide Zoo include the Torrens Linear Park and cycle paths along all major arterial roads.

Boat | The Popeye boats are privately owned recreational ferries that operate on the River Torrens between Elder Park and Adelaide Zoo. You can purchase a one-way ticket from Elder Park and disembark from the river cruise at the zoo. For further information contact the operator by calling 08 8232 7994.

Workshop participants

117 people from 69 organisations are participating and/or attending the 2023 AWP Partners Workshop (a detailed participant list will be made available to partners via email).

Visual scribes

Visual summaries of each workshop day will be posted below following the event. Graphic scribing by Gavin Blake.

Photo gallery

A link to photos will be available here after the workshop. If you do not consent to being in these photos, please let us know via email.

Social media

Share your thoughts and highlights from the workshop and tag AWP and #AWPWorkshop23 on social media:

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