2016 Water Stewardship Oration


Mist over the Yarra River, courtesy of Yarra Riverkeeper

Please join us on the 23rd November for our 2016 celebration and Water Stewardship Oration:

The Challenges of Cultural Water

Brad Moggridge

Aboriginal people’s legal access to Water is both a challenge and challenging.  Just as calls for Aboriginal Land Rights were heard but not acted upon for several decades, today the call for Water Rights are increasingly being heard but there is little action.  At some point that will change; it may be through the courts, government goodwill by legislation or through mechanisms such as water stewardship.  Our speaker this year will provide a first hand report from the frontline.

Brad Moggridge is a leading thinker on the concept of Cultural Value of Water and Aboriginal Access to Water.  Until recently he was Team Leader for the Aboriginal Water Initiative with NSW DPI Water – the only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia. Previously he was with CSIRO Land and Water as the only Indigenous Water Research Specialist. He was a member of Department of the Environment’s – Indigenous Water Advisory Committee and former member of the NWC’s – First Peoples’ Water Engagement Council.

Brad is from a large and proud extended family of the Kamilaroi Nation (N-W NSW). He grew up in western Sydney and now lives in Canberra, he earned qualifications in hydrogeology from UTS and environmental science from ACU.  His ambition is to lead in his area of expertise, promote Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and find commonalities between traditional science and Western science so this can influence policy and the way we manage the Australian landscape.

Global Water Stewardship Forum Report
Also at this event WSA Director Jason Alexandra will report on the two-day inaugural Global Water Stewardship Forum held in Edinburgh on the 1st and 2nd of November and WSA CEO Michael Spencer will report on the Alliance for Water Stewardship first Annual General Meeting also held in Edinburgh on the 3rd of November.

Wednesday 23rd November
From 4.40pm for 5.00pm start
Abbotsford, Victoria
Bookings essential: email megan@waterstewardship.org.au

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