With Australia’s population projected to increase to between 36.8 and 48.3 million people by 2061, the challenges are many. In the more immediate future Australia’s biggest four cities will collectively need to accommodate 5.9 million more people by 2031.

Roads and transport often dominate the infrastructure discussion meaning urban water struggles to get considered early in the planning cycle.  However, efficient, financially stable and high performing water businesses are a key element of the liveability of our cities and regions - especially as they grow. There is an opportunity to build on the strong foundations of the water sector and further optimise the whole urban water cycle through greater integration of water, wastewater and stormwater within a built environment.

This session will cover key challenges associated with growth and include specialists in population growth, infrastructure solutions and cities planning.

Facilitator: Adam Lovell, Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Presenters and panellists:

  • Dr Ben Guy, CEO, Urban Circus
  • Jon Frazer, Senior Adviser, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia
  • Terri Benson, Managing Director, South East Water
  • Alastair Leighton, Director – Cities, AECOM


WSAA and AWA Policy Stream details

The policy program will take place on Wednesday, 9 May with three key sessions:

Session One, 10.45am – 12.15pm
Growth: urban water can meet the challenge

Session Two, 1.15pm – 3.15pm       
The trust equation

Session Three, 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Closing the gap


About Ozwater'18

Ozwater'18 will be held from 8 - 10 May 2018 at the Brisbane Convention Centre. For more information please visit the website.


4 May 2018

Laura Jaquest

Laura Jaquest

Communications Advisor