LGSA Water Managment Conference

Venue: Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Organiser: Meg Fisher and team, LGSA NSW

I’d not been to Orange before and really liked the place, especially since it threw up some pretty good wines at the welcoming reception at the Orange Regional Gallery on the Sunday evening.

The conference venue, the Orange Ex Services Club, is a great, sprawling venue that was ideally suited  with plenty of space in which to work for the event staff, a good plenary room and a couple of useful spaces for concurrents.

The conference attracted Mayors, Councillors and local government technical staff from all over NSW to discuss various aspects of water management. As you’d appreciate, water is pretty important in most parts of the country nowadays.

The NSW Minister for Water, the Hon. Philip Costa, gave the opening address and in the Q&A was challenged stoutly by NSW Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan. It was what you might call a frank exchange of views and set the scene nicely for the panel session  which followed soon after. You can never call Bill Heffernan boring! He is very passionate about water and his thoughts and opinions resonated with many in the room.

One of the highlights of the conference was a field trip to the Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater harvesting scheme which has won numerous awards. This scheme harvests a small portion of the big rain events’ stormwater, which last year contributed 15% of the city’s water needs.  An outstanding project!

The Country Energy sponsored Conference dinner was held off site at Turner Vineyard. Awesome venue! But the best was yet to come. The entertainment for the night was three excerpts from the musical Dusty performed by the Orange Theatre Company with music by the Orange High School Band. Wow! What a band!! Without doubt, the tightest school band I’ve ever heard.

The Water Conference was my first time working with Meg Fisher and her team at the LGSA and I loved the experience.They are a great group to work with and I look forward to doing more with them.

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