CSU expert commentators on water management in Australia

1 JANUARY 2003

Today's water conference in Canberra will discuss the handover of control of the Murray Darling system from the States to the Federal Government. Charles Sturt University has specialist commentators who are available for comment on water issues and the Federal Government initiative.

Today's water conference in Canberra will discuss the handover of control of the Murray Darling system from the States to the Federal Government. The Prime Minister has called the plan of "national significance". The conference comes as water and the environment has raced to the top of the list of voter concerns.

Leading inland higher education provider Charles Sturt University (CSU) has specialist commentators who are available for comment on water issues which impact on agricultural production, the environment, regional businesses, communities and families, particularly in the Murray Darling Basin. They include:
  • Land management expert and Institute for Land Water and Society (ILWS) director Professor Allan Curtis, on the national water initiative and its effects on the people of the basin; 
  • Water use expert and hydrologist Professor Shahbaz Khan with ILWS and CSIRO, on the effects of drought on water availability, smart water use and learning from international experience;
  • Water policy expert and former chief scientist with CSIRO Land and Water  Professor Kathleen Bowmer on policy issues arising from the initiative;
  • Former CSIRO scientist Professor David Mitchell who has a broad background in the ecology of freshwaters, water storages, wetlands and water plants;
  • Climate change authority Professor Kevin Parton with ILWS, on the value of seasonal weather forecasting.
Contact CSU Media for interviews and pictures with these experts, who are based on the University’s Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses.
Media contact:

Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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