LGNSW Water Management Conference 2020

Narrabri, 6-8 October 2020

LGNSW’s Water Management Conference is a major annual event that provides a dedicated forum to discuss water policy initiatives and trends, hear about the latest technical issues and share best practice in urban water governance and management.

The 2020 conference –at the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri - will be co-hosted by Narrabri Shire Council. It is anticipated that more than 200 delegates from NSW and interstate will attend, including councillors and council general managers, water utility managers, professionals, policy makers, researchers and other key industry stakeholders.

Delegates will have the opportunity to find out about the latest water policy initiatives and trends, receive updates on emerging technical issues, establish benchmarks and take advantage of networking, professional development and team building sessions.

Conference program

Over recent years, NSW councils and local water utilities (LWUs) have confronted several complex and unprecedented challenges in providing safe water to their communities.

Although recent rain has restored coastal dam levels, many inland towns continue to face the prospect of “day zero” - when water supplies dry up. Meanwhile, the devastating bushfires have exposed water supplies and catchments to the risk of contamination, potentially compromising existing, dwindling water supplies.

The 2020 LGNSW Water Management Conference will feature case studies and learnings from these experiences, focusing on building preparedness, capacity and resilience.

Program highlights include:

  • overcoming the “yuck factor” - the case for purified, recycled water as a drinking water source;
  • understanding the impacts of extreme weather events on water quality;
  • learning about innovative and scalable water treatment technologies; and exploring indigenous water management practices.

Narrabri Shire

A leader in water ingenuity for rural areas, Narrabri Shire is also home to a diverse range of beautiful natural resources and wildlife, and a dynamic and engaged community. It is an agricultural wonderland and renowned for the production of some of the world’s highest quality wheat, cotton, fat lambs and beef. It is also a bustling town offering a wonderful selection of shopping, restaurants, attractions and museums.

Site visits:

  • Narrabri Water supply storage treatment site
  • Narrabri Water Supply Augmentation
  • Baan Baa Water Supply Project


  • Early Bird Registration closes Friday, 28 August 2020
  • Standard Registration closes Wednesday, 23 September 2020

For more information, and to register online, visit: https://lgnsw.org.au/waterconference

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