Third Annual Water Forum Program

Date: Thursday 5 November

Time: Registration is at 9.30am

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Building 6, Albury-Wodonga campus 

Program schedule*

Time Speaker Affiliation Topic
9.30-9.45am Registration and coffee 

Professor Lin Crase

Craig Heiner

Professor of Applied Economics, La Trobe University

Managing Director, North East Water

Setting the scene for water service differentiation.
10am Dr Joel Byrnes Manager, Government Advisory Services, Risk Advisory Services, KPMG Customisation trends and lessons from other utilities.
10.40am Anita Lumbus Policy Officer, Consumer Utilities, Advocacy Centre Customisation should not be at the expense of minimum standards.
11.20-11.30am Morning tea
11.30am Dr Annette Weier Project Manager (Water), Essential Services Commission Developing a state-based access regime for water and sewerage infrastructure services.
12.20pm Peter Betson Acting General Manager, Water Branch, ACCC The Water Act 2007 (Cth) and how it helps provide choice to water users.
1-1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm  Bethany Cooper  Associate Lecturer, La Trobe University Paying your way out of water restrictions - results from a CV survey across different water jurisdictions. 
2.10pm  Brett Mathieson  Manager Regulation, Yarra Valley Water  Customising services for Yarra Valley water users. 
2.50pm  Gavin Hanlon  Managing Director, Coliban Water  Developments in customisation at Coliban. 
3.30-3.40pm Afternoon tea 
3.40pm  Garry Smith  Director, DG Consulting  Modifying wholesale arrangements to suit customisation. 
4.20pm  Dr Bob Farquarson  Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, Melbourne School of Land and Environment  Scope for customisation in irrigation. 
5pm Drinks in the foyer 

Please note: this program is a draft only. Details may change.