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Lessons from Canada on water use planning

05 July 2024

Watertrust recently brought together a diverse group of stakeholders interested in the management of water in the Snowy Mountains to hear inspiring stories of how novel policy-making processes in British Columbia, Canada have transformed water management and massively improved outcomes for stakeholders.

Working together for the future of Greater Adelaide’s water

31 October 2023
Water is among the most precious resources of any city and Watertrust Australia is proud to be driving an independent, collaborative process to explore the future of Greater Adelaide’s water sector. Take a look at what we’ve been doing to identify future governance arrangements for integrated water management, to support the water sector in meeting future challenges for this important region.

Second annual gathering

27 September 2023
On 31 August 2023, we held our second annual gathering of Watertrust Australia, aka our 'jamboree'. With our board, advisors, team and a few special guests we delved into what it takes to achieve better decision-making processes for water policy.

Reflecting on our second year

30 June 2023
As Watertrust approaches its second anniversary, we are proud of our progress in the challenging water policy space. Our team has built productive relationships and co-developed a portfolio of impactful projects. Trust is essential in decision-making, and we are committed to improving processes in water policy.

Using data to make better water decisions

03 May 2023
We tell stories with data to engage and inform water policy stakeholders to open out policy, challenge ‘magical thinking’ and increase the potential for conversation and dialogue on contentious water policy issues.

Equity, fairness and justice in water policy reform

14 April 2023
Australia's water policy reforms of the last 30 years have prioritised efficiency gains from microeconomic reform alongside limited return of water to the environment and Indigenous cultural use. These reforms have met resistance often underpinned by narratives that reforms have been unfair and unjust.

First Nations engagement in water policy reform

26 March 2023
Australia's existing water policy and management regimes do not always easily align with and integrate First Nations’ water rights, economic development aspirations or responsibilities to Country. In fact, when it comes to Australia's inland waters, First Nations people have fewer rights and less engagement in decision-making compared with their established land and sea rights.