Delivering WaterQ: A 30-Year Strategy for Queensland’s Water Sector
Chris Tanner, Director of Bligh Tanner, has been selected to join a Water Expert Panel that will help to deliver WaterQ: a 30-year State Government strategy for Queensland’s water sector.
The panel is made up of some of Australia’s leading water experts including scientists, engineers, environmental planners and a futurist who will work together to help deliver the vision of WaterQ.
Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the panel would develop a 100 day plan outlining ways in which innovation, research and development could benefit families, businesses, industry and farmers across Queensland.
WaterQ is the Queensland Government’s strong plan for a better water future and provides a long-term strategy for a water sector that will support increased productivity, economic growth, healthy communities and the environment.
“In working to achieve this vision the expert panel will challenge the accepted norms by questioning what we already do and why we do it,” Mr McArdle said in a media release issued by the Minister’s office in August.
“The expert panel’s work will be about identifying on-the-ground solutions to help strengthen and grow the water sector,” he said.
According to Chris Tanner, being appointed as a WaterQ panellist is a positive opportunity to influence the future of the water management sector in Queensland.
“WaterQ is a great initiative and I’m really pleased to be working with Minister McArdle and his department along with such a talented group on the panel,” he said.
“Water management is complex, requiring long term planning so it is very heartening to be doing that in the context of a 30 year plan.”
“It’s also really encouraging to be given the scope to explore ideas, because there is little doubt that over the next generation the management of water and the way consumers think about it will change significantly with growing recognition of how precious it is and why we need to carefully use it.”
Mark Pascoe has been appointed to chair the panel which also includes:
- Steven Cork – Director at EcoInsights, Australian National University professor, futurist
- Rob Fearon – Director of Innovation Partnerships at the Queensland Water Directorate and water, sewerage and environmental expert
- Leith Boully – Director Seqwater, Chair Local Management Arrangement Project, Chair Healthy Waterways, Chair Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Member Infrastructure Qld
- Poh-Ling Tan – Water Law and Governance professor and water planner