Australian Water Reform - Ken Matthews

Australian Water Reform - Ken Matthews

Oct 9
Water reform remains one of the most important and urgent challenges facing Australia. At this CEDA event, the National Water Commission will release its 2009 assessment of water reform progress. This comprehensive report assesses how all Australian governments are tracking on the reform commitments they have made under the National Water Initiative (NWI).


Ken Matthews, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, National Water Commission

Event overview

The assessment finds that although some progress has been made on meeting the NWIs ambitious and forward-looking policy prescriptions, climate change has exacerbated the scale and urgency of the problems. Considering the significant gains in national productivity and environmental sustainability at stake, the reports recommendations comprise a forthright reform agenda.

Join the Commissions Chair and CEO Mr Ken Matthews, who will present findings and recommendations spanning water issues that include overallocation, environmental water needs, adjustment pressures on rural communities, urban water challenges, and unfinished business in the mining and industrial sectors.

Meet the speaker

Ken Matthews
Chair and Chief Executive Officer, National Water Commission

Mr Matthews is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and the Australian Institute of Management. He received a Centenary Medal for services to public administration in 2001, and was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005. Mr Matthews has held the positions of Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services, and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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