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Showcase 2013 engagement forum officially opened

Showcase 2013 engagement forum officially opened

A key forum on engaging and educating the community on urban water planning issues, Showcase 2013, was officially opened today by the Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Constance.

A key forum on engaging and educating the community on urban water planning issues, Showcase 2013, was officially opened today by the Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Constance.

Mr Constance said more than 80 water industry professionals, local government delegates and educators attended the one-day forum, hosted by the Water for Life engagement team of the Metropolitan Water Directorate of the Department of Finance and Services.

“Few services are as vital for the residents of greater Sydney and the lower Hunter as provision of safe secure water supplies, now and for the long term,” Mr Constance said.

“But it’s not enough to simply create water plans in isolation, we must actively engage with the community to understand its priorities, and to determine how best to improve community understanding of water issues.

“That’s why this forum is so important. Showcase highlights the best ideas in engaging with communities, social research and raising awareness on water planning and related issues.”

Speakers at Showcase 2013 covered a range of areas on effective methods of water planning, including creating liveable and sustainable cities, behavioural economics, social and socio-economic research.     

“The strong support and interest in Showcase highlights the importance of engagement and education in helping us to deliver better water outcomes to create liveable and sustainable cities,” Mr Constance said.

“Showcase plays an important role in helping meet the Government’s goals of ensuring water supplies for our growing urban centres and involving and empowering the community, and I congratulate all those involved.”  

For more information and to register for updates visit the Water for Life website at www.waterforlife.nsw.gov.au.