Developing an Australian Vision for Water?

ARDC-Max FinlaysonProfessor Max Finlayson was a keynote speaker at the Australian Regional Development Conference held at the Albury Commercial Club on 26 – 28 August 2015.  Here is a short summary of his presentation.

Developing a vision for water entails the establishment of a common view about the future of our landscape, communities and economic activities, and the role that water plays in our lives. Water is critical for human wellbeing and forms important ecosystems that support a diverse array of life. I am confident that most of us believe in having a healthy riverine environment, but do we mean the same thing when we say this? I am pretty sure that we do not – once we get to the details and these entail change or threaten our very livelihood and worldview I am sure we will see very large differences of opinion.

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Our Place – Riverina and Murray


Dr John Rafferty Project Team Leader

The launch of the Our Place – Riverina and Murray project and showcase of the projects’ achievements so far on Monday, August 18 at the Albury-Wodonga campus was certainly well attended.

More than 55 people were present including community members from Holbrook and Albury, a large contingent from the Albury Wodonga Community College and Albury’s Bhutanese community, Office of Environment and Heritage and Albury City Council staff, and CSU’s Albury Head of Campus Professor Julia Coyle who gave the official welcome.

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International recognition for CSU wetlands expert

Professor Max Finlayson

Professor Max Finlayson

A new international appointment for Charles Sturt University (CSU) Professor Max Finlayson has highlighted the high standing of CSU in international environmental research and policy development. Through collaboration between the Ramsar Secretariat, UNESCO’s Institute for Water Education (IHE) and CSU, Professor Finlayson, the Director of the University’s Institute for Land, Water and Society, was recently appointed as Ramsar Chair for Wise Use of Wetlands.

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