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Welcome to our April newsletter
Welcome to the second GWI newsletter for 2018. This week, the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission will visit Bourke NSW as part of the community consultation phase of the proceedings. A consistent narrative on the development and implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been the need for accurate and transparent data capture and reporting. Robust data analytics were one of eight issues identified by Dr. Emma Carmody of the NSW Environment Defenders Office in her presentation to GWI on the MDBP. A summary of Emma’s observations is featured in this newsletter. Continuing with this theme, GWI is pleased to announce that the next speaker in the GWI seminar series is Dr. Richard Rushforth of the University of Northern Arizona, who will speak on the role of data visualization and how it can be used to study patterns in the food-water-energy nexus. Details of Richard’s seminar including an abstract may be found below.
Last month GWI was pleased to launch Richard Kingsford's book on the Lake Eyre Basin at the Queensland State Library. The launch was attended by many of the basin stakeholders who have worked with Richard for more than 20 years to protect and manage this important water resource. Outside of Australia, GWI's Andrew Dansie, Susanne Schmeidl and Kim Spurway published the interim Monitoring and Evaluation report on the Australian – Vietnam Water Utilities Twinning program coordinated by the Australian Water Association and sponsored by The Australian Water Partnership while GWI’s Independent Advisory Committee member Tom Soo attended and reported on the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia. Closer to home, we were honored to meet the Vice President of Vietnam, Her Excellency Mrs Deng during her visit to UNSW and finalised arrangements with the International Water Resources Association to accept new members in the Oceania Chapter. In other news, we are pleased to announce that the first position for an early career academic under the Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership is now open and accepting applications.
Our newsletter concludes with two profiles of amazing people in the water community at UNSW; recently appointed Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Stuart Khan and intrepid PhD candidate Mika Dewi, who has followed her interest in antibiotic resistant bacteria from the hospitals of Bali to the oceans of the Pacific. I hope that you find these stories on some of the water activities at UNSW interesting and inspiring.
Prof Greg Leslie
Acting Director, UNSW-GWI
GWI Australia-Vietnam WUIP
GWI strengthens Vietnam-Australia Water Utility Program
Water is a key concern and development priority for Vietnam, with the country aiming to provide safe drinking water to every one of its citizens by 2030, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 6. GWI developed and led a mid-term monitoring and evaluation of the Australia-Vietnam Water Utility Improvement Program (WUIP), managed by the Australian Water Association (AWA), reporting on key findings and recommendations to enhance the program’s effectiveness and impact.
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Join now! GWI leads IWRA Oceania chapter

UNSW-GWI is proud to lead the Oceania chapter of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), and is calling for new members. IWRA bridges disciplines and geographies to connect professionals, students, institutions and corporations in order to improve and expand the understanding of water resources. Benefits for members include special access to events and publications, engagement in programs and activities and marketing and engagement opportunities.
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Lake Eyre Basin Rivers launch
Kingsford launches Lake Eyre Basin rivers book
Professor Richard Kingsford of UNSW's Centre for Ecosystem Science launched his book, Lake Eyre Basin Rivers, at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on 13 March. The book was officially launched by Professor Fran Sheldon, Dean of Learning and Teaching Griffith Sciences at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, and attended by around 50 colleagues and friends from GWI, Government agencies, universities, the International RiverFoundation and the many organisations and groups who contributed to the book. Lake Eyre Basin Rivers is now available to purchase online.
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Vice President of Vietnam meets with GWI associates
The Vice President of Vietnam, Her Excellency Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, along with the Ambassador of Vietnam in Australia, His Excellency Ngo Huong Nam, visited UNSW Sydney and met with staff from the Climate Change Research Centre, the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Global Water Institute to discuss climate change and its impact on public health and water security. The visit was an opportunity to discuss a suite of water related projects in Vietnam by GWI associates.
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Position vacant
Position vacant: Lecturer - Water engineering and management
UNSW-GWI's Water Research Centre is currently seeking applications for a Level B lecturer. The lecturer will conduct independent research and deliver excellent teaching in the area of water engineering and management, in collaboration with the Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership with Melbourne Water and other partners. Applications close on 14 May 2018.
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Perspectives on World Water Forum -  Tom Soo, GWI International Advisory Committee
GWI International Advisory Committee Member, Tom Soo, attended the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia on 18-23 March. The Forum’s mission was “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life”. 
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Dr Emma Carmody seminar
Law reform in the Murray-Darling Basin: accuracy, transparency and accountability

The Murray-Darling Basin has dominated Australia’s environmental news headlines over the past eight months, with a Four Corners investigation in mid-2017 exposing allegations of unlawful water extractions and loose enforcement of laws that were set up to benefit and protect people and ecosystems. Dr Carmody, a UNSW graduate, Senior Solicitor at the Environmental Defenders Office NSW and Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands presented at UNSW-GWI’s second seminar of the year on Thursday 8 March, where she set out eight major challenges for policymakers and communities and eight corresponding legal and technological solutions.
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In the spotlight
Professor Stuart Khan: Advancing water treatment through ARC Future Fellowship
Professor Stuart Khan, from the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship beginning in 2018. The objective of Prof Khan’s research project is to develop a highly practical, but scientifically robust, framework for validation and performance monitoring of an advanced water treatment process.
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Stuart Khan - UNSW-GWI
   In Profile
Introducing Dewa AP Rasmika Dewi, PhD Student
Over the last two decades, antibiotic resistance has been a growing issue for many health professionals, and the focus of extensive scientific research. Dewa A.P. Rasmika Dewi's PhD research is exploring the issue of carbapenem resistance in marine environments and identifying potential sources of this resistance. Her research will help to identify whether this resistance could pose a threat to human health.
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Stuart Khan - UNSW-GWI
    Upcoming Events
6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop
Abstracts are currently open for the 6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop, to be held at the UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney, on 25-26 September 2018. The workshop will explore the latest findings in cyanobacterial research and their potential applications to ensure the ongoing health of ecosystems and communities. For a chance to present at the workshop, please submit your abstracts online by 30 June.
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GWI May Seminar: Modelling for the food-energy-water nexus
Associate Research Professor Richard Rushforth, from the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University will speak at the next GWI seminar on Thursday 24 May, from 12pm - 1pm. His presentation will discuss the FEWSION Project, an effort to build the first complete data-driven description of the U.S. food-energy-water (FEW) system, and the resource footprints and dependencies of every U.S. city, state, and community.
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