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Queensland has some of the most beautiful and popular natural assets that drive huge economic benefits to the region.  But are we doing enough to protect them?  Do we actually understand what it is we are trying to protect?  Have we had the reality check we need to truly understand the problem and move forward with solutions?

For that reason, Stormwater Queensland (SQ) and the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Australasia have come together for a joint conference in 2019 to recognise the common values and purpose they share in effective land, stormwater and waterway management:

All soil and water professionals are invited to join us in beautiful Cairns in October 2019. The conference will bring together practitioners, academics, suppliers, asset owners and students in a common forum to engage, collaborate, discuss and dive headfirst into the reality checks we must undertake in areas such as runoff management, regulation and to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

With so many established concepts and approaches for land and water management, this conference will explore the subtleties that exist within those approaches that can trip us up or mean the difference between success and failure. We’ll look at emerging technologies, established approaches, and will never discount embracing the old ways; what can we learn from past mistakes and how can we work smarter to manage our land and water resources?

This conference aims to celebrate our successes, explore new challenges, encourage better integration of soil and water management, and promote engineering and science as complimentary disciplines.

This conference effectively unites two organisations that are in the business of managing stormwater quality and quantity at various stages of development, from design to construction and on to operation.

The conference will include keynote speakers, plenary sessions, open discussion forums, panel sessions, technical workshops, exhibitions and a comprehensive social program.

With SQ and IECA coming together for this conference, it is sure to be a fun, vibrant, thought-provoking event that will expand delegates’ thinking and knowledge while challenging them to investigate the realities of what we’ve done in the past, what we’re doing now, and what we might do into the future of land and water management.