Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle
Queensland’s Water And Energy Future Hot Topic At River Symposium
Victor P Taffa
The role of Queensland’s rivers in connecting our water, energy and food requirements will be the key topic of discussion at the 16th International River Symposium, which began today at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle, who spoke at the event today, said this year’s Symposium carried the theme, Rivers – Linking water, energy, food.
“The annual River Symposium events have brought together recognised national and international experts and the community to better understand the importance of our waterways for the environment, our lifestyles and the economy.” Mr. McArdle said.
“As the Minister responsible for two of these areas, the outcomes of this year’s Symposium will be highly relevant to the work the Government is currently undertaking, including the development of two 30-year strategies for Queensland’s water and energy sectors.”
“I welcome ongoing discussion and debate around energy and water because we have a challenge that must be met – and that is long-term energy and water security.”
Mr. McArdle said it was an important opportunity to get symposium guests thinking about the Newman Government’s 30-year Water Strategy and its 30-year Electricity Strategy discussion paper.
“Feedback from the 30-year Water Strategy discussion paper released earlier this year highlighted the need for improved planning, skills, innovation and community engagement within the sector, as well as smarter regulation that focuses on outcomes and reducing business costs.” Mr. McArdle said.
“The Newman Government also released a 30-year Electricity Strategy discussion paper earlier this month as part of its plan to build a resilient, cost-effective and customer-focussed electricity supply system.”
“I encourage all energy users, from households to large businesses and industry groups, to put forward their ideas to form part of our long-term plan for Queensland’s electricity future.”
Further information about the development of the 30-year Water and Energy strategies is also available at www.dews.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 QGOV (7468).
Details on this year’s International River Symposium are available at www.riversymposium.com