Townsville Waterway Forum 2021

Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters is pleased to present the 2021 Townsville Waterway Forum: Our Waterways, Our Priorities, Our Futures.

This Forum will feature a hybrid program, with both speakers and workshop to highlight innovative solutions to waterway health and management actions in the Townsville region. This will be an opportunity to hear from experts and engage in discussions whilst networking with other water quality practitioners.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Date: Wednesday 10th November 2021

Time: 9am to 4.15pm. Registration from 8.45am

Location: Rydges Convention Centre, Palmer Street, Townsville

$50 per person for Partners
$70 per person for Non-Partners
$40 per person for Students

Bookings: Tickets on Sale, Wednesday September 8th,  2021 and close Sunday October 26th, 2021

Forum proudly sponsored by C&R Consulting, Alluvium Consulting & Neilly Group Engineering

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Keynote Speaker Announcement

Professor Damien Burrows
Director of TropWater

Professor Burrows has been Director of TropWATER for 13 years. He specialises in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management and has >30 years research experience in the tropics, specifically north Qld.

His work has encompassed the ecology of wetlands, water quality, biological control of weeds, the ecology of fish and invertebrates, grazing management in riparian ecosystems, wetland management in cropping catchments, planning for water resource developments, fisheries management, and catchment planning and management.

His work has had a particular emphasis on applied aspects of environmental management. This has involved extensive work with industry, community and government from grassroots to policy level.
He has for the last 10 years focused on developing the coastal and marine ecosystems side of TropWATER, especially mangrove, seagrass and estuarine habitats.

In addition to being TropWATER Director, since 2015, he has also been the Hub leader for the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Tropical Water Quality Hub, which focused on research to improve water quality of the Great Barrier Reef.

He has recently been appointed co-Hub Leader for the new NESP Marine and Coastal Hub (2021-2027) which encompasses applied research for all marine and coastal issues for Australia.

He is a member of the Independent Expert Panel which advises state and federal Environment Ministers on science matters relating to the Great Barrier Reef.


Get your creative on and help us improve waterway health in the Townsville region!
We are looking for written submissions that:
    • Address one or more impacts to waterway health in the Townsville region
    • Are new and innovative and may not have been trialled before in Townsville
    • Are proactive solutions that are data and evidence-driven and will have an impact and deliver results.
    • Are collaborative in nature and inclusive to a range of organisations in Townsville.

How to Submit

All submissions must include a written summary (2-page maximum), that includes the following information:

  1. Define the area
  2. Identify the Problem
  3. Pitch your Project
  4. Identify potential resources needed
  5. Identify potential collaborations

Please email submissions here or email with subject line “PITCH YOUR PROJECT FORUM SUBMISSION” Submissions due by the 20th of October 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a resident of the Townsville region
  • Be aged 18 years or over

Judging Criteria

The judging panel consists of members of the DTPHW Management Committee.
The top three projects will pitch their project to participants at the Townsville Waterway Forum on the 10th of November 2021 in Townsville.

The panel will evaluate the submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation– the extent to which the submission is unique to or adds value to existing solutions to improve waterway health within the Townsville catchment area
  • Impact– the extent to which the submission demonstrates the potential to affect change
  • Feasibility– the ease with which the submission can translate into a sustainable and cost-effective operating model
  • Collaboration– the extent of inclusiveness of the project

Important Dates

  • Submissions open: 1st September 2021
  • Submissions close: 20th October 2021
  • Pitch selection completed by: 27th October 2021
  • Top 3 Pitches selected & announced: 1st November 2021

*Note: Submissions can include any project that improve water quality or ecosystem health associated with Townsville waterways.

**Note: “Waterways” refers to all aquatic environments, including freshwater creeks,
streams, rivers, lakes, waterbodies, freshwater environments (e.g., wetlands), estuarine environments (e.g., saltmarshes), and inshore and offshore marine environments within the Townsville region.

Benefits of Entering

  • Enter for a chance to win a lucky door prize
  • Dry Tropics Partnerships for Healthy Waterways will support the winning project with up to $10,000 in project implementation
  • Dry Tropics Partnerships for Healthy Waterways will work with the winners to secure resources for implementation
  • Network and resource sharing: The opportunity to pitch your great idea to a broad audience of researchers, industry/businesses and community groups with an interest in Townsville waterways


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