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Learn about the intensive workshop sessions at the Conference

There are intensive workshops as part of the Conference. If you are looking to gain new insights and acquire new knowledge, this is definitely an event to attend. At a professional conference like this one, the importance of workshops cannot be overemphasised. It is an opportunity for attendees to familiarise themselves with different concepts of stream management and make the best use of their time. Workshops are educational programs where participants learn the basics, the practical knowledge, ideas and techniques that they can apply to their practice.

What makes these workshops special is the short duration and how fully packed and rewarding that period will be for you. With limited participants at each workshop, it is an immersive experience where you get all the knowledge you want. Since the participants are limited, the facilitator can give everyone the necessary attention and ensure that everyone is carried along. This is what makes the workshop distinct from all other programs at the Conference in which many people may be involved.

You can ask any question you want during the workshop, and the facilitator is always available to guide you and ensure that you completely understand everything. Within the short period of just two hours, you will acquire knowledge that may take you years to learn on the job. Everyone participating in the workshop is there to learn and develop new ideas just like you, so you don’t have to worry about asking any questions that may seem off point.  There are many workshops at the event, but one stands out.

Developing National Guidelines for Urban Stream Protection and Rehabilitation

This is a 2-hour workshop that discusses the need for better and more effective policies on protecting urban streams. With more than 90% of Australia’s population now living in urban centres, there is increasing pressure on urban streams. Protection and rehabilitation of streams draining urban or urbanising catchments is an industry costing $100s of millions in Australia every year, yet, approaches to protection and rehabilitation are often developed in an ad hoc fashion. Approaches vary by State, and often by site, with little basis. This 2-hour workshop aims to use a discussion of State by State approaches to develop a suite of guidelines toward a coordinated approach to urban stream protection and rehabilitation in Australia, and initiate an ongoing working group for those interested. The workshop is hosted by Geoff Vietz of Melbourne University and Andrew O’Neill of the Healthy Waterways QLD. At the end of the workshop, participants would have developed new approaches and ideas for dealing with the urban pressures on streams in their respective communities.