Water Wisdom: The Urban Water Cycle - Welcome Address - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Water Wisdom: The Urban Water Cycle - Welcome Address

27 Sep 2017

A very warm welcome to everyone.

I acknowledge that this meeting is being held on the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Aboriginal Nation. I pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

USC is pleased to partner with regional and local partners Healthy Land and Water, Go2Zone, and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council in hosting today’s Public Information Day.

USC is committed to community engagement and a function like this, on campus, is a great fit for this University.

The University is also committed to promoting public knowledge and involvement in sustainable resource management and planning. Sustainability has been a founding driver of this university. We partner with a local Council that aims to be the most sustainable LGA in Australia. There’s the Noosa and Sandy Straits Biospheres, and the K’Gari and Fraser Island World Heritage area to the north. The Sustainability Research Centre was one of our original research concentrations.

USC’s campuses are a showcase of sustainable practices. USC Sippy Downs is the first university campus in Australia to supplement ‘make-up’ water for the swimming pool with treated onsite lake water. Since this project has been implemented, the University has achieved a saving in excess of 20,000 litres of mains waters used per day, which also significantly reduces the cost of mains water supply.

We also celebrate our status as a wildlife reserve and understand the necessity of providing clean waterways for the health of our people, fauna and flora. We are in the process of negotiating a major solar panel project that will use on-site water to drive air conditioning on campus. We’d like to think we do walk the talk.

Students enrolled in USC’s Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) are eligible to undertake the Environment and Water Major which includes courses in Reservoir and Stormwater Engineering, Design of Wastewater Treatment Systems, Design of Water Supply Systems, Engineering Hydrology, and Introduction to Weather and Climate. These students, and those in environmental science and planning, are studying how to plan and build sustainable solutions for a better world. Teaching programs like these are a concrete example of how our University community supports its region.

So, I am delighted to welcome you all here today and I encourage you to participate fully and make the most of the presentations.

Thank you.