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Brisbane hosted international guests for major water event

30 September, 2013

Brisbane hosted international guests for major water event

Brisbane recently played host to over 500 delegates at the 16th International Riversymposium from September 23 to 26 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, where ideas were shared about responsible river and water management.

As a major sponsor of the event, Council made several key presentations to delegates and hosted a special one day study tour to showcase Brisbane’s innovative water management initiatives.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the conference’s theme Rivers: linking water – energy – food, provided an invaluable opportunity to develop water smart ideas and policy.

“The International Riversymposium provided an ideal platform for world leaders in river and water management to network, exchange ideas and explore the potential of a range of state-of-the-art technologies,” Cr Quirk said.

“The event attracts the best and brightest professionals from Australia and abroad, with over 50 per cent of 2011 attendees employed in middle to senior level decision making positions within their respective organisations.

“The seniority of guests also provided young professionals with a valuable chance to meet, learn from and share ideas with the masters of their trade.”

The 2013 Symposium saw keynote speakers from countries as diverse as China, India and Switzerland take to the stage.

A Knowledge and Trade Exhibition also ran over three days, with a broad range of companies and industry bodies to share ideas and technology through various stands.

On the fourth day a study tour highlighted Brisbane’s innovative water, energy and food projects through visits to the Global Change Institute Solar Farm, Museum of Brisbane and Rain Bank among other facilities.

Cr Quirk said the event was another example of Brisbane’s growing reputation as a world leader in the hosting of major events.

“With the G20 summit fast approaching, the Riversymposium provided a wonderful chance for Brisbane to showcase itself to the global community,” he said.

“Attendees that stuck around to see what our city has to offer would have been delighted to see the Brisbane Riverfire Festival; a spectacular celebration of our river city with a big firework and light display.”

For more information on the International Riversymposium visit www.riversymposium.com.

[Ends] SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

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