International Association of Hydrogeologists Australia

Remote groundwater supplies: access and sustainability for First Nations Australians

The International Association of Hydrogeologists, SA Branch, presents a National Reconciliation Event

Live talk: Remote groundwater supplies: access and sustainability for First Nations Australians

Date: Thursday 1 June
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Venue: SA Water Learning Centre, Level 1, SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide.
Please use the Northern Stairs or lift. Attendees do not need to report to security.

Networking: Presentations will be followed by drinks and discussion at Treasury 1860, 144 King William Street (corner of Flinders Street), Adelaide.


Sophie Gilbey, Alywarr Woman and Ecohydrologist, CSIRO

Presentation title: The Holistic Nature of Country – an Indigenous Perspective

Sophie is a proud Alywarr (Ah/yell/wah/da) woman, whose family moved to Mt Isa, Queensland (QLD). Sophie is currently working in the Water Security program in Adelaide in the ecohydrology space. Previously, Sophie has worked on cattle stations as a Jillaroo and as an Indigenous Ranger with the Lake Eyre Basin Rangers, both positions based throughout North-West QLD. She has a passion for protecting and caring for Country using a combination of western science concepts and Indigenous knowledges/science with its way of observing and understanding Country.

Andrew Taylor, Senior Hydrogeologist, CSIRO

Presentation title: Underpinning the long-term water security of the remote community of Warruwi with targeted geophysical and hydrogeological investigations

Andrew Taylor is a senior hydrogeologist in the Groundwater Systems team and Groundwater Management group of CSIRO’s Environment business unit. He has a background in soil and groundwater hydrology with over 16 years of experience in characterising hydrogeological systems across Australia. His research interests include the integration of geology, geophysics, vadose zone and saturated zone hydrology, environmental tracers andhydrogeochemistry for characterising the nature and scale of groundwater flow systems, and quantifying groundwater flow processes (recharge, throughflow and discharge). He leads, multi-discipline groundwater resource assessments at a variety of scales involving drilling programs, geophysical surveys, hydrological monitoring and groundwater and surface water sampling programs, that support desktop and modelling analyses. His teams use new data from field investigations to constrain the inputs and boundary conditions for developing new, or refining existing, geological, water balance and risk assessment models. His current projects focus on characterising groundwater systems for future economic development or water security.

Daniel Brown, Remote Communities Lead, Remote Communities Team, SA Water

Presentation title: Providing Water Services to Remote Indigenous Areas in SA: Challenges and Opportunities

Daniel has worked for 8 years in the Remote Communities Team at SA Water and is currently the Remote Communities Lead. The team is responsible for the provision of water and wastewater services to remote areas of South Australia, predominantly in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

This is a public event, please forward to any interested parties.

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June – is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Keep up the momentum for change: the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023 is Be a Voice for Generations. #NRW2023

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