Professionals across local government, water corporations and water catchment authorities have come together for a series of 16 Masterclasses run by Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) to explore best practice in Integrated Water Management (IWM).
The series, designed by educators at MSDI and hosted by Clearwater, were delivered in four regions across Victoria including Ballarat, Benalla, Traralgon and Melbourne to support the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Water for Victoria.
MSDI has drawn on its depth of expertise and world-leading research into water sensitive cities and behaviour change to design the workshops, which covered topics such as planning for resilient and liveable cities, collaboration, building a successful business case, as well as communication and influence.
Dirk Visser who led the program said that the Masterclass series offered professionals the opportunity to upskill themselves while learning about best practices to deliver and collaborate on water projects in their region.
“We’ve been really enthused by the feedback from participants, especially on how their new skills and knowledge will assist them in their roles and organisations going forward.”
One of the participants commented that the Masterclass “gave me an ability to critically assess engagement that currently occurs and offer pathways for improvement”, while another said they “benefited from learning the skills or tools to develop IWM ideas.”
Engagement with industry is an integral part of MSDI's education program and further programs will be developed over the coming year, given the continuing need for capacity-building around sustainable development within governments, private sector organisations and NGOs, both in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.