ANU inaugural Indigenous water forum

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Event details


Date & time

Monday 14 October 2019


Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World, Fellows Lane, ANU
ANU Canberra


Dr Virginia Marshall (School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU), Anthony Watson (Chairman of the Kimberley Land Council), Eugene Bargo (Goreng Kabi elder) and others


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Are Indigenous water rights the ‘Mabo’ issue of our generation? The ANU Indigenous Water Forum will discuss the opportunities to advance Aboriginal wellbeing and economic livelihoods through water rights with Indigenous leaders from WA, Queensland, NSW and the ACT presenting to the public.

The strong connection between Aboriginal health and wellbeing and access to water has already been highlighted by research. This forum will explore how access to water for economic purposes can improve prosperity, create jobs and business opportunities, and strengthen the financial security and independence of Indigenous communities.


Moderator & Chair: Emeritus Professor Richard Baker, Fenner School of Science and Society
Keynote: Eugene Bargo, Goreng Kabi elder
Speaker 2: Anthony Watson, Chairman, Kimberley Land Council
Speaker 3: Cheryl Buchanan, Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations
Wrap up: Dr Virginia Marshall, ANU Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow
The forum will be followed by refreshments.

The public forum follows a half-day closed roundtable with Indigenous leaders and water stakeholders discussing the future of Indigenous water rights.

Please click on Downloads (above) to see the Indigenous Water Forum program.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet