People, place and planning: the role of water

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 - Sunday 30th Jul 2017

Dates and new locations to be announced soon!

New workshops and training sessions coming soon. 


This series of half-day workshops provide a platform for Local Government, Water Corporations and Catchment Management Authorities to explore the values and community needs specific to your local area, and develop a shared understanding of the role of water in supporting regional communities. 


Why attend?


  • Shape the understanding of what's most important in your community and how water can contribute to better outcomes. 
  • Join your colleagues, peers and regional partners to appreciate the context and priorities for different organisations and disciplines and how they contribute to local community outcomes.
  • Collaborate and achieve better outcomes for your community.
  • Strengthen your networks and connect with those in your region.


Workshop series - new regions coming soon

Clearwater is hosting more People, place, planning workshops in new regions later this year. Details are still being finalised, so stay tuned for locations and venues over the cominig weeks. 


Registration details

This workshop series is supported by the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning with registrations offered at a subsidised rate. If you require assistance in obtaining organisational support to attend the workshop, please contact Clearwater for further information (details below).

Individual registration $45 pp

Special offer: Register three or more people from your organisation and pay $30 pp

Morning tea and lunch provided.


Who should attend? 

Whether it's direct involvement in management of water, management of community assets or services that rely on safe and secure water, we are looking to bring together different perspectives and combine knowledge to allow for meaningful exploration of the role of water in supporting your community. We are bringing together a diverse range of professionals from local government, urban water corporations and catchment management authorities including:

  • community development
  • strategic and statutory planning
  • urban design and landscape architecture
  • open space management
  • stormwater management
  • environment / waterway management
  • water / wastewater infrastructure planning
  • water / wastewater management (operation and maintenance).


Note: If your organisation does not fall within one of these groups please call Clearwater to discuss future capacity building options.


Past expert speakers

Chad FoulkesChad Foulkes

Chad Foulkes has worked in community development and been at the forefront of community engagement and deliberative practices for a decade. He has been involved in the development of community development strategies and frameworks for the Surf Coast Shire Council where he commissioned and designed the first two citizens’ juries in Victorian a Local Government which won an award from the IAP2. Stepping out from local government into consulting he co-delivered the first participatory budget in Victoria as part of a consortium at Darebin.

Alongside his endeavours in deliberative democracy and high end community engagement Chad has paved a career in Public Health. This started back in 1999 at the Australian Institute of Family Studies working on Youth Suicide and Child Abuse Prevention; to 2006 where he lead the field again by overseeing delivery of a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan before they were required by the State Act; to his time at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University which began in 2010 where he also worked at CO-OPS and designed and delivered dozens of professional development sessions across the nation.

Jeremy Cheeseman

Jeremy is a Director at Marsden Jacob Associates, Australia’s leading boutique natural resource economics advisory practice. He is an experienced environmental and resource economist, specialising in water and the environment.Jeremy has significant and award winning experience in the Victorian urban and rural water sectors, and IWM, stormwater, waterway and catchment economics and policy. This includes specialist experience and expertise in economic benefits of IWM investments, IWM cost-sharing frameworks.


Ester KayEsther Kay

Esther Kay is principal Director of Environment & Land Management Pty Ltd. Esther has over 25 years of experience in statutory and strategic planning in Melbourne and regional Victoria. She is a town planner who is also experienced in water and environmental policy, specifically the way that the planning system can contribute to better environmental outcomes whilst also improving local amenity. She has co-authored several major papers for State and local government dealing with water in the environment.

Esther has held several key roles during her planning career. Before entering the consulting world, Esther worked as a Planning Director in local government. Over the past decade Esther’s other roles have included appointment as a Director of Coliban Water, as a long standing member of Planning Panels Victoria and as President of Stormwater Victoria.


Peter BreenPeter Breen

With a long and diverse career in industry, government, academia and research, Peter has experience in all aspects of the water sector. He has a longstanding interest in the integration of water science into the master planning and management of urban and rural catchments. This has driven his collaborative interest in master planning, urban design and landscape architecture.

Peter is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at Monash University, and a project leader at their Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He is widely published in the fields of water sensitive urban design and water sensitive cities master planning, having authored or co-authored more than 100 papers. Peter is a member of the Australian Society for Limnology, the Australian Water Association, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Ecological Society of Australia, the Society for Restoration Ecology, and the Wetland Specialist Group of the International Water Association.



For more information 

Charlotte Beresford
Regional Program Coordinator
p: 9679 7390
Kat Hawkins
Project Officer
p: 9679 6736