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    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, April 02, 2008


    Beijing: Queensland’s water wise management skills are set to be exported to China.

    Premier of Queensland Anna Bligh said an agreement signed between Queensland’s International Water Centre (IWC) and China’s Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) was evidence that Smart State water management know-how was recognised at an international level.

    Ms Bligh observed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Queensland’s International Water Centre and China Water International Engineering Consulting Co Ltd, owned by the MWR.

    She said both organisations would now undertake cooperative activities in the fields of consultancy, research, education and training in water management.

    “We have endured the worst drought on record in our State,” Ms Bligh said.

    “While it has been a very difficult experience we have also learned many valuable lessons related to conservation, storage and use of water.

    “For example our South East Queensland Water Grid is a initiative that comprises individual yet interrelated infrastructure including dams, desalination and water recycling.
    “Together, with a unique conservation and education program, we expect these initiatives will help drought proof the region for future generations.”

    Ms Bligh said many of the lessons learned in Queensland could be taught overseas forums as water becomes more valuable as a result of climate change.

    “The IWC was formed in 2005 as a Queensland Government-supported joint venture between the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, the Moreton Bay Catchment Partnership and the International River Foundation,” she said.

    “Our Government has provided $2.4 million over four years to support the initiative.

    “Its mission is to provide quality skills, services and products for managing the world’s water resources, waterways and catchments.

    “The agreement testifies to the value of the knowledge already held by the IWC that is now being recognised at the international level.”

    2 April, 2008

    Contact: Premier’s office 3224 4500