Monday October 15 2007

Water in South East Queensland: Where does it come from? Where does it go? What can I do with it?

Professor Paul Greenfield AO, FTSE


South east Queensland is currently suffering from its worst drought in the last century. In addition, its population has increased dramatically over the last 20 years and this trend looks like continuing. Part of the reason for the increased growth lies in the quality of the SEQ lifestyle, which in turn reflects the quality of SEQ’s environment, in particular the aquatic environment. The talk will argue that, in going forward, we need to look at alternative water supplies, we need to remember that rivers need water flowing in them if they are to remain healthy and that we must manage our demands for water. The talk will aim to convey an understanding of our river and bay environments, where we might find our water supplies of the future and what this means for water treatment and on the links between water demand and the quality of our aquatic environments.

Professor Paul Greenfield is currently Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He will take up the position of Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland on 1 January 2008.He has a Bachelors degree with Honours and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Queensland. Awarded the Chemeca Medal in 1995, he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK (FIChE) and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust, CPEng). He was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in 2006.He is currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group of the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, a partnership involving the Queensland Government, 19 local councils, community groups, research institutions and industry which focuses on the health of the rivers, estuaries and bays of South East Queensland. Recently he was appointed Chair of the Expert Panel on Purified Recycled Water; this Panel will provide advice to the Queensland Water Commission on health and environmental aspects associated with the use of recycled water in South East Queensland. He is also Chair of the Riversymposium Strategic Planning Committee, the Thiess International Riverprize Committee and the International Water Centre.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
  • Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Professor Greenfield will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Joel (0411 267 044 or or Nelle (
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