Past Event: Future Thinking: Water, Agriculture & Social Change – Hub Partner Event

Vic Drought Hub - Farmland 1
    • Fri, September 15 20238:30am AEST
    • Fri, September 15 20231:00pm AEST
  • 471 Benetook Avenue Mildura, VIC 3500
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Future Thinking-Water-Ag and Social ChangeTwo Partners in the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub – La Trobe University and Mallee Regional Innovation Centre – are part of this important event: “Future Thinking: Water, Agriculture & Social Change”


About this event

  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Regional communities across the globe are undergoing rapid and unprecedented change driven by climate, economic, social and technological factors. These changes are profoundly reshaping the future of Mildura and its surrounding land and waterscapes.

In this symposium, researchers from across La Trobe University, a Partner in the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub, come together with community leaders in Mildura to explore what these changes mean.

  • How are new agricultural technologies changing people’s relationships with water, land and their local communities?
  • How is climate change transforming the plans and dreams that people build for their own future, the future of their children and grandchildren, and the land on which they live?
  • How are both climate change and technological change reshaping the texture and fabric of local communities?

Taking water, agriculture and social change as the central themes, speakers will reflect on what the university’s community of researchers can offer to local communities to help them understand and reflect on the important changes that they are experiencing on a daily basis.

It is also an opportunity for researchers to listen and to engage in dialogue with community members. What are the challenges that locals see as the most pressing issues that researchers can help them understand?

This symposium is a conversation starter – a moment for reflection on what has been, in order to prepare for, plan and dream about the future. Each researcher will briefly present on their work in the Sunraysia community, before each panel discussion.

Inspired by local produce, Verdict Catering will be providing our breakfast canapes, morning tea and lunch. Registrations essential!

Breakfast canapes and networking – 8.30am

Session 1: Water Futures – 9.30am – 10.30am

This session will reflect on our changing relationship with water in the Murray Darling Basin. 


Panel members:

Session 2: Agricultural Futures – 10.45am – 11.45am

This session will reflect on shifting agricultural practices, including technological changes 


  • Rebecca Wells, Chief Executive, Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC)


Session 3: Social Futures – 12.00pm – 1.00pm

This session will reflect on social change in light of changing relationships with water and agricultural practices 



Lunch and networking – 1.00pm – 2.00pm