Museum of Water
What is our duty of care for preserving our most precious resource? Water law, environmental treaties and sustainable future thinking – we gather world experts to discuss actions for protecting our oceans and rivers, and the importance of giving water a voice.
Free, no registration required
Facilitator: Trish McDonald (WA), New Museum Project Director, WA Museum
Bruce Ivers (WA), Sustainability specialist
Dr Anne Poelina (WA), Managing Director Madjulla Incorporated
Latai Taumoepeau (WA), Artist & Performance maker
Professor Erika J Techera (WA), Professor UWA Law School and UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia
The Pleasures and Politics of Water is part of a series of events celebrating Museum of Water, an exhibition of publicly donated water and accompanying stories exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre 7 Feb – 23 March 2018.
Image: Alex Davies
Bruce Ivers (WA)
Bruce feels he has always had a close connection with water. He grew up on a farm near Kojonup where rainfall collected from the house roof provided domestic water. Seasonal rainfall gave life to the plants that were either eaten by the livestock or harvested as grain each summer. Today, Bruce takes Perth school children tree planting to mitigate salinity.
Dr Anne Poelina (WA)
Dr Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River, and Deputy Chair and Director of the Walalakoo Prescribed Body Corporate responsible for the integrated management of 27 000 sqkms of Nyikina and Mangala Native Title lands and waters. Dr Poelina champions the need to include traditional ecological knowledge and the rights of nature to the solutions for planetary health and wellbeing. She is the Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated, a Board and Councillor with the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Adjunct Research Fellow with Charles Darwin University, Northern Institute and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University Broome.
Latai Taumoepeau (WA)
A Punake, body-centred performance artist, Latai’s story is of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace, the Eora Nation (Sydney). Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies, cross-pollinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary processes and performance work to re-interpret, re-generate and extend her practice in and from Oceania.
Professor Erika J Techera (WA)
Professor Erika J Techera is an international and comparative environmental lawyer focusing on marine environmental governance. Her research explores marine protected areas, illegal fishing and marine pollution, as well as the conservation and management of marine species, reefs and maritime heritage. Erika has written more than 50 publications, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and was the 2016 Australian Law Awards ‘Academic of the Year’.
Trish McDonald (WA) Facilitator
Trish started at the WA Museum in 2009 and has worked in various positions, primarily related to the New Museum Project. Her current role as Project Director involves leading the team developing the creative content for, and planning for the operations of, the New Museum for WA. Prior to moving to WA she had a central role in completing Stage 1 of the Australian Museum’s Exhibition Refurbishment Project and facilitating the construction of its Collections and Research Building on the edge of the Sydney CBD. She has an academic background in the natural sciences and science education.