Workshop: Managing Your Water Asset

Navigating Water Markets & Matching Your Water Use With Appropriate Supply

This free workshop is designed specifically for the South Australian Agriculture Industry and is facilitated by ICE WaRM, in collaboration with PIRSA, DEWNR, Aither and others.

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Date: Monday, 3 July, 2017

Location: Loxton Research Centre, Bookpurnong Rd, Loxton SA

Contact: Contact Joel for more information: 08 8236 5200



Alister Walsh

Duxton Asset Management

Alister has recently joined Duxton Asset Management as the Director of Water Assets and was previously the CEO at Waterfind Australia, a company that is a pioneer in the water market industry. Alister is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable Australian water market professionals, with experience in irrigation communities to understand the way users manage their water security and interact with the market. Alister has an extensive career in agriculture, business development and account management. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics in International Agribusiness

Ben Fee


Ben is the the Manager Agribusiness Initiatives in Primary Industries and Regions SA. Ben came to PIRSA/Rural Solutions in 2013 to lead the implementation of the $265 million South Australia River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program. Ben has led the development and implementation of SARMS since 2011. With the completion of first rounds of the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) and the Industry-led Research Program Ben has transitioned out of the program to lead the development of new Agribusiness initiatives on behalf of PIRSA.

Yvette Colton


Yvette is the A/Principal Policy Officer in DEWNR specialising in South Australian water markets and trade. Having worked in the water policy space within DEWNR since 2010, she has extensive experience in policy development and the regulation of water resources in the South Australian River Murray and other water resources across the State. Yvette is currently leading a project aimed at enhancing stakeholder understanding, access and involvement in South Australia’s water markets, and improving regulatory arrangements to enable water holders to invest and access lending against their water rights.

Daniel Baker


Daniel, Senior Consultant, Aither – Trained in environmental economics and public policy, Daniel manages Aither’s water markets and agriculture due diligence and valuation advisory services – including for irrigators and agribusinesses, Australian banks, domestic and international investors, and local governments. Since joining Aither in 2013, Daniel has made a significant contribution to several major projects, including the Third Independent Review of the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000. Before joining Aither, Daniel gained experience at the Australian Public Service, where he worked with a wide range of stakeholders on regional, rural and local government projects.


Hear Ben Fee, Manager Agribusiness Initiatives PIRSA, talking with ‘Breakfast with Stacey Lymberyfrom ABC Radio Riverland, 20th June 2017:

Follow up interview from Ben Fee, Manager Agribusiness Initiatives PIRSA, talking with ‘Breakfast with Stacey Lymberyfrom ABC Radio Riverland, 4th July 2017:


Session Recordings from the day:

  1. Alister Walsh, Introduction:
  2. Ben Fee PIRSA, Setting the Scene: Session PDF
  3. Yvette Colton, DEWNR, Information to Make the Most of Your Water AssetSession PDF, Clickable PDF: Key Sources of Water Market Information
  4. Daniel Baker, Aither, State of the Market: Session PDFAither’s annual Water Markets Reports
  5. Ben Fee & David Zadow, Interview:
  6. Alister Walsh, Mapping Your Water Use Profile: Session PDF

This free Workshop aims to:

  • Assist irrigators to understand the maturity and scope of the Australia water market and provide some insight as to how they make it work for them.
  • Help to understand the connected nature of the Southern Murray Darling Basin and the industry dynamics across that region that could impact them.
  • Introduce the concept of effective capital deployment to achieve their desired water security.
  • What the Banks consider when assessing water security and production risks.
  • What are the Banks expectation in relation to climate risk management.
  • An update on the 17/18 Seasonal outlook and the industry and other factors that may have an impact on the market.
  • Provide an overview of the Loxton Research Centre and the role it is playing into the future in supporting and growing the South Australia Agri-Industry.

See Alister Walsh’s Webinar on Water Trading below. Alister is the former CEO of Water Find Australia and will be Chairing the workshop:

Sponsored by PIRSA:

Learn about Australia’s water markets, produced by the department for the 2017 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture:

Loxton Research Centre:

Address: Bookpurnong Rd, Loxton SA 5333, Australia

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