Tony Wong takes new direction for water-sensitive cities

Friday, 06 March, 2020

Tony Wong takes new direction for water-sensitive cities

Tony Wong has stepped down as CEO of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), taking on new roles within the CRCWSC and the Water Sensitive Cities Institute (WSCI).

The CRCWSC examines responses to water problems, converts research findings into practical solutions, and influences policy, regulation and practice to help create cities and towns that are livable, resilient, productive and sustainable.

After more than seven years as CEO, Wong will continue to make an impact for both organisations, focusing on project delivery, post-research policy implementation and developing business opportunities. He will also chair the Water Sensitive Cities Think Tank, with the aim of promoting water-sensitive practices and challenging business-as-usual thinking for town and city planning and development.

Emerging issues that Wong hopes to tackle include how integrated water infrastructure and urban spatial planning can support circular economies and how green infrastructure frameworks might foster a business model for co-investment across sectors.

Ben Furmage, former COO and CFO, has been appointed by the board as the new CEO.

What is a water-sensitive city?

Water-sensitive cities:

  • serve as a potential water supply catchment, providing water sources at different scales for a range of uses;
  • offer social, ecological and economic benefits via the provision of ecosystem services and a healthy natural environment;
  • are inhabited by those who have the knowledge and desire to make wise choices about water, are actively engaged in decision-making and demonstrate positive behaviours such as conserving water at home and not tipping chemicals down the drain.

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