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Optimism in the Australian Water Industry

Peter Morison, CEO, Vicwater

"What makes me optimistic?  We have and we will continue to supply world-class water services in droughts, fires, floods, and public health crises."

David Middleton

"Optimism, that glass half full, not half empty view of the world is what fuels determination and courage in the face of hard times. The belief that things can and will be better is what drives me to keep pursuing my dreams."

Liza McDonald

"Optimism is liberating and, although looks to the future, generates hope and positivity in the here and now. It creates a sense of belonging, acceptance and the will to push through challenges."

Ann Lansberry

"The power of community makes me optimistic. The way that individuals come together and achieve more as a collective than they could ever do on their own"

Dona Tantirimudalige, Yarra Valley Water

"Conscious, deliberate optimism, particularly in the face of what might feel like overwhelming adversity, is crucial to success."

Joanne Plummer, Chair, Vicwater

"If not me or you, then who? And if not now or then, when? Good intentions are never enough."

Lucia Cade

"opportunity and optimism create the environment for achievement which builds into a virtuous cycle of success"

Warren Lloyd, Lower Murray Water

"it is the quest to improve and the optimism of a better year ahead that is the driving force that sustains.”

Briony C Rogers 

"It feels like a tipping point for water in Australia - the industry is not asking why transition, but how, and how can we do it fast? Inspiring leaders with vision and stamina are everywhere!"


Janet Dore 

"optimistic leadership better be founded on facts and supported with tools for the job or the B.S. meter will sound the alarm. No room for complacency either way but it’s exhilarating when it works.”

Dr Jeremy Johnson

“Optimism is an essential ingredient of effective leadership.  Its infectiousness inspires commitment to the cause. It makes people feel good about participating in the mission at hand and embracing the challenges..."

Brian Barclay

"I always see a glass of water as half full, not half empty. The reason for that is, I think while there are good people around wanting to do good things, there's always a case for better"

Mark Bailey

"I feel optimistic because of mankind's continual desire to learn and challenge. It happens throughout our societies. Investigators want to know why, how and if it can be done better. Scientists and engineers are tremendous examples of this thirst"

Chris Norman

"The need for optimism has never been more important in dealing with the whole set of daily and long-term complex problems. Our resilience journey has been strengthened by an understanding of the critical need for optimism..."

Nicola Hepenstall, Board Member, South Gippsland water

"What makes me optimistic? I know that I can change people’s lives by doing small acts of kindness. It’s often the little things that matter the most and I can do that each and every day!"

Read "Kindness and Optimism"


Warwick Bishop, Director, Water Technology P/L

"Water poses many challenges, such as our need to manage the resource and adapt to climate change. It is a landscape of constant innovation and improvement in practices, leading us towards a more sustainable community and environment. The breadth and depth of talented and passionate individuals in the water industry reinforce my optimism that we can both envision and realise a better future."

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