John Williams (water scientist)
John Williams, the scientist, is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, in creating a rational debate on Australia's water resources.
He was Chief of the Division of Land and Water, CSIRO (Australia's premier government research organisation), in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, when he retired in 2004. He served earlier at the CSIRO laboratries at Townsville in Queensland where, among other things, he studied the Great Artesian Basin and the transport of water from the Great Dividing Range into the outback of Queensland and New South Wales.
He also served as Adjunct Professor in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management at Charles Sturt University, and Chief Scientist and Chair of the New South Wales Department of Natural Resources’ Science and Information Board.
In a front-page, feature article in the Canberra Times on 2009-07-07, John Williams was reported saying there should be a 60 percent cut in water use across the Murray-Darling Basin, and the Snowy Mountains Scheme that diverts water to the Riverina should not be exempt from water savings.
Williams is, as of 2012:
- an Emeritus Professor and research associate at the Australian National University;
- making commentary on environmental matters.
- Farrer Memorial Medal for achievement and excellence in agricultural science (2005).
- Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) (26 November 2011)
- ATSE Fellows, AATSE
- transcript, Australian Story, 6 June 2005, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- When the rivers don't run, Rosslyn Bebby, Canberra Times, page 1, feature article, 2009-07-07, accessed 2009-07-08 (print version had more detail)
- http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/AbouttheNRC/Commissionersandexecutivesprofile.aspx#john Commissioners and executives profile
- Draft Murray plan: Tony Burke, AB Radio National "Breakfast", 12 April 2012
- Research associates - John Williams, Centre for Water Economics, Environment & Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific