This groundbreaking project has an interesting history, growing out from an earlier project, known as the "Purple Sage Project".
- "The Watermark Australia project opened up like never before, opportunities for women, as well as men, to become actively involved.
- "The Purple Sage Project, carried out in Victoria between 1998-2000, showed how women in particular could drive a wide-ranging process of civic engagement at the grass roots level. The people who stepped forward to act as Group Leaders were mainly women. Their energy abounded. They were comfortable with the ethic of dialogue and collaboration. In many ways, the success of the project lay in the way it harnessed women’s capacity for local leadership.
- "In much the same way, the issue of water use and management provides an enormous opportunity for women everywhere to support a similar and extensive public process of dialogue and action, and to make it work.
- "A successful process of dialogue that triggers exploration of wide-ranging ideas, identifies solutions and supports their implementation, has the capacity to transcend the adversarial culture that often prevents us from moving forward on issues of national importance.
- "Women’s active support of this sort of deliberative process may well be the circuit breaker that is needed."
I would comment that Liz and Wayne were very nice company to be with at Kim and Peter's farm today. Thanks to Kim for the hospitality (again), and for the fresh vegies (such as these stunning red and green lettuces) from Kim's vegetable patch!