Water Journal : Water Journal September 2014
water SEPTEMBER 2014 12 CrossCurrent Close to one million litres of water will be saved every day as a result of a partnership between the private sector and Sydney Water at the new residential and commercial development at Central Park, Broadway. Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries, says a new water recycling facility at the Central Park development on the site of the old Carlton Brewery is the largest of its kind in the world and will set the standard for water reuse and efficiency in new developments across Sydney. NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, and Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries, have announced $17 million in funding for 10 projects across eight Local Government Areas under the most recent round of Water Security for Regions. Mr Stoner and Mr Humphries have also announced a new round of funding, worth an additional $80 million, would be open to an additional 41 local communities for urgent water security infrastructure projects. Western Australia NEC Australia has won a four-year contract with the Western Australia Department of Water, which will see the company deliver an IT platform to enhance the state’s capacity to manage its water resources. The contract, which has an estimated value of AU$4.8 million, will see NEC deliver a water management platform that will give the WA Department of Water the capability to manage increased demands on water resources caused by rapid population growth, as well as tools to better manage forecasted declines in rainfall in some regions. WA Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, has announced the appointment of Jason Banks to the inaugural position of Director General of the Department of Environment Regulation. Mr Jacob has congratulated Mr Banks on his appointment, saying: “Mr Banks has been Acting Director General of the Department of Environment Regulation since it was created in July 2013. He has successfully led the formation of the department, overseeing more than 300 staff and driving a range of reforms.” Investigation into the water resources of the West Canning Basin has revealed massive underground reservoirs capable of fuelling bold plans for regional growth in the Pilbara, according to WA Water Minister Mia Davies. Ms Davies says mining, agriculture, industry and towns could all be expanded using the vast underground resource of the West Canning Basin to sustainably supply 100 gigalitres a year of water for use in the Pilbara. A WA Government drilling program to boost water supplies and expand horticultural production in the Gascoyne is set to begin. WA Agriculture and Food Minister, Ken Baston, has announced contracts for drilling had been awarded to Austral Drilling Services and contracts for bore development had gone to Advanced Bore Services. “This marks a significant step forward in sourcing and delivering additional water suitable for horticultural production as part of the State Government’s Gascoyne Food Bowl initiative,” he says. The first stage of an upgrade to Onslow’s water supply scheme, which will ultimately provide enough water to meet the town’s growing population, is now complete. The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program contributed $9.9 million and the Water Corporation provided $14.7 million to the $24.6 million upgrades. The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has published the Small Water Suppliers – Sewerage, Irrigation and Water Statistics for the year ending 30 June 2014 on its website. The data for water and sewerage supply schemes with more than 1,000 connected properties and the state’s two largest irrigators is published in the Authority’s annual Water, Wastewater and Irrigation Performance Report, which also includes comparative analysis and commentary on the level of service provided. Member News Water New Zealand’s Asia Pacific Stormwater Conference will be held from 20–22 May 2015 at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland. The theme for the conference is Liveable Cities, Liveable Communities. The call for abstracts closes 30 September. Please go to www. stormwaterconference.org.nz for more information. Following the passing of WaterRA Chair Michael Moore, WaterRA has announced that Mr Saun Cox has taken over the role. Shaun has extensive operational and strategic leadership experience in the water industry and a passion for creating and adding value to organisations with which he works. AWA was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Kamal Fernando from NSW Water Solutions. Kamal was an icon in the water industry and his expertise was legendary. He won many awards as both a leader of successful multi-disciplinary teams and as an individual contributor where his personal professional presentation was his hallmark. Kamal’s family, friends and team were his pillars to support his passion and commitment. Kamal was a great supporter of AWA, in particular the NSW Branch, and will be greatly missed. Aurecon has appointed Giam Swiegers as its new CEO, effective 1 February 2015. He will be based in the company’s Sydney office. Ms Julie Abramson and Mr Richard Clarke have been appointed as Commissioners to the Essential Services Commission Victoria. Ms Abramson is a lawyer with over 20 years of regulatory experience and prior to this appointment was Special Adviser to the Secretariat for the Commonwealth’s Competition Policy Review. GHD has opened a new office at Mount Isa. The office will be led by Grant Charles, a Senior Building Services Engineer with more than 45 years’ experience. He will be supported by GHD’s Townsville office. Congratulations to Lee-Anne Sylva from GHD on winning the Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2014 Women in Engineering Awards. This award is open to all female alumni from the UNSW Faculty of Engineering working in any branch of industry or academia, in recognition of a significant achievement in their field. With over 40 years of local experience, Degremont Australia is committed to providing smarter water solutions that are reliable and tailored to help our Municipal and Industrial clients achieve their unique business vision. 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