Water Journal : Water Journal November 2014
WATER NOVEMBER 2014 8CrossCurrent International Sue Murphy, CEO of WA's Water Corporation, has won the 2014 International Water Association Women in Water award, which acknowledges and celebrates leadership of women in the eld of water. Ms Murphy was presented with the prestigious award at the 2014 Lisbon World Water Congress. Sue was also keynote speaker at the Congress and presented to a packed auditorium on the journey of the Water Corporation in addressing climate change, improving productivity and focus on customer value. Professor Helmut Kroiss from the Vienna University of Technology has commenced a two-year term as President of the International Water Association (IWA). Also joining the IWA Board is newly elected Senior Vice President Tom Mollenkopf, previously AWA CEO, with Dianne D'Arras from France continuing on as Vice President. Mr Mollenkopf held the role of Deputy Executive Director of IWA in London from 2005 to 2007 prior to his six-year leadership of AWA. CSIRO, through the CSIRO Chile Research Foundation, has been contracted to work with the Chilean Government on an integrated water management plan for the Copiapó River Basin, located in the world's driest desert. The Chilean General Water Directorate (DGA) contracted the CSIRO Chile Research Foundation to develop, together with colleagues from Australia, the rst phase of the plan. National The Productivity Commission will take on the role of monitoring and auditing Australia's progress in achieving water reform. The National Water Commission will be wound up after the release of its nal Triennial Assessment of national water reform later this year, with its key monitoring and reporting roles transferred to existing Commonwealth agencies. Triennial assessments of National Water Initiative implementation by State and Territory governments, as well as ve-yearly audits on the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, will be undertaken by the Productivity Commission. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences will be responsible for annual reporting on water markets.The Department of the Environment will be responsible for assessing milestone payments to Murray-Darling Basin states against the performance milestones speci ed in the National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Murray-Darling Basin reform. The role of advising the Clean Energy Regulator on effectiveness of water resource plans under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Regulations 2011 will also be undertaken by the Department of the Environment. Funding for continuing provisions of these functions was provided for in this year's budget, while abolition of the standalone agency will save $20.9 million over the forward estimates. WaterRA is seeking sponsorship for a number of projects to provide students with added bene ts to enhance their experience in opportunities offered through WaterRA. A PhD student package includes top-up stipend, operating allowance, mentor, introduction to AWA, in particular YWP networks, industry exposure, WaterRA member engagement and more. The cost of a PhD student package over the three years is $36,000 -- a relatively low cost to have a research need addressed that is of interest to your organisation. For more information please contact the Program Manager -- Education, Carolyn Bellamy at email@example.com or phone 08 7424 2443. Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane has welcomed the appointment of Dr Larry Marshall as the new Chief Executive of CSIRO. Mr Macfarlane said Dr Marshall would guide CSIRO through a signi cant new phase in which the national science and research institution will play an increasingly important role in the Australian economy. "Dr Marshall is a scientist who brings signi cant commercial experience to this role," he said. "His experience in Silicon Valley, R&D development and the commercialisation of products and ideas will be valuable in ensuring CSIRO claims its place at the centre of Australian industry policy, building new links between business and research organisations." Mr Macfarlane thanked outgoing Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark for her leadership of CSIRO over the past six years. The Aither Water Markets Report 2013--14 Review and 2014--15 Outlook is now available. This report provides information on recent water market activity, with the current report focusing on trade of the main water products in the southern-connected Murray-Darling Basin in 2013--14. It presents trade activity, trends and drivers for water allocation and water entitlement markets, and provides comparisons with previous years. The report also covers market performance, size, liquidity and yields, and provides an outlook for 2014--15 conditions. According to gures released by the ABS, the total Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) for Australia was $13.4 billion in 2012--13, a decrease of $116 million (or 1%) on the 2011--12 value. The total Gross Value of Agricultural Production (GVAP) (published as Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no. 7503.0)) was $48 billion, an increase of 3% from 2011--12. In 2012--13 GVIAP constituted 28% of the total GVAP for Australia. BOM has released a monthly Climate and Water Outlook Video which covers rainfall, stream ow and temperature for the next three months and beyond. By integrating climate and water information into a short monthly video, it provides a 'big picture' overview of environmental conditions in Australia for the months ahead. Lawyer and innovation expert David Miles AM has been appointed to lead the review of the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme. Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said Mr Miles, the former Chair of Innovation Australia, would bring considerable experience, expertise and insight to the review. The review will start this month, with the nal report and recommendations expected by early 2015. The review's terms of reference and information about how to make a submission can be found at www.business.gov.au/CRC-Review.
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