Water Journal : Water Journal November 2014
11 Industry News NOVEMBER 2014 WATER AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS GREEN PAPER RELEASED The Australian Government has released the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper and is asking everyone in agriculture to have their say on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper that the Coalition Government has carriage of is seminal to who we are, where we came from, and is a vital part of the puzzle of how we get out of our current nancial bind. "The Green Paper outlines fresh ideas on a range of vitally important issues for the future of our nation including infrastructure, drought support, trade and nance," Minister Joyce said. To have your say go to www.agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au. Submissions close 12 December 2014. AUSTRALIA'S WATER BLUEPRINT: NATIONAL REFORM ASSESSMENT 2014 The National Water Commission has released its nal assessment of Australia's water reform progress, calling on governments not to drop the ball on future water issues. The report, Australia's Water Blueprint: National Reform Assessment 2014, highlights the very real successes achieved since the historic signing of the National Water Initiative by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2004 and its predecessor, the 1994 COAG Water Reform Framework. Commission Chair, Ms Karlene Maywald, said: "Our report nds that Australia's National Water Initiative has driven changes that have made water use more ef cient, sustainable and secure. Enduring bipartisan political support has been fundamental to these hard won gains." The National Water Commission makes 10 recommendations that call on governments to sustain their commitment to water reform so that Australia continues to optimise water's contribution to our economy, environment and communities: • Governments should not backtrack on water reform; • Governments should not 'mark their own scorecards' on water reform; • The Murray--Darling Basin Plan should be implemented in full and independently audited; • Reforms to water rights and markets should be completed and expanded; • Urban water reform should be accelerated to drive greater ef ciency and innovation; • Water quality objectives should be integrated into decision making; • Water information collection and sharing should be streamlined; • Governments should invest in water infrastructure only after rigorous cost-bene t analysis; • The National Water Initiative principles should underpin resource development decisions; • The National Water Initiative should guide the way water is allocated and managed for all users, including extractive industries. Please go to www.nwc.gov.au/publications for more details. INDUSTRY INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS AGENDA The Australian Government has released the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda to strengthen Australia's competitiveness. The Agenda is a key business-focused element of the Government's Economic Action Strategy and provides a framework for boosting Australian industries' competitiveness and driving greater innovation and investment across Australia. The Government has four key ambitions as part of this agenda, including: a lower cost, business-friendly environment with less regulation, lower taxes and more competitive markets; a more skilled labour force; better economic infrastructure; and industry policy that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship. The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda statement and fact sheets can be viewed at www.industry.gov.au/industry JOHN HOLLAND AWARDED MAJOR SEWER PROJECT John Holland, as part of the John Holland and Kellogg Brown and Root Joint Venture (JH-KBR JV), has been awarded the construction contract for Melbourne Water's Carlton Main Sewer Project. The project will see 1.35km of the century-old Carlton Main Sewer renewed, and a new 510m connection built to relieve pressure on the ageing infrastructure and build sewer capacity for future growth. Executive General Manager for Specialist Engineering, Brendan Petersen, said the JH-KBR JV is one of two joint ventures that will deliver projects as part of Melbourne Water's 2013 Water Plan Capital Works Program. The project is planned to commence in the rst week of October and tunnelling will start mid-2015. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2016. One of John Holland's major past projects, the Sugarloaf pipeline in Victoria.
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