Water Journal : Water Journal November 2014
16 Industry News WATER NOVEMBER 2014 nancial and programmatic oversight for collaborations between UNOPS and major global health organisations. Prior to joining UNOPS, Mr Shimkus was the Director of Business Development for Path nder International, where he led global planning and resource mobilisation for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment and maternal and child health. "I believe that sanitation is the crossroads of development -- the focal point where wise investments can have a catalytic impact on all aspects of a community's growth, from health to education to economic opportunity," said Mr Shimkus. "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues at WSSCC and our many partners to build on the Fund's strong foundation and expand our reach in the years to come." WATER PROJECT WINS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN WA GHD and a joint venture of ACCIONA and TRILITY (ATJV) were recognised for delivering the Mundaring Water Treatment Plant at the 2014 Engineers Australia Excellence Awards Western Australia Division. The project received the top prizes in two categories, winning both the Infrastructure and Building and Engineering for Regional Communities categories. ATJV contracted GHD to provide major design services for the Mundaring Water Treatment Plant, which was the rst Public Private Partnership in the Western Australian water industry. ATJV forms part of the Helena Water consortium, which designed, constructed and funded the plant. Helena Water will now operate and maintain the plant for the next 35 years, before handing it back to the Water Corporation. The $300 million capital works project, including a new water treatment plant, pump station and integration works, is the latest and largest of a series of upgrades to Western Australia's iconic CY O'Connor's Gold elds and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme (G&AWS) of 1903. The G&AWS water supply network is the largest water network in the southern hemisphere, extending 580 kilometres from the Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie and supplying water to over 100,000 customers of the Water Corporation. It is an international historic civil engineering landmark and was included in the Australian National Heritage list in 2011. The water treatment plant, which has a current design capacity of 165 million litres per day and can be expanded to deliver 240 million litres per day, is a critical piece of community infrastructure, as it further improves the quality and reliability of water supplied to Water Corporation customers connected to the G&AWS. It is unique in that the plant has been engineered to treat water from three different and variable sources to ensure water quality and security of supply. Craig Walkemeyer, GHD's State Manager for Western Australia, said, "GHD is proud to be recognised for the excellence of our engineering. Excellence is only possible with the right client leadership and great partners, and we would like to acknowledge the contributions of Water Corporation, ACCIONA TRILITY, Brook eld Multiplex and the other organisations who have helped bring this project to life." TENIX HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA TO BE SOLD TO DOWNER GROUP Tenix Holdings Australia Limited (Tenix) is being sold to Downer EDI Limited (Downer Group). Tenix Chairman, Paul Salteri AM, has welcomed the sale of the company to the group. Mr Salteri said, "The decision to sell the business to Downer Group has been dif cult for shareholders, as we believed the business is well positioned in its markets to take advantage of exciting growth opportunities. Our decision to change from our strategy to raise external capital funding via either an equity sell- down or IPO was a dif cult one, but ultimately in the best interests of the company and the employees." Mr Salteri thanked all Tenix staff for their support and loyalty, and for their hard work and dedication in building a great company. "Tenix employees have shown fantastic commitment to building the company as a leading sustainable infrastructure solutions, services and delivery partner," Mr Salteri said. "On behalf of the shareholders and the Board of Tenix Holdings Australia, I extend my warmest thanks to them all and my best wishes for the future." Tenix is among Australia's leading providers of services to owners of gas, electricity, water, wastewater and industrial assets across Australia and New Zealand. AURECON ANNOUNCES NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR FOR WATER SERVICES Water infrastructure planning and delivery specialist Mike Axton has joined Aurecon as Technical Director, Water Services. In his new role Mike will work closely with other senior managers at Aurecon to deliver sustainable outcomes and client service excellence across the company's broad client base. Aurecon's Unit Manager for Water Services in Sydney, Brian Horton, said that the appointment was driven by signi cant growth within Aurecon's water business in Sydney. Prior to joining Aurecon, Mike worked on the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment's Growth Infrastructure Plans, providing trusted advice, project management and leadership to their infrastructure strategies and programs team. Mike was previously the project manager on Sydney Water's award winning Lane Cove wet weather over ow abatement project, which was recognised for its innovative approach to community involvement and public participation.
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