Water Journal : Water Journal December 2014
water DECEMBER 2014 10 CrossCurrent policy and actions of the Labor Government. “Dr Kerin has exposed the Weatherill Government’s price gouging on the water bills of South Australian families and businesses,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas. The State Liberals moved for the inquiry at a meeting of the Committee in November 2014, and the Hon John Darley MLC indicated he would support the move. Adaption of established and new crops to extreme temperatures will be a focus of research offered funding under Round One of the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Programme’s Industry- Led Research Sub-Programme (IRSP). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the Australian Government would provide $5 million in funding over four years to the SA Government to deliver the IRSP. SA Water Minister, Ian Hunter, has said the Adelaide community has a unique opportunity to contribute to the future direction of the city’s water resource management. “South Australia has made significant advances in response to the millennium drought. We are recognised as a national leader in many aspects of stormwater management, such as harvesting and re-use and managed aquifer recharge, and we are constantly searching for ways to use our water more efficiently,” Mr Hunter said. “As we look ahead the Government is committed to building on its water management record. We want to hear from local government, water industry groups, other key stakeholders and the community about the future direction for urban water management in Adelaide.” Western Australia Geothermal heating of an outdoor pool, promoting the economic viability of water recycling, using wave energy for desalination and sustainable parkland planning are just some of the initiatives listed as finalists in the 2014 State AWA Awards. WA Water Minister, Mia Davies, announced 22 finalists that she said displayed creative thinking and planning in the State’s water sector. The WA Government is securing Perth’s groundwater supply for decades to come with the city’s new advanced water recycling plant. More than 18,000 cubic metres of earth will be moved, 1,000 cubic metres of concrete poured, 70 kilometres of cabling pulled and 15 kilometres of pipe laid to construct the State Government’s first $124.6 million full-scale Groundwater Replenishment Scheme. Northern Territory The Northern Territory Government is helping to ease the cost of living for Darwin residents with a free water-smart initiative. WA Minister for Essential Services, Willem Westra van Holthe, said Living Water Smart’s latest initiative provided Darwin home and business owners with free three-star water-efficient showerheads through its SWAPIT Campaign. “Water-efficient showerheads can make a huge difference to water consumption, saving thousands of litres annually,” Mr Westra van Holthe said. “This easy to implement initiative will help residents save money on their water bill, as well as help stop water wastage.” Victoria Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, has announced a new $1.5 million initiative to encourage local whole-of-water-cycle management plans for communities in regional Victoria. Minister Walsh said the Living Regions initiative was part of the Victorian Government’s urban water reform program, Living Victoria. Victorian farmers are calling for drought assistance in the face of a one-in-20-year rainfall deficiency. The Victorian Farmers Federation warned that whoever gains in Victoria must immediately get the ball rolling on delivering drought support to farmers in the state’s west and north-west. “We’ve got farmers with failed crops and others who’ve run out of stock water,” VFF President Peter Tuohey said. The AWA Victorian Branch has hosted a workshop to consider the draft paper ‘Developing the Metropolitan Whole of Water Cycle Strategic Framework’. AWA has prepared a submission based on comments collected during the workshop and other feedback provided by members. The $1 million Water Security for Wangaratta Project is now complete, with the final steering committee report released by Victorian Minister for Water Peter Walsh. Mr Walsh said the project had determined that additional use of groundwater was the best way to provide the Wangaratta region with a more secure water supply. The Coalition will provide $1 million to assist in ongoing work to improve water quality in Melbourne’s Yarra River and the flow-on effect to Port Phillip Bay, while another $50,000 will be allocated to the Melbourne Down Under project to support local education about the importance of keeping the Yarra and the Bay clean. The Cleaning up the Yarra commitment is part of the Environment Plan for Victoria. Member News Aquatec Maxcon has been awarded a design and construct contract to undertake the upgrade of the Kingaroy WWTP to a design population of 12,500 persons by South Burnett Regional Council. This project will be the first in Australia to utilise the world-leading Nereda® aerobic granular sludge technology. Water will be reclaimed for re-use on sporting fields and also meets the stringent effluent discharge standards. Arup has appointed a new senior leader in its water infrastructure team, Australasian Dams Leader, Dr Nihal Vitharana. Joining Arup from SKM/Jacobs, where he served as Global Practice Leader for dams and water-retaining structures, Nihal has led teams on notable projects such as the Canning Dam strengthening, which features the world’s largest ground anchors, and the Millstream dam-raising in collapsible ground conditions.
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