Water Journal : Water Journal May 2015
16 Industry News water MAY 2015 ORICA SUPPORTS GREAT BARRIER REEF RESEARCH Orica employees will help undertake ‘citizen-science’ research projects on the iconic Great Barrier Reef under a new a three-year partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF). “The agreement significantly enhances our support for the Foundation, which funds vital research to protect and preserve this wonder of the natural world,” said Orica’s Executive Global Head Projects and Technology Ron Douglas. “We have been involved with the Foundation since 2012, but through Orica’s Community Partnerships Program we are now able to commit to a longer and more comprehensive agreement. “It’s a win-win for Orica and the Foundation,” said Mr Douglas. “This partnership makes a lot of sense for Orica. We are a global company headquartered in Australia and the reef is one of Australia’s global icons. Orica’s commitment to science, research and development is critical to our future success, so working with a well-respected research organisation like the Great Barrier Reef Foundation clearly aligns with Orica’s values.” GBRF Director of Operations, Theresa Fyffe said: “The Foundation is the only independent, not-for-profit organisation in Australia dedicated solely to raising funds for scientific research to foster a resilient Reef. We partner with a range of research organisations, governments and corporate partners and are delighted that Orica has made the commitment to invest in the Reef for the next three years.” Orica will also support this year’s ReefBlitz event, through sponsorship and employee participation. “ReefBlitz is an important program that the Foundation launched last year, which allows the whole community to get involved in citizen science and get hands-on collecting data and discovering plants and animals living in and around the Great Barrier Reef,” Ms Fyffe said. Orica has more than 700 employees in Queensland supporting customers in the Bowen Basin and beyond, including an office in Townville, the location of this year’s ReefBlitz event. PHILMAC MAKES FRENCH CONNECTION Specialist pipe fittings and valves manufacturer Philmac has made a potentially lucrative French connection. The South Australian- based exporter has been awarded a major contract through Philmac’s French trading partner with global water, waste and energy company, Veolia, to supply pipe fittings for water infrastructure in Paris and beyond. The three-year agreement is the biggest single contract in France for Philmac and follows successful trials of its products for the French municipal market. “For our South Australian operations to be awarded this global supply contract is testament to the expertise and capabilities of our people,” Philmac Managing Director Mark Nykiel said. “It’s a great win for Philmac and shows that investment in innovation within manufacturing pays dividends. There is a healthy global appetite for Australian ingenuity. “We have been supplying France since 2001, but this contract is a real step change for what we see as an important growth market for Philmac. We spent considerable time in the R&D phase to come up with a product designed specifically for the unique requirements of water infrastructure in France.” Innovation and a targeted export development drive is part of Philmac’s sustainable growth strategy. The company recently boosted its Adelaide-based Research and Development team to build on its product innovation program. MURALS BRING VIBRANCY TO WATER CORPORATION WALLS Three renowned artists have painted murals on the walls of the John Tonkin Water Centre in Leederville as part of the Water Corporation’s participation in PUBLIC 2015, a project driven by cultural organisation FORM. Water Corporation General Manager Customer and Community, Karen Willis, said the murals were part of a Perth-wide project converting walls and public spaces into vibrant urban art. “The three artists were asked by Water Corporation to use water as an inspiration for their murals and we are really thrilled with the final result,” Mrs Willis said. “Water Corporation is pleased to be part of an event that engages artists to interact with the community and contribute to the vibrancy and liveability of our city.” The artists commissioned to transform three external walls at Water Corporation were Andrew Hem (Cambodia), DA Least (China) and Perth local James Giddy. PUBLIC 2015 has brought together more than 50 artists to transform over 42 walls throughout Victoria Park, Fremantle, Claremont, Northbridge, Perth CBD as well as the John Tonkin Centre in Leederville. “I encourage people to come and take a look at these huge murals at the Water Corporation headquarters, along with the other exciting projects around Perth,” Mrs Willis said. FORM is an independent not-for-profit arts and culture organisation that receives triennial funding from the State Government. Details of the artists and location maps of all the murals around Perth are available at www.form.net.au.
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