Water Journal : Water Journal August 2015
water AUGUST 2015 4 From the CeO One of the strengths of the Australian Water Association is that our members come from right across the water sector, including in the areas of urban, regional and rural water management. By harnessing this diversity of expertise we perform an important function as the peak national water body – namely, to consider, discuss and prioritise water issues that are of national significance. Many of these issues arise from policy decisions that governments make, while others come from events or circumstances that influence governments to make or change policy. The role of the Association is to analysis these issues, advocate how they affect our members and stakeholders, and pursue outcomes that protect the sustainable use of Australia’s water. Over the past months I have met with a large number of senior executives and individuals from across our membership to hear first-hand their own views on the policy issues facing our sector. Some of the issues repeatedly raised included: • The need for continuing investment in water infrastructure across urban and rural areas and the importance of understanding the different plans currently under development. These include the Commonwealth Government’s White Papers on the Development of Northern Australia and Agricultural Competitiveness, and the National Infrastructure Plan being prepared by Infrastructure Australia. • Many of our water utility MDs have raised the need to ensure our planning and licensing regimes allow for the implementation of water- sensitive urban design. This includes a review of the governance and use of stormwater and some clarity on the governance of emerging ‘recreational water’ rights. • Many of our rural and urban sector leaders have raised the need to improve the ability to share water across urban and rural divides while balancing the access requirements of different water users. • Underlying all of these topics is the need to maintain community awareness about the true value of water, the role it plays in Australia’s prosperity, and empowering consumers to articulate their own priorities for water usage. These discussions, together with insights provided through our national and state policy committees, have formed the foundation for interesting debate at this year’s National Water Policy Summit to be held in Melbourne on 7 October. I encourage all members to join the policy discussion and have your say on both the issues nominated and the outcomes to be pursued by the Association. From the conclusions reached at last year’s Summit, the Association has provided industry feedback to Accenture on a national strategy for water that will be released as a water blueprint for 2020 Vision. The Summit’s call for more consistency of regulation between the states and territories led to the AWA Discussion Paper by Minter Ellison on the subject that was released at Ozwater’15 with discussions continuing with state and territory governments. The call for a Regulators Forum was implemented and will continue next year with another Forum to be held at Ozwater in Melbourne in May, and yet another at the World Water Congress in Brisbane in October. Finally, last year’s Summit called for engagement with the wider community to understand evolving perceptions on major water issues that resulted in the new AWA National Water Consumers Survey. This year’s Summit will see the release of reports from both the AWA/Deloitte State of the Water Sector Survey, and the AWA/ARUP inaugural National Water Consumers Survey. The joint release of these reports will contrast any differences in perceptions of our water professionals when compared to water consumers. Most importantly, the findings of the National Water Consumers Survey will enable the Association to collaborate with stakeholders to assist the water industry to better engage with consumers so that their priorities and views are heard. NATIONAL WATER POLICY SUMMIT TO ADDRESS KEY WATER ISSUES Jonathan McKeown – aWa chief executive Endress+Hauser Australia Pty Ltd Level 1, 16 Giffnock Ave Macquarie Park, NSW 2113 Australia Tel: 1800 363 737 Tel: +61 2 8877 7000 Fax: +61 2 8877 7099 email@example.com Diagnostics and Verification in a Heartbeat Our new generation of Proline flowmeters – across all measuring principles – is fitted with Heartbeat TechnologyTM. What is it? 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