Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
water september 2015 10 CrossCurrent Dam. We are looking for responses from a broad range of proponents to both manage water quality and support agricultural development in the Myalup-Wellington region, and potentially industry in the region." The State Government will soon begin work to refurbish wastewater pipes in Victoria Park, which is expected to extend the life of this vital infrastructure by at least 50 years. WA Water Minister Mia Davies said the $4.93 million Water Corporation project formed part of an ongoing program of work to reline and refurbish wastewater pipes across the state. "About four kilometres of wastewater pipe in Victoria Park will be refurbished over the coming year," Ms Davies said. Water quality in the Vasse Geographe catchment is improving, according to a five-year evaluation of the State Government's Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands and Geographe Bay Water Quality Improvement Plan. The results were discussed at a recent meeting of the Vasse Taskforce, where a new Vasse Geographe Strategy was officially endorsed to guide the direction and type of projects to be delivered over the next three years. Water Minister Mia Davies said she was pleased to see the taskforce moving forward collaboratively and building on the solid science-based foundations of work to date targeting water quality in the south-west catchment. The State Government is planning to put Broome's legendary sunshine to good use by trialling hybrid solar-diesel power to deliver the town's water supply. WA Water Minister Mia Davies said in a first for Western Australia, a hybrid generator would be installed to power a pump at the Broome borefield, using solar energy during the day and storing excess solar energy in batteries for the evening. Ms Davies said solar-diesel power could be used for other Water Corporation bore pumps across the state if the 12-month trial was successful. Work has finished on a 3.4 -kilometre pipeline between the Denmark River Dam and Quickup Dam and a 700-metre extension to an existing pipeline, as part of the State Government's plans to secure Denmark’s drinking water supply. WA Water Minister, Mia Davies, said the Water Corporation project would allow more water from Denmark River Dam to be used in times of low rainfall. “Last year Denmark experienced its second driest year on record and current winter rainfall is once again below average, so we are taking steps to ensure residents have a reliable water supply before summer,” Ms Davies said. South Australia Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, says the Senate Inquiry into stormwater harvesting would point the way towards a national stormwater policy that, with adequate funding from all tiers of government, could unlock billions in lost productivity each year. Each year 3,000 billion litres of stormwater runs off, mainly into creeks and the sea – greater than the 2,100 billion litres of water used by Australia’s cities. The inquiry by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee was held in August 2015 in Adelaide. Flinders University Professor Craig Simmons has been announced as SA Scientist of the year. Described as an energetic leader and enthusiastic teacher with a passion for groundwater, Professor Simmons is also the latest Scientist in Residence at The Adelaide Advertiser, through the Adelaide-based Australian Science and Media Centre. Now a global authority on groundwater, he originally studied electrical and electronic engineering and physics. He is credited with building the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, launched in 2009, “from the ground up”. Former chair of Australia’s National Water Commission, Karlene Maywald, has been appointed as Strategic Adviser – Water Opportunities, to assist South Australia’s water expertise global sales pitch. Ms Maywald said there are many exciting opportunities for South Australia in the area of water and environmental management, including the provision of knowledge and training. Tasmania The Tasmanian Government has been working with the Launceston Flood Authority and Hydro Tasmania to explore ways to reduce siltation in Launceston's iconic Tamar River, says Peter Gutwein, Tasmanian Treasurer. “I am pleased to announce that a trial will begin that will combine a controlled release of water from the Trevallyn Dam, silt raking and strong tide events,” he explained. “There are no silver bullets when it comes to tackling siltation in the Tamar, but we believe this test will provide valuable information on different methods to manage the siltation issue.” Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, is encouraging young Tasmanians to apply for the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. "I know there are a lot of energetic young researchers, scientists and innovators in Tasmania and I urge them to think big and apply for a grant," Senator Colbeck said. "Agriculture, fisheries and forestry are significant industries in Tasmania, with agriculture alone contributing $1.2 billion to the economy in 2012–13." Victoria An audit conducted by the Victorian Audit Office has found that Victoria is not as well placed as it could be to respond to the risks and impacts that could arise if unconventional gas activities were allowed to proceed. According to the audit, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR) did not sufficiently assess the risks or effective regulation. The infancy of the industry and the current moratorium on unconventional gas activities provide an ideal opportunity for the government to evaluate the full range of potential risks and impacts. There is key work that DEDJTR needs to do to inform the government about risks before the moratorium is reviewed, and work to be done on regulation should the government lift the moratorium. DEDJTR can also improve its earth resources regulation more generally, the audit found.
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