Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
september 2015 water 11 CrossCurrent In a submission to the Australian Water Association, Melbourne Water says that greater collaboration across the Victorian water industry has led to broader insurance cover and substantial savings for 19 Victorian water organisations. The joint insurance procurement initiative has saved the industry an estimated $6.9 million in insurance costs, while improving the quality of policy coverage. Led by a Steering Committee made up of Risk Managers across the Water Corporations, including Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Western Water and East Gippsland Water, the initiative is an example of how working together can equate to substantial savings. Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville has turned the first sod on the $5.84 million Southern Cowwarr Balancing Storage, part of the Macalister Irrigation District modernisation project. This 160-megalitre balancing storage in North Gippsland will improve customer service downstream, allowing automation of the irrigation system in about one-third of the Macalister Irrigation District. The Macalister Irrigation District Phase 1A project will result in over 12,300 megalitres of water savings annually, reduce nutrient flow into the Gippsland Lakes and provide a better service for farmers. The Victorian Government has invested $16 million in the Macalister Irrigation District project, with Southern Rural Water and its customers also contributing $16 million. Member News Erin Cini has won the 2015 NSW Women in Engineering Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award. Erin has had a varied and exemplary career across the fields of policy, planning, design, construction and operations within the water industry. She was recently appointed as the Director of Water Licensing and Compliance at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW and manages the team responsible for the regulation of public and private water utilities in NSW. Darryl Day, life member of the Australian Water Association and Executive Director of the Water Directorate, has been recognised by Engineers Australia as Northern Division Professional Engineer of the Year. Power & Water Corporation’s Eric Vanweydeveld also took out the Young Professional Engineer of Year. Both of these awards were selected from a highly competitive field of candidates spanning all sectors of engineering. The Australian Water Association congratulates Darryl and Eric on their achievement and for being fantastic ambassadors for the water industry in the NT. Kim Wood has resigned as Managing Director with Hunter Water to take on the role of Principal Commissioner of the new Queensland Productivity Commission. Hunter Water Chairman, Terry Lawler, said: “During the past four years Kim has driven substantial change in the operation and focus of Hunter Water, particularly in the areas of debt stabilisation and asset rationalisation via the sale of the Head Office building, land reserved for the Tillegra Dam and boutique consultancy Hunter Water Australia.” Jacobs has announced the appointment of Patrick Hill as Group Vice-President of Jacobs’ Australian and New Zealand Infrastructure and Environment business. Prior to his current role Mr Hill headed Jacobs’ North American Telecommunications division and was based in Chicago. He joined Jacobs through the acquisition of Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) in 2013. Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure has recently appointed Greg Taylor to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He will commence in mid-September 2015. The founder and current CEO of Abergeldie, Mick Boyle, will then move into an Executive Chairman role and focus on strategy, business acquisitions, joint venture relationships and international opportunities. Echologics has appointed David Brady as Client Manager ANZ. Echologics has extensive experience in water and sewage leak detection and pipeline condition assessment. David brings over 25 years of experience in water pipelines, having previously held senior roles at Tubemakers/Tyco/Pentair. Downer and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) have set a new benchmark with Australia’s first Accredited ISO 55001 Certification for Asset Management. The ISO 55001 Asset Management Certification is for the Yarra Park Recycled Water Treatment Facility (RWTF), an MCC-owned facility that was designed and built by Downer and has been operated by Downer since 2012. Ventia has been selected by Yarra Valley Water to deliver an approximately $200 million maintenance contract over five years in Melbourne. The contract is a major milestone in the development of this new company formed by a 50/50 investment partnership between CIMIC and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management. Ventia has been chosen as the name for the partnership. For the sixth year running, Veolia has won a prestigious Australian Business Award (ABA) that recognises organisations that have made a significant contribution through effective products, processes or ideas that result in environmental or social improvements. This year, Veolia was awarded both the ABA for Innovation and the ABA for Sustainability. Cardno has welcomed a record number of graduates across its Australian operations this year. Thirty-six engineering graduates are being taken on, with 55 graduates in a range of disciplines – from civil engineering, to hydrology and town planning – admitted to the 2015 graduate program. Graduates will go through a structured program, aimed at helping them build the fundamental skills needed to operate in a business context. As part of the program, the new graduates will come together in Melbourne in November for the Cardno Graduate Summit. Mr Scott Cummins has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited, effective 1 October 2015. Mr Cummins replaces current CEO, David Robinson who has announced his intention to retire.
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