Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
TASWATER’S STRATEGIC DIRECTION GIVEN THE TICK As TasWater begins its third year of operations, the company has finalised its Corporate Plan for the next three years. Chairman of the TasWater Board, Miles Hampton, said: “The Corporate Plan lays out a targeted program of investment intended to drive better customer outcomes, improve compliance of water and sewerage infrastructure and significant economic benefits for the state. “I am also pleased the new Corporate Plan has been fully endorsed by our Owner Councils following a meeting with local government representatives earlier this week.” Brighton Mayor, Tony Foster, Chairman of the Owners Representative Group, said: “Councils across the state have welcomed the new TasWater Corporate Plan and offer a vote of confidence in TasWater. Not only for its work over the last two years, but we are looking forward to the ongoing management of water and sewerage services into the future. “While the process of water and sewerage industry reform has been at times difficult, there is now clear evidence of the benefits extending across the Tasmanian community.” Coming after the determination of a second Price and Service Plan by the Economic Regulator, the new Corporate Plan does face challenges given TasWater’s preferred pricing mechanism was significantly adjusted by the Regulator. “This has forced TasWater to review plans and re-assess our trajectory,” said Miles Hampton. “But while it may constrain our rate of performance improvement, we will continue to build on the progress made so far.” The Corporate Plan sets out to achieve water and sewerage pricing parity across the state and cost savings due to productivity improvements totalling $11 million since formation. The number of towns experiencing water quality below Australian Drinking Water Guidelines will drop from 26 to eight, and the number of non- compliant water storage dams will go down to five from 13. TasWater will commit $330 million over the next three years on capital spending programs, delivering significant statewide employment and economic benefits. LOCAL LANGUAGE NAMES FOR SYDNEY PARK WETLANDS New names will be given to Sydney Park’s four wetlands to commemorate the area’s Aboriginal history. The four names proposed by the City of Sydney – Wirrambi, Guwali, Bunmarra and Gilbanung – represent species of bats, birds, lizards and grasshoppers in different Aboriginal languages. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the proposed names were an important way to promote awareness of local Aboriginal languages and culture. “The City’s historians have researched Sydney Park and have considered names of Aboriginal origin that reflect the biodiversity of the park and its wetlands,” the Lord Mayor said.
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