Water Journal : Water Journal November 2015
13 Industry News NOVEMBER 2015 WATER AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS WIN AUSTRALIA-NETHERLANDS WATER CHALLENGE On 21 May 2015, the nal of the Australia--Netherlands Water Challenge took place during the Floodplain Management Association National Conference in Brisbane. Tracey Lloyd and Tom Perfrement from the University of New South Wales, and Ashlee Clarke and Raymond Laine from the University of Wollongong were the winners. Both Australian teams will visit the Netherlands for a traineeship with peers and other water experts over a three-week program ending with International Water Week in Amsterdam. Tom and Tracey's winning idea in the Australia--Netherlands Water Challenge is a composite resilience index as a way to make resilience more measurable and provide governments with better direction for action. The team came up with this idea at a time when Tom was already involved in quantifying the impact of a disaster. The next step was to quantify the resilience of a certain area for such a disaster. Tracey and Tom joined the challenge because they considered this a great opportunity, besides their regular study program, to gain further experience and knowledge. Ray and Ashlee presented through an online tool called Coastal Engage, aimed at involving local communities with important trade- offs in decisions relating to coastal development. They developed this idea from the decision-support tool for ood-management Ray had already made. With the Coastal Engage-tool, people who are affected by a decision can let decision-makers know how they value certain possible decisions. In coastal management it is important to involve local communities in the decision-making, since they will be affected in their daily lives. Ray and Ashlee see the Australia-- Netherlands Water Challenge as a great opportunity to meet experts in the water sector and extend their network. Both teams are looking forward to their visit to the Netherlands. During the rst two weeks there they will meet Dutch water experts to get an in-depth view on their traineeship project. The teams will then attend the Young Professional Program of the Netherlands (Amsterdam) International Water Week. Before taking off on their trip, they shared a meal and some insights to the Netherlands with Consul-General Willem Cosijn in Sydney. PUTTING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION BACK ON THE AGENDA The Australian Academy of Science says it looks forward to working with the Turnbull Government to put science and innovation rmly at the centre of a strategy to build an agile and innovative Australia. Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's announcement that the industry, innovation and science portfolio is one of his Government's "most important agendas". Professor Holmes also welcomed the appointment of Christopher Pyne as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. "Prime Minister Turnbull has wasted no time in articulating a vision for an agile, innovative Australia with science and innovation at the centre of a whole-of-government strategy," Professor Holmes said. "We welcome his approach and look forward to working with the Prime Minister and Ministers across all science- and education- related portfolios to build a strong future for Australia. "We thank outgoing Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane for initiating a national strategy for science and we look forward to working with Minister Pyne to ensure Australia takes a long-term, strategic approach to scienti c infrastructure, careers and research funding. "We welcome the news that Karen Andrews will continue her work with the sector as Assistant Minister for Science. Ms Andrews has proven to be astute and committed to the portfolio, and we look forward to continuing to work with her, and to working with the new Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy." The Academy also congratulated the new Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham, on his promotion in the portfolio. "Having been Assistant Minister, Mr Birmingham knows the sector well," Professor Holmes said. "Minister Birmingham has been clear in his wish to build consensus in the tertiary education sector before moving ahead on any reform, which we believe will be crucial for Australia's aspirations to reach and maintain the highest education standards internationally." KBR AWARDED MAJOR PMP CONTRACT KBR has been awarded a two-year extension to an existing contract with South Australia Water Corporation (SA Water) for Project Management and Procurement (PMP) services for capital water projects in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Under the terms of the contract extension, KBR will continue to provide PMP services to SA Water in Adelaide for an additional two years beginning on July 1, 2016. Since the capital works delivery program started, KBR has worked collaboratively with SA Water to deliver more than 200 projects for metropolitan Adelaide. The entire PMP Solutions program represents one of the largest government contracts for project and program management services in South Australia, delivering a capital value of more than $375million USD over ve years. The winners with Consul-General Willem Cosjin in Sydney.
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