Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
WATER MAY 2013 12 CrossCurrent expressed concerns about the potential for conduct and practices of water market intermediaries to impact on irrigators and other water market participants. The Consultation RIS outlines a description of the problem, four response options and a preliminary impact analysis of each of these options. The Council is seeking input from stakeholders on the Consultation RIS. The consultation period is open until COB Friday, 7 June 2013. Water is involved in every extreme climatic event. But with $120 billion dollars of assets to manage, how can a water utility prioritise and prepare for risks to that infrastructure, 70 per cent of which is underground? With funding from the Federal Government Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways program, the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has recognised this and has released a new tool called AdaptWaterTM. Built upon extensive work from Sydney Water, this tool enables water utilities to identify what infrastructure is likely to be at risk during events like oods, bush res, high winds and heatwaves and assess different costed adaptation options to manage that risk. Regional Natural Resource Management organisations (NRMs) will share in $669 million to continue its work to enhance and maintain Australia's biodiversity and environment over the next ve years. Funding will be made available to Australia's 54 regional NRM organisations through the Government's Caring for our Country program. AWA and Deloitte are once again running the State of the Water Sector Survey. This survey will enable us to track trends and continue to provide unmatched insight into the views of water sector professionals about their own industry. Go to www.deloittedtermine.com to complete the survey and possibly win a $1000 ight centre voucher. The Federal Government's proposed legislation to protect water resources from coal seam gas mining has been criticised for not including other types of unconventional gas mining. Water Minister Tony Burke introduced the bill this month, which would give the Commonwealth the power to assess coal seam gas and large coal projects if they are likely to have signi cant impacts on water resources. There has been an acceleration in the number of coal seam gas and mining proposals approved in Australia. Since 2010, eight projects have been given the green light in Queensland alone. All projects have been through a state environmental approval process and some through the Commonwealth process as well. But now the application of science and a recent appeal have found the process wanting. An expert scienti c committee has been looking at how mines will affect Australia's water resources, and their ndings are not reassuring. Meanwhile, local communities are mounting appeals against approved mines and a recent court ruling found the community right: the mine's impacts are indeed unacceptable. Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says the Managing the Murray-Darling Basin water policy released in South Australia confronts the critical issues at the crux of the agriculture industry across several states by focusing on making Australia self-suf cient in food through restoring water supplies to Murray--Darling communities. Victoria Victorian Agriculture and Food Security Minister, Peter Walsh, has announced $555,000 has been secured to complete a comprehensive business case for the Sunraysia Modernisation Project. This Project will involve modernising Sunraysia's irrigation systems, to provide ef cient infrastructure and 365-days-per-year delivery to irrigators as well as achieve environmental water savings to help Victoria meet its commitment to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan sustainable diversion limits. Three Victorian communities can better manage wastewater and cater for future growth with the completion of $18.1 million worth of sewerage scheme works. Minister for Water Peter Walsh said, "These three projects will foster growth and development in the towns, because each system has been designed and built to expand with future subdivisions and extensions to new lots." Corryong residents will notice cleaner, better-tasting drinking water owing from their taps with the town's new Water Treatment Plant of cially opened. Victorian Water Minister, Mr Walsh, said the $5.2 million plant provided a major improvement to the quality of water for Corryong and Cudgewa residents. The Victorian Government has announced it has approved the construction of a new $70 million of ce complex that will see a signi cant jobs boom in the area. State Planning Minister Matthew Guy, granted approval of the project following a request from Frankston City Council to fast-track the project. "The Government's actions will ensure the development of the South East Water of ce proceeds at Frankston. Council will, however, remain the responsible authority for the site." Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine, has announced the new Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). Mr Napthine said, "Bringing land and water management together with Primary Industries will help boost the productivity of Victoria's world- class food and bre sector. This also reorganises the vital role played by land managers and Landcare groups in the protection of our environment and the management of our natural resources." Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, has of cially opened an innovative $3.2 million sewerage scheme at Lake Bolac. Mr Walsh said the reed bed disposal process used at Lake Bolac's new wastewater treatment plant is a rst for a municipal town in Victoria. "This is a great example of a small country town using state-of-the-art technology to provide an improved service for its residents," he said. The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has released its draft decision on the Water Plan 3 pricing proposals put forward by Melbourne Water and the metropolitan water retailers. While the ESC has recommended a decrease in the amount bills should rise, there will be some signi cant water price increases in the next ve- year pricing period due to earlier investments.
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