Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
WATER MAY 2013 18 Industry News New Corporation to be Named TasWater The new statewide water and sewerage corporation opening its doors in Tasmania on 1 July 2013 will be known as TasWater. TasWater will take over the water and sewerage services and assets currently operated by Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water and Southern Water. It will also manage the billing, IT and payroll functions currently managed by the industry's service rm, Onstream. TasWater Chairman Miles Hampton said that the switch to the new corporation would be low-key from a customer perspective. "Water and sewerage customers in Tasmania will notice that from July their accounts will come from TasWater rather than Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water or Southern Water. There will also be a new website from 1 July at www.taswater.com.au," Mr Hampton said. "Other than those changes, there will be very little impact on customers." TasWater customers will still be able to call 13 6992 with any enquiries, while email, postal and web addresses from the current regional corporations will continue to reach the relevant personnel. Global Sustainability Conference Comes to Melbourne A major international conference co-hosted by the UN Global Cities Programme and the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University is set to challenge and transform the way we think about sustainability. People and the Planet 2013 (2-4 July) will feature 130 presentations from top speakers across nine inter-connecting research themes. Director of the Global Cities Research Institute, Professor Paul James, said the conference would bring together academia, civil society, urban governance and business to tackle the challenge of sustainability. "Instead of treating sustainability as a narrow ecological question framed by business as usual, People and the Planet addresses the human condition across the integrated domains of economics, ecology, politics and culture," Professor James said. "What does it mean to be responsible for the future of our planet? How can we best work collaboratively across those different constituencies to address basic issues of sustainability? "And nally, what is to be done? This is not to reduce the future to technical solutions, but rather to debate how we are going to act now to work towards an imagined future." The conference will cover themes including urban, community, cultural and corporate sustainability, climate change adaptation, human security and disaster, globalisation and culture, and sustainable urban regional futures. Keynote speakers include Joyati Das (World Vision), Peter Mandaville (former advisor to Hillary Clinton), Jerry Harris (Global Studies Association of North America), Eric Herring (University of Bristol), Robert Manne (La Trobe University) and Don Watson (speechwriter and award-winning author). Go to http://tinyurl.com/peopleandtheplanet for more information. Connecting Urban Design and Sustainability on a Global Scale How do we do more with less and still create quality, sustainable cities? In the new book Dynamic Urban Design: A Handbook for Creating Sustainable Communities Worldwide, author Michael von Hausen shares his theories and knowledge regarding sustainable land development based on his over 30 years practicing and teaching in the eld. Combining personal experience with urban design principles, von Hausen highlights the importance of creating communities worldwide that integrate sustainability principles with effective urban design. Incorporating a dozen case studies that range from Calgary, Alberta, to Vladivostok, Russia, von Hausen creates a toolkit of charts and diagrams for the development of more ef cient and sustainable communities. "This book is about designing cities in their ecological, social/ cultural, and economic place in order to achieve evolving, yet resilient cities," said von Hausen. "My practice and teaching tells me the possibilities are at our ngertips, but we have to change our process to get different results. That is what this book it all about - doing it right." Dynamic Urban Design has been met with advance praise recognising the importance of the topic of sustainable urbanism as the most important challenge of our time and the effectiveness of von Hausen's work. David R. Witty, a former dean of the School of Architecture at the Universtiy of Manitoba, called the book "a complete guide to the theory, practice and potential of urban design by one of Canada's preeminent urban designers." This practical, process-oriented handbook will be of interest to students, as well as seasoned professionals, in the elds of urban planning, environmental studies, landscape architecture and engineering. In his book, von Hausen presents a "dynamic" model that applies not only downtown, but also in suburban and rural contexts. For more information, please visit mvhinc.com. A New Deal for Urban Infrastructure A new coalition of built environment groups, which includes the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), wants a 'new deal' for Australian cities. The Urban Coalition has launched a plan to tackle the emerging urban challenges and improve the liveability of Australian cities.
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