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sustainable water management water SEPTEMBER 2012 83 Introduction This paper reveals how Logan City Council's Logan Water Alliance delivers water and wastewater infrastructure in a healthy environment. It outlines the way sustainability is driven by the Alliance's inclusive decision-making process, and discusses how Planning, Opportunity and Risk (POAR) and Design, Opportunity and Risk (DOAR) workshops are used to proactively identify and manage key economic, environmental, social and technical issues across numerous projects. The paper also discusses Logan Water Alliance's strategic approach to managing mitigation requirements for clearing native plants under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and highlights the Alliance's key sustainability achievements. About Logan Water Alliance Logan Water Alliance is a public and private sector enterprise involving Logan City Council, Tenix, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cardno. It is one of the largest water infrastructure delivery programs of its type in Australia and was established by Logan City Council in August 2009 to meet the demand for water services in the Logan district, one of Queensland's fastest growing areas. As part of the Queensland Government's South-East Queensland Water Reform process, Allconnex Water temporarily replaced Logan City Council as the Alliance's public sector partner from July 2010 to June 2012; however, Logan City Council resumed this role from 1 July 2012. The Alliance will continue delivering essential water and wastewater services across Logan City until at least the end of 2013, with a possible one-year extension thereafter. The Alliance is responsible for planning, designing, constructing and commissioning new and improved water, wastewater and recycled-water infrastructure in Logan City, which is located in South-East Queensland immediately south of Brisbane (Figure 1). Individual projects range in value from $1m to $50m. It is forecast that the Alliance will deliver up to $50m in capital works annually. However, it is not the Alliance's size that sets it apart from other water industry partnerships or makes the greatest contribution to its success. The main advantage of this alliance delivery model is that it incorporates planning, design, construction and commissioning functions, a strategy that only a handful of infrastructure programs in Australia have adopted. The Logan Water Alliance Model The Logan Water Alliance is a 'planning- led alliance' with planning decisions directly influencing the scope and delivery of the Alliance's annual capital works program. This planning-led approach has resulted in a range of value-for- money work processes and outcomes, including significant environmental benefits. The program is headed by an Alliance Leadership Group made up of representatives from the Alliance partners. The Alliance Manager is responsible for financial and strategic planning of the program, and for ensuring that systems and procedures are implemented and maintained to ensure the delivery of successful outcomes. Figure 2 illustrates how the Alliance's planning-led approach directly influences the development of future capital works projects. During this phase, input from all sections of the Alliance team is used to develop multi-criteria analyses that rank whole-of-life costs and non-cost factors, such as environmental and social impacts, to determine the right solutions to infrastructure deficiencies. An overview of the main work activities completed at the different stages of a typical project is included in Figure 3. Logan Water Alliance's planning- led approach provides the opportunity to influence projects at the earliest stage of the project life cycle, where the opportunity to create value is at its greatest. To date, this has resulted in significant value-for-money outcomes P van der Linde, P Solanki Delivering infrastructure in a healthy environment THE LOGAN WATER ALLIANCE MODEL Figure 1. Logan City Council operational area1. 1 Logan State Emergency Service: www.loganses.com.au/id1.html Figure 2. Logan Water Alliance processes.
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