Water Journal : Water Journal April 2012
awa news Want to get involved? Each Specialist Network has a committee made up of 10 members from around the country, working in different roles. Every two years, we call for new committee members to fill any available places. The next recruitment round will be in June 2012. Being on a committee is not time-consuming (on average about one hour per week) and gives you the opportunity to build and strengthen your industry contacts, or use your knowledge and experience to lead developments in your area of expertise. More news on the new committee will be published in the August issue of Water Journal. The Australian Curriculum Project -- Water Education in Schools AWA has received $65,000 worth of subscriptions from water businesses in support of the upcoming Australian Curriculum Project. The Australian Curriculum Project is an industry- wide project that provides a chance for water businesses and government agencies to work together and, along with the education sector, influence what is being taught in schools. By working alongside the education sector, this project will ensure that best practice water education and key messages are delivered in schools across all learning areas, leading to a greater understanding of sustainable water management. This understanding will contribute to the development of informed communities that are able to make balanced decisions about water issues and infrastructure. In 2008, the Australian Education Ministers committed to the development of a Foundation to Year 12 National School Curriculum that would replace curriculum content currently in existence in each state and territory. The curriculum is now being developed, with some subjects already being trialled in some states and territories. The Australian Curriculum Project was a response to this new curriculum and was developed by key representatives in the water sector. An initial Steering Committee was formed last year to discuss the scope of the project, and which then formed a detailed business plan (www.awa.asn.au/AustralianCurriculumProject) outlining benefits to water businesses and the water industry. It was recognised that if existing water education materials are to remain relevant to teachers, resources would need to be updated to directly align with the new curriculum, gaps in resources would need to be filled, new technologies utilised, and a combined effort required. By working together as an industry there will be less duplication, existing efforts and knowledge can be shared and costs reduced. Key outcomes of the project are to: • Provide national leadership and coordination so that teachers and students have access to best practice water education materials; • Maximise the opportunity that the Australian Curriculum presents for water agencies across Australia and provide programs and materials that extend equity of access to all schools; • Extend the delivery of water education by working in NATIONAL OPERATIONS CONFERENCE THEMES • Operations of small or remote systems -- challenges and successes • Emergency preparedness and response • Energy efficiency and recovery - optimisation of usage, cogeneration and hydropower • Nutrient recovery from wastewater • Training • Water and wastewater quality issues • Biosolids management and cost recovery • Challenges of operating water infrastructure in a mining environment LOCATION -- DARWIN Darwin is Australia's only tropical capital city. It sits on a vast harbour, enjoying a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and warm weather all year round. Darwin is also a great base to explore extraordinary places like World Heritage - listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land. CONFERENCE FORMAT This two-day conference will include a plenary session and concurrent streams. The streams will cover topics under the conference themes. There will also be a conference dinner. 12 -14 SEPTEMBER 2012 DARWIN REGISTER NOW www.awa.asn.au/natopconference AWA's Operations Specialist Network invites you to attend the 2nd National Conference, to be held at the Darwin Convention Centre. The over-arching themes of the conference have arisen from the challenges faced by operators, both in our current climate and the industry at present. As the conference will be held in Darwin, there will be a focus on small and remote operations for both utilities and industry. The aim of the conference is to once again come together and provide a learning and knowledge-sharing opportunity for all areas of water industry operations.
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