Water Journal : Water Journal April 2011
crosscurrent 14 APRIL 2011 water regular features Minister Tony Burke. The Minister for Water in Victoria, Peter Walsh, said if the rules were changed to allow compulsory acquisition, Victoria would be targeted by the Commonwealth because of the high reliability of the State's water shares. AquaSure, the consortium constructing and operating the desalination plant in Victoria, has agreed to release the forecast yearly payments beginning in 2012/2013 for the Victorian desalination plant. The table of payments reveals that the plant could cost the State more than $23 billion over the next 30 years. The Victorian Government has appointed a Ministerial Advisory Council charged with producing a roadmap for its new urban water strategy -- Living Melbourne, Living Victoria. Led by Sustainability Victoria chair and former BHP Billiton chief economist Mike Waller, the council also includes Melbourne Water's outgoing Managing Director, Rob Skinner, Melbourne City Council's Director of City Design, Rob Adams, and Strategies for Change Managing Director, Sue Holliday. Queensland KSB Australia has opened a new water and wastewater competency centre in Brisbane. The new facility, located in Bundamba, SE Queensland, will accommodate service facilities for water and wastewater products, and assembly and modification facilities and test facilities for up to 200 kW+. The centre is also the head office for water and wastewater supply products in Australia. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced a Cabinet reshuffle which includes changes to portfolios to reflect the Government's key priority of rebuilding the state following the recent floods. Stephen Robertson becomes the Minister for Energy and Water Utilities. He was formerly the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade. A new Liquefied Natural Gas Enforcement Unit has been established to monitor the emerging coal seam gas/ liquefied natural gas industry. It includes environmental and groundwater experts, who will form part of the team monitoring environmental impacts, groundwater quality and pressures. South Australia A new training scholarship has been launched by the South Australian Government to help indigenous students further their learning in water science. The Aboriginal Groundwater Scholarship, the first of its type in Australia, will support Aboriginal students looking to study a groundwater-related undergraduate qualification. A new $3.3 million groundwater research site has opened at Willunga in South Australia to help improve understanding of groundwater systems. The Willunga Super Science initiative will investigate the interaction between groundwater and rivers, vegetation and climate. Suez Environnement and its subsidiary, Degrémont, in partnership with Transfield Services, have been awarded the contract to supply water and wastewater services to Adelaide and its surrounding area. The 10-year contract is worth approximately A$1.1 billion. Water Security Commissioner Robyn McLeod has resigned from her position, six months before her contract is due to expire. The SA Government has accepted the recommendation that the position of commissioner is no longer required as the state emerges from the drought. The Goyder Institute for Water Research will develop new climate projections for South Australia in its largest project undertaken so far. The $6.6 million project will produce a single set of climate projections for the State to support water resource planning and management. Hazardous chemicals -- fuels and industrial solvents widely used in the past as a metal cleaner and degreaser -- have been detected in domestic bore water in the Edwardstown-South Plympton area of South Australia. The EPA is carrying out further tests but has warned residents in the affected areas that chemicals have been found at levels that exceed Australian Drinking Water Guidelines values.
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