Water Journal : Water Journal November 2011
awa news regular features 32 NOVEMBER 2011 water Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme The Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) labels a range of products for water efficiency, helping Australian households to save water and money. Currently a new Strategic Plan for WELS is under development. Following an independent review of the scheme's initial five years in operation, a new WELS Advisory Group (WELSAG) has been established and includes representation from AWA and WSAA. The group advises the Australian, State and Territory governments on a range of matters including the development of a strategic plan for the WELS scheme for the period 2012--2015. WELSAG is accountable to the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Officials' Group (WELSOG) and provides advice on policy and operational matters including: • The WELS three-year strategic plan; • Possible changes to the scheme including product coverage and the application of water efficiency standards; • Communications and marketing strategies; • Compliance, enforcement and complaint processes; and • Matters and proposals as requested by WELSOG and/or the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. WELSAG members have met twice since August, with a third meeting planned this month [October 2011]. The WELSAG Chair will attend parts of WELSOG meetings to report the Advisory Group's views on the above matters. The members of WELSAG have been appointed to cover a range of key stakeholders including small and large retailers, plumbing products, whitegoods, plumbing regulators, water utilities and consumers. Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, invited the following individuals to become members of WELSAG. Each person has been appointed individually by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC): • Mr Ian Carmody (WELSAG Chair), Con-Serv Corporation Australia, representing small retailer/plumbing business; • Ms Jo Benvenuti, The Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, representing consumer groups; • Ms Corinne Cheeseman, Australian Water Association, representing water industry professionals and organisations Australia-wide; • Ms Cilla de Lacy, Water Corporation. Nominated by WSAA, representing water utilities; • Mr Ian McAlister, Consumer Electronics Suppliers' Association (CESA), representing whitegoods suppliers; • Mr Ian Forte, Electrolux Home Products. Nomination put forward by Australia Industry Group (AiG) (Australia-wide), representing whitegoods suppliers; • Ms Carmel M Coate, Plumbing Products Industry Group (PPI Group), representing plumbing products suppliers; • Mr Shayne La Combre, National Plumbing Regulators Forum (NPRF); representing plumbing regulators; • Mr Benjamin Normoyle, Derni Retail. Nominated by Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), representing whitegoods suppliers/large retailers; • Mr Graeme Marshall (WELSAG Ex-officio), Assistant Secretary Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Branch, DSEWPaC. • More information on WELSAG and progress on the development of the new strategic plan can be found at: www.waterrating.gov.au/advisory-group.html Emerging Water Leaders: Research Identifies Three Key Roles By Dr André Taylor, Leadership Specialist, International WaterCentre. Recent research by the International WaterCentre (IWC) has identified and characterised three important leadership roles played by emerging, non-executive water leaders in Australia who are instrumental in advancing more integrated forms of water management. This research was undertaken to help inform the content of the IWC's new Water Leadership Program (www.watercentre.org/leadership), which is supported by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). The IWC first reviewed the international literature on water leadership, and then developed a national online survey. Throughout the survey, members of the Australian water industry were asked to assess the relevance of several leadership roles (identified from the literature) to their organisations. This provided new information on the relevance of particular roles to different types of organisations. The survey also gathered feedback on the relevance of specific leadership attributes associated with each role, such as key leadership behaviours, personal characteristics, types of knowledge and social networking features. Three Leadership Roles The first non-executive leadership role is the Project Champion role. Emergent leaders in this role act as change agents to initiate and strongly drive processes of change, as well as integrated water management projects and policies. They are highly motivated, stand out early in processes of change and excel at exerting influence. They drive projects on a day-to-day level, unlike more senior 'executive champions'. They frequently WELSAG with Senator Don Farrell at the first meeting in Adelaide in August 2011. From left to right: Corinne Cheeseman, Cilla de Lacy, Graeme Marshall, Jo Benvenuti, Ben Normoyle, Carmel M Coate, Ian Forte, Senator Farrell, Ian McAlister, Ian Carmody.
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