Water Journal : Water Journal July 2011
crosscurrent 16 JULY 2011 water regular features NSW Water Commissioner David Harriss has announced an extension of supplementary access in the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Valleys. Mr Harriss said that the extension was the result of continued inflows and low demand for irrigation water. The State Water Corporation is implementing a series of upgrades and improvements to enhance water management in the Murrumbidgee Valley. The Murrumbidgee water efficiency project, to be completed by June 2012, includes improved metering, and upgrades to key waterways and storages to minimise evaporation and other losses at Yanco Creek, Bundigerry Creek and Old Man Creek. Sydney Water has developed a fact sheet on biosolids use in response to a series of articles critical of the land application of biosolids that appeared in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph recently. Among other things, the fact sheet points out that in 2002 the US National Research Council reviewed that country's experience with biosolids use and concluded that "There is no documented scientific evidence that [biosolids regulations have] failed to protect public health". The NSW Irrigators Council has commended the Murray- Darling Basin Authority for the summary it has prepared of feedback received on the Guide to the Basin Plan, released late last year. Irrigators Council CEO, Andrew Gregson, says credit is due to the MDBA for providing an accurate picture of feedback by separating "an illegitimate pro forma campaign from genuine engagement". Tasmania A parliamentary select committee into the Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation has released an interim report warning that the removal of the State Government's 5 per cent price cap will cause water and sewerage bills to rise by 20 per cent. The report urges the government, water corporations and their owner councils to take action to avoid the price increase when the cap is removed on 1 July 2012. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has endorsed a major new irrigation project in Tasmania. The Midlands Water Scheme will involve building new pipelines, infrastructure and using dams so that water can be delivered to up to 500 farms from Perth to Kempton, providing up to 47,500 megalitres of water each year. Queensland New LNP leader Campbell Newman has reshuffled the party's frontbench. Steve Dickson has been named the opposition spokesperson for Energy and Water Utilities. He represents the Sunshine Coast seat of Buderim. The Queensland Government has launched new online tools on its wetlands management resource website, WetlandInfo. The tools include wetland place names, the ability to link wetland mapping using Google-map functions and an advanced search function that allows users to search for wetlands. An up-to-date toolbox of planning legislation allows planners, decision-making agencies and individuals to get a customised list of laws and regulations that could affect a project that impacts on wetlands. Queensland Urban Utilities has announced its 2011--12 water pricing structure. Residential water charges will decrease in four of its service regions; however, there will be an increase of $6.72 on annual water charges in 2011--12 for other Queensland Urban Utilities customers. The Queensland Government's bulk water charge will at the same time increase by around $40 on all bills. The Queensland Government has announced a new Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) following the retirement of Barry Adams. Mr Forbes Smith was appointed to the role and will commence his duties on 4 July 2011, ensuring distributors and retailers continue to be transparent with their service to customers. Member News GHD has appointed Ross Young to lead its water business in Australia. Ross comes to GHD from the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) where he was Executive Director. MWH Soft and Wallingford Software have combined under the name Innovyze and will continue to offer water and wastewater modelling and management tools. Kevin Young has been appointed as new Managing Director of Sydney Water, replacing Dr Kerry Schott. Mr Young is currently the Managing Director of Hunter Water Corporation and Chair of Water Services Association of Australia. He takes up the position on 1 August 2011. AWA Board Director and former Western Australian Branch President Jeff Camkin has been appointed Research Professor (Water Resource Management) at the Centre of Excellence for Ecohydrology, University of Western Australia and is also currently a visiting Professor at the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering in Portugal. MWH has appointed Peter Robinson as Business Development & Strategy Leader for the firm's Water Sector Operations. Peter is the outgoing National President of AWA.
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