Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
WATER AUGUST 2013 10 CrossCurrent The NSW Of ce of Water is encouraging participation by Aboriginal communities in water management through workshops. NSW Of ce of Water Commissioner, David Harriss, said: "With the assistance of Aboriginal communities, we can develop water-sharing plans which focus on environmental, social, cultural and economic opportunities and priorities." Acting Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Constance, has announced that not-for-pro t organisation House With No Steps has won a $600,000 contract with Hunter Water that will ensure jobs for dozens of local people with a disability. The contract will see House With No Steps maintain grounds at Hunter Water's 19 wastewater treatment plants, which stretch from Dora Creek in Lake Macquarie to Dungog in the Upper Hunter. An agreement has been reached on a signi cant water-saving project in the Nimmie-Caira area of the Lower Murrumbidgee oodplain. The Federal Government has agreed to provide $180 million to NSW to purchase the land and water entitlements from 11 property owners in the Nimmie-Caira area, and for NSW to undertake extensive infrastructure works and develop long-term land management arrangements. A microscopic collection of worms and mites could play havoc with Santos' biggest coal seam gas project in the New South Wales Pilliga State Forest. The ancient subterranean creatures that live deep in an underground aquifer are only one millimetre long and thinner than a human hair. They are known as stygofauna and play an important role in ltering and determining the quality of groundwater. The Government will use its recently passed "water trigger" laws to determine if Santos can go ahead with the drilling. Hydro-biologist, Dr Peter Serov, who found the two new species of stygofauna, says the creatures could be at risk because they are extremely sensitive to changes in water quality. The NSW Government has awarded the contract for cold-water pollution mitigation works at Burrendong Dam to Geotech Pty Ltd, Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said. The structure will enable warmer water from the surface of the dam to be released downstream, rather than cold water from the depths of the storage. Cold-water pollution can have a negative impact on native sh populations. The $3.4--$4 million project involves installing a temperature control structure around the intake tower that sits below the surface, allowing warmer surface water to ow into the curtain enclosure, enter the intake tower and be released downstream through the outlet valves into the Macquarie River system. NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, has announced contracts worth $755 million have been awarded to deliver major upgrades across the Sydney Water network. Mr Pearce said that after an extensive procurement process, a range of delivery contractors have been selected to design and construct assets for the water and wastewater systems. Lend Lease has announced an innovative partnership with Sydney Water and private company Solo Water to deliver a new Recycled Water Treatment Plant (RWTP) and upgrade existing wastewater infrastructure for the Bingara Gorge and Wilton communities. Hurstville City Council, with funding support from the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative and the NSW Of ce of Environment & Heritage, is constructing a stormwater harvesting and reuse scheme within Hurstville Golf Course in Sydney. ACT The ACT Government is inviting the community to have their say on its draft plan for managing Canberra's water supply for the next 50 years. Water For The Future -- Striking the Balance: Draft ACT Water Strategy 2013 is a long-term strategic vision for water management across the ACT and wider region. A series of public meetings will be held in centres across Canberra to ensure people have the opportunity to have their say on the draft plan. For further information on the public meetings, and to lodge a submission on the draft strategy, go to www.timetotalk.act.gov.au. Water and sewerage prices for the average Canberra household will fall by 7 per cent or $83 a year from July. The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) announced the cut on Wednesday. The cut in prices is achieved by an increase in water prices of almost 5 per cent, to be offset by a cut in sewerage prices or around 18 per cent, made possible by unforecast increased revenues in that area. Victoria Victorian Water Minister, Peter Walsh, has released Melbourne's Water Future, a draft whole-of-water-cycle strategy that will ensure Melbourne households and businesses are not subject to ever- increasing water bills caused by poor planning decisions. "The Victorian Coalition Government's strategy will deliver ample water for all of Melbourne's growing needs, at a lower price than the approach adopted by the previous State Government," Mr Walsh said. Stormwater will soon meet the irrigation needs of one of Brimbank's biggest sporting facilities with the completion of a $3.1 million dollar stormwater harvesting project at Green Gully Reserve in Keilor Downs. Water Minister Peter Walsh of cially launched the Green Gully Stormwater Harvesting Project, which will save tens of millions of litres of drinking water every year. Mr Walsh said the stormwater project was in line with the Victorian Coalition Government's recently released strategy, Melbourne's Water Future. Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, has announced the launch of a $357 million sewerage system servicing the Southern Mornington Peninsula. The South East Water project is one of the largest of its kind in Australia and offers customers an early connection option.
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