Water Journal : Water Journal September 2013
WATER SEPTEMBER 2013 26 Industry News • An upper threshold would not prevent increased water diversions. Enlarging the capacity of dams at Orange (e.g. Suma Park Dam or use of groundwater aquifer for storage) would considerably increase future diversions of water, inadequately accounted for in the environmental assessment. • There is significant potential to increase the maximum amount of water diverted from 3804 ML per year to 4380 ML per year, by varying pumping thresholds. “Our modelling identified the pumping thresholds were wrong, which was further supported by a government-commissioned assessment. What this means is that the approval is based on new thresholds, which have never been properly assessed,” says McCann. “The original environmental assessment has underestimated the ecological impact of this development.” Furthermore, Professor Kingsford says there’s a loop hole in the water planning that will allow increased diversions of water from “one of the most seriously compromised rivers in the Murray Darling Basin”. “This assumes there is spare water where there is none. The Macquarie Marshes have suffered for more than 40 years from diversions of water upstream for irrigation and towns. This is just another blow to its life-giving water supply,” said Professor Kingsford. The Australian Government is expected to make a decision on its environmental assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in coming weeks, with a particular focus on the impacts the development will have on the internationally recognised Macquarie Marshes. VINSI PARTNERS’ EXPANSION Vinsi Partners is delighted to announce the opening of a new Brisbane office and the appointment of two new Materials Scientists. Dr David Harrison is joining the Newcastle office as a Senior Materials Scientist and has over 20 years’ experience in various technical roles within the steel, water and manufacturing sectors. He has been responsible for a range of different projects throughout his career, including the development of a remedial water treatment strategy for copper pitting corrosion, and has specialist knowledge on metallic coatings performance and coating processes. Dr Matthew Hales is joining the newly opened Brisbane office as a Materials Scientist following his work on corrosion sensors as a post-doctoral research fellow at QUT. He has previously worked on a number of projects involving the development of engineering test systems for novel chemical processes through to chemical/forensic analysis and identification of various materials. BANKSIA AWARDS 2013 Tenix has been named a finalist in two categories of this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, widely recognised as Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards. Tenix CEO, Ross Taylor, said: “Four years ago we set the course for Tenix to be recognised as the leader in sustainable infrastructure delivery and these nominations show that we are well on track.” In the Built Environment award category, Tenix has been recognised for taking the lead in using the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s IS (Infrastructure Sustainability) rating scheme to guide its sustainable design and delivery of two sewage treatment plants in North Queensland for Whitsunday Regional Council. Council’s Mayor, Jennifer Whitney said, “Council has strongly supported the approach taken by Tenix in terms of sustainable infrastructure solutions, services and delivery, with the benefits to the community and the Great Barrier Reef the top priority. On behalf of Council, I congratulate Tenix who have worked tirelessly to achieve the rating as well as Council employees and those involved in the project.” In the Water award category, Tenix is a joint finalist with the Melbourne Cricket Club for the development of an innovative underground water recycling facility that now provides a sustainable Call 1300 735 123 to find out more about our data supply & lease to buy options Stormwater, Sewer & Trade Waste / Wastewater & Re-Use / Rivers, Reservoirs & Organics / Com::pass feed forward coagulation control $15,000 15,000 2012 TECHNOLOGY AWARD WINNER HET INSTRUMENT EXHIBITION $1515 FROM This miniature multi-parameter spectrophotometer probe provides a cost effective solution – from simple applications to integrated monitoring across water distribution networks. It can be directly mounted into pressurised mains without any pre-filtration. The i::scan range provides key parameters - Turbidity, TOC, Colour, UV254, TSS, COD. i::scan scan scan WATER QUALITY MONITORING STATION PRECISE & ROBUST • NO REAGENTS OR CONSUMABLES $$ NEW i eliminate the guesswork Vinsi’s Brisbane Office.
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