Water Journal : Water Journal December 2013
WATER DECEMBER 2013 16 CrossCurrent Tasmania The Australian Government has con rmed funding of $19.5 million for a new irrigation scheme to increase horticultural, viticultural and farm productivity in south-east Tasmania, creating up to 330 jobs. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Simon Birmingham, said the South East Irrigation Scheme involves construction of a 200-megalitre dam, installation of three pump stations and laying 82 kilometres of new pipelines for water delivery. Victoria The Victorian Coalition Government expects to realise further savings on the Victorian Desalination Plant project following agreement with AquaSure to re nance the project early. These savings will be passed through to Melbourne's water customers. The agreement between the Victorian Government and AquaSure also resolves $1.3 billion of outstanding legal claims. The Victorian Coalition Government has announced the appointment of one new chairperson and 17 new members to the boards of Victoria's 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs). Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, said nine chairs and 20 members had also been reappointed. Member News Reid Butler, chair of the AWA Water Ef ciency Specialist Network and Manager of the Sydney of ce of BMT WBM, recently led an Australian contingent to the 7th IWA Water Ef ciency Conference in Paris. Eighteen presentations were delivered by representatives of Australia's world leading water ef ciency industry. Reid presented the AWA position paper The Case for Water Ef ciency and facilitated a workshop to determine the best aspects of engaging business with ef ciency programs from around the world. GHD has implemented an innovative multi-barrier stormwater treatment system for a major mining company at the Port of Townsville in Queensland. The GHD-patented technology economically lters stormwater and is effective for a broad range of contaminants, including oil, grease, soluble nutrients and heavy metals. Dr Emily Phillips has been named the new Deputy Secretary of Water and Natural Resources at DEPI Queensland. For the past seven years, Emily has built and led the Rural and Resources Policy Branch at the former Department of Primary Industries, and most recently was Executive Director, Agriculture Policy at DEPI. Water engineer, Craig Berry, has joined Aurecon as Unit Manager for its Water team based in Brisbane. Craig moved to Aurecon from Jacobs, where he was director of its water division in Glasgow and managed Scottish Water's £800 million capital works program. URS has announced the appointment of Kelly Maslin as Water Business Line Leader, Australia and New Zealand. Kelly was a member of the ANCOLD Committee who prepared the ANCOLD Guidelines on Consequence Categories for Dams and is currently a member of the committee preparing the ANCOLD Guidelines on Retarding Basins. The Queensland Government has appointed an Aurecon-led consortium to conduct a $1.16M study to review the expected magnitude and frequency of ood ows for the Brisbane River catchment. Aurecon has partnered with Royal HaskoningDHV, Hydrobiology, Deltares and Don Carroll Project Management for the study, which will help create new systems to better handle future oods. James Currie has been appointed as Managing Director of Black & Veatch's Water Business for Australia. James has more than 30 years' experience in the water sector spanning the UK, south-east Asia and, most recently, Australia. He will continue to be based in Melbourne and can be contacted by e-mailing CurrieJD@bv.com Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has announced the appointment of Mark Sullivan AO, Managing Director of ACTEW Water in the ACT, as the new Chair of the WSAA Board. Mark takes over from outgoing Chair, Sue Murphy, Chief Executive Of cer of the Water Corporation of Western Australia. An integrated water project servicing the towns of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy has been recognised by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Queensland division (IPWEAQ) for excellence in design and construction. The Agnes Water Seventeen Seventy Integrated Water Project was awarded the IPWEAQ Excellence Award for Design and Construction of a Private/Government project over $10 million at the recent IPWEAQ State Conference. 'Problems with Pipes -- Drinking Water Networks Master Class' will take place in Sydney from 18--19 February 2014. This Master Class focuses on what can go wrong with pipes and troubleshooting the problem. Issues to be covered include planning and design to address unstable geo-strata or acid sulphate soils, selection of materials to minimise corrosion, dealing with leaks, catastrophic failure, pressure management and smart metering systems. For the full program visit the AWA website. The NSW Government has appointed Bruce Morgan as Sydney Water's new Chairman for a term ending in September 2016. Mr Morgan takes over from Dr Tom Parry, who was Sydney Water's Chairman from August 2007 to September 2013. Mr Morgan has been on Sydney Water's Board as a Director since January 2012 and has been acting Chairman since Dr Parry's term ended in September. East Gippsland Water has selected MWH Global to provide the bulk of its engineering services. The performance-based agreement commenced on 1 November and will initially run for three years, with a possible two-year extension. MWH boasts world-wide expertise in the water and wastewater industry and signi cant experience serving water corporations in Victoria.
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