Water Journal : Water Journal February 2014
26 AWA News WATER FEBRUARY 2014 NATIONAL OPERATORS CONFERENCE: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS With the 2014 National Operators Conference being held in Cairns and the mounting damage of the nearby Great Barrier Reef as a reminder, we are taking a strong focus on the environmental obligation in the sustainability of our operations. As emerging industries such as mining, agribusiness and tourism, come to fruition, e.g. we need to ensure the future national prosperity is balanced carefully with sustainable water usage and environmental protection. AWA's Operations Specialist Network is seeking short abstracts relevant to the following themes: Affordability Wastewater, water treatment optimisation; Innovation of operations; Customer, regulator interaction and engagement in operations; Benchmarking operations; Affordable operations; Affordable supply solutions for remote communities. Liveability Innovation in water and wastewater supply projects; Smart design for water and wastewater supply; Operations which meets particular needs of customers; Planning for future operations. Sensitivity Measuring the impact of operations; Innovations to lessen the impact of operations; Operations that meets or exceeds sustainability targets; Challenges of sustainability in operations. For more information please visit www.awa.asn.au/operators2014 WATER INNOVATION FORUM AWA will host the AWA Water Innovation Forum in Brisbane on 28 April 2014 -- the day before Ozwater'14. The Forum is a platform for innovators, buyers and investors to come together and form solid business relationships. This is a great chance for leading utilities, infrastructure providers, procurers and investors to see what some of the best water innovators have to offer. The forum will also provide business matching and a panel of leading commercialisation experts to offer legal, nancing and marketing advice. This is the rst in AWA's ongoing series of meetings to engage key industry stakeholders to have their say on the future of water industry research and development. To nd out more, please go to www.ozwater.org/innovationforum ERRATUM In the December 2013 issue of Water Journal the paper 'How Climate Change Will Impact on the Water Industry: Key Findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report', authored by PB Urich, P Kouwenhoven, Y Li, K Freas and J Poon, was published on page 45. Erratum in: Graphical error in Figure 3 and Figure 4 in published paper. The graphic used in Figure 3 was swapped with Figure 4. The graphic for Figure 4 should show a considerable temperature increase for the whole area. The graphic for Figure 3 should be exchanged with the graphic used for Figure 4 and vice versa. The authors apologise for any confusion or inconvenience caused. SHARED GOALS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WATER SECTOR Recently AWA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) to work collaboratively to reach a common vision -- to deliver better outcomes for the Australian water sector. AWA's CEO, Jonathan McKeown and President, Graham Dooley joined WSAA Executive Director, Adam Lovell and Chairman, Mark Sullivan to sign the agreement on behalf of both associations. This MoU will see both AWA and WSAA working actively to identify opportunities for closer interaction and information exchange at a senior representative level and to share organisational direction or strategy as part of an open and cooperative dialogue. Other outcomes detailed in the MoU include becoming more cooperative in policy development and the representation of the water industry, increasing cooperation on education and training services, and seeking out potential opportunities for event collaboration that will improve the overall business capabilities and technical knowledge of the industry. AWA look forward to cultivating a stronger partnership with WSAA both for their respective members and for the wider water sector. BRANCH NEWS Queensland Securing Queensland's Water Future: 30-Year Water Strategy The Honourable Mark McArdle, Minister for Energy and Water Supply, has agreed to meet with the Queensland Strategy & Policy Committee on a regular basis to discuss current water issues. Members will also have access to the Minister at a Breakfast Presentation on 19 February where he will share his insights into the 30-Year Water Strategy. Feedback from the 30-Year Water Strategy discussion paper released last year highlighted the need for improved planning, skills, innovation and community engagement within the sector, as well as smarter regulation that focuses on outcomes and reducing business costs. Please go to the AWA website to register. Tasmania 2013 AWA Tasmania Young Water Professional of the Year (Gary Ingram Memorial Award) The 2013 AWA Tasmania Young Water Professional of the Year was awarded on Friday 22 November at the Galah Dinner & Debate. The judging panel was extremely impressed by the standard of applications and awarded a Highly Commended to Jody Bush from Taswater (North) and the winner's trophy to Elizabeth Hickman, also from TasWater (North). Tim Gardner, Managing Director of Stornoway, presented Elizabeth with her award and the Gary Ingram Memorial Trophy, to which her name will now be added.
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