Water Journal : Water Journal May 2014
WATER MAY 2014 14 CrossCurrent Kerang will be better protected from future oods thanks to a $1.7 million upgrade to the town's levee system. Victorian Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, said a permanent levee had been constructed around the entire town perimeter. "The improved levee bank will protect the town of Kerang from ooding, as well as an additional two kilometers of state highway," Mr Walsh said. Western Australia Western Australia has a vast untapped water resource that warrants serious consideration from the newly established dams ministerial task group, Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said. "WA has signi cant water challenges, particularly around the Perth area in recent decades, and the city is growing rapidly. We need to consider opportunities to augment the water supply for Perth and expand water supply for agriculture and other development." West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has opened a new water source in the Pilbara, which he says will save the Government the cost of building a desalination plant. The $310 million Bungaroo Valley bore, near Pannawonica, will supply up to 10 gigalitres a year for Rio Tinto's coastal operations and for domestic use in Wickham and Dampier. The bore relieves pressure on the Millstream aquifer, which supplies the general water needs of the West Pilbara. South Australia The SA Commission has released its rst Annual Performance Report (APR) for the South Australian Water Industry following commencement of licensing and the Commission's role as economic regulator of the Water Industry Act on 1 January 2013. The Water APR relates to the year ending 30 June 2013. South Australians have the most expensive drinking water in the nation, according to a report by the state's Essential Services Commission (ESCOSA). The report found SA Water's typical residential water bill jumped by more than 30 per cent to $873 in 2012/13 and was the highest of all comparable Australian water utilities in both 2011/12 and 2012/13. Australian Capital Territory A draft assessment bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the Australian Capital Territory has been released. The agreement puts in place a single assessment process to reduce unnecessary duplication, while still maintaining high environmental standards. Under the agreement, the Federal Government will retain power to approve or refuse actions and attach conditions to approved actions. The equivalent of one-and-a-half times the capacity of the original Cotter Dam was added to the ACT's water reserves over a period of 10 days, ACTEW Water gures show. As a result, Canberra has more water in its combined storages going into autumn and winter than ever before. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, and Treasurer, Andrew Barr, have welcomed the release of the ACT Auditor-General's Performance Audit of the Water and Sewerage Pricing Process. The Government will use the ndings of the Auditor-General's Report as the basis for a broad reassessment of the framework for the pricing of water and sewerage services in the ACT. It is important that the ACT community has con dence that the process for determining the price for water and sewerage is independent, transparent and ef cient. Northern Territory Commissioner Dr Allan Hawke AC has commenced work on the Northern Territory Government's Inquiry into hydraulic fracturing, which will include an assessment of any associated environmental risks. Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean boreholes to force open existing ssures and extract oil or gas. Dr Hawke is expected to report back to the Government by the end of the year. Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, and the Northern Territory Environment Minister, Peter Chandler, have released a draft assessment bilateral agreement to establish a 'One-Stop Shop' for environmental assessments. The bilateral agreement allows the Commonwealth to accredit Northern Territory environmental assessment processes, so that the NT can assess projects on the Commonwealth's behalf. Member News Dr David Halliwell has been appointed CEO of Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA), commencing 3 June 2014. Selected from a wide eld of candidates, Dr Halliwell will replace Ms Jodieann Dawe who was the inaugural CEO from 2008--2014. Victor Young has been appointed Industry Director, Communications and Utilities for Aurecon, covering the Energy, Water, and Data and Telecommunications markets. Former Industry Director, Colin Dominish, moves into a new role as Client Relationship Director for Aurecon. Victor joins Aurecon from the Energy Division of Leighton Contractors where he was Manager, Power Generation. Prior to this he worked in a number of roles with Siemens Energy in both Asia Paci c and Germany. Hydro ux has appointed Steve Petoumenos as Sales Director of Hydro ux Utilities Pty Ltd -- a member of the Hydro ux Group of Companies. Steve has been in the water and wastewater treatment industry for over 25 years in various capacities, from Technical to Sales Management, Company Management and most recently, as the Vice President of Corporate Accounts -- Asia Paci c for Nalco, an Ecolab company.
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