Water Journal : Water Journal May 2014
MAY 2014 WATER 23 Industry News "We are working to address this through projects such as the decommissioning of the Taroona Sewage Treatment Plant, upgrades to treatment plants in Rosebery, Deloraine, Kingborough, Launceston, Brighton; and the planning for a Greater Launceston Sewerage Strategy to reduce impacts on the Tamar Estuary. "Our 2015--18 Price & Service Plan will budget for a large number of sewerage infrastructure upgrades, but we also need to be mindful that these upgrades are funded by our customers and therefore we cannot increase charges unreasonably to increase the pace of improvements." Mr Brewster said the report clearly demonstrates that there are competing priorities for TasWater in terms of making critical improvements so people have clean drinking water and a reliable sewerage service, while also trying to keep costs down for customers as best we can. He encouraged customers to be involved in the consultation process for TasWater's 2015--18 Price & Service Plan, which will take place later this year. AWT JOINS MOTT MACDONALD GROUP AWT, a specialist water technology and consulting company based in New Zealand and Australia, has joined Mott MacDonald Group, a leading global management, engineering and sustainable development consultancy. The move is part of Mott MacDonald's business strategy to broaden the services the company offers in the Australasia region. Mott MacDonald has worked in New Zealand and Australia for over 40 years, providing leading edge services in areas as diverse as buildings, transport, water and public private partnerships. In Australia, Mott MacDonald's early portfolio includes involvement in strategic infrastructure such as Melbourne Underground Rail Loop, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Pyrmont Power Station and Sydney Water's MacArthur Water Filtration Plant. The consultancy provided project and design management for the AUS$535 million redevelopment of Adelaide Oval. The consultancy is currently working on North West Rail in Sydney, Melbourne Metro and Brisbane international container terminal ports in Queensland. In the water sector the company has provided concept design, speci cations and contract management of the Adelaide desalination project for SA Water. This includes a 300ML/d seawater reverse osmosis plant and 14km transmission pipeline. AWT has provided science and engineering-based services across the water sector for over 20 years. Employing around 50 engineers and scientists in its of ces in Auckland and Melbourne, the company provides technical solutions spanning the entire project cycle. These include collection, conveyance, treatment, reuse and residuals incorporating water, wastewater (industrial and municipal) and stormwater. The company recently supported the expansion of the Rotorua Treatment Plant and applied membrane bioreactor technology to meet New Zealand's tightest nutrient limits from a wastewater discharge. The company has also implemented a new NZ$20 million membrane water treatment plant for Taupo to remove arsenic from the source water. In addition, AWT has developed the H2Knowhow middleware data management platform, which is now being used by several water utilities across the region. WATER RA APPOINTS DAVID HALLIWELL AS NEW CEO Dr David Halliwell has been elected Chief Executive Of cer (CEO) of Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA), commencing in June 2014. Dr Halliwell will replace Ms Jodieann Dawe who was the inaugural CEO from 2008--2014. Board Chairman Professor Michael R Moore said Dr Halliwell, who was Acting CEO from August 2012 to January 2014, has the full support of the Water RA Board as he takes over the reins. "David came to WaterRA (then WQRA) with a strong background in research management, and has operated with a drive to succeed and demonstrated a clear view of future challenges and possibilities. He has shown a genuine commitment to the Australian water industry and the integral role that research plays in its future. "The Board looks forward to working with David as they explore new ways of growing the company and delivering even more bene ts for members and the wider Industry. " Prior to WaterRA, Dr Halliwell was a Research Director with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. He has a PhD in Chemistry, a Masters of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Halliwell will manage the company from his current of ce in Melbourne alongside the WSAA head of ce, while making regular visits to the WaterRA head of ce in Adelaide. JMW CONSULTANTS WINS GLOBAL AWARD JMW Consultants Australia has been awarded The Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) Award for Value and Excellence in Consulting in the Human Capital category for its work with Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) in Victoria. The AMCF Awards are given to projects that best illustrate how consulting teams add value to their clients' organisations and society at large. GMW, which manages water storage, delivery and drainage systems involving 70% of Victoria's stored water, was in need of reform at the end of last decade following one of the worst droughts in Australia's history. Customer expectations had changed dramatically and its situation worsened when the Board discovered an $80 million shortfall and was involved in a leadership dispute. GMW engaged JMW Consultants to support a radical transformation of the organisation by establishing a foundation of cohesive leadership, more transparent stakeholder engagement and a simpli ed costs structure. JMW Consultants launched a multi-stage strategic leadership forum involving the 28 key leaders of the organisation. One-on-one interviews with each participant assessed GMW's leadership and performance by revealing valuable information around operations throughout the organisation. The intensive sessions established a rm objective for a new strategic direction for GMW, while putting a plan in place for enrolling the entire organisation to implement the strategy.
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