Archive for January 2020

New draft Buffer Overlay

DELWP has commenced public consultation on a new Buffer Overlay for water assets. DELWP developed the draft Buffer Area Overlay, in response to water industry feedback during 2019. The overlay strengthens planning tools to support proposed updates to the Planning Policy Framework and Clause 53.10. VicWater has been closely involved in earlier phase of the…

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Red tape reduction – revised statutory land use terms

During 2018 VicWater prepared a submission to the DELWP Land Use Terms Advisory Committee: https://vicwater.org.au/news-publications/industry-guides-submissions/vicwater-submission-land-use-terms A focus area for the submission, and subsequent negotiate with DELWP, was the definition of ‘minor utility installation’. The minor utility installation definition plays a significant role in determining planning permit and native vegetation requirements (among other things) for water…

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VicWater Workshop Series

Maddocks presents the New Victorian Workplace Manslaughter Legislation Session New provisions apply from 1 July 2020 to create the statutory offence of workplace manslaughter, inserted into the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act). Employers, Officers (executives and Board members) and employees can be guilty of the offence. Individuals can face up to 20…

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March with us at Midsumma 2020

Join Pride in Water for the very first water industry wide contingent at the Midsumma Pride March, 2020. Pride in Water are very excited to join water authorities across Victoria to walk proudly in Midsumma Pride. Bring your work colleagues, your family and friends to be part of this historic event Sunday 2 February 2020. For more details…

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Emergency Resource Providers Support Scheme (EmRePSS) insurance

VicWater, on behalf of its 19 water corporation members, obtains insurance coverage under the Emergency Resource Providers Support Scheme (EmRePSS).  EmRePSS is ‘an insurance program that covers an organisation (or an individual) who provides their equipment, labour or professional services to tasking agencies during eligible emergencies’. It is cited in Appendix 11 of Emergency Management…

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A Word from the CEO

January 2020 It is at this time that many of us observe the custom of wishing each other a Happy New Year.  Unfortunately, the year has not commenced with happiness for many Victorians – those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods due to Australia’s worst bushfires.  This terrible event has affected our people…

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Emergency Water Relief For Bushfire Affected Residents

Media Release – 9 Jan 2020 Residents in bushfire affected areas who are without drinking and domestic water supply due to tank contamination now have a single point of contact to call for assistance. South East Water, based in Frankston, will be providing bushfire aid on behalf of the Victorian water industry to North East…

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