Archive for April 2020

Postponement of Victoria’s new environment protection laws

New environment protection laws were scheduled to come into effect in Victoria on 1 July 2020 – laws that apply to all Victorians and all businesses trading in Victoria. The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) will transform Victoria’s environment protection laws and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). The Victorian Government has announced the Act’s…

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Webinar: Supporting Staff through COVID-19

Join VicWater and Beyond Blue guest speaker Nikky Swanson for our free Webinar: Supporting Staff through COVID-19 on Wednesday 29 April, 10:30 am – 11:00 am In this free session Nikky will share her journey through depression and discuss how you can seek help to support a colleague, friend or family member who may be finding the…

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Maree Lang appointed Managing Director, City West Water

Maree Lang, Managing Director City West Water

VicWater would like to congratulate Maree Lang on the appointment of Managing Director for City West Water. Ms Lang has been acting in the role since November 2019, continuing to lead the organisation to successfully deliver essential services to over one million Melbournians across the CBD and expanding western suburbs, as well as industrial and…

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Damian Wells shares three leadership tips for COVID-19 Communications

Damian Wells, the managing director of Coliban Water, has been praised for his proactive efforts in reorganising the utility as well as proactive communications during the Covid-19 pandemic. In an Aquatech Online article headlined ‘How water utilities are communicating on Covid-19’, the utility was referenced for its frequent and transparent communication. In an online video interview,…

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Victorian water industry – supporting our customers during COVID 19

Victorian water corporations are actively helping customers who are experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID 19. All water corporations have a range of easy to access programs and support services that can ease the pressure and stress for customers having difficulty paying their bill.  This includes help with concession card discounts, access to…

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Reform Priorities

VicWater met with the Productivity Commission (PC) 25 March 2020 to discuss reform priorities as part of a revised National Water Initiative (NWI). The PC has taken on responsibility, from the now defunct National Water Commission, to progress the NWI. The PC’s priority for the revised NWI is to promote greater policy clarity in areas…

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Vision Super’s response to COVID-19

Even during this time of uncertainty, one thing remains the same: Vision Super is committed to providing support to our members and employers. Although we’ve had to make changes to how we service our members (the Vision Super office is closed and we can’t provide face-to-face support, like seminars) we continue to help our members…

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Onsite waste water systems and sewer connection powers

In February 2020 VicWater circulated a proposed water industry position on policy options to augment powers to connect properties to sewer services were circulated to water corporations. The DELWP ‘Onsite Domestic Wastewater Management Steering Committee’ developed these policy options in response to a VAGO Performance Audit in 2018.

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Recreational access to potable water storages

VicWater met with DELWP and the GHD project team 27 March for a progress meeting of the project to develop a state-wide inventory of water storages, and identify cost and timing implications of providing recreational access at currently closed storages, on a transparent per-storage basis.

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High Usage and Leakage Allowance

VicWater has appointed Paul Pretto to assist the review and redrafting of the VicWater High Usage and Leakage Allowance (HULA) Guideline. Paul Pretto, VicWater and YVW Chair of the HULA Working Group met with the Energy and Water Ombudsman and representatives from the Essential Services Commission March 24 to gain their preliminary input in the…

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