Archive for May 2020

Creating culturally safe and inclusive workplaces in the Victorian water sector

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week Victorian water corporations are working to develop their knowledge of Aboriginal culture and make sure they are culturally safe and inclusive by using cultural awareness training and other actions detailed in their Reconciliation Action Plans and/or Diversity & Inclusion strategies and plans. Several water corporations use cultural awareness training to help…

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Providing Traditional Owner access to water and shared benefits

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week Victorian water corporations are trialling a number of different ways of providing Traditional Owner access to water and shared benefits. Most of these are exploratory or in early planning stag­es, while some are currently in progress. Wannon Water is supporting the Killara Kooyong Project, a pilot eel aquaculture project using water…

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A partnership approach to land and waterway management in Gippsland

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week Four water corporations in the Gippsland region – East Gippsland Water, Gippsland Water, South Gippsland Water and Southern Rural Water – are signatories to the Gunaikurnai Land And Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and Gippsland Environmental Agencies (GEA) Partnership Agreement. The Agreement has four key objectives and a two-year action plan. The…

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Australia Post suspends Priority Letters service

Australia Post has announced from Monday 1 June 2020, their Priority Letters service will be suspended due to the significant impacts of COVID-19. While they are no longer selling the Priority Letters service to Business & Government customers, Australia Post will continue to accept and process Priority letters until 29 May 2020. Australia Post have…

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Victorian water corporations supporting Aboriginal economic development through social procurement

In line with Victorian Government’s social procurement objectives, water corporations’ social procurement strategies include the provision of opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians. Several water corporations engage Traditional Owner organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to provide a range of goods and services in relation to water and land management as well as for other…

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Increasing Aboriginal inclusion in the Victorian water sector

Several water corporations, including Barwon Water, Gippsland Water, Yarra Valley Water, East Gippsland Water, Goulburn Valley Water, Coliban Water, Lower Murray Water, Central Highlands Water, South East Water, Melbourne Water and Westernport Water, have committed to sponsoring Aboriginal people in their vocational education by providing internal traineeships and/or supporting students to attain formal qualifications. Sam…

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Incorporating Traditional Owner ecological knowledge and cultural values in Victorian waterways

Victorian Traditional Owners have managed land and water sustainably for thousands of generations. The Victorian water sector is working with Traditional Owner groups across the state to incorporate their ecological knowledge and cultural values in water planning and management. Aboriginal Waterway Assessments (AWA) are an important tool to help incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into water…

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National Reconciliation Week webinar – Talking Water Together

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous people, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. To celebrate and commemorate National Reconciliation Week, WSAA are joining the AWA for a webinar…

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Connecting Central North-West Victoria To The Water Grid

Thousands of people across central north-west Victoria now have reliable stock and domestic water supply with the completion of the South West Loddon Pipeline project. The newly completed pipeline provides secure reticulated water supply to more than 1,500 rural properties over 2,900 square kilometres surrounding Inglewood, Newbridge, St Arnaud and Wedderburn, for the first time.…

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Goulburn Valley Water welcomes three new Board Directors

Goulburn Valley Water has welcomed three new Directors to its Board, with the appointments adding significant experience from diverse backgrounds, building on the existing strength of the Board to address future challenges. Mark Stone AM has been appointed Board Chair, while Tammy Atkins and Denis Flett have been appointed as Directors; and all joined their…

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