Archive for August 2020

Creating Jobs for our Environment

Melbourne Water has created more than 100 new jobs in an exciting initiative aimed at protecting and beautifying the city’s waterways. The new roles stem from the State Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria initiative with the majority of jobs to focus on Melbourne Water’s essential work caring for the city’s waterways and land. Named the Waterway…

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IWN Update

Tech trial opportunities for IWN members If you’re interested in being part of a trial to inform technology solutions for our sector, check out the opportunities the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) has available: PumpCheckR – reviewing pump data against the pump curve to drive efficiencies. IWN is looking for two water corporations to share data…

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Water Scholarships Opportunity

Clearwater in collaboration with The International WaterCentre (IWC) are currently offering two Water Leader Scholarships for professionals interested in joining the next intake of the Water Leadership starting in December 2020, to help emerging leaders develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance integrated water management projects. Clearwater is offering two scholarships for Victorian applicants (each…

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Sound familiar?

It doesn’t matter how you do it, just get rid of that stench! I’ve heard it again and again within the waste water industry. Odour control is not core business, so we only pay attention when it’s being a big problem. Unfortunately, just like buying a dirt cheap, low quality engine oil from Super Cheap…

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VicWater High Usage and Leakage Allowance guide review

VicWater presented an updated draft Guideline for Unexplained High Usage and Undetected Leak Enquiries at the IWA Customer Services SIG on 30 July and circulated a copy of the draft to water corporations and stakeholders. The updated draft has been developed by a working group, chaired by Kerrie Clark (YVW) with representatives from water corporations,…

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Possible impacts of any delay in legislated SG increases

Superannuation guarantee, or SG, is the amount your employer has to pay into your super fund on your behalf. The purpose of super is to provide income in retirement to substitute or supplement the government age pension, so the rate of the SG should be set at a level that will provide enough income to…

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July economic and fiscal update from Pitcher Partners

The Federal Government released its July Economic and Fiscal Update (JEFU) statement, painting a picture that Australia is performing better than many of its OECD equivalent economies. However, the reality is that COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on the domestic economy, unemployment, debt and GDP into the future. To…

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A Word from the CEO

On 15 July with WSAA we held a director and executive event considering the macro trends affecting our sector.  These trends were viewed with the circumstances of COVID-19 and identified using an analysis of the social, technological, environmental, economic and political (STEEP) factors.  The environmental scan reports of water corporations across Australia, global trends studies…

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Map your ideas as Melbourne Water plan for a Waterway Blitz

Melbourne Water are looking for hot-spot locations to collect litter, remove weeds and undertake other amenity improvements. The Waterway Blitz is part of the $500 million State Government Working for Victoria initiative. Melbourne Water has created more than 100 new jobs with the majority of those roles aimed at protecting and beautifying the city’s waterways. This is…

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Construction Procurement

On 31 July, VicWater hosted interviews with law firms bidding to draft a whole of water industry construction contract. The water industry is embarking on a process to draft a common construction contract to comply with the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Directions for Public Construction Procurement. VicWater is coordinating a reference group, chaired by Adam Cunningham (Barwon Water)…

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