CEO Report

A Word from the CEO

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2021, I am excited for the new prospects of the year.  Since we managed to achieve great things throughout the crazy period of 2020, what will we achieve this year? 2021 marks the midpoint of our Strategic Plan period.  Under the Plan we focus on five strategic areas (below).…

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A Word from the CEO

Nearing the end of the year, it is always good to take stock of our progress and achievements.  And VicWater has experienced a bumper 2020!  Here’s a summary of our contributions over the year: Creating the Policy Platform as a foundation for action and advocacy on regulatory reform, government policy, and the role of the…

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A Word from the CEO

The poet Christina Rosetti remarked “There is no time like Spring, when life’s alive in everything”.  Coupled with recent announcements of the easing of restrictions, the sense of life alive in everything right now seems stronger. Thanks to restricted activities over the last months, a renewed appreciation of nature and neighbourhoods may endure, bringing a…

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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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A Word from the CEO

On 17 and 18 June, VicWater held its inaugural Policy Forum. It was well-attended by all members and included a group of industry experts to challenge and improve our draft positions on seven critical policy issues affecting the sector. Ranging from water security to the recreational use of water storages, over the two days we…

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A Word from the CEO

During times of crisis or, perhaps more aptly, during ‘focusing events’, leadership is critical.  Having experienced a sequence of focusing events since December, many of us have compared the characteristics of good (and not so good) leaders. As you read the names of Jacinda Arden, Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, and Boris Johnson, I’m sure you…

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A Word from the CEO

After two months of being homebound, I have been able to witness the good and the bad of this isolation strategy.  For anyone with pre-school or primary-age kids, it’s interesting to say the least.  And we have learnt more about our colleagues’ lives since virtually co-existing. But I won’t focus on the challenging aspects of…

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A Word from the CEO

The current events of our globe have caused major dispersal of our people. More than ever, we are invited into each other’s personal domains as our home offices establish and evolve. And while physical distancing is in place to ‘flatten the curve’ and ride out the virulence of COVID-19, it is creating a new connectedness…

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A Word from the CEO

Policy development is one of VicWater’s key priorities. To do this well, we are working with senior staff across the membership who know what our sector’s major needs are and where we need to go. This group – the Policy Advisory Committee – recently sifted through a long list of current and emerging policy issues,…

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A Word from the CEO

For me, there was no escaping the numerous puns attributed to the year 2020! Marked by its various mentions, I spent some time reflecting on VicWater’s vision and also its mission. The vision depicts the desired future state or our association. The mission defines what we do to fulfil the vision. Without a vision and…

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