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A Word from the CEO

While I write this column, I am flying back to Melbourne from a members meeting convened by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). It was a joy to meet in person with people from across the industry while learning about a suite of initiatives being conducted by WSAA and its members. A standout for me…

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A Word from the CEO

This year, it would seem that not a week has gone by without learning of a new or a growing issue affecting our members. Our team has been at the forefront supporting members in resolving these issues.  While these issues may have an overall positive impact on customers or the community, most add to the…

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A Word from the CEO

To those of you who spent time away from work in January, welcome back! If you missed our January issue, I provided an update on our progress against the VicWater Strategic Plan and the changes we are making to improve our member services. This month, I would like to reflect on the support we received over the financial year. Looking…

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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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