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A Word from the CEO

As you read this article, I hope you are either planning or have taken some well-deserved time and enjoy situations where you can recalibrate for 2022. For me, this is time in the Blue Mountains where I grew up. This ancient place hosts many ecological wonders. It is there I have a penchant for hikes…

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A Word from the CEO

November was a month of firsts for VicWater. We held a new directors introduction, bringing together non-executive directors across water corporations and catchment management authorities to learn and share about how we collectively work across the sector. I particularly enjoyed hearing from experienced directors, Andrew Cairns and Freya Marsden, sharing their experiences of the first…

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A Word from the CEO

There was no way of avoiding the conjecture going on at a national level ahead of COP26. The Prime Minister’s announcement on 26 October recognised the Government’s decision to commit to net zero by 2050 as the ‘Australian Way’.  While the debate will continue on the adequacy of that decision to address global climate change,…

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A Word from the CEO

Recently, I was reminded of the UN-Water’s definition of water security: “The capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political…

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A Word from the CEO

This week, our members would have received VicWater’s 2020-21 Achievements Report. This provides a concise overview of what we did last year – and surprisingly a great deal despite the odds against us! Looking at just a few of the positives of last financial year: we were supported by members to the extent that we have…

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A Word from the CEO

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a meeting of Chief Financial Officers from our regional members.  I was impressed by the enthusiasm of this group which committed to reforms that will have a marked and positive impact on our industry and its customers.  Such considerations included: the potential application of the Victorian Power…

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A Word from the CEO

On 20 and 21 May, we held our conference, Connect. This was exclusively curated for our members with direct input from subject matter experts across our industry within VicWater’s areas of focus.  Not only was the content tailored to our members but Connect was hybrid, providing in-person and online interactions between presenters and participants from The…

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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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