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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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A Word from the CEO

January 2020 It is at this time that many of us observe the custom of wishing each other a Happy New Year.  Unfortunately, the year has not commenced with happiness for many Victorians – those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods due to Australia’s worst bushfires.  This terrible event has affected our people…

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A Word from the CEO

December 2019 Shortly, Melbournians will be experiencing the Government’s new water conservation campaign. While our metropolitan members prepare to disseminate messages targeting the major water-using behaviours in the home, I’ve pondered a paradox that we continuously face in providing water to our customers. That paradox relates to reliability. Consider the tap. It’s one of the…

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