From the CEO
Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Water Matters. Weather-wise, the season has been fairly traditional with significant rainfall and variant weather conditions. Work-wise, the sector is anything but traditional, it continues to forge new ground and actively pursue innovative solutions to remedy emerging or long-term issues. I am pleased to say that VicWater remains an important player in the sector’s pursuit of these goals, supporting our members to collaborate for extraordinary industry performance.
To that end we have recently built and released a new online collaboration functionality. Once logged into our member portal, members can access three tools designed to support VicWater industry groups to collaborate. The first tool allows document collaboration; multiple people can edit a document at the same time. The second is a chat function available from any page of our website; allowing members of VicWater groups to initiate conversations and/or comment on existing conversations. The third is a calendar that allows groups to share information on events that are coming up. These collaboration tools are seen as adding real value to our members and we are committed to investing in further refinements as the tool gets used and feedback is received.
The VicWater Board recently reappointed Peter Vogel, Chair of GWMWater to the role of VicWater Chair for the 2016/2017 financial year. At the October meeting we officially welcomed new directors to the VicWater Board; David Middleton, Chair of City West Water; Patrick McNamara, a Director with Goulburn-Murray Water; and Kevin Hutchings, Managing Director of South East Water. They join existing directors; Jo Plummer, Chair of Barwon Water, Dana Hlavacek, a Director with Melbourne Water and Peter Quinn, Managing Director of Goulburn Valley Water. On behalf of the broader sector I would like to thank all the VicWater directors for their willingness to support the sector by serving on the VicWater Board.
I would also like to acknowledge departing directors; Terry Burgi, Chair of Southern Rural Water and Lucia Cade, Chair of South East Water. Both generously contributed their time, their substantial expertise and their significant strategic know-how throughout their time on the VicWater Board.
There have also be a number of Managing Director appointments made within the sector recently; Jeff Rigby was reappointed to Coliban Water; Pat Lennon was appointed to Goulburn-Murray Water and Tracey Slatter was appointed to Barwon Water (from 1 Jan 2017). Congratulations to all and I look forward to working with you in the future.
I would also like to acknowledge the significant work that Joe Adamski has done for Barwon Water and the water sector as an active contributor and leader in VicWater forums and processes; and likewise within IWA. I wish him the very best for the future.
The nominations for the VicWater Emerging Leader Award closed recently and I am very impressed with the quality of nominations. Our winner will be provided with an opportunity to develop his or her leadership skills in a work experience opportunity with Veolia Water within any area of their operations anywhere in the world for up to three months. The winner will be formally announced at the AWA Victorian Water Awards Luncheon on Thursday 1 December.
In terms of VicWater priorities moving forward they are many and varied:
- We will be looking to influence and assist the sector in the implementation of the initiatives contained within the recently released Water Plan for Victoria.
- A newly formed industry steering committee (Water Industry Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee – WIDISC) will support the delivery of the Chairs Industry Strategy and Action Plan. The vision for this strategy and action plan is to create an inclusive and equitable water industry reflective of the richly diverse communities we serve.
- The Supply Chain Excellence (SCE) program through our in-house analytics and strategy expertise, has exceeded expectations in its first year by facilitating material benefits in productivity, commercial efficiencies, value chain, and industry wide collaboration. The program is aimed at optimising owner value, providing proof of performance, creating best practice for the industry, improving industry skillsets, and reducing hurdles to innovation. In its first year, the program has facilitated water and waste water treatment chemicals, and electricity projects impacting $150 million in operating expenditure. Now in its second year, the SCE program will continue to facilitate outcomes across MRO (maintenance repairs and operations), professional services, and shared outcomes (eg. strategy, systems, and services), while continuing to build on the initial successes in year 1 through chemical service management, and analysis of future markets for electricity.
- A number of policy pieces are being pursued so I would encourage you to keep an eye on our industry guides, publications and submissions page to keep up to date with what VicWater have released.
- From an internal perspective VicWater have initiated a governance review. This review has been triggered to ensure that the current board structure continues to best represent the sector; the timing of the VicWater Board election process are effective; and that the current member categories are appropriate.
- Finally we are continuing to deliver our normal suite of industry forums and events for the remainder of 2016. The scheduling of our core activities for 2017 have also been set.
It always seems a bit premature to close the Spring edition of the CEOs report with a Christmas wish but in my experience the last few weeks of the year go by so quickly that it can sometimes be forgotten. So on behalf of the VicWater Board and staff best wishes to you and your family for a very festive and merry Christmas and a prosperous and safe New Year.
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VicWater Annual Conference
The Annual Conference is the major showpiece for VicWater and this year’s Conference theme; ‘Global Context: leveraging disruption to shape our future’ provided another standout program of presenters for the industry’s enjoyment. This year the Conference hosted an impressive 199 delegates over the two days. We would also like to make a special mention of our sponsor support, their valuable contribution enhances our capacity to deliver outstanding events to our members.
Some of the highlights on the conference program included Adam Fennessy, Secretary of DELWP who delivered the opening address on creating a more diverse and inclusive water sector. David Bartlett, Former Premier of Tasmania, who gave a very insightful keynote address on technology, innovation and the next big thing, Marita Cheng, 2012 Young Australian of the Year who inspired many with her presentation on strategies to get girls and women into engineering and technology and Dr Hamish Reid, South East Water, who gave a realistic and achievable industry perspective on customer expectations. On day 2 of the conference Liza McDonald, Partner, Government and Community at Bastion S&GO gave a brilliant insight into engaging local communities and her presentation exceeded many expectations. To finish off the conference we had the top 5 innovation conference presentations, which impressed many for the variety and content which promoted collaboration across the industry.
A post event survey was issued to delegates and some terrific insights, feedback and ideas for the 2017 program have been provided so thank you to the delegates that took the time to respond.
Thanks to TechnologyOne who again provided a great give-away as part of the mobile app competition during the main dinner. This year a set of Bose headphones was won by Jacinta Ermacora, from Wannon Water.
Also at the dinner we were pleased to welcome back MC Arron Wood and The Hon Lisa Neville who provided the delegates with insights into the government’s current initiatives, priorities and direction. The evening’s entertainment was supplied by Barry Morgan’s World of Organs who delighted dinner attendees with his masterful organ playing and comedic banter, creating his very own VicWater house band.
Thanks to all that supported the Water Aid raffle which raised $2,070 this year. This has been a part of the VicWater main Conference dinner since 2006 and over that time has raised $18,000 for Water Aid. The “Chairman’s Dozen” was won by Chris Feil, South East Water.
For any information on the conference or presentations (that are available on the app) please contact Lauren Vines.
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Women in Watership Leadership Program
Women in leadership roles in 19 Victorian water-sector organisations are now Fellows of the Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust, after completing a unique program this spring.
This inaugural ‘Women in Water Leadership’ program, based on the Peter Cullen Trust’s influential ‘Science-to-Policy Leadership’ program, ran only in Victoria this year.
The Trust’s programs aim to build Fellows’ skills in linking policy, stakeholders and science for managing Australia’s water resources. The Women in Water Leadership program has fostered such skills in a competent and enthusiastic team of women leaders, to help build diverse leadership capacity in Victoria’s water workplaces. Initiated by the request of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and with their co-sponsorship alongside that of the Peter Cullen Trust, the program has proved worthwhile and impactful reflected in the feedback from the participants such as “the program was life-changing” and “I’ve learned that I am more creative and resourceful than I ever thought”.
Organisations from across Victoria sponsored a female leader from their management team to experience this leadership program, and should be credited for their foresight and investment decision. These organisations are: Barwon Water, Bureau of Meteorology, City West Water, DELWP, East Gippsland Water, Gippsland Water, GWMWater, Melbourne Water, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, North Central CMA, North East CMA, North East Water, South East Water, Southern Rural Water, Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Wannon Water, Western Water, Westernport Water and Yarra Valley Water.
The Victorian Water Minister the Hon. Lisa Neville MP recognised the value in having more women in places of leadership particularly in the water industry and has made significant ground in this space. The Minister was at the program graduation cocktail evening on 10 November, which senior Executives of the sponsoring organisations also attended.
Professor the Hon. John Thwaites, a former state Water Minister himself, as well as former Deputy Premier, who is Chair of the Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust, hosted the event. John spoke enthusiastically about the Leadership program, and the lead facilitator of the program, Ms Leith Boully. Leith was recently named Australia’s most ‘influential woman – local and regional’ by the Australian Financial Review.
In addition to the Fellows from the Women in Water Leadership program, a further nine Victoria-based Fellows also graduated from the Peter Cullen Trust 2016 Science-to-Policy Leadership program. This program was sponsored by a range of private and public authority bodies, which included Melbourne Water, South East Water, DELWP, Wimmera CMA ,Hydrology & Risk Consulting Pty Ltd and Hydronumerics Pty Ltd. Overall, there are now 56 Fellows of the Peter Cullen Trust in Victoria working to the benefit of water resources and environmental management in this state.
The Peter Cullen Trust aims to be a bridge between good science and good policy building capacity in leadership and communication and acknowledging that informed and meaningful collaboration is key to responsible and sustainable water management.
Peter Cullen Trust Leadership training aims to continue the advances made by the late Professor Peter Cullen AO, who was an important driver for water reform, including the National Water Initiative and the National Water Commission.
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Coliban Water MD Reappointed
Jeff Rigby will be Managing Director of Coliban Water until December 2021.
Coliban Water Chairman Andrew Cairns said an open market recruitment process that started in July had identified Jeff Rigby as the best candidate to lead Coliban Water for the next five years.
Mr Cairns said more than 70 people applied for the role.
“It was Jeff’s strategy thinking and ability to push the envelope to enable Coliban Water to enhance the social fabric of the region that excited the Board.
“His clear vision to address the challenges and opportunities gives us confidence he will lead the business in developing value for customers and the community, and building our resilience to the impacts of climate change,” Mr Cairns said.
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Goulburn Murray Appoints New Managing Director
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has appointed Pat Lennon as their new Managing Director and he commenced on 24 October 2016.
Mr Lennon has more than 30 years executive and management experience, having held positions in energy related businesses across Australia, North America and Asia.
He has held executive and senior management roles with State owned utilities, ASX listed and privately held companies, including Hydro Tasmania, AGL Energy via Agility, CBD Energy and Edge Electrons.
GMW Chair Jo Anderson said Mr Lennon would lead GMW to create opportunities and value for its customers and communities in the future.
She said he would also continue to drive the business’ efforts to work more closely with customers and community.
“His skills and experience will underpin the drive behind the changes GMW needs to make to ensure the future of our business, our customers and the irrigated agricultural industry in northern Victoria,” Ms Anderson said.
“At GMW we know our customers need price stability and predictability and this is a key focus of our Board, executive and entire business.”
“Mr Lennon has the experience to lead our business into the future.
“He has held executive and management roles in engineering and utility businesses nationally and internationally and has an in-depth knowledge in managing major assets and working with multiples stakeholders on complex issues.”
He replaced Neil Brennan who was appointed Interim Managing Director in June.
“I would like to thank Neil for his hard work and dedication to the role during the past three months and wish him all the best as he returns to Western Water,” she said.< PreviousNext >
Barwon Water Appoints New Managing Director
Tracey Slatter has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Barwon Water and will commence at the beginning of January 2017.
Tracey has more than 20 years experience at senior management level and was endorsed by the Barwon Water Board to lead the organisation over the next five years. She was chosen from a list of outstanding candidates following an exhaustive Australia-wide search.
Tracey brings a wealth of management experience to the role having had several years at the helm of local councils, as well as executive experience in the local region. She was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Port Philip City Council. Her previous roles include CEO of Colac Otway Shire, Head of Claims at the TAC, Director of Primary and Community Health in the Victorian Health Department and a Director of the G21 Geelong Region Alliance.
The Board was unanimous in its belief Tracey has the right skills and expertise to drive the organisation forward in a new era of change and opportunity.
Tracey replaces Joe Adamski who has been Managing Director for the last four years. Joe leaves a legacy that sets the organisation on a strong business footing and the Board wishes him well for the future.
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Taking on the English Channel
Glenn Wilson, General Manager Infrastructure Services at Yarra Valley Water became one of only 1,400 people in the world to successfully swim across the English Channel.
The swim was weather dependent and could have been any day during the week commencing 22 September 2016. The weather and opportunity to swim came sooner rather than later, with Glenn heading off at 4am the morning after flying into the UK. Glenn didn’t hang around to let the jet lag get in the way, setting off from Samphire Hoe near Dover.
Glenn landed in France after swimming a total distance of 44km swim in an impressive time of 10 hours and 24 minutes.
Talking about why he wanted to take on such a daunting challenge Glenn said I like to set big goals and work towards achieving them.
“Only 10% of swimmers that attempt the channel, actually finish it. I was one of the 90% last year when I attempted the swim but had to pull out due to food poisoning. I didn’t want to give up, but when the illness really kicked in half way through, I knew I wouldn’t make it so pulled out.
“The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and add to that the strong current and freezing cold water temperature. I knew it would push me to my limits, especially the second time round but I didn’t want to give up and I knew I had done the hard work with my training. My family, friends, and co-workers have been a great support throughout the journey, but when it came down to it, it was just me out there with my support crew against the elements. Knowing I had the support in the boat, and also back home gave me the additional mental strength I needed to push through” added Glenn.< PreviousNext >
New WSAA Chair
WSAA recently announced the appointment of Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water, as the new Chair of the WSAA Board. Pat takes over from the outgoing Louise Dudley, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Urban Utilities.
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Wannon Water’s Innovative Solution to Storing Data
Wannon Water has devised an award-winning solution to the problem of how to manage its 70,000 plans and drawings.
As Victoria’s second largest regional water corporation by area, Wannon Water is responsible for $1.2 billion worth of land and facilities. They include 1,960 kilometres of water mains, 930 kilometres of sewer pipes, 26 treatment and reclamation plants, 100 sewer pump stations, and buildings including offices, depots and laboratories – with plans attached to them all.
The corporation also has plans for thousands of developments, subdivisions and water and sewerage connections across the region.
In the past, all these documents had been filed on a large number of computers and network drives or stored as hard copies in Wannon Water’s many buildings including those Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland and Camperdown, meaning there was no central point of control
Now, that has all changed, as a team of employees have worked over the past three years to identify the best solution for the outdated system, allowing Wannon Water to access quality information, maximise business efficiency and deliver better value for customers.
A new and innovative process, using Wannon Water’s online record management system, was developed, enabling the digitisation and consolidation of plans into a single, user-friendly, reliable and accessible repository.
The project involved:
- Exporting and cataloguing 8,900 pages of plans in the existing database.
- Creating 2,384 drawing sets, allowing the identification of civil, mechanical and pipework plans.
- Identifying duplicate, superseded or redundant plans.
- Assessing and digitising hardcopy plans, including the scanning of more than 21,000 large-format plans.
- The future review and assessment of an estimated 22,000 electronic plans stored in network drives.
Wannon Water Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said the Plans Database Project was part of the corporation’s commitment to streamline processes and become more efficient.
He said it was just one of the ways that Wannon Water had been able to reduce prices and deliver long-term value to its customers.
“The new repository is an irreplaceable asset – a complete and reliable collection of our plans, maps and drawings that can be used with confidence,” Mr Jeffers said.
“It provides a central and secure storage system which eliminates the risk of vital records being lost or destroyed, reduces the costs of physical storage and retrieval and allows us to improve our customer service and response times.”
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Western Water Innovation Brings 38% Power Reduction
Western Water has introduced a new flow control measure that has reduced energy use at a water filtration plant by 38 per cent, saving more than $11,000 a year.
Western Water’s acting Manager, Water Systems and Solutions, Rod Curtis says the measure will also lower carbon emissions and reduce wear on the plant’s membranes.
“Essentially the innovation was to lower the pressure of the feed water into the plant by installing variable speed control on the delivery water pump,” Mr Curtis says.
“This eliminated the flow control valued that was restricting flow and wasting energy.”
Mr Curtis says the feed pressure into the plant has dropped from around 310kPa to 155kPa, which has led to the drop in power use.
“This lower water pressure is much gentler on the membranes, giving a longer service life and fewer repairs.”
The change has also led to an occupational health and safety benefit, as the lower pressure feed is less noisy.
“Previously operators needed to wear hearing protection while working around the membrane skids. The noise has now dropped so much that hearing protection is no longer required.”
Western Water’s Managing Director Neil Brennan says the measure is part of a renewed focus on innovation across the business.
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Yarra Valley Water CIO - One of the Best in Australia
Leigh Berrell, Chief Information Officer at Yarra Valley Water has been named one of the top 10 Chief Information Officers in the country by CIO Australia.
The inaugural CIO50 list recognises Australia’s 50 most innovative and effective Chief Information Officers who are influencing change across their organisations.
Pat McCafferty, Managing Director congratulated Leigh on his win, which was a huge achievement.
“I am personally very pleased to congratulate Leigh on his success. To be named in the top ten across Australia, when competing with some of the biggest organisations in the country is an enormous achievement, but not entirely surprising. Leigh embodies our culture and has played a large role in helping to shape our organisation during his time here” said Mr McCafferty.
Speaking about the achievement Leigh Berrell, Chief Information Officer added “This recognition reflects the tremendous effort of Yarra Valley Water’s IT team and their business partners over the last few years. It has been my privilege to lead the team and I’m in awe of what they have achieved.”
Leigh was nominated by Yarra Valley Water for the CIO50 due to the delivery of IT projects and initiatives in the business, but also due to his ability to recognise the ongoing and measurable improvements in the quality of the services his team delivers.
“Leigh is never shy to back away from a challenge, a few years ago Leigh took the bold decision to insource our IT services. This was after more than a decade of outsourced services, which was the norm for most organisations. However, the move paid off delivering lower costs, more effective systems delivery and a huge increase in staff satisfaction with IT services at Yarra Valley Water, well over 80 per cent and it continues to grow each year. The reliability of our systems has more than tripled in the last few years.
“Thanks to Leigh we have established our IT teams to be cross-functional and to hold responsibility for delivering both exceptional operational outcomes and the delivery of new innovative products and services. In all projects within Leigh’s area the principle focus is to identify the right business stakeholders to guide the development of these systems. At start of December Leigh is leaving us to move to another organisation with new challenges, we wish him all the best, but he will be sorely missed” added Mr McCafferty.< PreviousNext >
News from the Melbourne Retail Water Agencies
Over the past 10 years, Melbourne’s Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) have worked to unify our standards and our Contractor and Consultant management systems and processes. Given a number of non-metro Victorian Water Agencies also use these standards and systems, it is worthwhile sharing some of the changes we’ve seen.
Gravity Sewerage Standards
The new MRWA standards represent a substantial change in the way sewerage systems are designed and built.
These standards describe preferred solutions for the higher density developments which we are seeing more of, and provide instruction on the use of modern products.
The MRWA has also been looking at the cost, customer and water agency impacts of sewerage mains in private property due to the shrinking size of housing lots and the decline in properties with backyard access.
While the new sewerage standards have gone some way to resolving this problem, the MRWA is working with the UDIA and the Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE) to undertake a thorough review of the impacts of private property sewers which do not have reasonable access. The final report is due around the end of 2016 and should enable the MRWA to specify a reasonable limit to the number of private property sewered lots that can be designed without reasonable access.
The new Gravity Sewerage Standards were published in October 2015, and revised again this year.
Water Supply Standards
The MRWA water supply standards published in 2012 have undergone a major upgrade following extensive consultation with water agency staff and a joint ALDE and the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) working team,
The revised water standards will be published on the MRWA website towards the end of 2016 and will come into effect immediately.
The MRWA Water Quality Compliance Specification and the MRWA Water Calculators (providing thrust restraint and PE pipeline calculation facilities) will also be upgraded and the revised documents published at the same time.
Supplier Accreditation System (ARCUS)
In the last couple of years, the MRWAs have been working to unify and modernise our accreditation system (ARCUS) for consultants and contractors to make it easier for organisations to self-manage their accreditation information. The new combined system applies consistent assessment criteria and allows for a single application to all participating water agencies simultaneously. Based on this common information source, each participating water agency independently and individually publishes their own accreditation lists.
Since completing the ARCUS system, a number of non-metro Victorian water agencies have expressed an interest in participating in this system. The MRWA supports this extension of the ARCUS system and encourages any interested water agency to contact the system developer Kevin Burke from Trade Interchange.
Consultant and Contractor Training and Assessment
The MRWA’s have recently clarified the pipelaying training required for sewerage pipeline construction accreditation which is available from City West Water.
A three –year project to train and assess over 200 Victorian water supply design key personnel as part of the WSAA supported Design Assurance Scheme has also been completed.
Around 35 people have successfully passed all the assessment work and are now accredited by the MRWA to undertake water design work.
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A Water Efficient Community of the Future at Lyndhurst
A ground-breaking new residential development in Lyndhurst will encourage efficient water and energy use at home for more sustainable living.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville toured the Aquarevo Discovery Centre to see first-hand the water-saving features to be installed in each home in the 460-lot estate in Lyndhurst.
In an Australian-first, the use of rainwater and recycled water will help slash demand for drinking water by up to 70 per cent and reduce stormwater run-off by 25 per cent.
Central to the Aquarevo home is the rain to hot water system, which captures rainwater from the roof and stores it in a tank at each property.
The rainwater undergoes screening, filtration, UV and heat treatment, before supplying hot water taps in the shower, bath, laundry trough and clothes washing machine.
To preserve drinking supplies, Class A recycled water – the highest quality recycled water available – will be produced by an onsite water recycling plant. All treated wastewater will be returned to homes for use in toilets, gardens and washing machines.
Homes will use South East Water’s OneBox® technology to manage water use and monitor energy consumption – while solar panels will also be installed.
Aquarevo is a collaboration between South East Water and Villawood Properties.
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Hop To It - Citizen Scientist Recruitment Drive
Melbourne Water is hoping to mobilise Melburnians who work in the water industry to make a positive contribution to science and conservation by recording the serenades and locations of local frog populations for its Frog Census.
Now in its 15th year, Melbourne Water’s Frog Census is a citizen science monitoring program which tracks the locations of frog populations in Melbourne by recording their calls.
This year participation rates received a big boost following the launch of an innovative mobile phone app at the start of Spring, which saw the number of frog calls recorded and submitted dramatically increase.
Melbourne Water’s frog expert and Waterwatch Coordinator Richard Akers said every record submitted by the community is important and could play an important role in a species’ ongoing survival.
“Frog populations tell us a lot about the overall health of a waterway because frogs are very sensitive to changes in the environment,” Mr Akers said.
“When we receive records of them calling we know the environment in that location is healthy and when we don’t, it may be stressed. We use this information to focus our conservation efforts where they will make the biggest difference.
“Every record we receive is important and the more we receive the better. Over the years the community has discovered previously unknown populations of threatened and endangered frog species, which has led to habitat protection and restoration projects in different parts of Melbourne.
“Targeted interventions like this by Melbourne Water could be the difference between the ongoing survival of the species or local extinction.”
Melbourne Water is looking to recruit more people who work in the water industry to participate in the Frog Census by downloading the app and helping spread the word.
More than 5,000 frog records have been submitted by a core of dedicated volunteers over 15 years.
“In the past we armed them with a clipboard and tape recording equipment. They would write down their observations and post them in, together with the tape recording for analysis,” Mr Akers said.
“Our new mobile phone app has transformed this process. It can all be done by the push of a button, which has really helped increase participation. During the first two weeks of Spring alone we had the same number of records sent in as the previous 18 months.
“The best time of year to record frogs is during Spring and during Autumn, which is when they are most likely to be active,” Mr Akers said.
Records submitted by the community are analysed by Melbourne Water and added to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas and Atlas of Living Australia, which is used to inform important decisions, such as threatened species nominations.
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Vision Super - Become Super Savvy
Recent research from consumer advocacy group, Choice, found Australians don’t know how to find the right super information for their needs, losing potential savings.
As a member of Vision Super, we want to help you understand your super so you can get the most out of it. After all, your super will most likely end up being one of the biggest assets you accumulate in your life.
Stay up to date with your super online
In March, a survey of 2000 Australians found that 40% of the participants didn’t know how much was in their super. The good thing is, staying up-to-date with your super is easier than you think with our secure member site, Vision Online.
Once logged in to Vision Online, you can view your transactions, change your investment options, personal details, beneficiaries and insurance cover.
On our public website, you can find a range of fact sheets, calculators and online tools designed to help you work out a budget, which investment option suits you, whether you have enough insurance cover, and how much super you could end up with at retirement.
Education and advice over the phone and face to face
Come along to one of our seminars, or give our Member Services team a call if you’re after some general information.
If you’d like advice about a single area of your finances, like contributions, insurance or your investment selection, you can speak to one of our advisers over the phone or face to face.
If you’re after in depth financial advice, you can arrange an appointment with one of our qualified financial planners, who can create you a strategy to help you grow and protect your investments for your future. Find out more about our financial advice options at here.
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TechnologyOne - It's a Wrap! TechnologyOne Hosts Biggest Evolve Conference
In a cloud first, mobile first world, there are those that stand still, and those that Evolve.
In four action-packed days we had 2500 delegates, 122 sessions presented by 117 speakers across 12 streams, along with plenty of fun at TechnologyOne’s Evolve 2015 customer conference. Our diverse line-up of speakers shared technology previews and expert advice. Customers shared case studies of their early adopter pioneering processes built in collaboration with TechnologyOne.
TechnologyOne were particularly pleased to have Victorian water customer, East Gippsland Water present on their journey with TechnologyOne to deploy network trace functionality to spatially manage their water assets and improve decision making. You can read their story here.
See all Evolve customer case studies on video on our website.
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