News Archive

April 2016

29 April 2016
New funding boost to bolster Great Barrier Reef
Efforts to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef have received a $50 million boost, with Federal Government funding for new projects to improve farming practices. Environment...  

29 April 2016
Floating berths for Yarra’s future
The Lower Yarra River will receive a number of new floating berths as part of State Government measures to improve management of the waterway. In response to reports from the ...  

28 April 2016
CSIRO props climate science with new centre in Hobart
The CSIRO has announced the establishment of a new national Climate Science Centre in Hobart employing 40 full-time scientists. The centre has ten years' guaranteed research...  

28 April 2016
New water contamination laws for Queensland
The Queensland Government has promised farmers they won't be unintentionally caught up in tough new land and water contamination laws. The recently passed Environmental ...  

28 April 2016
Taking the low fat option
Fat - a topic high on the conversational agenda for households, restaurants and food manufacturers nationwide. As a country, we care a lot about the fat we put into our bodies ...  

27 April 2016
Monitoring vital for public trust during reforms
The water industry risks losing reform gains if it does not invest in monitoring and research ...  

27 April 2016
ACCC review threatens higher water bills in NSW
Water bills will likely rise for WaterNSW customers following a draft decision from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). An ACCC spokesperson said ...  

26 April 2016
Global ambitions at the Ozwater Exhibition
The Ozwater exhibition hall will showcase the finest examples of Australian innovation and engineering. These technologies have the potential to transform our sector; disrupting ...  

26 April 2016
Unsustainable urbanisation a key risk for water management
Increasing urbanisation is ratcheting up the risks for water management and more care must be taken to protect urban water supplies, says international thought leader Aromar Revi ...  

26 April 2016
Cultural transformation key to utility’s sustainable efficiency
With water utilities under more pressure to operate effectively than ever before, creating an ongoing practice of sustainable efficiency is no longer an optional aid but a necessary cultural...  

22 April 2016
Agriculture loans bolster drought-affected farmers in WA
Drought-affected farmers in Western Australia can now apply for loans under the 2015–16 round of the Drought Concessional Loans Scheme. Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water ...  

22 April 2016
Future YWP takes out TasWater scholarship
A young engineering student with a drive to 'have an impact on society' has picked up this year's TasWater Steve Balcombe Scholarship. Callum Tate begins engineering studies at the...  

21 April 2016
Standpipes ordered to save on water transportation in Victoria
Drought-hit communities carting water in western Victoria will get some relief, thanks to funding for extra standpipes. The Victorian Government has announced a $175,000 investment...  

21 April 2016
Wine glass water tank offers efficient water security
A wine-glass shaped water tank has taken pride of place in Palmerston, Northern Territory. In addition to its intriguing form, the tank will bring water security to the region, said Water ...  

20 April 2016
Victoria turns to pipeline for emergency water
The Melbourne-to-Geelong pipeline has been switched on for the first time and a local borefield is being prepared for operation as extremely dry conditions persist in the region. Victoria's...  

20 April 2016
First-time use of wastewater for land restoration in Broome
A wastewater treatment plant is helping to grow native trees for land restoration programs in Western Australia. Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant is providing recycled water for ...  

19 April 2016
NSW water infrastructure bolsters irrigators
Farmers in western New South Wales could soon have greater yields and more flexibility in choosing crops under the Narromine Irrigation Board of Management (NIBM) Scheme. The $60...  

19 April 2016
Relining water mains a future concern for water utilities
The development of water main relining techniques to replace ageing assets will be crucial to keeping costs within a manageable range for water utilities in future. That's the advice from Baron...  

18 April 2016
The only constant in life is change
This adage may be age old but in contemporary management across the water sector it could not be truer. We all acknowledge that change is a certainty, and in these unprecedented times of...  

18 April 2016
New light shed on keys to successful community engagement
There is no magic solution to engaging effectively with community on water issues, with the latest research revealing the importance of an outcome-oriented approach. University of Queensland...  

18 April 2016
Water utilities ready for next wave of SCADA data analysis
With data science developing at a rapid rate, water utilities are poised to transform the way they analyse SCADA records, according a utility systems analyst. At the upcoming Ozwater’16, Coliban...  

15 April 2016
Microbes offer waterway rehabilitation clarity
Tiny microbes could provide a better indicator of waterway rehabilitation than existing benchmarks, according to researchers from Edith Cowan University. Studies from the university's Mine Water...  

15 April 2016
Power saving push in Tasmania to help water shortage
The Tasmanian Government is calling on the state to conserve power as dam levels drop to 13.6% of full energy storage capacity. The Government has placed advertisements in local newspapers...  

14 April 2016
Engineer celebrated for irrigation upgrade project
A civil engineer behind major upgrades in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area has been named one of Australia's best in delivering client services. The inaugural GHD Client Service Award...  

14 April 2016
NT irrigation expansion calls on private land owners
The Northern Territory Government is calling on the private sector to help develop new farming land as part of the Stage 3 Ord River Irrigation Expansion. The Government has begun...  

13 April 2016
Branching out into new markets with Ozwater’16
With just 4 weeks to go until the hotly anticipated start of Ozwater’16, we speak to Executive Director of Daemco, Anthony Favero about why he is joining our 200 strong Ozwater trade...  

13 April 2016
Better policy key to water sensitive urban design
A new study has confirmed the over-arching importance of strong planning and environmental laws in water sensitive urban design (WSUD). Researchers for the Co-operative Research...  

13 April 2016
Rainwater harvesting tanks save consumers millions
Australian governments are being encouraged to make rainwater harvesting a priority after recent research demonstrated the financial rewards. The Australian Bureau of...  

12 April 2016
Implementing smart water meters to effect behavioural change
A WA research project is delivering encouraging results on the power of smart water meters to drive effective behavioural change. The Water Corporation has teamed with the CRC for...  

12 April 2016
River’s post-power station future up for debate
For almost 50 years, Victoria’s Alcoa power station pumped 4.5ML of treated bore water into the nearby Anglesea River.That flow has gone dry, however, following the coal-fired...  

11 April 2016
Buyback pushing up the price of water for irrigators, but not as much as drought
Commonwealth water recovery in the southern Murray-Darling has increased the cost of water allocations in the region, but dry seasonal conditions are still the main cause of ...  

11 April 2016
Knowledge sharing to overcome urban water challenges
World cities have no time to waste in working together on clearly defined solutions to long-term water issues, international water researchers warn. Principal Scientist Kees van ...  

8 April 2016
Cloud seeding starts early after record Tasmanian dry
Hydro Tasmania has launched its annual cloud seeding campaign a month earlier than usual due to record dry conditions and power security concerns. A decision was taken to...  

8 April 2016
Call for greater gender diversity in water utilities
Improving gender diversity within water utilities isn't just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense, according to Ernst & Young. The global professional services firm...   

7 April 2016
Renewable wave energy hits Australia
Wave energy development in Australia is set to get a boost, with a West Australian clean energy firm teaming up with one of the world's leading wave energy developers.  

7 April 2016
Broken Hill’s water plight sparks up a state-wide inquiry
Water management practices are under the microscope in regional New South Wales, following the launch of a parliamentary probe. The NSW Upper House Water Augmentation ...   

6 April 2016
Engineers’ new leader pushes forward with global water data analysis
Engineering and design company GHD plan on playing a larger role in global water data analysis and application, according to incoming CEO Ashley Wright.   

6 April 2016
Water filter technology takes to sound waves
Acoustic wave technology could be the key to capturing and separating substrates from water without filters or chemicals. FloDesign Sonics, a small US firm, has ...   

5 April 2016
Key to diversifying industry leadership lies in merit-based recruitment
Diversifying leadership within the water sector will require varying how merit is identified, endorsed and utilised, according to South East Water Chair Lucia Cade.   

5 April 2016
Ocean research unlocking mysteries of Australia’s wild weather
A new batch of research may provide the best explanation yet for the wild variations in Australia's weather.University of Technology Sydney researchers have found...   

4 April 2016
New tool to open door to sustainability
A new Australian web-based index tool could help cities around the globe achieve water sensitive city status. The Water Sensitive Cities Index goes much further than ...   

4 April 2016
Private money key to global water woes
The global challenges around drinking water and sanitation will be impossible for governments to solve alone, and will require private funding, says Kevin Rudd, newly ...   

4 April 2016
‘Paradigm shift’ intrinsic to achieving water sensitive cities
Successfully transitioning to more water sensitive cities will require a significant shift in approach and attitude from all levels of authority, according to a leading sustainability...   

4 April 2016
Classic Australian products put to innovative new uses through Ozwater’16
With over 50 years in production, the Maric Flow Control Valve is one of the industry’s classics. But as Graeme Anderson explains, Maric Flow Control use platforms such ...   

1 April 2016
Campaign launched to tackle quarry water contamination
A quarry inspection campaign is underway in New South Wales after a construction materials firm was fined $15,000 for failing to conduct water sampling. The state's...   

1 April 2016
Space technology to help detect water leaks
Technology used to search for water on other planets is being applied back on earth to detect leaking water mains. The technology uses satellite imagery taken...