VIC YWP Regional Conference 19-20 Feb 2016

VIC YWP Regional Conference 19-20 Feb 2016

2017 YWP Regional Conference

The 2017 YWP Regional Conference is being held in North Eastern Victoria. Please click here for more information.

2016 YWP Regional Conference: Young Water Professionals ‘working together to achieve innovative water solutions

In its 10th year, the 2016 YWP regional conference was a great opportunity to enjoy two fantastic days of industry speakers, site tours and great networking. The 10th Annual AWA Young Water Professionals (Vic) Regional Conference sparked innovation and collaboration for a group of 60 enthusiastic young water professionals from across Victoria.

The group discovered how South East Water, the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Parks Victoria and Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority work together across the Peninsula to achieve innovative water solutions, and made the most of their time together, expanding their professional networks.

On day one, South East Water opened the doors of WatersEdge to the Young Water Professionals, hosting a seminar showcasing some of the innovative and collaborative projects, and the fit-for-purpose solutions we deliver across the region. 

South East Water’s Managing Director, Kevin Hutchings, opened the conference with a warm welcome to WatersEdge and an insight to how innovative Engineering changed the Kananook creek frontage from what was essentially a sewer to a viable public asset with significant ecological value. 

Eamon Casey from South East Water’s commercial arm, iota, gave the group an overview of the Poowong, Loch and Nyora low pressure sewer network, main areas of interest were around community consultation and associated complexities, how SEW/Iota managed to provide these services within a different water corporation’s jurisdiction, and unique means the project was delivered without causing major disruption to customers. 

Allan Campbell from Beca and Lindsay Studer from South East Water co-presented on Odour Management at the Mt Martha Water Reclamation Plant. A lot of interest around the close proximity of residents to the plant and how the odour treatment works so effectively in eliminated such a significant issue. Group in general had a lot of interest in the Beca/Cleanteq/SEW partnership.

Mt Martha Water Reclamation Plant
Ian Morgans from the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority gave an entertaining presentation on the Regional Catchment Strategy, which you can check out here. Overall Ian was a fantasic presenter and very engaging with the crowd, you could definably see the former teacher side coming out!

Following a break for afternoon tea, Helen Clarke and Cheryl Edwards from Melbourne Water joined Georgia Kerr from Parks Victoria and presented on the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve and the technical, political and meteorological challenges. This was a brilliant presentation showcasing how collaborative work between two agencies with very different interests could deliver a public recreational and ecological asset from a decommissioned service reservoir, whilst managing the project during periods of unseasonal rainfalls and resultant community concerns.

The final presentation for the afternoon was from Jessica Wingad from the Mornington Peninsula Shire who gave an overview of Mornington Stormwater Pollution project. This award winning project showcased a brilliant example of how community consultation and education can offset significant capital works and make significant reductions to environmental pollution within Port Phillip Bay.

Day two kicked off with a walking tour Devilbend Natural Features Reserve with Georgia Kerr from Parks Victoria demonstrating her wealth of knowledge and experience in working with a range of stakeholders. Georgia also put the call out to the Young Professionals Group for innovative solutions to the encroaching weed bed snagging the fishing gear of many an amateur fisherperson.

The group then gathered at the Mt Martha Water Reclamation Plant where Operations Manager Ben Murdoch and Allan Campbell from Beca pointed out the key components of South East Water’s flagship wastewater treatment facility. The group were impressed with the clear air (from the odour treatment facility presented the previous day), the brilliant presentation and innovation and efficiency of the class A plant and solar dryers. SEW’s use of alternative technologies was showcased at this site.

After a lunch overlooking the bay at Two Bouys in Dromana, the conference concluded with a walk along Safety Beach foreshore, hearing from Chris Lyne and Jessica Wingad from Mornington Peninsula Shire on the work being undertaken to manage cliff erosion due to increasingly extreme waves and wind.

Safety Beach foreshore
The conference was supported by South East Water, iota and Beca, in association with the Australian Water Association.

A huge thank you to the organisers Gail Reardon (AWA), Heath Baker (SEW), Lisa Walpole (DELWP), Eric Jones (CMP Consulting), Robbie Frawley (Wannon Water) and Stephanie Rich (Beca), as well as the rest of the Young Water Professionals Committee. Thank you to all who supported the event, spoke, and provided tours to the group – without you events like this would not be possible. 

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19/02/2016 1:00 PM - 20/02/2016 5:00 PM

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