Unitywater is trialling an oyster reef restoration project, for the first time in Australia, to determine the effectiveness of oysters in filtering nutrients in waterways and to assist Unitywater in achieving its net zero sustainability goals. The restoration project – in partnership with the University of Sunshine Coast, Healthy Land and Water, and OzFish Unlimited – will explore the effectiveness […]
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The Bango Wind Farm – Squadron Energy’s latest renewable energy project – is now fully operational, generating clean, renewable energy and is capable of generating enough electricity to power 144,000 New South Wales homes annually. The wind farm consists of 46 turbines and will prevent 543,000t of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere annually. It will also play a […]
The Western Australian Government has announced – ahead of next week’s State Budget – a $55 million investment in strategic water and wastewater infrastructure to support the creation of more than 15,000 new homes across the city. The program will be delivered by the Water Corporation to support the creation of more diverse, affordable housing in areas marked for new […]
The Federal Government has announced an investment of $9.2 million to design an enduring arrangement for First Nations peoples to own, access, and manage water in the country. First Nations have been calling for enduring water holding arrangements for more than a decade. Currently, First Nations peoples hold rights to about 40 per cent of Australian land through native title […]
Transgrid has begun construction of one of the biggest substations in the Southern Hemisphere, which will comprise complex equipment including the two synchronous condensers, five phase shifting transformers, three power transformers and four shunt reactors. The substation is part of Transgrid’s massive $1.8 billion EnergyConnect interconnector project. Crews have been working around the clock to lay the concrete foundations for […]
SA Water has commenced the installation of a new water main in Port Vincent, which stretches for around 990m and runs under Lime Kiln Road, Kent Road, Alma Street, and Correll Street, as part of a four-year, $155 million water main management program by SA Water. SA Water’s General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda Lewry, said these works will involve […]
In 2020, Franklin Harbour District Council implemented a new 23km gravity-fed water scheme to supply up to 200kL of water a day to a large remote farming area north-west of Cowell in South Australia, overcoming challenges around a mountain range separating the area to the connection point. The scheme had to deal with the fact that the farming area was […]
City of Marion’s $5.67 million water recovery project aimed at improving water recovery and reducing reliance on irrigated River Murray water has progressed to the construction phase. A 14km pipeline extension at Marion is expected to deliver at least 143ML of non-potable water to local parks and reserves, reducing the reliance on irrigated River Murray water. The pipeline extension will […]
The Australian Capital Territory Government has signed a partnership agreement with Eku Energy to deliver a 250MW/500MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) facility as part of the Big Canberra Battery project. The Williamsdale BESS, which will have the ability to store enough renewable energy to power one-third of Canberra for two hours during peak demand periods, will cost between $300 […]
The Victorian Government’s VicGrid has begun public consultations regarding new transmission connections necessary for offshore wind farms. Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced that VicGrid has begun public consultation in Gippsland and Portland on a coordinated approach to new transmission connections that are essential for offshore wind. VicGrid, will lead four phases of planned, respectful and ongoing […]
The Western Australia’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Network has reached a significant milestone with the first chargers becoming operational in Geraldton and Northampton, marking the longest EV Network in Australia stretching over 7,000km from Kununurra in the north, to Esperance in the south and east to Eucla. In Geraldton, two 150kW fast chargers will be located on the bustling and vibrant […]
The Western Downs Green Power Hub in Queensland has reached the end of construction on the largest solar farm in Australia. Totalling more than one million solar panels, the 400MW Western Downs Green Power Hub has the capacity to power the equivalent of 235,000 Queensland homes and is connected to the Queensland SuperGrid by a new 275kV line built by […]
Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and Shell Energy Operations will develop a 200MW/400MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Victoria with the capacity to power 80,000 homes across Victoria for an hour during peak periods. The project, to be built on two hectares of land within the Rangebank Business Park in Melbourne’s southeast, has reached financial close and […]
In Western Australia, the State Government has announced the transfer of the responsibility for power and water services in remote First Nations communities from the Department of Communities to licensed specialists Water Corporation and Horizon Power. Under the transfer, which commenced from 1 April 2023, 141 remote communities currently serviced by the Department of Communities will transition to improved and […]
The Victorian Government is providing $960,000 in clean energy grants to Traditional Owner Corporations (TOCs) to support renewable energy projects that will benefit their communities. The First Peoples Adoption of Renewable Energy (FPARE) program aims to build renewable energy capacity and capability for TOCs and Indigenous communities through education, awareness, information-sharing programs, and support for project development. The grants can […]
Pro-Ring™ are a lightweight, high strength alternative to concrete riser rings, allowing councils and contractors to accurately raise and seal manholes to grade on new and existing MH’s. Pro-Ring™ is used by dozens of councils and contractors across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and South Australia. Manufactured of Expanded Polypropylene (ARPRO®) Pro-Ring™ are extremely tough, durable and can withstand […]
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), in partnership with the Federal Government, will provide $125 million to encourage builders and renovators to construct dwellings that meet high energy efficiency standards. The $125 million investment will be provided to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) Green Home Offer, and will be applicable for use on technologies such as battery-ready solar panels, […]
The Victorian Government will award landholders who host crucial electricity transmission infrastructure an $8,000 payment in recognition of their role in the state’s transition to renewables. The Victoria Government has announced additional payments for a typical area of new transmission easement at a standard rate of $8,000 per year per kilometre of transmission hosted for 25 years. First payments under […]
Ask An Expert – How new versatile equipment is reducing risks to project delivery in microtunnellingKatie Livingston Ask an Expert, Civil Construction, Sponsored Editorial 0
Microtunnelling projects often encounter a variety of complex challenges that can prove costly and push out project delivery timelines. However, contractors with versatile equipment can easily adjust to unexpected issues – by changing drilling heads, and being able to install a wide range of pipe materials and diameters – to ensure a project is delivered on time and on budget. […]
Civil and building works are now complete on the $45 million Darwin-Katherine Battery Energy Storage System (DK BESS), with Hitachi Energy being mobilised to site at Territory Generation’s Channel Island Power Station to carry out the next phase of construction. Hitachi Energy is delivering the build of the battery, with local companies City Earthmoving and T&M Concreters having carried out […]
Bidding has now opened for water licences in Central Queensland, with online tenders for water from the $367.2 million Rookwood Weir project now available to local farmers and residents. Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek, said the second tranche of water licences were now available from the weir, which is currently under construction west of Rockhampton. “The […]
The Queensland Government will establish a new $45 million renewable energy training centre in Gladstone to address skills shortages within the renewable energy industry. The Queensland SuperGrid Training Centre and Transmission Hub will be a purpose-built facility acting as a regional base for training energy system workers, developing a high-skilled workforce to better meet increased demand and changing focus in […]
Construction of a new water treatment plant has neared completion in the Northern Territory’s remote community of Laramba, supporting future growth and development from early 2023. Installation of the treatment plant and ancillary equipment, located on the Napperby Pastoral lease about 35km from Laramba, is nearing completion. Testing and commissioning is currently taking place and operations are expected to begin […]
The Federal Government recently passed its Climate Change Bills in the Senate, cementing a 43 per cent emissions reduction target and commitment to net zero by 2050. This has highlighted the critical importance of renewable energy projects like the Wandoan South Solar Farm and 275kV underground cable connection project – which will be one of Australia’s largest solar projects once […]
The Queensland Government has announced the recipients of the latest round of the Building our Regions funding, with $70 million to go towards critical water planning and construction projects. 45 Queensland councils will share in $70 million in funding over three years in Round 6 of the Building our Regions program To date, including Round 6, the Building our Regions […]
Cameron Pearson, owner of Healesville Directional Drilling, has great plans for the business after he took the reins from his father in 2021, and his new Vermeer D40x55DR Horizontal Directional Drill plays a big part in this. Healesville Directional Drilling has been in operation for roughly 20 years, started by Cameron’s father and grandfather. Cameron recently took the lead to […]
Infrastructure services and engineering company, Amey, have utilised Kwik-ZIP HDXT-43 spacers to facilitate the slip-lining of a four-pipe bundle for the M42 J6 Diversion Project near Birmingham Airport in the UK. Junction 6 of the M42 connects the M42 motorway to the A45 to the east of Birmingham and, prior to this project, significant delays and congestion were experienced by […]
By Julianne Tice, Buildings Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency Council For many of us – particularly those in Victoria – two years of stay-at-home orders has seen us spending too much time in cold, uncomfortable, and in some cases dangerously unhealthy homes, followed by bill shock at the end of winter. Concern over energy bills has only increased with Russia’s invasion […]
A proposed 14-metre extension to the Warragamba Dam wall in Western Sydney has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) for its potential to mitigate against future floods. New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said the proposal to raise the Dam wall would save lives, save properties and would help future-proof Western Sydney from flood risks. “First and foremost my […]
TasWater has awarded a contract for a project to divert sewage and stormwater away from the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary, with construction expected to begin in October. The contract for the Margaret Street Diversion Project was awarded to BridgePro Engineering, which is recognised for its successful delivery of infrastructure projects around Tasmania and is expected to commence the major construction works in […]
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