New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, John Barilaro, and New South Wales Water Minister, Melinda Pavey, have demanded changes to existing operations, rules and sharing arrangements of the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). Mr Barilaro said New South Wales has no more water to give and the Federal Government had nowhere left to turn […]
A new pump station connected to the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline at Lovely Banks has been completed and switched on, allowing Barwon Water to access more water from the Victorian water grid. The new pump station means Barwon Water can extend the reach of the 59km Melbourne to Geelong pipeline (MGP), a crucial water security measure that was switched on […]
An independent inquiry will be held following the release of technical reports which detail the structural and stability issues of Paradise Dam. Queensland’s Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced that former Supreme Court judge John Byrne AO would head a transparent, fully-independent inquiry into the dam’s structural and stability issues. “The government has been listening to the Bundaberg community,” […]
City West Water has chosen to participate in programs that encourage energy users to voluntarily reduce their energy usage during times of extreme demand. The Australian Energy Market Operator’s Demand Response programs ask energy users to voluntarily reduce their power consumption when demand for electricity surges, for example due to extreme weather. Upon request, City West Water will temporarily reduce […]
The Queensland Government has announced that work will begin to investigate a new water supply pipeline for drought-stricken Warwick and surrounding communities. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said a potential new pipeline to deliver Wivenhoe Dam water to Warwick would be among options considered as part of a $1 million feasibility study into contingency water supply options, to be completed in […]
Three states across the east of Australia have seen a number of councils and water utilities impose tighter water restrictions due to the severity of the drought. Sydney Water will move to level 2 restrictions – effective 10 December – two months earlier than expected. This will affect councils and communities spanning from Newcastle to the Illawarra, and west to the […]
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is asking for community feedback on an application by Hunter Water for a drought response desalination plant at Belmont. Executive Director, Infrastructure Assessments, David Gainsford, said community input is a vital part of the planning process and encouraged everyone to have their say on the draft proposal. “Hunter Water has lodged a State […]
Queensland Urban Utilities and Seqwater are asking Canungra residents to be water wise and reduce their water use due to ongoing dry conditions in the region. Canungra is not connected to the South East Queensland (SEQ) Water Grid and relies on water from Canungra Creek, which is treated at Seqwater’s Canungra Water Treatment Plant. Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, […]
A Taree couple who have stepped up to care for koalas injured during the devastating New South Wales bushfires have received a donation of bandages and medical supplies from Ausgrid. After fires burned large areas of koala habitat, Paul and Christeen McLeod transformed their Taree home into a marsupial burns unit known as Koalas In Care. They have been helping […]
New South Wales Water Minister, Melinda Pavey, has welcomed the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 passing through State Parliament. Mrs Pavey said the temporary legislation would allow the New South Wales Government to fast-track water infrastructure projects where there is a critical town water supply need for the next two years. “With 98 per cent of NSW in drought […]
Approximately 60 Lake Cargelligo community members have attended a WaterNSW information session on future contingency measures should drought conditions persist in the Lachlan valley. Wyangala Dam storage currently sits at 17 per cent storage capacity and has enough water to meet supply in the valley through to July 2020, even under a worst-case scenario. But WaterNSW is looking at options […]
Ausgrid has cancelled planned outages for maintenance at locations across its network due to the catastrophic fire danger forecast for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter. High temperatures, strong winds and low humidity are forecast to create extremely dangerous conditions. Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer, Trevor Armstrong, said that given the forecast conditions, a decision has been taken to cancel most […]
Essential Energy has mobilised more than 150 personnel from across New South Wales to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses impacted by the unprecedented number of severe fires burning across north-east New South Wales. With a number of fires still burning and extreme conditions forecast, Essential Energy has warned more customers could be affected in areas where the […]
Despite recent heavy rainfall elsewhere in the state, drier than usual conditions are forecast for the Moree Plains for November 2019. This has forced Moree Plains Shire Council to increase the water restrictions applying to Boggabilla, Mungindi and Weemelah to level four restrictions, effective from Monday 11 November 2019. Water levels and consumption have been closely monitored across all towns […]
As large-scale agriculture, drought, bushfire and introduced species reduce Australia’s biodiversity and long-term prosperity, Indigenous academics are calling for a fresh look at the governance and practices of mainstream environmental management institutions. Aboriginal Australians’ world view and connection to Country provide a rich source of knowledge and innovations for better land and water management policies when Indigenous decision-making is enacted, […]
The NSW Government is taking the next step in drought resilience planning for the Hunter, with Hunter Water lodging its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Drought Response Desalination Plant at Belmont. Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said by obtaining planning approvals now, the Hunter region has an ‘on the shelf’ insurance policy, should the severe drought […]
Barwon Water is calling on the Anglesea borefield to supplement water supplies for customers in Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Torquay, the Bellarine Peninsula and parts of southern Geelong. The borefield, along with the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline, is a critical backup water source that can supplement the existing supply system in response to dry conditions. Accessing groundwater is part of a […]
The energy industry has welcomed the announcement of a $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund by the Federal Government. The fund will support government investment in new energy generation, storage and transmission infrastructure, including eligible projects shortlisted under the Underwriting New Generation Investments (UNGI) program. The new fund will be administered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), drawing on the […]
Solutions to escalating global water supply issues are demanding innovative scientific investigation, like the research Flinders University’s Professor Adrian Werner is undertaking which is making important advances in assessing freshwater reservoirs that exist beneath the ocean. Professor Werner – recently identified by The Australian newspaper as Australia’s research field leader in hydrology and water resources – and other researchers will […]
The 2019–20 disaster season is already upon us, with bushfires and other extreme weather events impacting the way utilities and other critical infrastructure owners manage their assets. The good news is that it’s not too late to bring yourself up-to-date with the latest ideas and thinking when it comes to helping your organisation prepare for, survive and thrive in the […]
Power and Water Corporation took home three of five awards at the annual Northern Territory Water Awards, as part of the Water in the Bush conference 30-year celebration dinner. The Weather Web, developed by Power and Water’s Living Water Smart Program, took out the award for program innovation while the Borroloola Water Treatment Plant upgrade, developed in partnership with SUEZ, […]
Coliban Water is warning the Kyneton community that unfavourable weather conditions could result in further non-compliant water releases from its Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant. Managing Director, Damian Wells, said protecting the Campaspe River is a critical priority, and Coliban Water has let the community down with the performance of the plant and its inadequate communication. “We acknowledge that we must […]
You can’t plan for the unexpected but, when disaster strikes, having well-established contacts; the ability to mobilise necessary personnel, tools and materials; extensive in-house experience; and a dedicated team provides the best chance of achieving positive outcomes. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2011 caused mass devastation and claimed 185 lives. The official clean-up and […]
Developed after inspecting over 90,000km of powerlines using beyond visible line of sight (BVLOS) flights, the Terra Drone solution suite leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to automate damage detection – such as rust on bolts, birds nests and loosening of tower parts – and vegetation management in power transmission and distribution equipment. Terra Drone Corporation, the world’s largest provider of industrial drone solutions, has […]
Ausgrid has completed a comprehensive safety program to ensure the electricity network is ready for what is already proving to be a very busy bushfire season. Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer, Trevor Armstrong, said the program included more than 190,000 air and ground inspections. “Safety is our number one priority and these inspections are a key part of our annual bushfire […]
At approximately 9:45am on 20 April 2010 on the British Petroleum-operated Macondo Prospect (Macondo), a bubble of methane gas escaped from the Deepwater Horizon well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding. This catastrophic failure cost British Petroleum (BP) an estimated US$61.6 billion. More importantly, eleven lives were lost […]
Queensland’s State Emergency Service (SES) will be well equipped to face future disasters and emergencies with the renewal of its successful partnership with Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland. Member for Mundingburra, Coralee O’Rourke, said that through the SES Supporting Partnership, $200,000 of crucial equipment could be bought and distributed across Queensland, a boost to the SES when they need it […]
From 20–21 August at Swissôtel in Sydney, Australia’s leading experts across the utility and infrastructure sectors will assemble to take part in the nation’s fastest-growing asset management event and discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in the space. The nature of the utility and infrastructure sectors is constantly shifting. Changing industry standards, Australia’s growing population and the effects of climate […]
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