Gippsland Water will be inspecting the water storage tank in the town of Maffra (VIC) on McAdam Street to determine the best method to upgrade their liner. Works will seek to ensure the continued supply of quality drinking water to the Maffra township. The water storage tank has been in service since 1997, supplying water to 3,000 customers in Maffra, […]
Seqwater will be conducting routine cathodic testing across the state, as well as a planned burn and operational release at Wivenhoe Dam. Cathodic testing and maintenance will take place over the next few months on above ground infrastructure that is designed to protect water pipelines against corrosion. Contractors will be accessing pipeline easements along roadways and footpaths, as well as […]
SA Water’s customers will now be able to access up to date information on service interruptions and planned works across South Australia. SA Water’s General Manager of Customer and Community Relations, Kerry Rowlands, said the revamped SA Water site has been developed with a customer-centric approach. “We consulted more than 2,000 of our customers over the past 12 months through […]
Gippsland Water’s Solicitor’s Updates Online portal has proved a success with local solicitors, conveyancers and homeowners. “By automating the Information Statement Updates, solicitors and conveyancers can access up-to-date property financials in an easy and convenient manner. I know that sounds a little dry, but by improving efficiency in our systems it allows greater efficiency for solicitors and conveyancers across Gippsland,” […]
AGL Managing Director & CEO, Andy Vesey, and NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, officially opened the Newcastle Gas Storage Facility (NGSF) site in Tomago (NSW) following three years of construction. The facility’s 40 metre high LNG storage tank can hold up to 30,000 tonnes of LNG, which would meet the Greater Newcastle region’s natural gas demand […]
Coliban Water has taken back Redline Mining and Infrastructure’s delivery of the remaining works of Harcourt Rural Modernisation Project. The corporation announced today it has now stepped in and taken the work out of the hands of its contractor. Coliban Water will continue to work through contractual matters with Redline, but the corporation’s focus is getting the project finished. These […]
Telstra has announced that it will continue to partner with Komatsu, a leading mining and construction equipment manufacturer.The agreement will see Telstra facilitate the future of Komatsu’s ICT and Machine to Machine (M2M) strategy in a whole of business deal worth $23 million over the next three years. Building on a 15 year relationship, Telstra will provide the core telecommunications […]
SA Regional Development Minister, Geoff Brock, has announced that Joyson Orchards at Lenswood was investing in a $4.5million capital project to redevelop the Gumeracha vineyard within the Adelaide Hills. “This project is bringing new life to an abandoned site, increasing the premium food and wine produced in the area and creating seven new full time equivalent jobs by 2018,” Mr […]
Western Australian Water Minister, Mia Davies, has announced that $713million has been committed to Water Corporation projects across Western Australia, as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. Residents in the Kimberley and Eyre regions (WA) will benefit from a $275million investment in regional water and wastewater projects. Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Dave Grills MLC, welcomed the announcement, […]
Warren Truss, Federal Member for Wide Bay (QLD) and Deputy Prime Minister has announced that the Noosa region will benefit from expanded access to high speed broadband internet, thanks to its inclusion in the latest 18 month rollout plan for NBN Co’s new Fibre to the Node (FTTN) network. “The Noosa region has been included in the NBN Co’s rollout […]
Coliban Water is working closely with Victorian landowners to improve the condition of land surrounding the company’s three major reservoirs. Coliban Water’s Raw Water Supply Manager, Steve Healy, said the organisation’s efforts were driven by a strategic approach to reservoir land management. “Last year, in close consultation with the community, we finalised our Drinking Water Storages and Land Management Plan […]
Part Two of Brisbane City council’s landfill remediation works in Purtell Park (QLD) are currently underway. The remediation works involve constructing a new sewer network connection on the creek bank for the future management of the landfill. The connection will collect the low-flow leachate discharging from the landfill site and transfer it into the local sewer network. The Purtell Park […]
The GasFields Commission Queensland is undertaking a stocktake of land rehabilitation efforts following the construction of the three major gas pipelines connecting the Surat Basin to Gladstone in Queensland. Commission Chairman, John Cotter, said these pipeline projects not only represent a large technical and engineering feat but there has also been a significant community engagement challenge. Mr Cotter said these […]
In less than two weeks, the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will open in Sydney; a new event dedicated to the energy storage sector, offering delegates access to cutting edge technology on supply and storage solutions from world leading innovators. To be held at Australian Technology Park between the 3rd – 4th June 2015, the conference and exhibition addresses […]
AusNet Services is Victoria’s largest energy delivery service, owning and operating approximately $11 billion of electricity and gas distribution assets that connect into more than 1.3 million Victorian homes and businesses. AusNet Services owns and operates Victoria’s electricity transmission network, responsible for transporting electricity from generation sources – via 49 terminal stations, 13,000 towers, and 6,500km of high-voltage power lines […]
Melbourne water utility Yarra Valley Water is leading the way with innovative and industry-leading water recycling projects. Managing Director Pat McCafferty discusses some of the major projects the organisation currently has underway. Melbourne is growing. According to the Victorian Government’s ‘Victoria in Future’ report published in 2014, the population of Greater Melbourne is projected to increase from 4.3 million in […]
Greenfield developments require significant input from all sectors of the utility industry. Here, we look at the process of connecting the new Wyndham Harbour precinct in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee to water and wastewater services. Wyndham Harbour is an exclusive new marina community located in Melbourne’s west, directly overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Featuring a variety of open spaces and […]
Following on from our feature on unmanned aerial vehicles in the last issue of Utility, we take a closer look at how drones, equipped with high quality imagery technology, are providing network owners’ new perspectives of their assets in unprecedented detail. The concept of unmanned aircraft has been around for decades, with various developments and applications centred on military purposes. […]
The $40million Harcourt Rural Modernisation Project, currently being undertaken by Coliban Water, will replace the Victorian region’s century-old irrigation infrastructure with a modern and efficient pressurised water supply. The extensive works involve the installation of 65km of pressurised pipeline, two pump stations and a balancing storage tank. The small rural town of Harcourt is located in the Central Highlands region […]
Sydney Water has pleaded guilty to two charges placed upon the organisation following a 2013 incident at the Malabar STP in NSW. Chief Justice Preston handed down his determination in the Land & Environment Court, whereby Sydney Water has been ordered to pay an amount of $55,000 to Randwick City Council to carry out a project to investigate the sources […]
Since its development began almost 30 years ago, SA Water has developed its geographic information system (GIS) into a robust network that is used for a wide variety of applications. Last year we spoke to the organisation about the development of their system; and recently, Senior Asset Information Analyst John Bormann spoke to us about how SA Water staff interact […]
As part of the updated NBN national construction plan, NBN Co is set to commence work on connecting an additional 550,000 homes and businesses across Australia before quarter end September 2016, with 147,000 premises located within Victoria. The quarterly construction update includes work already underway or planned to commence before quarter end September 2016 and covers more than 3.1 million […]
WA Treasurer and Energy Minister, Dr Mike Nahan, has officially declared one of Australia’s largest powerline projects in 25 years, Western Power’s Mid West Energy Project, ready to be opened. The project involved the construction of one of Australias largest 330,000 volt powerlines, which transports electricity 190 kilometres from Perth to the Mid West. Western Power’s CEO Paul Italiano said […]
The Queensland Government has confirmed funding of a 26km gas pipeline from west Bundaberg to the Port of Bundaberg. Mayor Forman said the Bundaberg Regional Council had been working in partnership with the new State Government to ensure its construction. “Our Council has been working hard behind the scenes for many months to successfully negotiate the development of the gas […]
APPEA has urged NSW Labor to reconsider plans to stop the Narrabri Natural Gas Project if elected. The organisation states that preventing the project would forgo the creation of 1400 jobs in the state’s North West, royalties, significant income for farmers and the chance to supply up to half of the state’s gas needs. APPEA Acting Chief Executive Paul Fennelly said: “The continued […]
Aquatech China is a leading international trade event for the process, drinking and wastewater industries. The exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity for those looking to break into the Chinese water industries. Aquatech China will take place in the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai from 10 to 12 June 2015. Recently completed, the brand-new complex is the world’s largest […]
QGC has extended its land access contract with Daly International to the end of 2016. In addition to the land access services, Daly International has been engaged to assist with managing relationships with landowners for ongoing maintenance to the pipeline. This work was also extended. “This is a testament to the good work of our people and our positive relationships […]
INPEX has been given the green light to pursue its first Northern Territory permit for onshore oil and gas exploration in the Daly Waters area. INPEX Director Australia Ventures, Tony Pytte, said the onshore acreage (area EPNT14-1) was situated in the highly prospective Beetaloo Basin, around 500km south east of Darwin. Access to this acreage would provide INPEX with additional potential oil and […]
Two major projects that will increase water security and drought resistance in Central West communities (NSW) have received NSW Government funding of almost $38 million. NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Troy Grant and Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries joined Orange MP Andrew Gee at Suma Park Dam for the announcement. Mr […]
by Michelle Goldsmith, Utility Associate Editor Since the transition to a multi-technology National Broadband Network was announced, there has been much speculation over which specific technology will be deployed to which areas. The final answer to that question may be a step nearer, with the release of the NBN Multi-Technology Deployment Principles and NBN Co’s rollout forecast for December 2014 […]
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