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Welcome to the Water Technology Cluster Incorporated Web-site!  Want to go on the email list for WTC news updates? If so contact Bruce at Bruce Cumming Email or at info@watertechnologycluster.com.au  CLICK >>For Site-Map

Water Technology Cluster Expo 22-23 May 2013, at Shepparton Showgrounds. Check out this expo link  

Click here to get to the WTC Expo website

See publishing quality photos from previous Expos by Bruce Cumming by clicking this link Bruces photos from WTC Expos

For latest news relevant to the Cluster scroll down to "Hot Issues & Latest News" below.

STOP PRESS:   ► AGM of WTC, 10am, Fri 29 Nov 2013, at Total Eden, 19 New Dookie Road Shepparton 

 

  Sampson Leadership Scholarship 2012 was announced December 6  ►  MDBA Basin Plan: see links below. Final version released November 22nd 2012 ►     ► Vic Ombudsman releases wide ranging report on Foodbowl Modernisation Project Click here to access the Ombudsmans Report     See hot issues and latest news below. 
The Water Technology Cluster is a partnership between a range of regionally focussed organisations. They are collaborating to help improve the effective and efficient use of water within the irrigation industry. This collaboration will help the sustainable regional development of the irrigation area and its communities. Cluster members are represented from private business, local government, education, government agencies, authorities, research and development, industry organisations and irrigators.    
Cluster Vision. The Goulburn Murray to be known as the water technology capital of Australia: where businesses are attracted to profit from mutual support in order to collaborate, innovate and invest, and to export ideas and technology. Cluster Mission. To provide a collaborative forum to engage, facilitate, educate and lead: where knowledge and expertise is shared so regional businesses, organisations, communities and irrigators can create and develop water technology opportunities for the sustainability of future generations. The Cluster will thereby add significant value to the government and community investment in irrigation modernisation. You can find further information about the Water Technology Cluster by exploring this website. And we would love your feedback! Bruce Cumming Email
 
 
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This website is dedicated to the memory of the late Ken Sampson who was a strong supporter of the Cluster, and who helped it get off the ground. You can find information about the Sampson Trust if you click the tab on the right side of this page. The Trust provides scholarships to people in the region who are selected from a competitive field on an annual basis. Stay tuned for the next call for  nominations, as your work for the region may qualify you for assistance. 
 

Hot Issues and Latest News Updates

 
 KEY DIARY DATES

19 New Dookie Road Shepparton, kindly hosted by Andrew Chittick, at Total Eden Rob Rye

See Agenda Paper:  "What the Murrray- Darling Basin Plan means for Victoria" from DSE.

 

 

 
NB. If you wish to have an event added here here please contact Bruce. Bruce Cumming Email
 
 NEWS
 
 
AGM of Water Technology Cluster: Annual General Meeting 9.30am, November 30.
 
Notice of annual general meeting of the Water Technology Cluster Inc.
Date: To be held on the 30th November 2012 at 9.30 am
Place: The board room, Water Dynamics Shepparton (next to Bunning's) Benalla Road.
The ordinary business of the annual general meeting shall be-
(a) to confirm the minutes of the previous general meeting's and
(b) to receive from the committee reports during the last financial
year; and
(c) to elect officers of the WTC Inc. and the ordinary members of
the committee of management;
Office holders
(1) a President; (2) a Vice-President; (3) a Treasurer; and (4) a Secretary. (5) and two ordinary members to the committee of Management.
(d) The annual general meeting special business: to adopt the fee structure for the Water Technology Cluster.
(e) Set the dates for the 2013 meetings and AGM.
 
Decisions and Notes of General Meeting held July 27, 2012, Echuca.
 
Please check the important decisions taken at this meeting. 
 
Sampson Leadership Scholarship 2012 Launched
 

Ken portrait outdoors

 

Water Technology Cluster Expo Move to Shepparton Successful

The 2012 Water Technology Cluster's Expo this year moved to the Shepparton Showgrounds. The move proved to be a positive one with strong attendances from the public, and a full exhibition centre with the diverse range of businesses and organistaions from acros the Cluster membership. Further reports to follow.

Government closing regional Primary Industries offices.

The Victorian Government has announced the closure of a large number of DPI offices, and planned removal and relocation of staff from shared offices with DSE. Within the Goulburn and Murray valleys staff affected include those from Cobram, Benalla, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Seymour, Corryong and Alexandra. Minister Peter Walsh has stated that these changes are required as part of an increase in efficiencies. 

eWater 'Source Conference' 29-30 May

To celebrate the national launch of Source, eWater CRC held the first annual Source Conference in Canberra on Tuesday 29 May and Wednesday 30 May.  eWater Source is a new, groundbreaking modelling platform that is the product of Australian Government investment and industry collaboration spanning over 20 years. Source integrates the whole water cycle with policy and management variables to boost our capability to manage water resources. Those atttending had a chance to hear from Australian leaders and managers from across the industry who already use Source.

Monitoring key to optimal environmental water management

National Water Commission CEO Mr James Cameron has called for the improved and systematic monitoring of water plans to provide confidence that they are effective in meeting their environmental objectives.  Releasing two reports at Ozwater 2012 which identify priorities and resources for improving environmental water performance, Mr Cameron said that environmental water management has been evolving in all Australian states and territories but there is still a way to go.

The Australian Environmental Water Management Review 2012  Click for report  presents a roadmap of Australia's current environmental water management arrangements and chart progress since the publication of the Commission’s 2010 baseline report.  Mr Cameron said, ‘To get the best environmental outcomes most efficiently we must also look beyond our water specific management arrangements and consider how water and broader natural resource management policy frameworks can be better coordinated to manage our precious ecosystems.’  This action was a key recommendation in the Commission’s 2011 Biennial Assessment Click for 2011 assessment report  and requires the identification of priority actions that can work with environmental watering to achieve ecosystem outcomes.
 
Victorian Government Submission to the Draft Basin Plan Process April 2012

Minister for Water Peter Walsh has written to MDBA Chair Craig Knowles urging the Authority to revise its Basin Plan to better balance the needs of regional communities with those of the environment.  He calls for a robust process to begin urgently to resolve the major issues in the current draft, and says Victoria is willing to be a constructive participant in a process to finalise the Plan.

The submission details proposals in the draft Plan that present unacceptable risks for Victoria’s communities and the Government, including: arrangements for environmental watering that are unlikely to work and do not govern the use of Commonwealth-held environmental water;  
proposals for water quality and salinity are expected to undermine State working arrangements;   
unclear roles, responsibilities and legal obligations;  and the large cost legacy created by the Plan, without identifying who is to pay. 

Click here to access full submission from Vict Govt on Basin plan

 

Professor Stuart Bunn appointed as Acting National Water Commission Chair

The Minister for Water Tony Burke has appointed Professor Stuart Bunn to act as the Chair of the Commission following the resignation of Chloe Munro. Professor Bunn will commence in this role on 2 April and has been appointed until 30 June, 2012. 

 

Three Winners for Sampson Scholarship 2012: all associated with the water industry

Young regional achievers Helen Reynolds, Zara Milenkovic and Tara Callingham have been named as the winners of the sought-after Sampson Scholarship for 2012. The new scholarship provides generous financial support for young adults to do a self-development project which also brings benefit to the region.

The awards were presented to the winners by Maree Sampson, the widow of Ken Sampson who the Scholarship is named after.

Garry Smith, the Sampson Trust Chairman congratulated the three recipients and wished them good luck with their projects. He also thanked the many supporters of the Scholarship including the donors, the Fairley Leadership Board and the trustees.
About the 2012 winners
1. Tara Callingham is qualified chemical engineer who works as a Senior Treatment Strategist with Goulburn Valley Water in Shepparton. She plans to use her scholarship to study innovative small town water and wastewater treatment systems across Australia.
2. Zara Milenkovic works as a Modernisation Co-ordinator with the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project. She will use her scholarship to visit California to study stakeholder engagement in irrigation upgrades.
3. Helen Reynolds and her husband Craig run an irrigated cropping farm near Congupna, north of Shepparton. Helen has just returned from her study tour where she attended the 21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Helen was invited to attend the conference and present a case study on modernisation of irrigated agriculture in Australia. She also took the opportunity to learn about irrigation issues around the world and visit areas in Iran where irrigation has been practiced for thousands of years.

About the Sampson Scholarship
The Sampson Leadership Trust was established by friends and colleagues of Ken Sampson who wanted to recognise and honour Ken’s remarkable contribution to northern Victoria. Ken passed away suddenly in 2009, and the Trust was established in 2010.
The Trust offers scholarships to young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to further their study, research or learning in areas that Ken was passionate about - the environment, agriculture, irrigation and leadership. The Trustees are Andrea Smith, Bruce Cumming and Mike Hall with Garry Smith as Chair.
Last year’s winners
Last year, Daniel Irwin was one of the recipients of the inaugural Sampson Scholarships. Daniel works as the Manager, Central Murray Operations, with Goulburn-Murray Water at Kerang. Daniel used his scholarship to undertake a study tour to California to look at programs dealing with return of water to the environment and land retirement from irrigation. Daniel spoke at the awards presentation about his study tour and the benefits he gained from the Scholarship. Speaking after his presentation he thanked the Trust for the opportunity he received, and thanked the Sampson family.
For further details about the Scholarship contact Sampson Trustee and media contact Bruce Cumming: bruce.cumming1@bigpond.com 0419 540 552

 

Water trade proving a valuable tool for Basin communities

Launching a new National Water Commission report at the Australian Water Congress 2012, Commissioner Laurie Arthur said that water markets have helped regional communities in the southern Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) to remain productive, even during drought.  Mr Arthur said, ‘Australia’s water markets have allowed water to be reallocated to where the need is greatest and reduced the impact of the drought on regional production. Water trade is playing a major role in achieving the National Water Initiative (NWI) objective of maximising the economic, social and environmental values of scarce water resources.

‘It is increasingly valued as a business tool and is now supported by the majority of the irrigators surveyed by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences for this report’, said Mr Arthur.  The Impacts of water trading in the southern Murray–Darling Basin between 2006-07 and 2010-11 report is the second report produced by the Commission to fulfil its NWI obligation to monitor the impacts of interstate trade in the southern MDB.

The report confirms the main drivers of hardship in these communities include drought, commodity prices and exchange rates. Water trading is part of the solution in managing these difficulties.

National Water Commission welcomes renewed reform role

Chair of the National Water Commission (NWC) Ms Chloe Munro has welcomed the decision by the Australian Government that the Commission will continue to operate as an independent and expert national agency to oversee water reform.  'The announcement by the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell reflects the positive findings and recommendations of the independent review conducted by Dr David Rosalky.

'Commissioners welcome the release of this report, which after extensive consultation with stakeholders concluded "the role that can be played by a specialist and independent body like the NWC is likely to be even more important in the future".  'The Commission will undertake audits and assessments of national reform activity, which remain central to ensuring accountability', said Ms Munro. 'And it will continue to make these authoritative reports publicly available.

 Murray Darling Draft Basin Plan Released:
 
1. The MDBA released its Draft Basin Plan starting the clock on the 20 weeks consultation process.
Click >> Click for PDF of Draft Basin Plan Nov 2012
2. Opportunities in the region to attend MDBA community workshops to discuss the plan in mid December.
a) Shepparton (13 December)
b) Griffith (15 December)
c) Deniliquin (16 December).
3. Alongside the public meetings the MDBA will also hold smaller meetings with community and representative groups
4. Please take the opportunity to look closely at the documents made available, and attend meetings.
5. As discussed at our Cluster meeting last Monday, please prepare your thoughts in regards to developing a response both individually, and collectively from the Cluster.
6. We are likely to hold a Cluster meeting in the next 2 months to discuss this specific issue, (in addition to our regular general meeting to be held in February 2012.)
7. There will be further MDBA meetings in the new year at other towns.
8. The closing dates for submissions is April 16.

Please note that there will be a range of documents increasingly made available from Nov 28 from their web-site:
 The proposed Basin Plan - a draft for consultation
 Plain English summary of the proposed Basin Plan - including explanatory notes
 Delivering a Healthy Working Basin - about the draft Basin Plan
 The draft Basin Plan - catchment by catchment
 Environmental Watering Plan - what's in it and how will it work?
 Environmentally sustainable level of take for surface water: methods and outcomes
 Socioeconomic analysis and the draft Basin Plan
 Science review
 a series of factsheets discussing topics such as hydrological modelling and the Basin Plan implementation process
Ombudsman releases report on Foodbowl Modernisation Project
The Victorian Ombudsman has released his report with wide-ranging analysis and recommendations, titled 'Investigation into the Foodbowl Modernisation Project and Related Matters'

See link: Click here to access the Ombudsmans Report

United Nations FAO Report: 'Climate Change,Water and Food Security'
Click here for United Nations FAO report: Climate Change, Water and Food Security
Water Technology Cluster Expo 2012 to be held in Shepparton.

The Water Technology Cluster has decided to move our Expo around the region to better meet the needs of irrigators. Our next Expo will be staged in Shepparton on May 16 and 17, 2012. It will be held at the Shepparton Exhibition Centre, at the Shepparton Showgrounds. As new locations are determined for future years they will be anounced to the public.

WATER TECHNOLOGY CLUSTER: NOVEMBER 21,  2011 MEETING NUMURKAH
A general meeting of the Water Technology Cluster Incorporated was held: 
9.30am, Monday November 21: notes will be posted on this site when available.
Numurkah: Council Offices/ Information Centre, in the (main street) of Numurkah.
Please note you can access the notes from the last Cluster meeting and the presentation by Lillian from Dept of Business Innovation by clicking the links on the website above.
Please forward additional agenda items asap to me by email for inclusion. At this stage we have several agenda items:
MEETING AGENDA
• Tea/ coffee/ networking
• Welcome and overview
• Hot issues for members
• Options for our WTC Expo for 2012 including funding: see attached paper on alternative expo venues
CLICK HERE FOR Agenda Paper 2 re Expo Advant Disadvant Sites
• Future Directions for the Cluster: see attached paper by Roger Wrigley
• Election of WTC committee
CLICK HERE FOR Nov agenda paper#1 Incorp
• Department of Business and Innovation/ GHD presentation
• Updates on Farm Efficiency Program

So it is going to be an action-packed meeting, Look forward to catching up, hope all is going well,
FOR YOUR ACTION: PLEASE CONFIRM ATTENDANCE OR APOLOGY BY EMAIL TO bruce.cumming1@bigpond.com
 Click for PDF of WTC meeting notes August 2011 
Click for DBI presentation to Aug 2011 WTC meeting

 CLICK HERE FOR Nov agenda paper#1 Incorp CLICK HERE FOR Agenda Paper 2 re Expo Advant Disadvant Sites 
 Working to improve river and wetland health
National Water Commissioner Professor Stuart Bunn has launched a national report on the Framework for the assessment of river and wetland health. He said the framework can be used to compile a consistent and comparative picture of river and wetland health across Australia.  'This is important because it allows governments to better prioritise investments in river and wetland health projects and the delivery of environmental water.' 
Click here for full report
Sampson Leadership Scholarship for 2012 NOW AVAILABLE

 NEW WEBSITE AVAILABLE FOR SAMPSON SCHOLARSHIP      Click here for CLICK here for NEW Sampson Leadership Scholarship website NEW Sept 2011

The Sampson Leaderership Scholarship commenced in 2010. It was set up to support the development of young adults in the region for self development projects which will also benfit the region. Two people completed the scholarship during 2011, and found the scholarship of great benefit in helping them in their development.

The 2011 call for applications is now open for projects to be caried out during the 2012 calendar year. Click on the Sampson Trust tab on the right side of this page for more details: guidlelines; application form and background information.   NEW WEBSITE AVAILABLE FOR SAMPSON SCHOLARSHIP       Click here for CLICK here for NEW Sampson Leadership Scholarship website NEW Sept 2011

MDBA to delay release of MDBA Draft Basin Plan
Craig Knowles the Chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority has announced a delay in the release of the Draft Basin Plan This will allow more time to complete the task. He also has announced that there will be a 20 week consultation period up from the planned 16 weeks. This will be an opportunity for Cluster members to participate. For more info have a look at the message from Craig Knowles. .  click for PDF of MDBA Chair Knowes announces delay to release of Draft MDB Plan
Water Technology Cluster Meeting, August 9, starting 9.30am. Shepparton Business Centre, 70 New Dookie Road Shepparton
 Click for PDF of WTC meeting notes August 2011
 Click for DBI presentation to Aug 2011 WTC meeting
The next meeting of the Cluster will be an informative and useful one for members and presenters. Cick for Agenda August 2011 WTC meeting
-Get an update on progress on the next round of funding and projects for the Farm Efficiency Grants
-Hear about, and have an input into feedback on our Expo held in May.
-Find out the latest info on the Murray Darling Basin Plan and responses to the Guide
-What are the ‘hot issues’ for Cluster members.
-Presentation by from Department of Business Innovation
-What are our USA trade possibilities? Update on proposal.
-Input and feedback from you the members
-Influence the next steps of the Cluster: AND MORE!
See you at 9.30am, at Shepparton Business Centre, New Dookie Road Shepparton. Please confirm attendance or apologise directly to Bruce’s email address if you have not already done so.   info@watertechnologycluster.com.au or Bruce Cumming Email
 
On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program announces Round 2: In-principle funding

On 7 July 2011 the Minister announced $150 million of in-principle funding for 9 projects. Applicants who received in-principle funding approval are:
-Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc. - $23,133,000 (GST excl.)
-Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd - $6,370,000 (GST excl.)
-Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority - $25,108,000 (GST excl.)
-Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd - $32,291,000 (GST excl.)
-Lachlan Catchment Management Authority - $2,296,000 (GST excl.)
-Murray Irrigation Ltd - $34,820,000 (GST excl.)
-Northern Victorian Fresh Tomato Industry Development Committee - $4,635,000 (GST excl.)
-Ricegrowers' Association of Australia - $7,846,000 (GST excl.)
-South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board - $13,501,000 (GST excl.)
The $300 million On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is aimed at assisting irrigators in the Lachlan and southern connected system of the Murray-Darling Basin to modernise their on-farm irrigation infrastructure while returning water savings to the environment. The southern connected system includes the New South Wales Murray, Victorian Murray, South Australia Murray, Murrumbidgee, Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn, Broken, Campaspe, Loddon, Avoca, and the lower Darling (south of Menindee Lakes) river catchments.

 
Water Minister Peter Walsh announces Advisory Group for Basin Plan

The Minister for Water has convened a regional advisory group to help the Government respond quickly to matters emerging from the proposed Basin Plan. The group is chaired by Member for Rodney, Paul Weller and includes representatives nominated by peak bodies across farming, industry, business, tourism, local government, the indigenous community and the environment.

The first meeting was held on 7 July in Echuca and included the six representatives selected from more than 50 nominations from across the community. The group reiterated the importance of formally recording feedback and input from the community.

 

Five Forums in July for irrigators: IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY, INCREASE WATER EFFICIENCY and BOOST PROFITABILITY 

 FOUR LEADING IRRIGATORS SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR IRRIGATION TECHNIQUES AND THE RESULTS WHICH ARE HELPING THEM: IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY
INCREASE WATER EFFICIENCY BOOST PROFITABILITY

PRESENTERS:

Eric Watson (Ashburton, NZ) – Utilizing Variable Rate Irrigation with overhead laterals, the electromagnetic mapping and GPS technology recognizes & adjusts water delivery resulting in substantial water savings & soil health benefits.  Marek Kwiecien-Fisher (Gingin, WA) – Achieving record yields using Pulse Irrigation on Olive trees. Automatic root zone monitoring for moisture, nutrients, oxygen and pH levels on aeolian sands is turning into a 40% water savings.  Andrew Parkes (Moree, NSW) – Broad acre cropping utilizing furrow irrigation and now trialling overhead and drip on cotton, wheat, sorghum and lucerne which is delivering significant benefits to production and cost control.  Richard Gardner (Tunbridge, TAS) – Land management practises on a mixed crop & livestock operation under Variable Rate centre pivots. Using growth stage water demand information for poppies is returning dividends with water use and pumping cost savings.
Click for PDF of program for July 2011 water efficiency forums
WHEN
NARRANDERA, NSW – Monday 25 July – 6:00 PM  Narrandera Ex-Servicemen’s Club (41 Bolton Street)
HAY, NSW – Tuesday 26 July – 10:00 AM Hay RSL & Services Club (371 Murray Street) 
SWAN HILL, VIC – Wednesday 27 July – 10:00 AM Swan Hill Club (5-17 McCallum Street) 
FORBES, NSW – Thursday 28 July – 10:00 AM Forbes Services Memorial Club (41-43 Templar Street)
SINGLETON, NSW – Friday 29 July – 10:00 AM Singleton Diggers (York Street)
The House Standing Committee on Regional Australia has tabled its report on the inquiry into the impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in Regional Australia entitled Of drought and flooding rains.
The Windsor Report as it is becoming known colloquially has finished its wide ranging inquiry into the MDB Plan and Guide and presented a wide range of recommendations. For more information on the broad media coverage you could click some of the key links below.
 
For a PDF of the Windsor report key recommendations please click this link CLICK for PDF of Windsor report recommentations
For the ABC story covered on the PM current affairs show "Murray-Darling Basin report soothes irrigators" on June 2, click here: ABC interview transcript of Tony Windsor
Access the inquiry's full report..... Windsor Inquiry Report June 2011
 
The VFF say Victorian irrigators back the Windsor Committee concerns, and calls for further investment in infrastructure following recent successes in modernisation and on-farm works. 
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has said the state’s irrigators will have more confidence in the Regional Australia Committee’s inquiry into the future of the Murray Darling Basin after announcements in Canberra today. VFF Water Council Chairman Richard Anderson said that the issues raised by the Windsor inquiry had long been at the forefront of the VFF’s concerns with the approach to returning water to the environment.
Mr Anderson said that  the haphazard nature and lack of transparency in the water buy back process is a disgrace and would not be tolerated in other markets. “Victorian irrigators have welcomed the call from the Regional Australia Committee for a more strategic approach to water management within the Basin.”
Mr Anderson went on to say that "substantial water efficiencies can be obtained through infrastructure investment without shutting down communities. The Foodbowl Modernisation project and on-farm modernisation schemes are sensible examples of this. A significant gap in the MDBA’s thinking was to ignore the potential of obtaining environmental benefits with less water by investing in infrastructure. Unfortunately the manner in which the MDBA conducted the modelling of environmental needs and their lack of consultation is largely the reason they have got it so wrong.”
Irrigation Australia Limited announces Ian Atkinson as its new CEO.
The IAL board has announced Ian Atkinson as the association’s new CEO. Ian was formerly the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Future and has a long history of involvement with irrigation, having worked for the CRC for Viticulture, CRC for Molecular Plant Breeding, Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia, NSW Ag and DPI QLD.  Before the merger between ANCID and IAA, Ian also served as a member of the IAA board. He started work with IAL on Monday 30 May.  
The board also expressed its appreciation to Trevor LeBreton, who stepped into the role of Acting CEO. Trevor has impressed everyone with his abilities over the last 3 months. He successfully represented IAL at state and federal level, visited many regions, kept the ball moving with training and certification and, in addition to bedding down the program for the 2011 conference, has kicked off planning for Irrigation Australia 2012 Conference and Exhibition.
National Water Commission's Annual Report wins Awards
 
The National Water Commission has won 2 awards in the Institute of Public Administration's ACT Annual Report Awards. It won a gold award for its online report, and a silver award for its hard copy version.
In choosing the Commission as the winner of the Gold Award for online annual reports in the FMA category (government departments and public service agencies), the panel of judges said 'This attractive online report made good use of the online capabilities as well as meeting the ADEPT criteria, better than the other submissions.'The content of the report was of a high quality including strong case materials and a compelling evidence based narrative. There are attractive facilities for users such as a screen reader facility, easily downloadable chapters, and extensive use of hyperlinks to for example legislation, in the HTML version. In summary, this was an innovative submission which provided easy access to a high quality report.'
 you can find an online copy of the report by clicking here:  Access the Nat Water Commision reports here
Water Minister Peter Walsh announces new GMW Board:
Minister Walsh has announced the appointment of the new members of the GMW Board. The new board is chaired by Llew Vale with Jennifer Dawson, Ian Mansbridge, Dennis Moon, Neil Pankhurst, Sarah Scales and Frank Whitford as directors.Mr Vale, a beef farmer of Toora, has extensive experience in the water industry and community banking. A former chair of the Victorian Water Industry Association, he was awarded an Order of Australia in 2002 for services to the water industry and the community.
Ms Dawson of Bendigo has extensive experience in the water industry and financial reporting and auditing. A director of Bendigo Bank, she is also inaugural chair of the Regional Development Australia Committee for the Loddon Mallee Region.
Mr Pankhurst of Tongala has practical experience in primary production and customer engagement. An irrigator and dairy farmer, he has also has been a councillor and is now mayor of the Shire of Campaspe.
Mr Mansbridge of Pompapiel has extensive experience in banking and finance. Until 2008, he was head of Special Projects at the Bendigo Bank Ltd and has held a number of director positions within banking, agriculture, food, water and finance organisations.
Mr Moon of Rochester is a tomato grower and a business owner. He is a former chair of the Australian Tomato Processing Research Council and the tomato representative of Horticulture Australia Limited.
Ms Scales is a business and risk-management consultant and also owns a mixed farming enterprise near Mansfield. She was previously the general manager, AWB International.
Mr Whitford of Northwood has valuable experience in senior management and strong governance skills. He is the managing director of a furniture business and a member of the board of PrimeSafe Victoria.
 
Message from Cluster Chair Roger Wrigley. Successful WTC Expo held: next steps for Cluster
Chair of the Water Technology Cluster Roger Wrigley has written an open letter to members and friends of the Water Technology Cluster. In the letter Roger congratulated all involved in the staging of the Expo event in Echuca this week, with Wendy and John from the Expo sub-committee gaining special mention, and thanks also going to all supporters and participants.
 
Roger also drew attention to the strong position which the Cluster is in after 4 years of development and establishment activies in creating an effective industry partnership. Roger emphasised the important role which the Cluster has in providing leadership in the irrigation industry in the region. "It gives me great pleasure to see excellent connections and communications between previously less-connected organisations and individuals from private business, authorities, state government departments, local government and education. "
 
"The role of the Cluster in bringing all these people and organisations together to work for a common goal is its greatest strength. I ask you to continue your commitment and support into the ongoing development of the Cluster. With your contributions our Cluster is already showing much leadership in the region, and I look forward to working with you all to develop that further." Click for Letter from Cluster Chair Roger to Cluster 20 May 2011 
Book for Water Summit......
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Click here for Country News story on the Expo
Link to Expo story courtesy of Country News
 
Have a look at the Program for the WTC Expo: 
Click for 2011 Expo program
State Budget Announced
For a copy of the budget papers for 2011 click on State Govt 2011 Budget
Have a look at a news article about the Expo in the Murray Now electronic newsletter.
Murray Now e-News Article on Expo
May 31, Melbourne: Special Industry Capability Network all day workshop:  
The ICN has passed on info about a whole day workshop to be run in Melbourne on May 31. The subject of the day is "How can innovations in processes and treatment furhter increase water efficiency for commercial and industrial users?" Stay tuned for further details as they come to hand.  ICN events page
NVIRP Plans Its Winter Works.
The Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project will undertake works on the GMW channel network during the wither shutdown from May 15 to August 15. Works include 219 regulating gates across all irrigation areas, 1100 farm meters and 67km of remedial channel works. For more infomation please visit their website.  NVIRP Winter Works Plans
Victorian Government has a Comprehensive response to the draft Basin Plan.
in releasing the response Minister Walsh asked the MDBA to revise the timing for drafting the basin plan,to engage with communities and invovle basin governments in developing a comprehemsive rplan for a better Basin. He said " the basin plan must have at its heart a vision to secure the interests of the whole Basin, and to seek to balance the social and economic needs of its communities with those of the environment.
He also said that the process should: be based on an agreed vision for the Basin; support agreed environmental, social and economic outcomes; be informed by comprehensive evidence and analysis; be developed thorough open and informed community based decsiion making; provide smnart and efficient solutions for the environmental and comumptive woater users, not just more water for the environment; support communities through change; set out clear impelemenation pathways and clearly defined roles and responsibilities; maintain business and community confidence; and use a managment approach that builds on existing knowledge, compacts and programs, including the Murray Darling Basin Agreement, Living Murray Inititiive, Water For Rivers and other relevant COAG committments and agreements. Please click on the DSE water page for more information:  Click for DSE Water page
Feedback from Basin Plan Consultation process Available:
Feedback submitted to the MDBA during the public consultation following the release of the guide in October 2010 is being made progressively available at the MDBA website.  Click for link to feedback to MDBA on Basin Plan Guide
March Cluster Meeting Notes Available:
Following an excellent and well atended meeting of the Cluster in March the notes are available by clicking Click here for March 2011 Cluster Meeting notes
 
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