eFlash #442

eFlash #442

eFlash #442
Date: 22-Jul-2020

In this edition: Call for Papers - Atherton Mini-Conference| North Burnett Regional Council - Water and Wastewater Manager Position Vacant| Congratulations City of Gold Coast - selected for International Future City Flow Program| The 2020 Sigura Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test and Trivia| Upcoming Essentials Webinars.

1. Call for Papers – Atherton Mini-Conference – 8 October    

COVID-19 has cramped everyone’s style but we are determined to try to run one more event before 2020’s out and at this stage it will be hosted by the champs at Atherton by Tablelands Regional Council on 8 October.

qldwater conferences are an informal opportunity for networking, updates on what’s impacting Queensland’s water and sewerage service providers, and technical presentations.

The call is now open for relevant technical and other presentations to fill 20-25 minutes slots. Presentations from qldwater members or organisations able to co-present with members will always be prioritised. We aim to make the process as easy as possible: you only need to provide us with a brief outline now and a PowerPoint on the day if accepted. Please forward your ideas to dcameron@qldwater.com.au

There are three themes being suggested for this event – Water Innovations/ research in the region, COVID-19 business continuity and Reef stewardship. It will be a hybrid event, hopefully with a dinner on the 7th, short tour, and a number of sessions broadcast via webinar.

We are aiming to run it as a free event. To maintain social distancing requirements, there will be a cap on the number of in-person registrants, so you’ll have to get in early once registrations open. 

Thank you to our confirmed sponsors in Dial Before You Dig for the Water Connections Tour, and Gold sponsors Royce Water Technologies and Aquatec Maxcon. Other opportunities are still available, contact ncarragher@qldwater.com.au if you’re interested. 

2. North Burnett Regional Council – Water and Wastewater Manager position vacant    

North Burnett Regional Council is currently looking for a Water and Wastewater Manager. This role will be a key member of the Infrastructure Leadership Team.

You will provide Frontline Management across all operational aspects of Council’s water and wastewater activities, strategic direction for water services and water treatment initiatives. You will also be the ‘go to’ person for the CEO, Council and Leadership teams for all matters and advice concerning water and wastewater. 

To discuss further, please contact Julie Barr on 07 3211 9700 or view the advertisement: http://www.mcarthur.com.au/job-search/?advertId=8800 

3. Congratulations City of Gold Coast - selected for international Future City Flow program 

After an international search, the City of Gold Coast has been selected by the Swedish Innovation Agency (VINNOVA) as one of two water utilities to receive funding to implement DHI’s Future City Flow solution internationally.

Future City Flow is a web-based decision support system that allows water utilities and operators to execute weather adapted control strategies to help ensure wastewater is contained in pipes, sewage treatment plants (STPs) and green infrastructure.

By integrating weather forecasts, real-time data and predictive modelling technology into an easy to use online system, Future City Flow empowers the water utility to effectively reduce infiltration inflow, flooding and contamination risks. Future City Flow was developed by DHI in Sweden and is now being piloted to confirm that similar benefits can be achieved internationally. 

As part of the project, the City of Gold Coast will be implementing real-time control for a pilot area of its sewerage network. By implementing Future City Flow, the expected benefits for the City of Gold Coast include reduced sewerage overflows, reduced bypassing at its STPs, improved operational efficiency, improved forecasting and decision-making capabilities in response to weather events as well as a proactive response to the customer interface. 

Tauranga City Council (NZ) was also selected to receive funding to implement Future City Flow internationally, and they will be implementing Future City Flow for enhanced strategic planning. The City of Gold Coast and Tauranga City Council will work together to share benefits and experiences from the two implementations.

The total budget for both of the projects is approx. AUD $2,000,000

The project delivery partners include City of Gold Coast (Australia), Tauranga City Council (New Zealand), DHI (Sweden, Australia and New Zealand), Divine Robot AB (Sweden), Sweden Water Research (Sweden) and Rhetikfabriken (Sweden). 

4. The 2020 Sigura Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test and Trivia – time to get excited!


Join us for a fun and interactive online session on Thursday, 10 September from 2.30 to 4.00 to find the best tasting tap water in Queensland. 

Get your colleagues together for afternoon tea or drinks and watch our panel of judges as they make their way through the samples while we challenge you to a game of taste test trivia. Great prizes up for grabs! 

To enter you need to:

  • Get us a completed entry formby Friday 14 August.  This is really important as we need to get in touch to record a short video of you/ your team talking about the water sample to play at the event. 
  • Get your samples ready and ship 2 litres of your liquid gold to Level 1, 6 Eagleview Place, Eagle Farm by 9 September 2020. 

So get thinking - we'll have a prize for the most entertaining video entry, voted by poll on the day.

Watch this space for more updates! 

5. Upcoming Essentials Webinars – tomorrow and 20 August

Don’t forget our Essentials Webinar tomorrow – Productivity Commission and CCTV and Asset Data Management at Gladstone Regional Council – register via this link

The next 90 minute session will be held on 20 August 2020 – you can register using this link.

We have three speakers covering a diversity of topics:

Jenna Baas from Sunwater will speak on "The Sunwater Cultural Journey", reprising her very well received presentation from the Water Skills Forum back in March.

  • Dr Yarong Song from the Advanced Water Management Centre at UQ will outline her research "Protect Sewer: Investigate sewer corrosion using multidisciplinary techniques"
  • Sean Askew from Bundaberg Regional Council will speak on "Our program management software – Monday.com. Capital delivery success…"

qldwater  - The Queensland Water Directorate, a Business Unit of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Qld. 

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