eFlash #526

eFlash #526

eFlash #526
Date: 10-Mar-2022

In this edition: Come and work with us!| Central Queensland Trade Waste Interest Group (CQTWIG) Meeting| Livingstone Regional Conference – Last Chance to Register!| Water Skills Forum – New Date Confirmed 2 June| AWA Virtual Panel on PFAS NEMP 16 March| Port Douglas Regional Conference – Call for Papers| Next Fundamentals Webinar| WaterRA’s Brisbane Event – Understanding Health-Based Targets| qldwater Footy Tipping 2022 – Starts this weekend!

1. Come and work with us!

With the impending departure of Ryan Cosgrove, we are recruiting! Ryan is heading to Urban Utilities and we thank him for his huge contribution to qldwater, particularly work on QWRAP and the SEQ D&C Code.

Check out the ad on Seek and contact Dave Cameron or Rob Fearon if you want to enquire about the role.

We are looking for an experienced Project Coordinator to help drive a number of our initiatives and collaborative programs. The largest of these is the Queensland Water Regional Alliance Program (QWRAP), and the projects typically involve water and sewerage utilities within multiple Queensland councils working together in a region to deliver efficiencies and savings for their communities. Other potential key stakeholders include a group of large utilities managing a Design and Construction Code, and the broader qldwater membership. 

The Queensland Water Regional Alliance Program is a partnership among the Local Government Association of Queensland, Queensland Government (through the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water) and qldwater. It has been operating for approximately a decade and recently has received a long-term Queensland Government funding commitment, to go with the investment made by collaborating councils to deliver activities of mutual benefit.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Like working with multiple stakeholders – be confident to present to and help facilitate groups to achieve results;
  • Be able to manage project milestones, analyse and synthesize information;
  • Write clearly and concisely;
  • Operate contemporary project management, database, spreadsheet, basic GIS and statistical software;
  • Work within a diverse team, dealing with a changing environment and significant industry challenges;
  • Be able to travel within regional Queensland – to be negotiated but typically 10-15 days per year.

There are no minimum specified qualifications, but you are likely to have qualifications in science, engineering, data management, asset management and/ or have strong equivalent practical experience.

Typical duties could include:

  • Providing support to the QWRAP Program Manager, Steering Committee and other key staff including coordination of specific regional alliances, meeting attendances and presentations;
  • Effectively managing stakeholder networks and managing program communications;
  • Facilitating technical meetings for groups including the SEQ D&C Code;
  • Support strategic planning workshops;
  • Managing collaborative projects – milestones, performance review, reporting;
  • Researching, analysing, making recommendations;
  • Contributing to submissions including funding applications, as well as supporting regional alliances in their applications;
  • Representing qldwater professionally and supporting the Directorate’s other activities.

To apply, please provide a cover letter that outlines how you meet the requirements above along with your resume to dcameron@qldwater.com.au.

Applications may remain open as we anticipate another role being available in the near future.

2. Central Queensland Trade Waste Interest Group (CQTWIG) Meeting

On the 24th March 2022, there is a Central Queensland Trade Waste Interest Group (CQTWIG) meeting taking place in Yeppoon prior to the qldwater Livingstone Regional Conference.

Registration for the session is complimentary for all those who would like to attend. Catering will be provided.

The theme for the meeting is ‘Preparing for the future.’

There will also be an optional dinner taking place at Keppel Bay Sailing Club on the evening of the 23rd March at 6pm. This is at your own cost.

To view the meeting agenda, please click here.

To RSVP for the meeting or request further information, please contact Michael Dalton on 0419 755 018 or michael.dalton@livingstone.qld.gov.au

RSVP by 5:00pm on Monday 21st March.

3. Livingstone Regional Conference – Last Chance to Register!

Our first regional conference for 2022 is only 2 weeks away. Register now to secure your spot!
 The regional conference will be held in Yeppoon, kindly hosted by Livingstone Shire Council on the 25th of March, with an optional dinner on the evening of the 24th.
qldwater conferences are an informal opportunity for networking, updates on what’s impacting Queensland’s water and sewerage service providers, and technical presentations.
A preliminary version of the program is available on the event website.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Livingstone Regional Conference. Please contact Naomi (ncarragher@qldwater.com.au) If you are interested in sponsoring this event.
To view other upcoming events please visit our website: https://qldwater.com.au/upcoming-events

4. Water Skills Forum – New Date Confirmed

We are excited to announce that a new date for the Water Skills Forum has been locked in for Thursday 2nd June 2022. At this stage it looks like the timing will stay as originally proposed with most presenters and panelists keen to go again.

Save the date in your calendar, as this will be an event you will not want to miss!

5. AWA Virtual Panel on PFAS NEMP

AWA Queensland has organised an evening panel session on the Implications of the PFAS NEMP on Queensland Water Utilities, with support from the qldwater Consortium for Research and Advocacy on Contaminants (qCRAC) on Wednesday 16 March at 5:00 pm.

The session is a virtual webinar with several well-known and respected panellists to be facilitated by Johanna Johnson from Logan City Council discussing this important issue.

Panellists include:

  • Kelly Hopewell, City of Gold Coast and Chair ANZ Biosolids Partnership Technical Board
  • Lynne Powell, Cairns Regional Council
  • Professor Damien Batstone, Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology, University of Queensland
  • Professor Jochen Mueller, Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, University of Queensland

AWA has kindly offered registrations for qldwater members at the AWA member rate.

More information and registration here.

6. Port Douglas Regional Conference – Call for Papers

qldwater is excited to announce our next regional conference for 2022 will be held in Port Douglas, kindly hosted by Douglas Shire Council on the 23rd & 24th of May.
Have you learnt something new that you would like to share? Or partnered with an external business who you could co-present with? We want to know! The call is now open for presentations to fill 20-25 minutes slots.
There will be a site tour taking place on Monday 23rd followed by an option dinner in the evening.

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 will need to provide us with a brief outline now and a PowerPoint a couple of days before the event. Please forward your ideas to dcameron@qldwater.com.au.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Port Douglas Regional Conference. Please contact Naomi (ncarragher@qldwater.com.au) if you are interested in sponsoring this event.
To view our upcoming events please visit our website: https://qldwater.com.au/upcoming-events

7. Next Fundamentals Webinar

Register now for our next Fundamentals Webinar on Tuesday, 15 March, 10am-11am, AEST with the topic ‘Presence/Absence of E. Coli Test’, presented by Terry Fagg, Western Downs Regional Council.

More sessions will be hosted in 2022, keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for details.

Recordings of all previous webinars are available to download on the qldwater website. Please contact webinar@qldwater.com.au with any queries about previous or future webinars or to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

8. WaterRA’s Event – Understanding Health-Based Targets

WaterRA's Research Leadership Program has specially-developed an introduction to Health-Based Targets (HBTs) for industry professionals. This series will enable participants to gain a better understanding surrounding the use of HBTs, what industry has learned, key barriers, pitfalls, benefits, and how HBTs can be applied to your organisation.

Starting with two online sessions and ending with an in-person workshop, it is designed for water industry professionals not currently using HBTs in their systems. This could include operations, decision makers, risk assessors, councils, and new employees in the field of catchment management.

 Participants will gain insights into whole-of-system risk from an integrated water management perspective, and be introduced to a suite of tools that address key HBT issues across small to large scale systems. Discussions will centre around key business groups likely to benefit from the use of HBTs, such as catchments, reservoirs, treatment, distribution and end use/discharge.

For more information about this event, click here.

9. qldwater Footy Tipping 2022 – Starts this weekend!

qldwater's NRL and AFL tipping competition is about to kick-off this weekend. If you haven’t registered yet, you had better hurry! We have 29 people signed up so far!

The competition is open to all employees of qldwater members and qldwater Affiliate Members.

Keen to see some new competitors - last season proved to be a bit of a challenge for everyone but we are in a new normal and that includes footy every week with no disruptions. *
 *We will not be held to this statement.

There will be a weekly prize for one person who selects the most winners in either NRL or AFL. 

Even average tippers get lucky once during the competition and you can tell your colleagues you are a prize-winner even if (like Rob Fearon) you know nothing about Football.

Joining is free, simply go to qldwater Footy Comp 2022 then: 

1. Click on the green join button,

2. Refresh your account or create a new one,

3. Choose “qldwater Footy Comp 2022” competition with password “qldwater22!”

4. Enter your preferences and start tipping in the NRL and or AFL.

The rules are simple: 

  • Your name must be clearly identifiable
  • Not tipping in any round will give you a default score (the away teams but with a maximum).
  • Each tipper can choose 3 joker rounds for each NRL and AFL (which doubles your score for that week).
  • 3 Bonus points for tipping all games correctly in a round.
  • One $30 Visa Gift Card will be awarded each week via email for the week’s best tippers in both NRL and AFL.
  • One $200 Visa Gift Card will be awarded for the season winner in each NRL and AFL after the Grand Final. If two tippers end on the same score then margin scores will determine the ultimate winner.
  • Only employees of members of qldwater and qldwater Affiliates can tip and win prizes. Some qldwater staff participate in the competition but are ineligible for the end of season prize.

Note: If you are re-registering this year and forgot your password, the emails could be sent to your junk inbox.

Any questions or queries email enquiry@qldwater.com.au

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