eFlash #528

eFlash #528

eFlash #528
Date: 23-Mar-2022

In this edition: Supply Chain Update| Free RADHAZ Safety Training from TAFE Queensland| qldwater Position Available – Project Coordinator| Port Douglas Regional Conference – Call for Papers| Next Fundamentals Webinar

1. Supply Chain Update

Recently qldwater reached out to members via our online forum to get an indication on any supply chain risk questions.

Below is the feedback we have received so far and would like to encourage you to email through any other updates so we can keep feeding this information to those who may be able to influence. The supply of CO2 has recently become a significant problem for some service providers, with Air Liquide winding up operations from the Gibson Island plant.

Electronics/ Electrical

  • Examples of Programmable Logic Controllers and other items, relatively long projected supply delays for replacements (July). 
  • Variable Frequency Drives/ comms cards – 12 week lead time generally expected becoming 6 months
  • Pumps (Grundfos named specifically)
  • ABB flow meters/ transmitters and AMR transmitters


  • Polydadmac noted. Only able to get part orders filled and it’s a week by week proposition. 
  • Coagulants appear to be problematic/ vulnerable beyond the experiences around Aluminium Sulfate in southern states
  • Aluminium Chlorohydrate, suppliers being proactive and attempting to source alternatives. Across the board price impacts due to increased price of aluminium.
  • CO2, Sodium Hypo, Sodium Fluoride
  • Lab reagents – specifically manganese test kits. 


  • Lots of reported price increases across the board, prior to any fuel-related ones. 30% upwards.

If you have any updates or feedback regarding any supply chain risks, please email dcameron@qldwater.com.au

2. Free RADHAZ Safety Training from TAFE Queensland

RADHAZ (Radiation Hazard Awareness) is a safety training program developed by TAFE Queensland and is designed for workers who perform tasks around radiation emitting equipment such as broadcast towers, microwave links, mobile phone towers, transmitters and high voltage appliances. During the program, students gain an understanding of the potential health effects of exposure to radiation emitting hazards, the relevant limits and standards, awareness of safe working procedures at radiation emitting transmitter sites, ability to identify potential radiation emitting hazards on site, radiation emitting safety documentation, and the correct use of PPE. This non-accredited program is delivered in a two hour online workshop. Outcome Certificate of Participation.

Online courses will be available from Monday March 28th 2022 to Thursday 31st March 2022 with two sessions available per day 10:00am and 1:00pm. Open to existing workers and existing students.

To register for the course please email cilla.henry@tafeqld.edu.au.

3. qldwater Position Available – Project Coordinator

A rare opportunity to work with the overachieving and good looking qldwater team.

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.

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

 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.

4. 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

5. Next Fundamentals Webinar

Register now for our next Fundamentals Webinar on Thursday, 21st April, 10am-11am, AEST with the topic ‘Lagoon Management’, presented by Kathryn Turner, Urban Utilities.

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.

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