Director of Dam Safety
Ontario Power Generation
Assistant Secretary – Water Resources
Water Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Presentation Title: Building Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century
The Australian Government is committed to building dams and is making the most significant investment in water infrastructure in Australian history. Affordable and secure water supplies are a key input to future growth in regional Australia.
The $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility provide funding options to incentivise the state and territory governments to fast track the construction of major regional water infrastructure projects.
Agriculture is a central pillar of the Australian economy and targeted investments in economical viable and sustainable water infrastructure will ensure our farm businesses, agriculture sector and regional economies are positioned to meet increasing international demand for food and fiber.
Australian Government investments are designed to enhance investment security for state and territory governments and their project partners by providing greater certainty around the rights, responsibilities and likely costs for water users consistent with the principles of the National Water Initiative (NWI). The Australian Government and all the states and territories have agreed to implement the NWI, which sets principles to optimise the efficient use of water and drive economic, social and environmental outcomes.
The Australian Government is open to exploring innovative infrastructure investment options to get water infrastructure projects off the drawing board and under construction. Tasmania is leading the way in the public and private sector partnership. The Commonwealth Government, Tasmanian Government, Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd and farmer arrangements is the most successful public/private investment model in Australia. Creating new, secure and sustainable water supply to unlock Tasmania’s potential to produce high value food and wine to meet growing market demand.
CEO, Tasmanian Irrigation
Presentation Title: A Pipeline to Prosperity
Tasmanian Irrigation is less than ten years old and has achieved outcomes which many organizations, private or public , could only dream of.
Tranche Two which is the second round of Tasmanian Irrigation’s development program will see another five irrigation schemes completed throughout Tasmania taking the total of newly constructed irrigation schemes to 15, not bad for an organization less than ten years old.
A unique public and private partnership has seen TI partner with governments and farmers to fully fund these developments.
This pipeline, which will come close to 1000 Km when finished will deliver up to 150,000 ML throughout Tasmania.
For many states this may seem like a short length of pipe and a relatively small volume of water, but for Tasmania they are industry changing.
This pipeline to prosperity has seen farming practices change, increased production, new agricultural enterprises and insurance from the dry which Tasmania is known for.
This presentation will take participants through the journey from birth of a scheme to water delivery.
Mediation & Insurance Law
Presentation Title: The Duty of Care - Defensive Engineering or the Crystal Ball
Given that you are neither Nostradamus nor the Delphin Oracle, what is expected of you?
Recent experiences surrounding cases such as the Wivenhoe litigation suggest that you should have the powers of both.
But it isn’t that bad. The purpose of the presentation will be to consider your professional duty of care, the standard expected, the protections afforded and a few ideas to ensure that you continue to work professionally and innovatively as Engineers and not insurance risk assessors!