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Board positions 2017: Expressions of interest

Have you considered being on a Victorian water corporation board?

The Victorian Government is committed to community engagement and increasing diversity in water sector leadership. This will encourage new ideas and ensure we best reflect our diverse communities.

With the terms of 89 existing water corporation directors, including seven chairpersons, expiring on 30 September 2017, the Minister for Water, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, is inviting expressions of interest in these positions.

If you have experience in one or more of the following disciplines, you should consider contributing your skills on a water corporation board:

  • financial and commercial management
  • community engagement
  • land and water management
  • climate change
  • strategy and business management
  • infrastructure and project management
  • corporate governance

Applicants are required to apply online via the Get on Board website. Here you will find further information regarding the recruitment process, the roles and information on the Victorian water sector.

Applicants with further enquiries or those with difficulties in accessing the documents should contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Applications close Monday 3 April 2017.

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Community panel convened

Ever wondered how Barwon Water sets prices for water and sewerage services?

This weekend provides a chance to understand the process, with the corporation inviting customers and the wider community to register as observers as a Community Panel meets to help shape future water prices.

Convened as part of Barwon Water’s 2018 Pricing Submission process, the panel of 30 randomly selected customers will come together on Saturday and Sunday to consider the questions: “what do you value most about your water and sewerage services and what do you expect in the future”.

The 2018 Price Submission will provide the basis for the Essential Services Commission to set the maximum prices that can be charged for the five-year regulatory period commencing 1 July 2018.

Following this weekend’s meeting, the panel would come together for a final session to prepare a report for the Barwon Water Board containing its recommendations on prices.

Observers are welcome at Saturday and Sundays panel meetings. If you’re interested, please register online.

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Parkland proposal for historic aqueduct

We are planning to open up 66 hectares of public parkland around the historic aqueduct in Breakwater.

The plan was revealed today by Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines and Barwon Water Managing Director Tracey Slatter at the aqueduct site.

Under the proposed plan, the majority of the heritage-listed ovoid aqueduct will be retained, with some spans removed to allow safe access from land and water.

The proposal would unlock the environmental and recreational values of the Barwon River, while preserving an important part of Geelong’s history.

The 756-metre long aqueduct was commissioned in 1916 and provided the means for Geelong’s first main outfall sewer pipe to cross over the Barwon River on its way to Bass Strait. It was decommissioned in 1992 when a new sewer line was built under the river.

Access under the structure – on land and water – has been prohibited since 1995 due to the risk of falling concrete.

The parkland proposal also provides for walking tracks, viewing platforms, signage and seating on the north side of the river.

We have been working closely with the Barwon River Parklands Steering Committee, Heritage Victoria and other agencies, and we’re now seeking feedback from the broader community.

  Your say: Aqueduct Park proposal

  Victorian Government media release: Parkland proposal For Geelong’s historic aqueduct

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New Managing Director begins

Barwon Water has welcomed Tracey Slatter as new Managing Director.

Tracey was appointed to the role in October 2016 and began official duties on Monday 16 January 2017.

A highly qualified senior executive, Tracey has more than 20 year’s experience in local government and the public service.

Most recently, Tracey was Chief Executive Officer at the City of Port Phillip. She is delighted to return to the region, having lived and worked previously as Chief Executive Officer at Colac Otway Shire and Head of Claims at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Tracey’s priorities include customer affordability and customer service with a growing focus on climate change, regional growth, liveability, environmental stewardship, community engagement and workplace diversity.

  Media release: new Managing Director begins

  Management and Board

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Holiday season trading hours 2016-2017

We would like to wish our customers and community a safe and happy festive season.

Our customer contact centre and South Geelong trade counter will be closed from 1 pm, this Friday 23 December 2016 until Monday 2 January 2017.

We will resume normal hours from Tuesday 3 January 2017.

As always, our emergencies and faults hotline is available 24×7 on 1300 656 007.

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Stony Creek Reservoir open for angling

Recreational anglers can once again cast a line at Upper Stony Creek Reservoir No. 1, with the site re-opened to the public for the first time in more than a decade.

Located about 40 kilometres from Geelong on the Geelong-Ballan Road, north of Anakie, the three Upper Stony Creek reservoirs are part of Barwon Water’s Moorabool water supply system.

More than 5,000 trout have been added to Stony Creek Reservoir No. 1. Pictutred: Mick Bettanin, Catchment Management Officer, Barwon Water and John Hotchin, Secretary, Associated Geelong and District Angling Clubs.

As part of its 2016 strategic blueprint for the future, Barwon Water identified water for recreation as a key focus area and committed to delivering shared benefits for the community through waterway planning and management that recognises recreational values.

We worked in partnership with Fisheries Victoria to re-stock the reservoir, releasing 5,800 brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Recognised by the National Heritage Trust as being of state significance for its place in the history of Geelong water supply, the reservoir is a perfect location for bushwalking, picnicking and bird watching.

  Recreational areas

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Colac pipeline: construction begins

Construction is underway on a new 11-kilometre pipeline to help secure Colac’s water supply.

Colac will be connected to the greater Geelong water supply system by mid-2017, giving local residents and irrigators a secure supply into the future.

The $19.3 million upgrade will allow the city to access water from the West Barwon Reservoir at Forrest and, if needed, the Barwon Downs borefield. The upgrade will effectively double Colac’s water supply capacity.

The project has been fast-tracked by two years after an updated water security assessment revealed a forecast growth in demand for water.

Local companies are involved in the project including R Slater & Sons, BDH Constructions and Armistead Earthmoving.

  Colac water supply upgrade

  Victorian Government media release: Expanding the grid: construction on Colac pipeline begins

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Target Your Water Use


Use our precious water wisely

Target Your Water Use is a voluntary water efficiency program to assist and encourage regional Victorians to use their water wisely.

The program applies to residential and business urban water customers in regional Victoria.

Using water responsibly is everyone’s opportunity to help secure water supplies and create greener and more liveable communities for now and into the future.

Target Your Water Use is a Victorian Government initiative.


We need to use our water more efficiently

Climate change poses a serious risk to our water future. We know, over the long-term, there will be less rainfall, less run-off into our rivers and storages, and more severe and prolonged droughts.

Population growth in our regional cities and towns is placing increasing pressure on our water storages. In the year to June 2015, regional Victoria’s population grew to 1.14 million, an increase of 7,800 people.

A diverse range of water sources and efficiency measures are needed to help ensure there will be enough water to meet all our needs now and into the future.

Target Your Water Use is about taking a longer-term view about our water usage habits by ensuring all Victorians have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about the amount of water they use.

We all have a role in responsible water use and by using water wisely we can help secure water supplies and create greener and more liveable communities now and into the future.


Helping you to target your water use

Target Your Water Use provides useful information to regional Victorians on how to be more water efficient within their homes and how to use water more wisely.

Working in collaboration, regional urban water corporations — including Barwon water — are providing a suite of products, services and solutions on how to use water more wisely.

  • Permanent Water Saving Rules. Common sense rules to assist with conserving water now and for the future.
  • Schools education program. Across Victoria, local water corporations are engaging with primary, secondary and tertiary students to educate them on the water cycle and how to use water wisely.
  • Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP). The program enables schools to track their water usage using data loggers. By monitoring water use, schools can detect and fix leaks, saving water and money.
  • Comparative water usage. Water customers can see how much water they have used compared to previous months and years simply by looking at their bill. Armed with this information they can make more informed choices about when and how to use water more efficiently.  
  • National Water Week. Each year National Water Week makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, education providers, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding of water-related issues.
  • Urban Water Strategy. All Victorian water businesses are engaging with their customers and local communities to develop their Urban Water Strategies. These strategies will outline how water businesses will manage demand for, and ensure sufficient supplies of, drinking water across their service regions.


More information

  Permanent water saving rules for residential customers

  Permanent water saving rules for business customers

  Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)

  Water Supply Demand Strategy 2012–2062

  Target Your Water Use website

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Your say on what you pay

Barwon Water needs to set its new prices from 2018 for the next five years.

We would like to hear from our community on what you value most about water and sewerage services and what you expect in the future.

Consultation will be open from late October 2016 through to mid-January 2017.

Head to yoursay.barwonwater.vic.gov.au to find out how you can get involved.

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Roll up, it's show time!

Barwon Water’s pavilion at the Royal Geelong Show is always a hit with visitors, young and old.

This year, we’re particularly proud of our display: an interactive and engaging exhibit highlighting our ‘wild and wonderful weather’. Join our hosts El Niño and La Niña through a colourful and magical journey through the forces of nature that bring us droughts and flooding rains.

This year’s Geelong Show display features amazing original artwork by Laura Alice. 

As well as interactive displays and engaging hands-on exhibits, the pavilion features amazing floor-to-ceiling artwork by Geelong-based artist Laura Alice. Laura’s whimsical illustrations and soulful characters have brought our humble shed to life! If you thought you recognised Laura’s playful style, you may have seen some of her street art in the James Street precinct or at Little Creatures Brewery.

The Geelong Show runs from tomorrow, Thursday 13 through Sunday 16 October 2016.


Laura Alice × Barwon Water: take a selfie, win an iPad!

Want the chance to win an iPad mini 2? Just take a photo in front of Laura Alice’s paste-up on the outside of our pavilion.

Upload your image to your favourite social media account (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), tag @barwonwater and use the hashtag @LAxBW. You can enter as many times as you like.


The fine print: competition terms and conditions

Entries commence at 9 am Thursday 13 October and close at 8 pm on Sunday 16 October 2016.

To be eligible to win, your entry must

  • clearly show the ‘wild and wonderful weather’ artwork
  • be posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • be tagged @Barwonwater
  • use the hashtag #LAxBW

The prize is one iPad Mini 2 (16 GB, Wi-Fi, model A1489) in ‘Space Grey’.

The winner will be drawn at random by Barwon Water, 155 Mercer St Geelong VIC 3220, on Monday 17 October 2016 and notified directly.

By entering the competition, entrants assign a limited copyright of the image to Barwon Water enabling reproduction of the image for public displays and publications (both printed and digital) in conjunction with the competition and for the purpose of publication in printed and digital material promoting Barwon Water.

Any persons included in the photograph must be consenting for the photograph and any subsequent use of the photograph.

Entries from participants under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent.

Multiple entries are accepted and welcomed.

Do not submit any images that could be deemed rude or offensive. Any such images will be ineligible.

Submitting an entry for this competition constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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