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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Water Minister Lisa Neville today welcomed the appointment of Tracey Slatter as the new Managing Director of Barwon Water.
Tracey has more than 20 years experience at senior management level and was endorsed by the Barwon Water Board to lead the organisation over the next five years. She was chosen from a list of outstanding candidates following an exhaustive Australia-wide search.
Tracey brings a wealth of management experience to the role having had several years at the helm of local councils, as well as executive experience in the local region. She was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Port Philip City Council. Her previous roles include CEO of Colac Otway Shire, Head of Claims at the TAC, Director of Primary and Community Health in the Victorian Health Department and a Director of the G21 Geelong Region Alliance.
The Board was unanimous in its belief Tracey has the right skills and expertise to drive the organisation forward in a new era of change and opportunity.
Tracey replaces Joe Adamski who has been Managing Director for the last four years.