The Smart Water Fund was delighted to host a dinner and a full day, highly interactive workshop with over 30 representatives from both metropolitan and regional urban water utilities with Darrell Mann, an international innovation specialist, in Melbourne in mid March 2013.
Darrell Mann's presentation provided an exclusive and unique perspective as to how leaders in the Australian Water industry can learn from international innovation best practice.
In late 2012 the Managing Directors of Victoria's metropolitan and regional utilities revisited their earlier Vision for the State and agreed that for the Smart Water Fund to continue to add value, it needed to make investments in the areas of strategic importance to the sector and where collaboration and co-operation were imperative.
The Smart Water Fund is very pleased to announce that Mr Mike Waller has joined the Smart Water Fund Board.
Mike Waller is the Chief Executive Officer of Office of Living Victoria. Mike also chaired the Living Victoria Ministerial Advisory Council.
In addition, the Smart Water Fund is also delighted to announce that Mr Simon Want, Head of Office, OLV, has recently been appointed as a member of the Smart Water Fund's Investment Review Committee.
The Smart Water Fund is excited to have entered into a strategic partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and to be working with them on two co-funded projects of strategic importance to Victoria’s urban water industry. The Smart Water Fund and the Bureau of Meteorology are collaborating to create networks across Victoria to establish a central hub for water recycling. These projects herald an expansion of what may be seen as the traditional role of the Bureau of Meteorology; a step beyond forecasting into supporting water management.