Annual reports 2008-2009 now available
Wednesday 2 December 2009
The Annual Review of eWater activities and the financial statement for 2008-2009 are now available via the Publications page on this website.
Here are some extracts from the CEO's report in the Annual Review:
- The third-year review of eWater’s operations conducted by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) confirmed eWater’s progress to date and capacity to meet its remaining obligations under the Commonwealth Agreement and to its partners.
- Our new focus catchment program which started this year is ensuring that we will develop a national modelling system that is adaptable to meet the needs of Australian governments for at least the next decade, as well as generating significant on-ground benefits for partners.
- eWater Innovation Pty Ltd (eWI) commenced full operation in April 2009 and has been focused on the release of the upgraded urban stormwater software music v4 in October 2009
- The accelerated development of River Manager was made possible by an additional $6 million of funding announced by the federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, in October 2008.
- The representation of groundwater and surface water interactions will be improved by additional funding provided by the National Water Commission (NWC).
- A comprehensive project management framework and operational system has been implemented to ensure eWater’s continuous improvement as a project delivery focused organisation.
Building Australia’s integrated water resources modelling system
In September 2005, eWater was formed by leading water industry and research organisations together with the Commonwealth and governments of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The mission was to develop a new generation integrated water resources modelling system that could be used by all governments and sectors. Designed to support the implementation of the National Water Initiative requirements, the modelling system takes a fully integrated approach to the management of surface, ground and environmental water, in rural and urban catchments.
After four years of operations, eWater is growing a strong track record through:
- creating water models based on insights from water management and innovations in hydrology, freshwater ecology and other relevant scientific disciplines
- recruiting people with the right mix of knowledge, skills and commitment, while supporting capacity building in the water industry
- establishing effective governance, and a culture that respects creative interdisciplinary science, insists on the business disciplines required for advanced software development and focuses on creating value for partners.
We have now reached the pivotal and exciting stage in eWater CRC’s development where model prototypes and beta versions have been delivered to partners, and work is beginning to test and trial many components of the new generation national modelling system in real-world situations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, the Board, and all our company and partner staff for their continuing support, contributions and commitment to the culture and mission of eWater CRC. I also thank the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research for its continuing financial support, and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and the National Water Commission for their additional investment in eWater — investment that has allowed us to recruit 25 new staff to expand and accelerate the development of our integrated river systems modelling suite. Finally, my colleagues on the eWater Executive have worked hard this year to respond to my call to become an even more professional organisation, to improve our project management and operational performance, and to better align our business with our partners’ needs. I thank them for their tireless efforts and dedication to eWater and its partners.
The challenge ahead
In closing, I look back on a year when unprecedented water scarcity has continued across southern Australia, and the River Murray’s Lower Lakes and Coorong system has edged towards a major ecological tipping point. The balancing act between human and environmental use of water has never been so difficult for the leaders of government and industry, nor has the possibility of catastrophic impacts been so real for regional communities and aquatic ecosystems.
In Australia, an increasing reliance on technology to understand uncertain futures, to provide more efficient water delivery and use, and to offer viable ’new’ sources of water, such as recycling and desalination, is now unquestionable. All of this must be achieved in a national and global setting where carbon dioxide emissions must be cut to prevent irrevocable damage to our planet. None of us working in the water science and management arena can afford to fail in our individual and collective endeavours to address this critical need.
Professor Gary Jones, Chief Executive eWater
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