December 2009

Rising to the challenge of water reform

24.12.2009 - Posted by Kane Travis
I’ve recently spent some time in Canberra with the Federal authorities that look after our water resources and have become a lot more aware of both the scale of the water reform tasks we have set ourselves and the level of energy and dedication of agency staff to rise to the challenge.

Firstly the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is highly focused on the release of the Basin Plan for discussion in 2010 and commencement in 2011. The Basin Plan will for the first time bring together the surface water, groundwater and environmental resources of the Murray–Darling Basin to be managed as to a single, legally enforceable plan. Key to the plan is the setting and enforcing of the environmental sustainable limits on the quantities of surface water and groundwater that may be taken.

Walking over to BOM the scale of the challenge is no less daunting. By 2010 the Bureau will produce a set of national water accounts, underpinned by a national water monitoring and data collection network. This integrated national accounting system for water will be freely accessible to the public.

There is a massive level of reform in our water sector and if you are interested in reading more click on the following links. MDBA Basin Plan Concept Statement, National Water Accounts

Long service leave is a thing of the past...

18.12.2009 - Posted by


A recent survey of 25 to 34 year olds found that the average length of tenure with an employer is just under 3 years. So is long service leave obsolete? How many of your peers do you know that have used long service leave? Do you know anyone that is actually working towards taking it? At 37 and as someone who has changed employers about every 24 months, it would seem I am ‘joe average’ when it comes to the likelihood of ever taking advantage of the time that is accruing at the grand rate of 32 hours per year. So as a professional services firm, what can we do to provide employees with time away from the business to refresh and reinvigorate their careers and life? Click on the picture for some interesting food for thought....

From Melbourne to Copenhagen: What¹s our responsibility for climate change?

3.12.2009 - Posted by Amanda Wealands
A few of us are going to head down to Fed Squre for this one:

With the world's most powerful nations at Copenhagen looking unlikely to produce binding agreements on lower carbon emission targets, urgent and ongoing local action on the impact of climate change is even more important.
The speakers will discuss these issues.

Speakers (alphabetical order)

MR GUY ABRAHAMS ­Lawyer, Environmental Advocate, Former Commercial Gallery Director, Al Gore Climate Project Presenter

DR KATE AUTY ­ Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria

LORD MAYOR ROBERT DOYLE ­ Lord Mayor of Melbourne

MS LIZ MINCHIN ­ News Editor and former Environment Reporter, The Age

Introduction: DR KATHY ALEXANDER ­ Chief Executive Officer, City of Melbourne

Moderator: MR PETER MARES ­ Journalist, Broadcaster ABC Radio National

DATE: Wednesday 9 December 2009
TIME: 6.00 - ­ 7.30pm (doors open 5.30pm)
VENUE: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, Melbourne

Future Leaders ( in partnership with Melbourne Conversations is presenting this event. Melbourne Conversations is the City of Melbourne's program of free talks.