Wednesday 9 November 2016

RMCG Senior Fellow, Charles Thompson presents his research on water availability and variability in our region.

Water resource, regulation and policy

The most significant challenge facing GMW and our customers are the impacts of climate change and water availability.

The figures cannot be disputed. The delivery network was designed to deliver 2,500 GL of water each year and today at its peak delivers just 1,400 GL. There are further risks from competition for water in new markets and our business is further challenged by our aging infrastructure.  

What sets our region apart is the $2 billion Connections Project that is creating a world-class delivery network in our region. No other region can boast this investment in infrastructure.

Our delivery network is also set up to ensure farmers have the flexibility to manage their needs. Farmers have the ability to buy water from outside the region and use it to grow their world-leading produce.

GMW's challenge is to ensure we have the services and infrastructure to allow our customers to take advantage of this flexibility. To ensure they remain in the region - or come back.

We've prepared a series of papers to provide our customers, stakeholders and communities with as much detail as possible on this important topic.

Project Timeline


 Planning process kick off

 Stakeholder groups (including Board)

 Public release of findings

 Indicates the Board's role

 Strategy development

 Public consultation

 Input feedback into plan

# Topics may change

Give Us Your Feedback

Thank you for participating. All comments and feedback will help us develop our Strategic Plan.

To get started, we will ask you a few questions to find out a little bit more about you and your involvement in this project.

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Workshop Dates

Diversions West

Monday 14 November 10.30 - 2.30 pm

Gravity West

Tuesday 16 November 10.30 - 2.30 pm

Gravity East

Wednesday 16 November 10.30 - 2.30 pm

Diversions East

Thursday 17 November 10.30 - 2.30 pm

Strategic Advisory Committee

Tuesday 22 November 10.30 - 2.30 pm

The workshops listed above are closed sessions. However the same information is available on this webpage for you to review. You can provide your comments, ideas or feedback to your Water Services Committee representative or submit your feedback directly.


Discussion Question

What are your ideas for water availability and security in the region?

Or provide short feedback on a topic of your choice. Your email address will not be published.


There are 2 comments for .
Tuesday 6 December, 2016
by Wagina
The cat is out of the bag and it has turned into a lion that is tearing the very fabric of the irrigation communities apart with the concent of our governments state and federal. GMW is the government's courier.
Thursday 8 December, 2016
by Peter Watkins
My belief is that to drive down our cost over the long term and to better service the customer by ensuring asset availability we need to move to a more strategic model of maintaining our assets.
Current GMW state is that we are 90% reactive with industry knowing that reactive maintenance is averaged at 1.5 times more costly than planned maintenance and potentially unsafe because of the emergency nature of the work.

The implementation of a preventive maintenance program can be time consuming and costly. This creates constant debate as to whether a preventive maintenance program is worth installing. Will all the man hours and money invested in the program outweigh emergency repairs?
Some work has been done in this space but we could ramp up the program by taking a deliberate rather than ad-hoc approach, this would entail reviewing our assets for criticality and current maintenance cost profile and prioritize where to start. Workshops would need to occur to design asset preventive maintenance programs specific to asset type. These programs would need to be entered into our system, work planned and scheduled and then finally we would need to measure to determine if we are on the right track.
Plan, Do , Check , Act

Important benefits of a properly operated preventive maintenance program:

◾Asset downtime is decreased and the number of major repairs are reduced
◾Better conservation of assets and increased life expectancy of assets, thereby eliminating premature replacement of assets
◾Reduced overtime costs and more economical use of maintenance workers due to working on a scheduled basis instead of a crash basis to repair asset failure
◾Timely, routine repairs circumvent fewer large-scale repairs
◾Improved safety and quality conditions for everyone

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