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Kirsty Carden , University of Cape Town and Lloyd Fisher- Jeffes , University of Cape Town In 2016, South Africa experienced one of the worst droughts in decades . Many towns and cities across the country were left with compromised water supply systems and limited food production. This placed pressure on an already fragile economy. South Africa must find ways to adapt to and mitigate water insecurity threats. These can be from droughts, climate change, but also from increases in water demand through urbanisation, population growth and rising standards of living. Towns and cities need to start operating within the limits of their existing ...
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Mark Andrich , University of Western Australia and Jemma Green , Curtin University A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australias east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles. By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable energy from the grid, while smoothing out some of the destabilising effects that the recent boom in household solar has had on our energy networks. Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops. Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons , ...
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Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor has launched the Federal Governments $50million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Im delighted to launch this exciting new program to support the rollout of technology and data solutions for local communities, Assistant Minister Taylor said during last Friday's launch. This is not just for metropolitan areas, good ideas come from everywhere and we welcome applications from across Australia. The Assistant Minister opened IPWEAs 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference by speaking about his governments Smart Cities Agenda, announced in April last year. It is an incredibly ...
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These were the words IPWEA Australasia's President Ross Goyne used to sum up the 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference, held in Brisbane last week. The conference was a resounding success by every benchmark. About 250 delegates; speakers addressing in-depth and wide-ranging issues from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Norway, France and Asia, together with every state and territory of Australia and New Zealand; 30 exhibitors, and three days of everything you need to know about LED lighting and smart controls. The Australian Government, at a senior level, were present at every session. Assistant Minister Angus Taylor, responsible to ...
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Funding is available from round three of the Australian Governments Bridges Renewal Programme. The Australian Government has committed $360 million over five years to 2019-20 to the programme, which provides funds to upgrade and repair bridges that enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access . Successful applicants can receive up to 50% of the cost associated with fixing ageing bridges. Submissions go through a competitive merit-based selection process. State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in funding per project. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren ...
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Outstanding, excellent, one of the best these are just some of the words being used to describe last weeks street lighting conference, where delegates were challenged to be champions for change across governments and industry. IPWEA's 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference in Brisbane drew about 250 delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, with international speakers coming from as far as the US, the UK, Germany, France, Asia and Norway. By providing world-class experts, informative technical tours and a thought-provoking masterclass, the conference provided the various stakeholders with the tools to fast track ...
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A value capture tax promoted by the Turnbull Government as an alternative way to fund major transport infrastructure is good in theory but difficult to put into practice, according to a report from the Grattan Institute. The report What price value capture? argues that value capture is by no means a free bucket of money and recommends that state governments should generally avoid value capture taxes because better, fairer and simpler taxes are available to them. Value capture is a policy that sees governments capture some of the windfall gains for landowners that result from building a new piece of infrastructure and use the money to help fund the ...
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The full extent of the infrastructure investment needed in New Zealand to keep pace with tourism growth has been highlighted in a recent survey of local government. The March 2017 research involving 47 councils reveals there are more than 680 mixed-use infrastructure projects with a value of around $1.38 billion that are in development in one form or another. Councils across the country were asked to identify infrastructure projects needed to support sustainable tourism growth. Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence Yule says it is well beyond the resources of local communities to fund these projects which include the development and ongoing ...
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The worlds first modular glass fibre, reinforced polymer pedestrian bridge has been launched, with developers saying the lightweight, flexible design reduces disruption to communities and is perfect for areas with minimal access. The Pedesta bridge. Photo credit: Mabey The post-tensioned bridge, named the Pedesta , is designed to be assembled in hard to reach sites where large cranes or heavy machinery cannot be used. The design was developed by Arup and Mabey, with Mabey becoming the first licensed distribution partner. Part-funded by the UK's Rail Safety and Standards Board, developers expect the modular bridge to be of particular interest ...
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By Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand There is a smart street lighting initiative in Europe called the Humble Lamppost. It has the simple, yet big, hairy, and audacious goal of deploying 10 million smart lampposts across EU cities. Yep, that's right, 10 million smart lampposts. Now to be clear, I didnt say achieving the goal was simple, but rather the goal itself was simple. Ten million smart lampposts. Its a market making initiative above all. Adam Beck It's a nice project, and an ambitious one. Some may say a little crazy as well. But why is this relevant? Well, if last week's 3rd International Street ...
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Michelle Grattan , University of Canberra In its latest move on energy policy, the Turnbull government has unveiled a plan to boost generation from the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%. The government says the expansion, which it has labelled the Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0, would add 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market. This would be enough to power 500,000 homes. The Snowy Hydro scheme already provides back-up energy to NSW and Victoria. Claiming the upgrading would be an electricity game-changer, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that in one hour it would be able to produce 20 times the 100 megawatt-hours ...
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Australia and New Zealand have a proud history of friendly competition from the cricket to rugby union, our two nations are continually vying for supremacy on the sporting field. Now, New Zealand has thrown down the gauntlet in the field of street lighting. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NTZA) has announced it will increase its funding of LED road lighting conversations to 85%, up from 50%. This means that councils with approved programs will only need to contribute 15% to the cost of conversions. IPWEA CEO Robert Fuller applauded NZTAs initiative. This generous grant from NZTA to fast-track the rollout of LED street lighting is a clear indication ...
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William Jackson , University of the Sunshine Coast Australias population growth and economic activity continue to pose major environmental challenges, according to a comprehensive five-yearly stocktake of the countrys environmental health. The federal governments State of the Environment 2016 report (prepared by a group of independent experts, which I chaired), released today, predicts that population growth and economic development will be the main drivers of environmental problems such as land-use change, habitat destruction, invasive species, and climate change. These main pressures are broadly the same as those listed in the first ever ...
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Around the world, there has been a shift toward an environmentally conscious approach to road construction and one material is beginning to crop up as a favourite. As a globally ubiquitous material, waste plastic is readily available and cheap. It also poses a major threat to the environment and is clogging up landfill sites so any process that can transform it into something useful is a win-win. Here are just some of the current projects utilising plastic waste: Recycled plastic in India Dr R Vasudevan In India, plastic is a big problem. The countrys Central Pollution Control Board says more than 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste are generated ...
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IPWEA is pleased to announce the Honourable Angus Taylor MP will open the 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference next week. The conference, to be held 14 17 March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, will bring together the worlds top experts in smart city technologies and street lighting, with the aim of encouraging a large-scale rollout of the technology. Visit www.streetlightingconference.com.au. PWEA Australasia CEO Robert Fuller said: We have been working with and having very productive discussions regarding the Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme with Assistant Minister Angus Taylor and Ministers ...
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Next week IPWEA presents the single largest and most definitive knowledge transfer on street lighting and smart controls ever seen in Australia through the Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference in Brisbane (14-17 March). While we have a very strong representation from leading councils keen to learn more and play a role in changing the system for the better, with over 200 delegates attending the conference, it never ceases to amaze me at the responses or excuses that we have received from many councils that we have approached that should be there. Here's some of the best answers we've had about not attending the conference: "I can't put you through ...
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Harker Underground Ltd was established in 1988 and is one of New Zealands most respected tunnelling and micro-tunnelling companies. Six years ago Hawkins purchased Harker from Graeme Harker who founded the company. Over the last six years under the Hawkins umbrella, Harker has grown and diversified. The governance of the business has been strengthened, the management systems have been developed and are now acknowledged as industry leading and the equipment has had significant investment. Mike Harker, the son of Graeme Harker, and Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure have jointly purchase the equipment and business of Harker Underground Construction ...
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Are you passionate about infrastructure asset management? Are you looking for a career change? Maybe you're thinking about transitioning to retirement, but want to give back to the industry? The current Chair of IPWEAs NAMS Council, Peter Way is looking to scale back after some 10 years in the role. He leaves the NAMS Council in a dynamic position as the peak industry AM leader with growing opportunities to expand into new sectors in Australasia and internationally. The Chair position involves a nominal remuneration two days per week equivalence and can operate remotely. It requires someone who is at the top-of-the-tree and has worked extensively in public ...
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ALGA has launched a new campaign website to restore indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs). The website endthefreeze.com allows councils to join ALGAs campaign by contacting their local Federal MPs via the site. ALGA President Mayor David OLoughlin has urged all councils to get behind the campaign. We welcomed the indication of a return of FAGs indexation in last years Budget outyears . However, to date, our sector has received no firm guarantee that the Government will indeed restore indexation to FAGs in the upcoming 2017-18 Federal Budget, he says. ALGAs number one advocacy priority over the next two months is to ensure that the Government ...
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The WA Road Transport Association has called for greater investment in the state's supply routes, as the region's roads continue to suffer the effects of recent flood events. The Kimberley region has experienced one of its largest wet seasons, with flooding events from the Goldfields down to the Great Southern washing away roads and bridges. Repair bills from the damage are expected to run into the tens of millions of dollars. WA Road Transport Association executive officer Cam Dumesny told the ABC the deluge had worsened 'already unkempt roads'. "Our roads, particularly the Great Eastern Highway, were already in a tragic state," he said. "This water ...
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