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Recycled Water Engineer

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 2nd, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs

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Eco Recruitment are currently seeking to recruit a full-time permanent Water Recycling Engineer to be responsible for the implementation, ongoing management and review of recycled water projects. The role will be important in ensuring recycling projects, approved through the Water Plan process are developed and implemented. The position will ensure that proposed recycling schemes protect the environment and human health and underpin the long term sustainability of water resources.

Applications close August 01

See Ethical Jobs for further information.

HABITAT at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on March 23rd, 2009

Australian sustainable landscaping design guru Philip Johnson, of Phillip Johnson Sustainable Landscape Systems (formerly Greenmark Landscapes), will present the largest and most ambitious installation ever featured at the 13th annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) from April 1 – 5.

HABITAT is a spellbinding billabong oasis which celebrates our countrys enviable natural beauty, showcasing the true possibilities in sustainable landscape design.

An ode to water conservation, capture, storage and efficient use, the 600 square meter slice of paradise is like nothing ever seen before. With its Upper and Lower Billabong, hot shower, orchard, vegetable garden (complete with chooks) and stunning recycled timer Sunset Viewing Platform, HABITAT is an aesthetically breathtaking demonstration of landscape design principles for the 21st century.
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Alternatives to desalination and sustainable water supply solutions – Discussion Panel

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on February 10th, 2009

What: Urban water expert Prof. Peter Coombes, Belinda Hatt, co-author of Australia’s first major review of storm water harvesting, and Environment Victoria’s Kelly O’Shanassy, will debate alternatives to desalination and sustainable water supply solutions for Melbourne’s water woes. This is the first of the Alternative Technology Association’s quarterly sustainable living seminars.
When: Thursday 12 February at 6:30pm.
Where: KPMG – Banking Chamber theatrette, Ground Floor, 147 Collins St, CBD. Disabled access 161 Collins St.
Cost: $15. Refreshments provided.
For more information: wendy@ or Tel (03) 9631 5407.

Jonathan Crocket speaks about dry composting toilets at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 24 September 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on October 9th, 2008

How can you have a Sustainable Cities Round Table on the topic of Waste Not Want Not without talking about compost toilets!!!! Don’t worry – I didn’t overlook this – and so our final short presenter for the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Waste Not Want Not was Mr Jonathan Crocket, Executive Consultant from the very respectable and international firm, GHD, who spoke about “Urine separating – dry toilets“. Did you know that 41% of the worlds population, 2.6 billion people, dont have the privilege of access to any sort of private and hygenic toilet? Learn more about how toilets can become more sustainable from Jonathan’s presentation posted below.

More comments on tanks and Melbourne’s water situation

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on September 10th, 2008

The abstract below is from an article written by Melissa Fyfe published in The Age that could be of interest to Sustainable Melbourne readers. It refers to a report commissioned by the State Government by consultants URS and was accessed by The Sunday Age using the freedom-of-information laws. I have no further links to this report / survey. To visit the full article go to

Rainwater tanks could save public $600m
Melissa Fyfe
The Age
August 10, 2008

TAXPAYERS would save more than $600 million if every new house and apartment block in Victoria was built with a rainwater tank, a State Government-commissioned study has found.

But the economic study found that conserving water was only a small bonus of widespread rainwater tanks. The biggest benefit would be in saving the Government millions of dollars in managing storm water.

The report analysed how much money would be saved if some rainwater was captured on private properties, instead of going down the drain. The rainwater that runs off Melbourne’s roofs and roads each year is roughly the same amount as the city uses, about 400 billion litres.

The report found that if each of Victoria’s new homes — expected to number 600,350 by 2050 — was built with a compulsory tank connected to the toilet, washing machine, shower and garden, the benefit would be worth $609 million in present-day value.

Desalination and water tank wars

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on September 3rd, 2008

A very interesting article was published in The Age recently about solutions to Melbourne’s water crisis. It discusses the big solutions versus the smaller (possibly distributed) ones. I’ve included some sections from the article below. To read the original article visit:

Desal and water tank wars
Royce Millar
The Age
August 25, 2008

DESALINATION and other big-ticket solutions to Melbourne’s water woes threaten to sideline alternatives, as a proposal to drop rainwater tanks is the subject of a row at the highest levels of State Government. “There are water tank wars going on,” a senior Government figure said, describing a debate being viewed as pivotal to the future of Victoria’s water planning. “With desalination plants and other water initiatives coming in, the rainwater tank has been singled out as something that may not be warranted in the future,” the figure said. …. The Age has obtained two confidential reports by University of Melbourne systems scientist and microbiologist Peter Coombes, which appear to challenge the Government’s big-project direction. Although his reports do not say it, their implication is that an alternative water strategy across Victoria could save taxpayers and home buyers billions of dollars by reducing reliance on expensive public water facilities. In one report he argues that previous simplistic estimates for water volumes generated by tanks in Melbourne are wrong, and badly misjudge the capability of tanks to supplement water supply. Although he refused to comment on the reports, Professor Coombes confirmed his work showed a tank in each Melbourne household could deliver a city-wide 120 gigalitres a year, more than twice previous estimates by water supplier Melbourne Water.

Mitch O’Sullivan speaks about Waterwalls at the recent Sustainble Cities Round Table

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on September 2nd, 2008

Mitch O’Sullivan is the co-founder of Waterwall Solutions, the creators of modular rainwater storage systems for urban Australia. Innovative and contemporary in design, Waterwall products aim for maximum capacity, minimum footprint. As stated on the Waterwall website, “Whether using Waterwall as a fence, a feature, an under-eave tank or purely as rainwater storage in a narrow out of the way space…”. An important contribution in our water-thirsty cities, Mitch’s presentation was titled “Hey, What Do You Think About This Idea?“. More information about Waterwall Solutions can be found at Please find footage of Mitch’s presentation below.