Technical Tours

Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant and Irrigated Wetlands

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: Euro 75 per person
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

In 2015, Unitywater’s Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant and its associated wetlands won the prestigious business award for Best Specific Environmental Initiative at the UN World Environment Day Awards.

This $17 million upgrade project showcases a membrane bioreactor to treat effluent to a very high standard before sending it to an irrigated rainforest and wetlands in the Maleny Community Precinct. This process of natural filtration further disperses and removes nutrients from the nearby creek.

Queensland Urban Utilities Innovation Centre Tour

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Cost: TBA
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

Queensland Urban Utilities converted an empty heritage-listed building at our biggest sewage treatment plant, Luggage Point, to an Innovation Centre housing world-leading research.

We’re working with the University of Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre to do just that – advance the way we manage water and sewerage. It’s a rare opportunity to have scientists working side-by-side with treatment plant operators.

Gold Coast Desalination Plant and The Smart Water Research Centre

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 2.00pm
Cost: Euro 70 per person
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

The Gold Coast Desalination Plant, located at Tugun, Gold Coast, Australia, uses reverse osmosis to produce drinking water for the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane. Desalinated water is a climate-resilient source of drinking water and ensures a consistent supply of safe and reliable drinking water.

The plant was completed in 2009, and can produce up to 125 million litres of drinking water a day.

Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Cost: Euro 75 per person
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

The Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme is an indirect potable reuse scheme which was commissioned at the height of South East Queensland’s Millennium drought. The drought, which ran from 2005 to 2008, resulted in the region’s major ground water supplies reached an all-time low of 17% of total water storage capacity and severe water restrictions for the businesses and householders. The scheme has never been used to supply drinking water as the drought broke soon after commissioning. It did supply recycled water for power generation for several years.

Wivenhoe Dam and Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant Tour

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: Euro 80 per person
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

Wivenhoe Dam is the jewel in the crown for Seqwater. As the key drinking water lake for Brisbane, Wivenhoe Dam was built on the Brisbane River approximately 80 kilometres from Brisbane. It was designed by the Water Resources Commission and built in 1984.

The dam was built for the dual purposes of providing a safe and reliable water supply for the region and for flood mitigation.

Protecting Moreton Bay, North Stradbroke Island

Date: 14 October 2016
Time: 7:30 – 18:00
Cost: Free
Pax: Limit of 55 delegates

Moreton Bay is a Ramsar listed site and receives the waters of a number of catchments including the Brisbane River. This tour will showcase both the impact of catchment management on the Bay and the resource management issues impacting upon North Stradbroke Island, one of the largest sand islands in the world.

Delegates will have the opportunity to travel across Moreton Bay to the Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island and hear from leading experts in the fields of regional catchment management before visiting the island’s recreational sites of North Gorge and Cylinder Beach.

Urban Renewal, Norman Creek Catchment

Date: 14 October 2016
Time: 8:30 – 15:00
Cost: Free
Pax: Limit of 55 delegates

Norman Creek is a historic area in Brisbane covering 30 square kilometres and is home to approximately 100,000 people.

In 2014, Brisbane City Council adopted the Norman Creek Master Plan 2012-2031 and is working to create Australia’s most water smart catchment with a sustainable built environment for a community enjoying an active and connected lifestyle.

This tour will give delegates a behind the scenes tour of key areas within the catchment including stormwater harvesting sites, the development of new parks and current community engagement activities.

A walking tour of Southbank, a water smart precinct

Date: 11, 12, 13 October 2016
Time: 07:00 – 08:30
Cost: Free
Pax: Limit of 15 delegates
Requirements: Delegates must wear fully enclosed footwear

Southbank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, the precinct offers visitors 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of events year round. In 1988 Southbank was the site of World Expo 88’ and is now Brisbane’s most highly visited parkland and cultural precinct with over 10 million visitors per year.

This tour will provide delegates a behind the scenes look of the award-wining urban water management practices used within the precinct including demonstrations of the innovative storm water harvesting operations that create urban amenity.

A walking tour of Southbank, a water smart parkland

Date: 11, 12, 13 October 2016
Time: 07:00 – 08:30
Cost: Free
Pax: Limit of 30 delegates

Southbank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, the precinct offers visitors 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of events year round. In order to maintain its subtropical parklands, beach and water features, Southbank utilises stormwater harvesting and reuse.

With a focus on parkland planning, this tour provides a behind the scenes look at how urban water management practices are helping to achieve a lush and welcoming environment built above an inner city carpark. Delegates will visit the epicurean garden, Nepalese pagoda, mangroves, state of the art playgrounds and Streets Beach.

A walking tour of Brisbane – Australia’s New World City, Southbank and Roma Street Parklands

Date: 14 October 2016
Time: 08:45 – 12:30
Cost: Free
Pax: Limit of 30 delegates

Brisbane is a sub-tropical city with the highest diversity of native plants and wildlife of any capital city in Australia. This tour provides delegates the opportunity to visit Southbank and Roma Street Parklands, two of Brisbane’s inner-city parks utilising innovative urban water management practices while providing urban social amenity.

Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, Southbank is Brisbane’s most highly visited parkland and cultural precinct with over 10 million visitors per year.

Roma Street Parkland is an oasis in the heart of Brisbane offering spectacular surrounds for leisure, recreation and events. The Parkland is set over 16 hectares of green space and features historic artefacts and state of the art technology in water infrastructure.

The tour will conclude at the Museum of Brisbane in King George Square in Brisbane’s CBD.

Building a Flood Resilient Brisbane

Date: 14 October 2016
Time: 07:30 – 15:00
Cost: Free
Pax: Limit of 55 delegates

Following the devastating January 2011 flood, Brisbane City Council has taken a strategic approach to building a more resilient city. Brisbane’s Floodsmart Future Strategy sets out a vision for a city that is “safe, confident and ready” for flooding.  Council is improving both the resilience of the Brisbane community and the city’s built form through an integrated mix of flood management measures including disaster management, community education and awareness, hazard-based land use planning and structural flood mitigation.

This tour will showcase examples of those measures, including a visit to the State Disaster Coordination Centre, Council’s newly constructed Backflow Prevention Devices and examples of recent flood resilient development.

Commonwealth Games 2018 Venues

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: Free
(includes transport and lunch)

Meeting the demands of a growing city – a guided tour of major infrastructure projects on the Gold Coast that will broadcast this city to the world, and the impacts this has on a water and sewerage service provider.

Delegate requirements:
This tour will involve a large element of walking; therefore delegates are encouraged to wear flat, enclosed footwear.

Seqwater Catchment Management Program – Pine Valley Catchment

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: Free
Pax:
Limit of 50 delegates

Water gives and sustains life and helps to create prosperity. It’s a vital service that Seqwater delivers to 3.1 million people in South East Queensland.

Taking action in our drinking water catchment to reduce the risks to water quality and increase the resilience of our source waters is critical to the delivery of a safe, secure, resilient and reliable water supply. Seqwater is one of the few bulk water providers in Australia that manages open catchments. People live, farm, work and play on and around our dams. We must maintain a careful balance between community access to our lakes and catchment land and protecting the quality of the region’s bulk drinking water supply.

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