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Ministerial Statement Reform of the Power and Water Authority Six months on



Ministerial Statement Reform of the Power and Water Authority Six months on

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Tabled paper 1301


Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Barry Coulter


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14 In 1997 government took a decision to change a number of CEOs the PAWA CEO included. To assist in the transformation process that the Authority was going through we appointed a man with a Treasury background to emphasise the move of the organisation to a commercial focus. This was the first step in moving from a technical to a commercial organisation. The reports the Honourable Member for Nhulunbuy referred to yesterday came from that time - a time when we were attempting to make dramatic changes in culture and when the CEO was looking at the organisation with a fresh set of eyes and developing a work plan for the future. This eventually led to the Merrill Lynch Fay Richwhite report, which forms the basis of the current round of reforms. Last year, based on that report, we took further decisions to accelerate the change process and it is these decisions tha t I have been reporting on today. While it m ust be interesting for the Opposition to get purported Cabinet papers, what they have is but one piece of a plan for major change in the Power and Water Authority, and an early and now outdated piece of the plan at that. I would also like to provide some further information on matters raised yesterday. In regard to the McArthur River matter, the major legal action has been settled to our satisfaction. But there is a residual matter to be dealt with. While it involves significant money, it is expected to be settled satisfactorily in the near future In regard to sewerage reuse, all reuse schemes require the approval under the Public Health Act. All effluent supplied for reuse by the Authority at Darwin Golf Club, Marrara Sporting Fields and Alice Springs meet the requirements of Territory Health Services 14

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