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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 31 May 2001



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 31 May 2001

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Parliamentary Record 28


Debates for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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DEBATES - Thursday 31 May 2001 From 1 July 2001, PAWA will be subject to a ring fencing code prescribed by the independent regulator, the Utilities Commission. The code will impose strict obligations on PAWA in relation to such matters as financial reporting, cost allocation and information handling. This has further reinforced the comprehensive organisational changes that have occurred within PAWA. PAWAs 2001-02 capital investment program has been designed with the business objectives of meeting demands for growth, renewing assets at the end of their life, improving service delivery and environment performance, and managing risk. The allocation of $2.6m as a further stage of the Darwin Sewerage Strategy to augment capacity of the Dinah Beach to Parap Rising Main Sewer and the Parap Stuart Park Trunk Main as part of the Darwin Sewerage Strategy reaffirms these objectives. The work allows for increasing development of the city area, improved environmental performance and continues the staged works program to transfer sewerage to Ludmilla Waste Water Treatment Plant, supporting effluent reuse and decreased nutrient load to Darwin Harbour. A total of $2.6m has been allocated to fund the construction of solar power generation facilities at Kings Canyon and Bulman. The project will be the first of its kind in Australia and will allow PAWA to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As a further indication to our commitment to renewable energy in the Northern Territory, $3m has been allocated for the development of a prototype power plant which will utilise the noxious weed mimosa pigra to generate electricity. This will have the dual benefit of participating in halting the spread of the weed and assisting PAWA to meet its renewable energy targets. In addition, $2.9m will be allocated to widening the spillway at Darwin River Dam. This will ensure that the spillway has the capacity for handling probable maximum flood events. Further funding will be allocated for the continued development of Howard East Bore Field in order to meet Darwins growing demand for high quality water, probably the best in Australia. A total of $ 1.2m will be allocated to upgrade the transmission capacity between Casuarina and Hudson Creek. This will involve the construction of an additional 66kV transmission line from Hudson Creek to the Berrimah Zone Sub Station. The additional transmission line is required to maintain the security of transmission capacity to the growing commercial precinct at Casuarina. Some members will be aware of the work that both PAWA and Territory Health Services have been doing in the Central Australian community of Yuendumu in relation to the water supply. Testing has found a high level of total dissolved solids or TDS in the water. In order to improve the drinking water quality, PAWA will spend $900 000 to drill and equip another bore as well as constructing rising mains and power supply to connect the new supply to the existing supply. This will enable blending which will bring the total dissolved solids to a level of fair water quality within the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. PAWA will continue to strategically focus its maintenance efforts across the business in order to reduce the number of outages to customers and improve the conditions of its assets. PAWA has recognised maintenance is an important core business activity and managers have been appointed in all operational business units to deliver industry best practice in maintenance. Significant effort has been expended to put preventative maintenance programs in place, thereby increasing reliability and reducing breakdown maintenance. Inspection and condition monitoring techniques are used to capture corrective maintenance works before asset failure. Priorities for 2001-02 will include a continuation of the tree replacement program in the older suburbs of Darwin in conjunction with the Darwin City Council and tree clearance around overhead mains. Problem feeders will continue to be bird and bat- proofed. The sewer rehabilitation program across the Territory will continue with work in Alice, Tennant, Darwin and Palmerston. PAWAs generation business will concentrate on the improvement of condition monitoring procedures for alternators, unit transformers and switch gear. It is envisaged that preventative maintenance on some of the major components will be improved. In addition, funds have been allocated for a major review of the operation of the Ron Goodin Power Station at Alice Springs with a view to improving reliability and capacity to cope with growing demand. Rural services will continue to implement Territory-wide standardised controls with central monitoring and reporting. This is expected to facilitate the collection of key performance data required to develop and implement improved operating and maintenance procedures and reliability of service. I would like to take this opportunity to stress that the maintenance of best practice service levels is of paramount importance to PAWA. The organisation is continually striving to strategically target the maintenance effort in order to improve operational performance. The effect of maintenance efforts are beginning to be felt with improvements in performance in both the networks and water side of the business. There has been no diminution in PAWAs maintenance spending despite the shrill and 7794