Recently-appointed Project Control Group (PCG) Chair Peter McManamon has been seeing first-hand how the project is delivering positive outcomes after taking up the role in June.
Mr McManamon has toured the project’s 2017 $100 million Winter Works program with Project Director Frank Fisseler earlier this year.
He viewed several work sites, including channel remediation, pipeline and meter upgrade sites which are all part of this year’s large program of works.
In the past three months, he’s also been working closely with the PCG on strategic development to identify future opportunities for the project and ensure best outcomes and practices.
“I’m looking forward to getting involved in this regionally significant project at a critical stage. The accelerated rollout of the winter works and increasing focus on channel reconfiguration plans will deliver effective outcomes that will create more certainty for irrigators,” Peter said.
Frank also explained some important changes to the project that are the result of the Reset Delivery Plan (RDP), approved last September by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.
“We’re really starting to see the results on the ground across the irrigation system: more work sites, better engagement with landowners, and a real momentum building,” he said.
Peter has over 35 years’ national and international experience in infrastructure, environmental resources and the water industry in both public and private sectors. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong track record in the successful delivery of major projects requiring effective stakeholder and community engagement.
His local experience includes both technical and chief executive roles with Goulburn Valley Water, Grampians Water and GWM Water, which gives him a unique insight into urban, groundwater and rural water issues in regional Victoria.
Peter has already hit the ground running, with his key areas of immediate focus being;
- Strategic project development
- Safety and value management
- Achievement of water savings within budget and time constraints
- Stakeholder engagement and strategic communication
Opportunities for Peter to meet with project stakeholders and landowners will continue in coming months.