To achieve this requires a rethink of our current planning and design standards to enable low-cost, ‘fit for purpose’ water infrastructure solutions in remote regions, a more integrated approach to the management of the traditional three waters, equipping our children with an improved water education to increase their water literacy and continued investment in sustainable technologies. Her aspirations for a better, brighter water future firmly align to the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals.
Amie has over 20 years’ experience in the water industry across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, specialising in water and wastewater infrastructure. Currently she is the Project Development Lead working with Logan City Council and the new Logan Water Partnership to reimagine the region’s water future. She has a passion for connecting people, encouraging water industry participation among her peers and promoting healthy thriving communities, particularly in remote regional and Indigenous areas through her role as Treasurer and active involvement on the Queensland Australian Water Association Branch Committee.
“More investment into clean water and sanitation technologies is needed to disrupt the cost barrier for small satellite communities and remote regional areas to allow them to maintain a good quality of life, sustain their traditions, encourage growth and enable them to flourish,” explains Amie. “Through a Future Ready approach, there are so many technological advances ahead of us. It’s very inspiring to be part of a team that is helping Logan City Council lead the way in implementing cutting edge technologies to reduce energy use and waste, such as the new biosolids gasification plant that is currently being installed at the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant. Logan City Council is setting a great example to other utilities and councils in Australia.”
In an Australian-first, Logan City Council has successfully turned human waste into energy at its high-tech Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant and in a Queensland-first, was recently recognised with an Engineering Excellence Award from the Queensland Division of Engineers Australia for the Cedar Grove Environmental Centre that transformed the wastewater treatment plant into a sustainable community and environmental asset to benefit today’s residents and future generations.
She adds, “Given my Maori heritage which I am very proud of, I also believe there is a real opportunity to learn more about the spiritual values and cultural significance of freshwater resources within Australia’s Indigenous communities and encourage more participation from the Traditional Owners in the management of these resources. One simple way we can make a start is to share their water stories.
“I admire how the New Zealand Government has acknowledged and included Maori values and customary laws into modern legislation and policies. One great example is the Resource Management Act of 1991, which directs regional councils, who are responsible for managing natural resources in New Zealand, to recognise and include the importance of Maori culture and traditions with water as a matter of national importance.”
This week during National Water Week, WSP acknowledges that access to clean water is hugely important to our daily lives, and it’s down to all of us to protect our water environments and resources, and use water wisely.
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