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Several Councils in Victoria have established innovative stormwater offset schemes over the last three years. Councils are using their stormwater offset schemes to improve stormwater management for greener environments and healthier waterways. The Council run offset schemes can secure a low risk and sustainable funding source for Council-delivered stormwater investments.
This industry note provides an overview of what stormwater offset schemes are, outlines some benefits of setting up a scheme, and steps out how Victorian Councils can go about setting up a stormwater offset scheme. This note draws on material from Victorian Councils with established stormwater offset schemes. You can access this information on the Kingston City Council and Moonee Valley City Council websites.
Marsden Jacob originated the innovative stormwater offset approach described in this industry note with Kingston City Council and Melbourne Water in 2016. We are fortunate to have worked with Moonee Valley City Council, Darebin City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to establish their schemes. We have also worked with other Victorian Councils to restructure their existing schemes to become more sustainable funding sources and deliver better on-ground outcomes. Members of our team were part of the 2018 Stormwater Management Advisory Committee that recommended Victoria establish effective Council-run voluntary stormwater quality offset schemes across Victoria in major metropolitan and regional centres.
The Industry Note is available for download here.
Marsden Jacob Associates is pleased to have had the opportunity to provide expert support for the independent review of the Water for the Environment Special Account
Marsden Jacob Associates was commissioned to provide expert analysis and insight on:
- Water entitlement market prices
- Water recovery scenarios and ability to meet the 450GL target
- Factors that are affecting participation in the Water Efficiency Program and expert guidance on recovery opportunities
Our report is now available for download here.
The Water Act 2007 requires independent reviews of the Water for the Environment Special Account (WESA) to be conducted in 2019 and 2021. The WESA sets aside $1.775 billion of Commonwealth funding with the objective of enhancing the environmental outcomes that can be achieved by the Basin Plan 2012 over the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2024. $1.575 billion is allocated to recovering 450 GL through efficiency measure projects and the remaining $200 million is allocated to easing river constraints through constraints measure projects.
The ERA is required to review the appropriateness of the values of the Energy Price Limits each year. Where the Australian Energy Market Operator has proposed a change in the value of one or more Energy Price Limits, the ERA must review the report provided and make a decision as to whether or not to approve the revised value.
AEMO engaged Marsden Jacob to prepare its energy price limits review modelling and report for 2019-20. Our report and the ERA determination have now been released.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) engaged Marsden Jacob Associates in 2018 to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the drought programs and provide a framework of evaluation for future programs.
This report was provided to the Queensland Government and the independent panel who provided the Queensland Drought Program Review Report to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries on 31 January 2019.