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GREEN GIGS: Growing concern about how to keep communities and landscapes hydrated is reflected in a growing number of projects and business opportunities in the water space.

Expressions of interest for the Commonwealth environmental water services panel closes at  3pm on 14 February, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Categories for the panel include environmental water monitoring, evaluation and research; environmental water delivery; environmental water governance and portfolio management; economic analysis in the water sector; and environmental analytics and modelling.

You can find details here.

There has been plenty of scrutiny of the management of the Murray-Darling Basin but as many bore-reliant water users would know, subterranean water supplies are under pressure too.

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority has opened a tender for 30 groundwater monitoring bores across seven sites. The tender closes at 3pm AEST on 15 January. Details can be found here.

Much of our municipal water carries a big carbon footprint thanks to the mains energy used to treat and reticulate it. Increasingly, water authorities are installing solar power at waste water treatment plants, including Wodonga’s treatment plant.

North East Water has opened a tender for a principal contractor to design, construct and commission a three-megawatt solar plant adjacent to Wodonga’s plant. The solar installation will supply power to the plant, enabling it to operate during a grid outage. It will also export power to the grid.

There will be plenty of work associated with hard water infrastructure, including dams and pipelines, in the next few years. Western Australia’s Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme is one of the projects seeking consultants and contractors.

The project is part of a plan to improve water storage and distribution for agriculture in the region and enable trading of water between farms. The infrastructure will be owned and operated by a cooperative of the region’s primary producers.

The stage of the scheme open for business comprises a 15 gigalitre dam and a 250 kilometre pipeline distribution network that will supply water to irrigators who have purchased a water entitlement for the scheme. Water for the scheme will come from winter peak flows in the Donnelly River, with design to ensure environmental flows in the catchment are maintained.

The project’s funding combines $19 million from the West Australian government, more than $10 million from local primary producers, and nearly $40 million from the federal National Water Infrastructure Fund.

The tender for the Stage 2 Geotechnical Investigations and design of the proposed dam closes at 2.30pm WA time, on 24 January. Details can be found here.

Low-carbon transport

Australian governments are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on more roads but keep an eye out for a growing numbers of opportunities in the low-carbon mobility space, including on-demand public transport for the city fringes and regional communities.

For example, Transport for NSW is holding a tender, which closes on 10 January, for permanent on-demand public transport for Moree.

Established public transport is also improving its environmental credentials. For example, the NSW government is sounding the market for a new fleet of zero emissions buses for public transport contracts across Sydney.

It is also looking to see what’s out there in terms of providers of additional bus services and new service options.

It is the first step in a process that will lead to an open competitive tender process in 2020.

Companies that operate bus services or that have experience in the bus services supply chain, are invited to register by 5pm on 12 January. Details can be found here.

The ACT government has called for a panel of consultants to provide advisory services for stage 2 of Canberra’s light rail project . You can pitch any time between now and November 2020. Find details here.

Queensland’s electric vehicle charging network will be extending well beyond the South East heartland in coming months, with Energy Queensland Ltd, on behalf of its subsidiary Yurika Pty Ltd, calling for parties to install charging stations at 11 sites, stretching from Ipswich near Brisbane, to Gladstone, Port Douglas, Innisfail and Ayr in the state’s north.

The works contract is slated to start on 1 March, 2020 and all work must be completed by 30 April, 2020. Tenders close at 3pm AEST on 15 January 2020. Details can be found here.

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