Paqua Consulting

I have recently established my own company to provide consulting services. Before this I had an extensive career in irrigation utility organizations across Victoria. I have extensive skills and knowledge relating to the management and upgrade of irrigation systems to operate efficiently to provide high levels of services and reliable assets. I have a good understanding of the challenges modernisation projects have and the business transitions required to make them successful.

Organisational Capability

  • I have recently established my own company to provide consulting services. Before this I had an extensive career in irrigation utility organizations across Victoria. I have extensive skills and knowledge relating to the management and upgrade of irrigation systems to operate effciently to provide high levels of services and reliable assets. I have a good understanding of the challenges modernisation projects have and the business transitions required to make them successful

Projects

  • MID2030 - Irrigation Modernisation Strategy for Macalister Irrigation District
    The strategy covered the future plans for supply of irrigation and drainage. The area was facing the following challenges • Very high losses and poor efficiency (<60%) and measurement • Lack of water to meet demand since 1997 with an outlook of decreasing supply and increasing demand due to climate change • Export of nutrients into high value rivers and wetlands • Inability to meet government reform direction. The project commenced from a blank page – as there was no previous strategy. The project approach became the template for other similar projects. Implementation over the next 12 years followed the strategy and greatly improved performance.
  • Western Irrigation Futures - Modernisation plans for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation
    Develop modernisation plans for two old poor performing irrigation areas. The project involved GIS mapping, analysis and simplification • Water resource analysis and modelling • Options for new water and for supply system upgrade • Salinity management • Consultation and negotiation • Costing, option analysis and price modelling • Strategy development. The strategy was successful in getting funding and is underway.
  • Kazakhstan Management, Operation and Maintenance Plan
    Working for SMEC, I assisted with reviewing and writing the Management, Operation and Maintenance Plans for 10 irrigation areas in south-east Kazakhstan. These irrigation areas require upgrades to improve service and reduce losses.
  • Werribee Recycled Water Scheme
    The tasks involved project scoping, planning and delivery of the temporary potable supply, mixing and storage in Werribee River Weir pool and then the decommissioning of these works •Liaison with Melbourne Water to design and commission the permanent supply interface for recycled water, including SCADA interface •Develop operating and accounting regimes for recycled water and non-recycled water customers •Develop and support on-going regulatory requirements for use of recycled water
  • SRW Gravity pipeline schemes
    Project scoping and planning •Assessment of the projects •Business case and funding applications •Project delivery including o Setting up governance frameworks and project teams o Water measurement framework and analysis o Extensive customer negotiations o Design by specialist consultants o Design elements included: elevated tanks, pump station, o Getting peer review of design elements o Planning approvals, including floodplain studies to assess removal of channels o Stage design – often the projects required interim pipe-channel configurations o Design of flexible tendering process to identify best supply – construct combination o Contract management o Handover to operational business group o On-going technical support