Barwon Water has a redesigned head office, a new Board of Directors and as I discovered on a recent corporate photography shoot in Geelong, a freshly minted subsidiary providing asset maintenance and project management services.
By way of offering an update on recent corporate photography in Geelong, it became apparent that on the minimal number of occasions we've had reason to call Barwon Water maintenance crews to our residence, I never quite clued on to how and from where they worked, nor any other major supplier for that matter.
'There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza... I don't know how you operate.'
So it turns out that formerly, Perth-based Programmed Facility Management operated and managed crews we typically see at roadside or residential and commercial call outs throughout the region. The crews have been based over the years at Barwon Water's South Geelong depot.
The new, wholly owned Barwon Water 'Barwon Asset Solutions' subsidiary offers the same services and priority on exceptional customer satisfaction - with plans to expand and seek further regional opportunities. Better yet, as Barwon Water notes, the new set up ensures local employment opportunities, training and the most efficient and cost effective way of delivering maintenance services for customers (... plugging the hole in the bucket).
Meantime, the new Board is a vibrant team of seven, Chaired by Jo Plummer. In fact, it's the first time the organisation's key leadership positions have been executed by women, with Elaine Carbines serving as Deputy Chair and Tracey Slatter as Managing Director - at a time when corporate diversity, inclusion and gender equity is considered a sensible approach.