Flow News

For the latest news, updates and events happening at Flow and across our industries. 

What makes the money go around

Communities of the future will be prosperous and blessed with abundance- if we could just get the system right!!
Capturing Local Resources
Every community has valuable resources within it- it just doesn’t know it.

These may be natural resources such as sunlight, rainfall, wind, and air.

These may be community generated resources such as wastewater, waste, noise, data, and movement

These may be controlled resources such as electricity, gas, drinking water, stormwater, and telecommunications
Capturing Revenue
All of these resources can generate revenue for, or be a cost to, a community. Therefore it has the makings of a local circular economy.

The first step is how to capture the resources for the community and how to make those captured resources available to the community.

One example is sunlight. It may be captured by solar panels and delivered as electricity directly to customers within the community whilst the sun is shining.

Those customers pay the local utility for the electricity they use instead of a company outside the community.
Keeping local money locally
Now that sunlight is generating a revenue stream for the community the next step is to keep that money within the community. This means jobs for operating the system (cleaning solar panel, electrical maintenance, data, billing, and customer services) should be fulfilled by people who live in the community. Funding for expansions to the solar system should be sought from people who live in the community.

Efficiency is achieved by capturing multiple resources and utilising the same people across multiple jobs and multiple services.
Deliver Sustainable Community Systems
Capturing resources and revenue and keeping local money locally is made easier with sustainable community systems.

The best way to deliver sustainable community systems is to embed these systems within the initial development of the community. This provides a system that makes it easier to employ new technology when it arrives. It is the backbone for a local approach to operation and management of the systems that deliver the money for the community.
An example of Sustainable Community System architecture includes:

  • Local community networks
  • Rights to use private space (rooftops, basements, courtyards, walls)
  • Rights to use public facilities, space (rooftops, structures, open space, walls, and carparks)
  • Connection/disconnection of local community networks to controlled resources
  • Local operations

Flow Systems (Flow) is moving its business model towards facilitation and delivery of local circular economies. It has delivered discrete examples of a local circular economy by capturing rainwater, sunlight, wastewater and stormwater resources within its communities. 

Flow reduces money spent on essential services by the community and utilises community people to deliver those services. Communities include; The Orchards, Pitt Town, Central Park, Green Square, Huntlee, and Cooranbong. Community jobs include; caretakers, irrigators, electricians, plumbers, and gardeners.

Flow can do a lot more to improve the economic value of new communities and strives to achieve those communities of the future that are prosperous and blessed with abundance.

Open Cities grows to new heights

Open Cities - a new national peak association is growing in size and membership. 

The association represents infrastructure and service providers, cities, research organisations, and urban design advocates working to transition Australian communities to a more sustainable, resilient and affordable energy, water, digital and mobility future. 

We are working with government and industry to modernise and rethink policy, legislation, regulation and price settings to enable next-generation local utility and mobility services and solutions,” said Lisa McLean, CEO, Open Cities. 

Today more people understand the need for Next-Gen infrastructure and prosumer services than a year ago: Our message is finding its way into policy and industry thinking.” 

The organisation was started in 2017 and has already swelled its membership to include OptiComm, GoGet, Flow, Clayton Utz, and Kinesis. 

Lisa McLean has just returned from the World Circular Economy Forum 2018 held in Yokohama which brought together over 1,000 key thinkers and doers from around the world. 

Open Cities has also been hard at work influencing the government including submissions to the Government on IPART, City of Yarra Car Share Policy, Open Energy Markets and more! 

Flow is a member of Open Cities, and if you are interested in joining them, then please visit their website: http://www.opencities.net.au 


There can only be OneBox

Flow has teamed up with iota services to install their OneBox in all of Flow’s pressure sewer systems going forward helping Flow build an intelligent water and sewer network. 

The deal will see 1,000s of Flow’s pressure sewers installed with the iota OneBox. 

The OneBox will allow Flow to remotely monitor sewage levels and pump performance, monitor the degradation of the pump over time for proactive maintenance and monitor the water meters to find out water usage in real time using a 4G network. 

I’m very excited about this new deal. It’s a great step change for the operation of Flow’s network and will provide us with a lot of valuable data to make our systems more efficient. The OneBox platform transforms a standard pressure sewer system into an intelligent network – with the ability to control each unit from your computer or smartphone,” said Darren Wharton, Executive Manager, Project Delivery, Flow Systems. 

It’s great to be working with iota as they are aligned with our vision to use technology to learn from our systems and operate and monitor them more efficiently. “ 

The OneBox can: 

  • Monitor and control individual sewer pumps in real-time, remotely 

  • Receive alerts to issues before the customer becomes aware of any faults 

  • Analyse trends, generate reports and determine Flow Systems’ peak flow demand 

  • Improve efficiency and save on routine monitoring 

  • Smooth outflows and maximise the efficiency of downstream infrastructure. 

  • Identify stormwater inflow and infiltration for targeted removal

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Flow News 22 November 2018

Flow Systems' Energy Anniversary

Since becoming an authorised energy retailer, thousands of customers have joined the Flow Systems (Flow) energy community, with over 2,000 customers joining in the last quarter alone. 

Flow’s dedication to changing the embedded energy landscape across Australia is paying dividends to our communities with hundreds of new customers signing-up every month. 

Only recently Flow secured one of the largest precinct communities in Australia. 

“We are really excited to show the value that Flow can add to this community, we are helping residents save as much as $1,000 a year on their electricity bills which is not only a smart thing to do but the right thing to do,” said Drew McKillican, Executive Manager, Energy, Flow. “We all know the pressure high electricity prices place on households and we are committed to driving down prices wherever we can. We managed to cut energy prices for one building by 10c per kWh which delighted the residents and the body corporate.” 

Our most recent acquisition as energy retailer has seen us able to offer: 

  • Reduced prices 
  • Demand management 
  • Upgraded “Power of Choice” compatible smart meters 
  • Increased consumer protections 
  • High-quality customer service 
  • Energy apportionment improvements 

We have also helped another communities’ residents save 35% on their energy bills and have built a solar farm on the rooftops allowing us to offer free community power to common areas, parks and street lighting,” said Mr McKillican. 

The solar panels will give the residents of the master-planned development being built over the next six years 1GWh of free solar power every year for use in common areas, including the lighting of lobbies and corridors, the outdoor cinema along with the wellness centre.  

“We believe that energy prices have been too high for too long and we are always looking at new ways to help reduce costs for customers and clients.” 

Clover Moore visits Green Square

 Green Square in Sydney’s inner south is taking shape and quickly becoming one of Sydney’s fastest growing neighbourhoods.

To help implement the City of Sydney’s vision of a more sustainable Sydney, the City has teamed with Flow Systems to deliver recycled stormwater to the community through a state-of-the-art local recycled water centre, Green Square Water.

The red tape has been cut and Flow Systems’ local water centre is now switched on and running.

 On Thursday, 25 October Clover Moore was present, as well as an eager group of pre-schoolers, ready for a hands-on tour of the new sustainable facility. 

 “This facility produces about 900,000 litres of purified, recycled water per day,” states Terry Leckie, founder Flow Systems, to Channel 7 News that day.

The purified water is then delivered back to the thriving and lush community for uses such as toilet flushing, clothes washing and greening of gardens, amenities and open spaces.      

Clover Moore showed her excitement on the day for a solution to help the City of Sydney in their vision of a more sustainable Sydney. 

It halves their potable water use,” states Clover Moore.

Saving residents 10 cents per kilolitre on their water bills.” 

And just how much of a boom has this new vibrant neighbourhood seen?

Already 30,000 people have moved in and nearly 50 people are moving in a week,” mentions Moore. 

And that, totalled up, is not only a significant savings on residents’ water bills, but a significant savings to precious drinking water, securing vital supplies for the future.

Learn more about Green Square Water www.greensquarewater.com.au

Flow receives Water Innovation Award

Founder Terry Leckie collected the award which recognised Flow’s energy and waste innovation at the Night of Innovation Gala

It was an honour to be recognised for the work we do across the water and energy sectors. We constantly strive to find innovative ways to change the utility industries and we will continue to do so,” said Terry Leckie.

The event was staged to recognise innovation within the water sector and raise funds for the chosen charity, Water Aid.

Innovation projects were communicated to the audience in short production film clips showcasing the work and the people involved.

Recognised Groups

Other winners on the evening included the University of Newcastle, GHD and WSP.

Flow News 8 November 2018

Sustainable Water Flowing at Huntlee

Homes connected to Huntlee Water now exceeded 200. This means we are ready to start delivering recycled water throughout the community.

Flow’s ‘Heartstarter’ services are supplied from low-cost catalyst water and wastewater infrastructure allowing earlier servicing of these first 200 homes.

Our catalyst infrastructure solution is made up of storages combined with virtual pipelines. It’s a simple solution underpinned by innovative design and a new approach to operation” said Terry Leckie, Founder, Flow.

We developed the Heartstarter to help Developers get houses to market sooner. It helped here at Huntlee and we are excited to now be at a stage where we are able to deliver a sustainable water resource ‘recycled water.’”

Recycled water will be used for irrigating all green space within the community as well as toilet flushing, clothes washing and irrigation within each residential property.

I have been in Huntlee on a few very hot days and the open space is brown and dry. It will be fantastic to have a sustainable water source to keep these areas green from now on and to feel the difference this summer” says Mr Leckie.

Huntlee facts

Huntlee will be home to over 20,000 people, have 7,500 homes and a large town centre complete with employment precinct, regional schools and sporting facilities.

Huntlee is the first completely new town to be created in Australia in the past 80 years.

LWP is the owner and creator of Huntlee building on their depth of experience in creating vibrant communities in Western Australia.


Creating Sustainable Precincts

Flow knew the conversation around sustainable precincts would be intriguing, but I don’t think we realised how engaging and in-depth the dialogue would be. With all the buzz around smart cities, sustainable precincts are the building blocks to ensure communities emerge stronger and smarter, delivering more productive economies and connectivity. 

Global urbanisation is growing at an unprecedented rate and, with it, pressure on city infrastructure systems and natural environments. 

By 2030 in Australia our population is forecast to grow to 35 million by 2050, with 85 per cent of people living in cities. Sustainable precincts that generate their own power, recycle water and waste, create energy from waste, and have high aspirations for social outcomes could be the key to sustaining megacities of the future.

The Fifth Estate teamed with Flow Systems to host a salon with the brightest thinkers in the industry. During this salon Terry Leckie, founder Flow Systems, shared his insight.  

As an industry, we’re on to about our second or third generation learnings,” he said. “How do we share those lessons learnt with others that have gone through the same process, so as an industry we can accelerate the implementation of thriving and progressive precincts? 

What are the issues we see coming out of new precincts such as Barangaroo, Green Square and Central Park? What are the trends and the lessons from around the world?”

This opportunity to talk with a whole lot of like-minded people was fantastic. There’s a whole host of views in the room I’m sure, and I’m quite excited about the prospect of that.” 

To learn more about these precincts and this conversation refer to the Fifth Estate’s eBook, Creating Sustainable Precincts





Innovation delivers on Flows vision again

At CentralPark, we are ready to install another stage of technology at our world-leading local water centre. The final buildings are almost complete and people will start moving into their new homes shortly. Our neighbour, the University of Technology Sydney, is making good progress on completing its Campus Masterplan projects which will soon be connected to the CentralPark Water and Energy schemes once complete.

The City for Sydney has been instrumental in creating a new recycled water grid alongside the new light rail line in George Street and water centres such as CentralPark Water may be called upon to supply water to the new grid.

Flow, together with its specialist consulting partners, has therefore applied its collective brainpower to identify the latest technologies that may improve the output from the local water centre. 

The amazing outcome is that in the past five years technology improvements will allow us to increase the capacity of CentralPark’s local water centre by at least 30%.

This is a massive achievement and justifies our decision to stage our facilities the way we have. Taking an approach that is ‘technology agnostic’ and having faith that innovation will deliver results in the future was the right way to go” said Terry Leckie, Founder, Flow.

CentralParks Contribution to Sydney

To date, Central Park has saved 796ML of drinking water and prevented over 820ML of sewage being discharged at Bondi.

In the next ten years, Central Park will save approximately 3,310ML of drinking water which is equivalent to nearly 8,900 Olympic-sized swimming pools or nearly 4% of Sydney Harbour.

It would also avoid a similar amount of wastewater discharged at Bondi.


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