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2017 qldwater Operator of the Year Awards

Heather Gold - Monday, June 12, 2017

Once a year we get the opportunity to recognise the efforts of some of the people in our industry who play a crucial role in keeping our drinking water safe and our wastewater collected and treated efficiently and it is with great pride that we announce the qldwater Young Operator of the Year, and Civil/Allrounder awards for 2017, presented at the WIOA Conference on 8 June 2017.

Starting as an industry trainee three years ago, Harry Coleman from Toowoomba Regional Council walked away with the 2017 Young Operator of the Year Award.

Harry jumped at the opportunity to become a full time Assistant Operator and after completing his Cert III in Water Treatment Operations, requested to complete extra modules based on Wastewater treatment which will set him up for Cert IV Diploma and Certification in the future. His technical skills allowed him to operate and optimise a new Water Treatment Plant fitted with the latest technology.

The 2017 Operator of the Year (Civil/Allrounder) has worked for many utilities around Australia. Glenn Cook from Gladstone Regional Council has a passion for learning, achieving a raft of qualifications since joining the water industry. Armed with a Cert IV in Water Operations and a Cert IV in Business Frontline Management, Glenn has significantly improved work culture among operators in his team, implemented an improved sampling regime at all wastewater treatment plants and overhauled a number of workplace health and safety requirements in his workplace.

A special commendation went to Andrew Watson from South Burnett Regional Council. Described as a valuable mentor who goes above and beyond in the operation of treatment facilities throughout the region, Andrew has been instrumental in the successful construction and commissioning new Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plants in Kingaroy.

Photos of all the winners are available here.

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