qldwater Awards

Each year qldwater presents several awards to deserving members of the Queensland water industry to recognise high performers and achievers. 

Awards Program for 2015

IPWEA Queensland Excellence Awards

IPWEA Queensland announced the winners of the Excellence Awards at their Queensland State Conference and  Gala Dinner held in Mackay on Tuesday, 13 October 2015. We congratulate all Awards recipients and particularly the winners of the Queensland Water Directorate sponsored water projects awards:

Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects over $10 million
Western Downs Regional Council Accelerated Capital Works Program

Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects $5 million to $10 million
Mackay Regional Council,  Marian WTP

Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects $1 million to $5 million
Richmond Shire Council/ Aeramix Richmond WTP

Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects under $1 million
Etheridge Shire Council/ Aeramix/ Richmond Shire Council WTP / Georgetown WTP

Innovation and/or Introduction of new and/or improved techniques in water, waste water, sewerage and drought management
Mackay Regional Council - Transformation of a Water Business

Dawson Wilkie Best Paper Award
Blackwater Improvement Project – Stuart Doak and Greg Bourke

Operator and Young Operator of the Year Awards

The annual Operator of the Year and Young Operator of the Year awards were announced at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Queensland Conference in Toowoomba on 18 June 2015.

Young Operator of the Year

The 2015 Young Operator of the Year is a new entrant to the world of water treatment. Geoffrey Johnson from Richmond Shire Council has redesigned his council’s workplace health and safety systems (risk assessments, development of safe operating procedures, and creating policies and procedures for WHS); introduced and is maintaining all the safe work method statements for his council and ensuring all his staff have the necessary training to perform their tasks safely.  He has completed mapping programs and on-ground reticulation works.

As a qualified plumber, Geoffrey works long hours and takes call outs for both Council business and private requests at all hours of the night.  Geoffrey also coordinated contractors in the upgrade of water mains around town while overseeing the construction and implementation of a new water treatment plant – the same plant that produced the water that decimated NSW in the origin taste test.

Geoffrey received an all expenses paid trip to join the WIOA delegation on a tour of water and wastewater facilities in New Zealand as well as attendance at the Water Industry Operations Group NZ conference in May 2016.

Operator of the Year Civil/ All Rounder 

With 12 entries received it has been one of the most competitive years for this award category on record, and we were pleased to award the 2015 Operator of the Year Civil / All Rounder to Grahame Dunstan from Cairns Regional Council.

Grahame’s long career in the water industry across many different operational roles has given him responsibility for the coordination of water and wastewater services in a challenging and environmentally sensitive region.

Grahame’s success has been attributed to his inclusive leadership style and a focus on high quality service committed to the environment, public health and workplace health and safety requirements. Operating 190 pump stations without a dry weather overflow in more than six years is proof of the commitment of his team and the quality of the systems that has been put in place.

Grahame’s prize includes up to $1500 towards professional development which could be used for opportunities such as attendance at conferences, qldwater training or for funding expenses for exchange opportunities at neighbouring councils.  To top his night off, Graham also received the AWA Leon Henry Operator of the Year award!

Past Award Winners

Read more about previous award winners here.

Documents about Awards

Skills eFlash #28 - 4 February 2014 Skills eFlash #28 - 4 February 2014 - Release Date 04-Feb-2014: - 1. WIOA Operators Conference Queensland - Call for Papers. | 2. qldwater Sponsored WIOA Operator Awards - Nominations Now Open. | 3. Water Operator Online Training Available. | (0KB)

eFlash #212 - 15 October 2013 eFlash #212 - 15 October 2013 - Release Date 18-Oct-2013: - 1. Removal of Requirement for Trade Waste Plans under the EPP (Water) 2009.| 2. qldwater Sponsored Award Winners at IPWEAQ State Conference. | (13KB)

eFlash #204 - 19 July 2013 eFlash #204 - 19 July 2013 - Release Date 30-Jul-2013: - 1. Announcing the qldwater 10th Anniversary Industry Leadership and Industry Contribution Awards. | 2. AWA Unconventional Gas - 2 Day Short Course Brisbane 15-16 August. | (13KB)

qldwater 10th Anniversary Industry Leadership and Industry Contribution Awards qldwater 10th Anniversary Industry Leadership and Industry Contribution Awards - Release Date 18-Jul-2013: - (636KB)

eFlash #201 - 7 June 2013 eFlash #201 - 7 June 2013 - Release Date 07-Jun-2013: - 1. Origin Goes Pear Shaped. | 2. 2013 Operator Award Winners Announced. | 3. WQ Water Conference and Best of the Best Water Taste Test - Longreach 27 June. | 4. BoM Water Standards Meetings. | 5. SWIM Update. | 6. WSAA Regional Forum - Townsville 11 July 2013. | (19KB)

eFlash #195 - 21 March 2013 eFlash #195 - 21 March 2013 - Release Date 21-Mar-2013: - 1. Call for Papers - qldwater Regional Conferences. | 2. Draft Practice Note for WS&S Condition Assessment. | 3. IPWEAQ State Conference & Excellence Awards (including qldwater awards). | (15KB)

eFlash #180 - 15 October 2012 eFlash #180 - 15 October 2012 - Release Date 15-Oct-2012: - 1. 2012 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards Winners. | 2. Annual National Water Leadership Summit. | 3. State Government Set to East South East Queensland Water Restrictions. | (30KB)

Queensland Water Newsletter # 4 7-8-2012 Queensland Water Newsletter # 4 7-8-2012 - Release Date 07-Aug-2012: - (538KB)

eFlash #167 - 13 June 2012 eFlash #167 - 13 June 2012 - Release Date 13-Jun-2012: - 1. And the Winner of the Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test is Burdekin Shire Council. | 2. Operators Recognised for Outstanding Achievements. | (28KB)

eFlash #163 - 10 May 2012 eFlash #163 - 10 May 2012 - Release Date 10-May-2012: - 1. qldwater Sponsored WIOA Operator Awards. | (28KB)

eFlash #156 - 27 February 2012 eFlash #156 - 27 February 2012 - Release Date 27-Feb-2012: - 1. Technical Reference Group Discussion Summary - from 10 February. | 2. qldwater Sponsored WIOA Awards. | 3. Funding Available to Develop Energy and Water Saving Technologies. | (32KB)

e Flash #127 - 20 July 2011 e Flash #127 - 20 July 2011 - Release Date 20-Jul-2011: - 1. Queensland Water Workers Recognised for Excellence. | 2. savewater! Awards. | (32KB)

e Flash # 117 - 10 May 2011 e Flash # 117 - 10 May 2011 - Release Date 10-May-2011: - 1. qldwater Queensland Operators Awards. | (27KB)

e Flash # 115 - 14 April 2011 e Flash # 115 - 14 April 2011 - Release Date 14-Apr-2011: - 1. Release of Draft Productivity Commission Report on Urban Water Industry. | 2. qldwater Operators Awards. | 3. Release of Infrastructure Charges Reform Directions. | (40KB)

e Flash # 88 - 30 July 2010 e Flash # 88 - 30 July 2010 - Release Date 30-Jul-2010: - 1. MOA Provides Framework to Work Collaboratively to Improve Urban Water Services. | 2. Water Excellence Awards at IPWEAQ 2010 State Conference . | (30KB)

e Flash #86 - 7 June 2010 e Flash #86 - 7 June 2010 - Release Date 07-Jun-2010: - 1. Urban Demand Management Guidelines. | 2. Water Industry Operators' Awards. | 3. WIOA Workshop, Rockhampton 23,24 June 2010. | 4. SWIM Queensland WSP 09-10 Annual Data Reporting - coming soon. | 5. Water Conference Stanthorpe. | (36KB)