Operator and Young Operator of the Year Awards 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. Established in 2010 by qldwater in conjunction with the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA), the Operator and Young Operator of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of operational staff employed in the Queensland water industry.The awards aim to encourage outstanding operational performance of Queensland water industry employees and are presented to operators who showed excellent performance, initiative and all round attention to detail.
It is with great pride that we announce the qldwater Young Operator of the Year, and Civil/Allrounder awards for 2017, as presented at the WIOA Conference on 8 June 2017.
Operator of the Year (Civil / Allrounder)
The 2017 Operator of the Year (Civil/Allrounder) has worked for many utilities around Australia. Glenn Cook from Gladstone Regional Council (below with Dave Cameron) 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.
The Operator of the Year Civil / All Rounder receives 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.
Young Operator of the Year
Starting as an industry trainee three years ago, Harry Coleman from Toowoomba Regional Council (below with Dave Cameron) 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 Young Operator of the Year receives 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 2017.
A special commendation went to Andrew Watson from South Burnett Regional Council (below with Dave Cameron). 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.
Queensland Live Mains Tapping Competition 2017
The Queensland Live Mains Tapping Competition 2017 was also held at the WIOA Queensland Conference, where six teams competed. Thanks to Reece Civil as the equipment sponsor and Ixom as the trophy sponsor. More information on the competition and photo of the winners are here.
IPWEA Queensland Excellence Awards
Each year qldwater sponsors a number of water projects awards in conjunction with IPWEA Queensland. Excellence Award Winners are announced at the Queensland State Conference and Gala Dinner. More details to follow soon.
Water projects award categories include:
- Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects over $10 million
- Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects $5 million to $10 million
- Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects $1 million to $5 million
- Water, waste water, sewerage and drought management projects under $1 million
- Innovation and/or Introduction of new and/or improved techniques in water, waste water, sewerage and drought management
- Dawson Wilkie Best Paper Award
Past Award Winners
Read more about previous award winners here.
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 - 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 - 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 - Release Date 18-Jul-2013: - (636KB)
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 - 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 - 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 - Release Date 07-Aug-2012: - (538KB)
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 - Release Date 10-May-2012: - 1. qldwater Sponsored WIOA Operator Awards. | (28KB)
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 - Release Date 20-Jul-2011: - 1. Queensland Water Workers Recognised for Excellence. | 2. savewater! Awards. | (32KB)
e Flash # 117 - 10 May 2011 - Release Date 10-May-2011: - 1. qldwater Queensland Operators Awards. | (27KB)
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 - 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 - 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)
2016 Operator of the Year Civil Nomination Form - Release Date 01-Mar-2016: - (29KB)
2016 Young Operator of the Year Nomination Form - Release Date 01-Mar-2016: - (36KB)