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Winners are Grinners at WIOA Conference

Winners are Grinners at WIOA Conference

Awards

The qldwater / WIOA Operator Award winners were announced at the Annual Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference Awards Dinner held in Bundaberg on Thursday 6 June 2019.

This was the tenth time we’ve been privileged to present awards for the Civil/ Allrounder Operator of the Year and Young Operator of the Year.

Congratulations to Spencer Stacy from City of Gold Coast who took out the Civil/ Allrounder award.  A great team player, respected by colleagues and customers alike, Spencer is one half of the recently retired “Tapping Tubbies” mains tapping champions.  Spencer received a trophy and funding towards professional development.

Ali Sacipovic from Fraser Coast regional council took the Young Operator award.  Responsible for the Aubinville STP in Maryborough, Ali has demonstrated great initiative, a commitment to process improvement, teamwork and customer service.  Ali receives a trip to NZ in 2020 with WIOA visiting a number of utilities and attending the WIOG conference.

A highly commended award was made to Daniel Hales from Mareeba Shire Council, who will receive a QWRAP scholarship to attend the upcoming qldwater event in Townsville as well as spend time with experts at the Mt St John STP, with thanks to Jeff Morton and Stephen Martin for organising.

Other main awards from the event going to employees of qldwater members went to:

  • Best Poster – Winner Mark Tosh, QUU, Highly Commended Leah Jones QUU
  • Best Papers – 
o Overall (Brian Davis Award) – Kale McLean, Unitywater
o 1st – Andrew Watson, South Burnett Regional Council
o 2nd – Marcus Boyd, Terry Henness, Toowoomba Regional Council
  • AWA Leon Henry Operator of the Year Award – John Van Ryt, Mareeba Shire Council

Bill Collie from QUU has become the latest WIOA “IDIOT,” or “Inducted as Delegates of the Inextricably Obstructed Tap Society.”

Mains tapping champions

So a City of Gold Coast team has done it again, with Dan Lee and Gavin Stacey (Kool Tapping) taking out the mains tapping competition with a time of 1 minute and 52 seconds.  QUU’s Daniel Marshall and Tom Pilcher finished second with 2:24, ahead of a Cairns team, two from Fraser Coast and three from Bundaberg.

The champions have donated the $1,000 prize, sponsored by Reece Plumbing, to “Buy a Bale.”

Queensland wins Origin

The football not the taste test... Shoalhaven beat Mackay in that, as far as we can recall ;)

qldwater is proud to continue its strong partnership with WIOA and congratulate them on another fantastic event.  This year we supported three new trainees (from North Burnett, Bundaberg and Gympie Regional Councils) to attend as part of a regional traineeship trial.

Brad Milful from Logan City Council chose to use his prize as Civil Operator of the Year 2018 to attend the event and was made a judge for the papers for his trouble.

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