Operator and Young Operator of the Year Awards 2018
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 announced the 2018 qldwater Young Operator of the Year and Civil/Allrounder of the Year at the WIOA Annual Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference Awards Night held at the Logan Sports Centre on 7 June 2018.
Described by his peers as the go-to liaison for “challenging” customers, an excellent role model for his team and a regular contributor to his employer’s ideas portal, the 2018 Young Operator of the Year - Andrew Hanifin from Unitywater - sets an excellent example at work and out in his community.
Andrew (pictured left with Carlie Sargent from qldwater) coaches kids’ sports and acts as a crisis phone councillor for the Salvation Army when he finishes his day job. He also makes time for further studies having completed all his water industry worker training requirements as well as a Cert IV in Plumbing and Drainage.
The 2018 Operator of the Year Civil / Allrounder was awarded to Brad Millful from Logan City Council. Brad has been in the water industry for 24 years and a champion for learning and development for much of that time.
As a leader for the SEQ water industry worker program Brad (pictured right) has been a mentor for over 75 field staff, a contributor to training materials and a representative on various industry and technical advisory groups. Aside from trade qualifications, Brad has achieved a Cert IV Training and Assessment, Diploma of Water Operations and Diploma of Project Management. With a focus on continuous improvement, Brad instigated a range of business improvements above and beyond the requirements of his role. Above all, Brad is a much-loved bloke and a fantastic contributor to his organisation and the industry more broadly.
Congratulations also to Tony Cover from Goondiwindi Regional Council who won the AWA Leon Henry Operator of the Year award and Gary Fenwick from QUU who was highly commended for the same award. Tony has supported our footy tipping and helped us with a few tours over the years, and Gary was one of the first operators certified under the national Wastewater/ Recycled water framework. Glenn Twite from Townsville City Council also picked up best paper by an operator.
Nominations for the 2018 awards are now closed.
The two categories available for nomination are for:
- Queensland Young Operator of the Year
- Operator of the Year - Civil/All Rounder
The Queensland Young Operator of the Year winner 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 attending the Water Industry Operations Group New Zealand conference in May 2018 and an individual trophy.
The Operator of the Year (Civil / All Rounder) winner received up to $1500 towards professional development opportunities such as attendance at other WIOA conferences, qldwater training or for funding expenses for exchange opportunities at neighbouring councils and an individual trophy.
More information on the Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition is available here: http://wioaconferences.org.au/qld/.
Past Award Winners
Read more about previous award winners here.
Queensland Live Mains Tapping Competition 2018
The Queensland Live Mains Tapping Competition 2018 was held at the WIOA Queensland Conference, where five 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
IPWEA Queensland has a number of awards for Engineering. Excellence Award Winners are announced at the Queensland State Conference and Gala Dinner.
Water projects award categories for 2018 include:
- Innovation & Sustainability in Water - projects under $5 million
- Innovation & Sustainability in Water - projects over $5 million
More information is available at http://www.ipweaq.com/awards.
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