Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
WATER AUGUST 2013 32 AWA News Awards are in line with the AWA National Awards and provide the opportunity for the NSW winners to enter in the National Awards, which are presented at Ozwater each year. Please visit the AWA website for more information on award categories and selection criteria. 15th Engineers & Operators Conference Registration has opened for the 15th NSW Engineers & Operators Conference. This year's event will take place at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park from 28--30 October 2013. The theme for the conference is 'Doing More With Less While Keeping The Customer Satis ed'. In this constrained cost environment operators of water and wastewater infrastructure are being asked to continually optimise and look for smarter, cheaper ways of delivering services while keeping customer service levels the same or improved. This conference will address ways in which NSW operations staff are meeting and coping with the challenges they are facing. For more information about the event, please visit the AWA website. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Water Industry Awards The ACT Branch Water Industry Awards are now open until Friday 6 September. The Branch Awards have been developed to promote the outstanding work achieved by individuals and organisations in the water sector. The 2013 award winners will be automatically entered into the National Award category to compete on a national level and presented at OzWater'14. We encourage you to visit the website for more information about the award categories and selection criteria. Annual Water Matters Conference On Wednesday 5 June, the ACT Branch held the annual ACT Water Matters Conference at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. There was a fantastic turnout of delegates from both the private and public sector. This year's conference consisted of invited talks from government policy makers, CSIRO and university scientists, and experienced industry consultants. The presentations were followed by an interactive panel discussion exploring the "way forward" for management of water quality and the ACT's water resources, lakes and waterways. The ACT Branch would like to thank the speakers and delegates who attended this event. We would also like to thank the Host Sponsor, CSIRO, and our Event Partner, AECOM, for their support of the event! QUEENSLAND Water Industry Awards Announced Leaders in the Queensland water industry have been recognised at the Queensland Water Awards in July. The Awards were presented at an Awards Ceremony Dinner attended by over 480 guests including Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle. Seven awards were presented to a diverse range of organisations and individuals from across the state. AWA CEO, Jonathan McKeown, commended the high standard of entries for this year's awards and stated that the genuine commitment the nalists have given to water leadership and management is acknowledged by their nomination to the Awards. "The individuals and organisations awarded demonstrate the innovation, courage, leadership and outstanding achievement that is needed to meet Queensland's water needs in the decades to come. Australia has an outstanding reputation for its capability in sustainable water management and this year's winners are proof that this reputation is well deserved," said Mr McKeown. All nominees were subject to a rigorous process by a panel of experts before the nal winners were decided. The winners are now automatically entered into AWA's National Water Awards to be awarded at Ozwater'14 in May 2014 in Brisbane. The winners for 2013 are: • Research Innovation Award: Advanced Biosolids Technology Program (Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland). • Program Innovation Award: Moreton Bay Regional Council's Total Water Cycle Management Plan -- (BMT WBM, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Unitywater, Bligh Tanner). • Infrastructure Innovation Award: Coombabah and Stapylton Program Alliance -- (Gold Coast City Council, Abigroup Contractors, WorleyParsons, KBR). • Regional Service Award: Bruce Gardiner, Cairns Regional Council. • Distinguished Service Award: Chris Pipe-Martin, Logan City Council. • Young Water Professional of the Year Award: Dr Sarah Schroeder, Senior Water Quality Of cer -- (Queensland Urban Utilities). • Water Professional of the Year Award: Fiona Chandler (International WaterCentre). For more information please visit www.awa.asn.au/awards Young Water Professional of the Year winner Sarah Schroeder with Queensland President Colin Lewis and Brian Nicholas of sponsor Acciona Agua. Water Professional of the Year winner Fiona Chandler.
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