Water Journal : Water Journal August 2014
25 AWA News AUGUST 2014 WATER This year's theme, Decentralised Water and Wastewater Systems: Advances in Technology and Recycling, will explore the re-emergence of decentralised water systems as a long-term solution to water scarcity. Conference attendees will also learn about the constraints associated with the centralised approach. To register and see the program please visit awa.asn.au/swws2014 BRANCH NEWS AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY ACT Water Leaders Dinner Don't miss the annual ACT Water Leaders Dinner, which is scheduled for Thursday, 4 September 2014 at the Crowne Plaza, Canberra. This dinner is crafted for ACT business, industry and community leaders to inspire discussion, encourage networking and tantalise the tastebuds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. NEW SOUTH WALES NSW Northern Regional Conference Registrations are now open for the NSW Northern Regional Conference, which will take place 9--10 October in Tamworth. This event will consist of a one-day conference and will include local tours, a Gala Dinner and an optional workshop. The program will open with a panel discussion on implementing water quality management with dedicated sessions focusing on catchment management, emergency management and training to follow. Please visit the AWA website for the conference program and registration details. QUEENSLAND AWA Central Queensland Technical Seminar AWA hosted a technical seminar in Gladstone in June to complement Qld Water Directorate's Central Queensland Mini Conference. Delegates were treated to three excellent presentations which drew out relevant aspects for Central Queensland: • Water Infrastructure: Contingency Planning for Flood Emergencies, presented by Dr Haydn Betts from KBR; • Upgrade of the Glenmore High Lift Water Pump Station, presented by Dr Jason Plumb from Fitzroy River Water; • Mt Isa Sewerage Upgrades, presented by Peter Baker and Mark Thomas from Harrison Grierson. Gladstone Regional Council also organised a "site tour" for delegates, which consisted of a harbour tour viewing a number of the important and impressive projects going on in and around Gladstone. This culminated with a "sail past" of the three LNG plant sites under construction on Curtis Island, which are an awe-inspiring sight from close up. The context for water professionals was set by a discussion from Gladstone Regional Council on the water and sewerage servicing strategy for Curtis Island. Many thanks must go to the host, Phil Boschoff from Gladstone Regional Council and his team. Thanks also to the team at Qld Water Directorate for the continued cooperation in running joint regional events and their efforts for this event in particular. Thanks also to TRILITY who provided lunch on the 'cruise tour'. Tributes ow for Julie's top water award Moranbah's Julie Smith has taken out a prominent water industry award -- a top honour recognising her as Queensland's best water plant operator in 2014. Diagnosed with breast cancer in late April and having undergone a mastectomy, Julie was unable to attend the AWA Queensland Water Award ceremony in Brisbane in June. However, stepping in to accept the award on Julie's behalf was her supervisor, Isaac Regional Council (IRC) Team Leader Water and Sewerage West, Dwayne Lazar, who nominated Julie for the award. "I really wish Julie could have been there," Dwayne said. "She came out on top of a tough eld of statewide nominees and nalists and is among less than 10 per cent of women in the industry." Julie said she was grateful for her nomination and thrilled to have won. Julie has worked for the Council for 26 years – with the past 23 spent at the water plant. A typical day for her and work colleague, Shelley Cottam, involves the recording of plant logs, water sampling and monitoring, checking equipment, chemical vats, uoride levels and overnight water usage -- then any machinery and ground maintenance needed. "I love it," Julie said. "Responsible for the entire operation, we do all our own testing, monitoring and maintenance -- which makes it more interesting, it's a thinking job." Isaac Regional Council (IRC) Mayor Anne Baker said Julie's award spoke volumes of her ability. "Julie is a long-term, highly skilled and respected worker at Council, we are so proud of her and wish her a fast recovery." Julie will receive a perpetual trophy for 12 months as well as a personal trophy and a trip to join the Water Industry Operators' Association (WIOA) delegation on a tour of water and wastewater facilities in New Zealand, as well as attending the Water Industry Operations Group NZ conference in May 2015. At the award ceremony, WIOA also pledged a $1,000 donation to Breast Cancer Australia.
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