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Gold Coast37th Annual Queensland Water Industry Operations Workshop and Exhibition

Gold Coast 6 & 7 June 2012

Over 600 people in attendance

WIOA recently staged a successfull 37th Annual Queensland Water Industry Operations Workshop and Exhibition at Parklands on the Gold Coast, you can view the program here.

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The conference was opened by Mr Kevin Wormald from the Wujal Wujal Counicl who shared some of the issues of managing water and wastewater for rural and remote councils. The Keynote address was delivered by representatives from the James Cook University who provided a thought provoking demonstration of their real-time, 3D, scenario-based training platform that can be utilized for the water industry, which was well received.

The event culminated in the official awards ceremony that saw Robert Harman from Allconnex Water win the major award the Leon Henry memorial - Queensland Operator of the Year that is sponsored by the AWA Queensland Branch. Two of the other major awards were won by Col Kirkegaard and Alistair Cumming from the Banana Shire Council for their paper on the Theodore Floods in 2011.  

Over 750 people attended the conference which included a technical program designed to benefit personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure for the management, conveyance, treatment, discharge and reuse of water and trade waste.

A highlight of the event was the Grand Final of the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test that saw the Burdekin Shire wins the Best Tasting Tap Water in Queensland for 2012.


Best Paper by an Operator - sponsored by Ecolab
1st Col Kirkegaard & Alistair Cumming from Banana Shire Council
2nd Joel Warnes from Allconnex
3rd Kym Kneebone from Bundaberg Regional Council              

Best Paper Overall - sponsored by  Iwaki Pumps Australia
Col Kirkegaard & Alistair Cumming from Banana Shire Council         

QLD Operator of the Year - sponsored by AWA
Robert Harman from Allconnex Water
Heath Boxer from Veolia Water Australia
Michael McAuley from Mackay Regional Council

QLD Young Operator of the Year - sponsored by qldwater
Tammy Beddow from Central Highlands Regional Council

QLD Operator of the Year (Civil) - sponsored by qldwater
Ashley Reidy from Isaac Regional Council

Best Trade Site - sponsored by WME Media                          
AIM Water

Ugly Fish Bonus Prize - sponsored by Pirahna Eyewear                        
Charters Towers Regional Council

Consider becomming a WIOA Conference Sponsor, some fantastic opportunities exist for 2013.

For more information contact Craig Mathisen on 03 5821 6744, mobile 0457 846 008
or email: craig@wioa.org.au.

Gold Coast

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2012 Major Sponsors

Last updated on 19-Jun-2012


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