NSW Call For Papers 2018

Share your experiences at the 2018 NSW Conference to be held in Tamworth on Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April.

The Call For Papers for both platform and poster papers will close on Monday 13 November 2017.

Download the NSW2018 CallForPapers

2018 Conference & Exhibition Dates

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 dates for our conference and exhibitions in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

The NSW event will return to Tamworth, the Queensland event will again in Logan and the Victorian event will once again be conducted in Bendigo.

WIOA 2018 Water Operations Conference and Exhibitions

NSW in Tamworth – Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April
Queensland in Logan – Wednesday 6 June & Thursday 7 June
Victoria in Bendigo – Wednesday 5 September & Thursday 6 September

All WIOA corporate members will be advised on the date that site sales will commence for these events about a week prior.

We will be making substantial changes to the application to exhibit to ensure the process is even for all our members.

Tasmanian operators recognition opportunity

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious Tasmanian Operator of the Year and Tasmanian Young Operator of the Year award.

Nominations close on 10 November 2017.

More information


Victorian 2018 Network Operator Development Program

The Network Operator Development Program has been established to identify, mentor and develop future leaders in the Network Operations field across the Victorian Water Industry.

Applications for the 2018 program close on 20 November 2017.

More information


Water industry in the news – Carolyn Webb

Great article published in The Age by Carolyn Webb on Thursday 7 September.

It is fantastic to have a good news water story on the front page of The Age celebrating the operational employees, the water businesses and the entire water industry. Many of the treatment facilities across the country have background stories that are facilitating, and this years Victoria’s 2017 Best Tasting Tap Water from the small town of Merrijig is no different.




WIOA Victorian Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the award winners from the 80th WIOA Victorian Water Industry Operations Conference held in Bendigo.

Awards presented for papers and posters as well as the competitive mains tapping competition and Water taste test all contributed to another successful event with over 1400 in attendance.

Photos of the winners can be downloaded from the 2017 Conference Photo Gallery.

Glenn Taggart from Central Highlands Water was announced as the 2017 Victorian Operator of the Year at the WIOA Awards Dinner. Glenn won the award ahead of the other finalist in David Bedggood from North East Water and Dion Bull from Gippsland Water who also are congratulated.

The Victorian Young Operator of the Year Award was taken out by Mae Jobson from Gippsland Water and the Victorian Network Operator of the Year was won by Russell Sunderland from Goulburn Valley Water. Both Mae and Russell will now join the 2018 WIOA tour of New Zealand for winning these awards.

A highlight of the event was the awarding of LIFE Membership of WIOA to Peter Tolsher – congratulations Tolsh on a well deserved recognition for your work and dedication to our association.

Kwatye Award Winner Announced

Congratulations to Max Gray from Trility in South Australia on being awarded the 2017 Kwatye Award that is proudly sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.


Distribution Seminars in NSW

WIOA will be conducting a number of the highly regarded – one day Water Quality Awareness and Distribution System Management seminars in NSW. Each session is limited to the first 40 registrations. Thursday 14 September – Cowra

SA Operator of the Year

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious South Australian Operator of the Year award. Nominations close on 22 September 2017.

South Australian Operator of the Year – Nomination Form

Tasmania’s Tap Water Recognised

WIOA is pleased to announce the Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania from the Fenton scheme that supplies water to parts of Hobart.

16 samples from across the state were judges at a water interest day held on Launceston on 2 August 2017.

The sample will now go on to represent Tasmania against the other state winning samples to find Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water.  The National competition will be held in Launceston on 18 October 2017.