The 2017 WIOA operators tour of New Zealand began in Christchurch and comprised visits to 11 water and wastewater treatment plants over 5 days, followed by attendance at the WIOG annual conference in beautiful Queenstown. In all 15 representatives from 5 Australian States made it one of the largest groups to date.
There were many highlights over the tour that visited the following facilities:
• Rolleston Wastewater Treatment Plant
• Timaru Wastewater Treatment Plant
• Peireora Water Treatment Plant
• Oamaru Water Treatment Plant
• Waikouaiti Water Treatment Plant
• Mount Grand Water Treatment Plant
• Balclutha Water Treatment Plant
• Alexandra Wastewater Treatment Plant
The WIOG conference was well attended and was themed ‘Wellness in Operations’. Keynote speaker, Dr Kirsty McCulloch from Adelaide presented on fatigue management and its contribution to failures in system performance, whilst learning to manage fatigue in the modern “24/7” environment. Both operators and technical presenters alike did very well, and the format was great. Good to see the interesting initiatives being discussed and innovations in development.
Tours like this only can happen with the support of WIOG and people like tour guide John Clemens who give their time freely to show the WIOA contingent around. Our thanks are also extended to all the operators, in particular those who offered their time for weekend site visits. They were all very accommodating and knowledgeable, happy to share their time and experience.