Entries by Craig Mathisen

George Wall chairs Industry Reference Committee

George Wall from Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) was elected chair of the Water Industry Reference Committee on for the Australian Industry Standards. The Water Industry Reference Committee has been assigned responsibility for the NWP National Water Training Package which provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations […]

Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water

Congratulations to the operators of the Marian WTP in Mackay who have been acknowledged as the Ixom 2019 Australia,s Best Tasting Tap Water competition. The voting was very close but the sample representing Queensland from the Mackay Regional Council came out just ahead of the other state champions. The title was awarded at the 3 […]

WIOA Talks Webinars

WIOA Talks (webinars) provide members from all over the country the opportunity to get together to hear the latest updates and share knowledge and experiences – and all from the comfort of their own desk! In 2019, a total of 6 webinars were delivered covering a wide range of general interest and technical topics. The information […]

2,901 attend WIOA conferences

In 2019, WIOA conducted operationally focused conference and exhibitions in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. A total of 2,901 individuals attended from all states in Australia as well as a from overseas participated in the technical sessions or the exhibitions. WIOA conferences provide a forum for water industry operational employees to come together and […]

Increase in Membership

Our membership had a small increase during 2019 to 4,288 indicating strong support and acceptance of why the association exists. We trust that all existing members will continue to spread the word about the benefits of membership to others in the operational side of the water industry and assist us to promote and grow the […]

68,924 Web Hits

The WIOA website is critical for the association to be able to provide current information to our members and stakeholders. We have plans to further develop the content and functionality of the site during 2020 to include access to a members portal which will allow members to keep their details up to date. During 2019 […]

Operators recognised around Australia

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) recognised many operational employees for demonstrating excellence in their field in 2019. Awards included: Operator of the Year Yong Operator of the Year Networks/Civil/All Rounder Operator of the Year Best Tasting Tap Water Competition winners Main Tapping Competition winners Kwatye Cultural Recognition Award PASS Award

$12,000 donated to charity

In 2019, WIOA conducted raffles at our conference and exhibitions in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria as well as a number of charity days in Cairns, Port Macquarie, Yandina and Sunbury. Through these efforts WIOA raised $12,000 that was donated to charities chosen by our conference hosts and winners of events such as the […]

WIOA Diversity and Inclusion Group

WIOA is looking to establish a group of interested members who can help advise and assist WIOA to improve our Diversity & Inclusion. Nominations close Friday 13 December 2019. Successful nominees confirmed by Friday 20 December 2019. We look forward to working with the Diversity & Inclusion Group to deliver even more services for our […]

Call for Presentations 2020

Share your experiences at a WIOA Conference in 2020. All water industry 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 wastes are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. The technical program will cover various aspects of […]