Congratulations to Paul Beard from Water Corporation in Western Australia who was announced as the winner of the 2019 Kwatye Prize at WIOA’s South Australia conference.

The Water Corporation project included two components, the development of a Native Seed bank in partnership with the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation and the Kimberley Community Grants Project.

Courtesy of award sponsor TRILITY Paul will receive a One week all-expenses paid cultural exchange trip to China
• Flights & accommodation
• Meal & transfer allowances
• Water project site visits
• Sightseeing opportunities

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Kwatye – Cultural Recognition Award

In partnership with TRILITY, WIOA invites applications for the Kwatye – Cultural Recognition Award.

The term ‘Kwatye’ means water to the aboriginal Arrente people from the Northern Territory.  For many people in Australia, water is a resource more precious than gold.

About the Cultural Recognition Award

The award is open to WIOA individual members, to recognise an initiative involving cultural or diversity and inclusion based activities within a project and/or community in which they serve.  

The winner will have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion in the workplace or community. The award focuses on those who have gone above and beyond to further inclusion, connection and belonging for co-workers, members of the community and people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups. 

Nominees should be employed in Australia and have initiated and/or implemented a successful cultural, diversity or inclusion related activity and/or program in association with the community they service. 

All nominations will be assessed based on the following criteria: 

Diversity and Inclusion goals

The extent to which the program or initiative has been designed to promote and support diversity and inclusion in the workplace or community they serve, such as access, participation and connection for co-workers, members of the community and people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups.


The extent to which the program or initiative has benefited co-workers, members of the community and people from disadvantaged and marginalized groups. 


The level of creativity, imagination, and innovation demonstrated within the program or initiative.

The completed applications are judged by WIOA selection committee and the winner will be announced at the WIOA South Australian conference dinner to be held on Wednesday 7 August. 

Courtesy of award sponsor TRILITY the winner will receive the opportunity to participate in an all-expenses-paid* cultural exchange trip to ChinaThe one-week itinerary and program is developed by TRILITY with the Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited (BEWG) and includes:  

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Meal and transfer allowances
  • Water project site visits
  • Sightseeing opportunities

Water Project Site Visits

  • Visit to BEWG Headquarters and museum
  • Site visit of Raoyang water supply project
  • Site visit to Caofeidian seawater desalination plant (the largest full membrane commercial operation desalination project in China)
  • Site visit to Shahe wastewater plant
  • Site visit to Daoxianghu Lake Reclaimed Water Plant (the first full underground sewage treatment plant in operation in northern China)

Sightseeing Locations

  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Qianmen Avenue
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Xinhuamen
  • The Forbidden City
  • Juyongguan Great Wall

*discretionary spend is the responsibility for the award winner and the itinerary is subject to change

Previous Kwatye Award Winners

Award supported by TRILITY
2019 Paul Beard – Water Corporation, WA

Award supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific
2017 Max Gray – TRILITY
2016 Rodney Priest – Goulburn Murray Water
2015 Frank Rinaldo – North East Water
2014 Michael Fawcett – South East Water
2013 Mick Clewes – North East Water
2012 Mark McConnon – TasWater
2011 Rod Curtis – Western Water
2010 Russell Evans – Power & Water
2009 Bernd Vetter – Utility Services
2008 Paulus des Anges & Nick Bray – Grundfos Pumps & Goulburn Valley Water
2007 Graham Thomson – Barwon Water
2006 Anthony Evans – Wannon Water
2005 Eddy Ostarcevic – GWM Water

Nominations for this fantastic opportunity closes on 20 July 2019 

Contact WIOA to find out more or phone 03 5821 6744