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WIOA – Team of the Year Award

In partnership with TRILITY, WIOA invites applications for the WIOA Team of the Year – Recognition Award.
The WIOA Team of the Year award recognises teams of employees working in any part of the water industry that have made an outstanding contribution to their workplace or community.

The award focuses on those who have gone above and beyond their normal roles and recognise their dedication, initiative, talent, enthusiasm and contribution.

Teams may be recognised for a range of activities. Examples may include:

  • implementation of new infrastructure and solutions
  • maintaining services through difficult times such as weather events, fires, and the pandemic
  • providing support to their communities, other employees, other businesses, or the water industry
  • development of innovative programs or initiatives

The Award

The WIOA Team of the Year will receive copies of the WIOA Practical Guides for the use of the winning business, to the value of $2,000.

Tweed Shire Council – WIOA 2021 Team of the Year

The winner for 2021 is the Reticulation Supervisors Team from Tweed Shire Council. The team includes Chris O’Dwyer, John Anderson, Anthony Pearse, Jeff Holt, Dale Hickey, Gary Cain and Peter Bruggy.

The team is responsible for the delivery of operations and maintenance of the water and wastewater networks through their 50 field staff that serve 80,000+ customers. The team has an enormous amount of experience with a cumulative total of 215 years at Council’s disposal and an average service of over 30 years each.

The team is responsible for dealing with more than 230 customer requests each month; along with the routine tasks associated with water & wastewater operations, such as:

  • meter reads
  • new services installations and meter replacement programs
  • manhole inspections and repairs
  • pipe breaks
  • blockages and overflows
  • junction repair and installations
  • hydrant testing and inspections

The group has always had the customer-first approach and they receive regular customer praise for their staff performance. This group also participates in after-hours work as the first responder to an average of 70 after-hours calls per month. The water industry has come a long way since many of the team members were first employed. There have been massive changes in safety and managing how the job is done. Add to this the introduction of digital technology, computers, iPads, phones, GIS and the like has required all the team members to be able to learn, adapt and keep pace with the changing times and technology.

  • At least one member of the team nominated must be an individual Members of WIOA
  • Team members must be employed in an operational role in the water industry
  • Applicants must not be employed by a “product supplier” (can be from a company providing operational services to the industry)
  • Applicants must have employer support and their endorsement to apply

Sharing outcomes with the industry

  • The Award winner will produce an article that can be reproduced in a WIOA publication on their nomination
  • The Award winner will present their nominated project to an audience of WIOA members (eg: at WIOA interest day, webinar).

The Selection Committee will assess all applications based on the following criteria:

About the initiative
The extent to which the program or initiative has been able to promote and support the workplace or community they serve.

Impact
The extent to which the program or initiative has benefited the business, co-workers, or members of the community.

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

  • It is the responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the appropriate permission is sought in advance of nominating for this award.
  • All or parts of the application (excluding the personal profile) may be used by WIOA to publicise the Award.
  • If required short-listed Applicants must attend an interview with the judging panel at a mutually agreed time and place.
  • The judging panel reserves the right not to award the Award in any given year if, in their opinion, the applications do meet an acceptable standard.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and cannot be contested.
  • The Award winner will be required to present one written report and one oral presentation at a WIOA event within the following year.

Nomination – WIOA Team of the Year

NOMINATIONS WILL BE ASSESSED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

1 Contribution/Initiative The extent to which initiative or work of the team has been able to create a supportive workplace or supported the community they serve.
2 Teamwork The extent to which the team were able to work together to deliver the contribution or initiative.
3 Impact The extent to which the initiative or work of the team has benefited the business, co-workers, or members of the community.
4 Innovation The level of creativity, imagination, and innovation demonstrated by the team.

  • Name of the person submitting the nomination.
  • Team Nominated

  • Please include all team members: first name, surname, position, role in the team, and email
  • In 500 words or less, detail the extent to which the contribution or initiative has been able to create a supportive workplace or supported the community they serve
  • In 500 words or less, detail the extent to which the team were able to work together to deliver the contribution or initiative.
  • In 500 words or less, detail the extent to which the initiative or work of the team has benefited the business, co-workers, or members of the community.
  • In 500 words or less, detail the level of creativity, imagination, and innovation demonstrated by the team.
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