Network Opertator Development Program 2020

Nominations are being accepted for the WIOA 2020 Network Operator Development Program (NODP)

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.

More information including the nominations form is on the WIOA website

SA Operator of the Year Nominations

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious South Australian Operator of the Year. The award sponsored by TAFESA provides the opportunity for the winner to join the WIOA operator delegation on their annual trip to New Zealand to join the study tour and participate in the WIOG NZ operations conference.

Nominations close on 31 October 2019.

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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 27 September 2019.

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Swan Reach WTP wins SA Water Taste Test

Congratulations to the TRILITY operators from the Swan Reach Water Treatment Plant on winning the Ixom 2019 Best Tasting Tap Water in South Australia.  Link to photos of the taste test

Mount Leslie has Tassies top drop

Congratulations to the team from the Mount Leslie WTP who were announced as the winner of the Ixom 2019 Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania.

Grand finalists included Mole Creek, Reatta Road and Rocky Creek that was also acknowledged as being the best new facility.

The sample from the Mount Leslie WTP will be invited to represent Tasmania in the National competition to be held at the 3 Peaks Festival in Dunkeld during National Water Week on 19 October, where WIOA will announce the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia.

Photos of the taste test.


WISE 2019 Exhibition Site Sales Open

The 2nd Water Industry Safety Event (WISE) will be held on Wednesday 9 October in Coburg, Victoria.

Exhibition site sales will be accepted from 1.00 pm on Wednesday 10 July 2019.  Sites are allocated in the order in which applications are received.

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NSW Wins Water of Origin

Congratulations to NSW for the sample supplied by Shoalhaven Water for winning the 2019 Ixom Water of Origin.  The sample from Bamarang WTP will join other states in determining Australia’s Best Tap Water in October during National Water Week.

Kwatye Cultural Recognition Award

In partnership with TRILITY, WIOA invites applications for the Kwatye – Cultural Recognition Award.  Applications close on 20 July .

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. 

More information and application form

NSW Conference Winners

Congratulations to the award winners from the WIOA NSW Conference & Exhibition held in Orange.

Check out all the winners


NSW Operator of the Year

  • Danny Roberts – Port Macquarie Hastings Council

NSW Operator Dedication Award

  • James Davis from Upper Hunter Shire Council

Best Paper Overall

  • Alex McCaffrey – Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Best Paper by an Operator

  1. Shawn Charlton – Federation Council
  2. James Davis – Hunter Shire Council
  3. Matthew Benstead – TRILITY

2019 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in NSW/ACT – Finalists

  • Albury Regional Council
  • Orange City Council
  • Shoalhaven Water

2019 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in NSW/ACT – Winner

  • Shoalhaven Water

Ron Bergmeier Award – Best Exhibition Site

  • SAFEgroup Automation

WIOA Conference Charity Presentations

  • McGrath Foundation $1,500

NSW Main Tapping Competition

  • Orange City Council – Daniel Eassie & Adam Whiteley
    Charity donation of $1,000 to Beyond Blue



WIOA Committee for 2019 elected

Congratulations to all of our members who nominated for positions on the WIOA Executive and General Committee that were elected on Thursday 14 March 2019.

Heidi Josipovic from Albury City Council becomes the second woman President in WIOA history and the first outside of Victoria. Mark Samblebe from MBS Water will be Vice President.

Newly elected members to the General Committee include Eloise O’Keefe form Goulburn Valley Water and Grant Waite from North East Water.

Outgoing President Adrian Rijnbeek was thanked for his efforts as well as outgoing committee member Glenn Alford.

2019 Committee members