2018 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual water science competition which showcases the unlimited potential of today’s high school students as they create solutions for current and future water challenges.

The Prize is awarded at Ozwater’18 in May 2018.

The competition challenges young people to think big and take a fresh look at water problems at local and global levels. The project encourages students to delve into all areas of water and aims to improve the quality of life through:

  • Improving water quality
  • Managing water resources
  • Water protection
  • Water sanitation
  • Water and wastewater treatment

The project must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring and reporting results.

For more information go to the AWA website here


2017 Highlights

Check out some of the 2017 highlights from WIOA.

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NSW Conference Rego’s Open

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 NSW conference program, and is now accepting registrations for this event to be held in Tamworth on Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April 2018

You can check out the program and download the Delegate Registration Form from the NSW Conference section of this site.

PASS Award Applications Invited

All operational staff are invited to share their in the field innovations & fixes to problems so that others in the water industry can benefit.

The winner will join the WIOA team on their annual operational tour of New Zealand including attendance at the Water Industry Operations Group of NZ annual conference

Applications for the 2017 award will close on 1st March 2018.

SA Operator of the Year announced

Congratulations to Brendan Roesler, Team Leader with the Trility Lower Riverland team on being announced as the 2017 South Australian Operstor of the Year, a fantastic award that is sponsored by .

Brendan is a detail-oriented person and is one of the most notable individuals within Trility regarding the understanding and adherence to appropriate procedures, most of which are based around our legislative and/or safety requirements. He has also been heavily involved as an operational representative through the implementation of Trility’s new contractor and visitor induction system, as well as the development of the upcoming operational data management program.

Brendan’s knowledge and experience has proved invaluable during development workshops, where his input has contributed significantly to the betterment of these systems prior to implementation.

Brendan acted in the role of Team Leader of the Lower Team for a decent portion of the most recent blackwater event in Trility’s Riverland Region, following the sudden departure of the previous Team Leader. The state of the sites, and subsequently the team itself, was in need of improvement and required significant work and attention to bring things back to the expected working order.

Brendan applied himself to the team, providing support for existing staff that were under additional stress and pressure, whilst also ensuring that routine duties were being properly addressed. Since entering into the acting role there was just one minor notifiable event at one of the Lower Riverland sites. In the two months leading up to his appointment there were six minor and 1 major notifiable event recorded.

Brendan has taken over the Team Leader role, where he has been continually praised for his professionalism, dedicated approach to work, experience, and calm demeanour from both within and outside of his team.

Brendan has been described as a ‘calming influence’ on the Lower Riverland team since his appointment as Team Leader earlier this year, and the performance results are indicative of this. He is one of the most efficient employees within the Riverland from a time and process perspective, and retains a breadth of knowledge of the sites he manages.


2018 Conference & Exhibition Dates

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 dates for our conference and exhibitions in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

The NSW event will return to Tamworth, the Queensland event will again in Logan and the Victorian event will once again be conducted in Bendigo.

WIOA 2018 Water Operations Conference and Exhibitions

NSW in Tamworth – Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April
Queensland in Logan – Wednesday 6 June & Thursday 7 June
Victoria in Bendigo – Wednesday 5 September & Thursday 6 September

All WIOA corporate members will be advised on the date that site sales will commence for these events about a week prior.

We will be making substantial changes to the application to exhibit to ensure the process is even for all our members.

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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Victorian 2018 Network Operator Development Program

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.

Applications for the 2018 program close on 20 November 2017.

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Water industry in the news – Carolyn Webb

Great article published in The Age by Carolyn Webb on Thursday 7 September.

It is fantastic to have a good news water story on the front page of The Age celebrating the operational employees, the water businesses and the entire water industry. Many of the treatment facilities across the country have background stories that are facilitating, and this years Victoria’s 2017 Best Tasting Tap Water from the small town of Merrijig is no different.




WIOA Victorian Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the award winners from the 80th WIOA Victorian Water Industry Operations Conference held in Bendigo.

Awards presented for papers and posters as well as the competitive mains tapping competition and Water taste test all contributed to another successful event with over 1400 in attendance.

Photos of the winners can be downloaded from the 2017 Conference Photo Gallery.

Glenn Taggart from Central Highlands Water was announced as the 2017 Victorian Operator of the Year at the WIOA Awards Dinner. Glenn won the award ahead of the other finalist in David Bedggood from North East Water and Dion Bull from Gippsland Water who also are congratulated.

The Victorian Young Operator of the Year Award was taken out by Mae Jobson from Gippsland Water and the Victorian Network Operator of the Year was won by Russell Sunderland from Goulburn Valley Water. Both Mae and Russell will now join the 2018 WIOA tour of New Zealand for winning these awards.

A highlight of the event was the awarding of LIFE Membership of WIOA to Peter Tolsher – congratulations Tolsh on a well deserved recognition for your work and dedication to our association.