Nominations for the 2023 Queensland Operator of the Year are being accepted. This prestigious award sponsored by AWA Queensland Branch recognises commitment to the job, safety, innovation, initiative and achievements. The prize for the winner includes a plaque and an all-expenses paid opportunity to join the WIOA operator tour to New Zealand in 2024. Applications close on 19 June 2023 and a nomination form is available from

Similarly, the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) is accepting nominations for the Young Operator of the Year as well as for the Operator of the Year – (Civil/All-rounder). The Young Operator of the Year will also receive a fully funded opportunity to join the WIOA New Zealand tour in 2024. The Civil/All Rounder will receive up to $1,500 towards professional development. This could be used for opportunities such as attendance at conferences, qldwater training or for funding expenses for exchange opportunities at neighbouring or other councils. If you know someone within the Queensland water industry that fits the bill for either of these awards, make sure you nominate them today. Also closing on 19 June 2023, nomination forms are available from