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  • QLD Water Awards


    The AWA QLD Branch Awards is the highest accolade that currently exists in the QLD Water Industry. The Water Awards have been designed to acknowledge the best of the best in the QLD Water Sector as well as recognise exceptional achievements in a range of industry and individual categories.
    The QLD Awards are in line with the AWA National Awards and provide the opportunity for the QLD winners to enter in the National Awards which are presented at Ozwater each year.


    The 2015 Queensland Water Awards were announced atthe Gala Dinner & Awards Night held at the Sofitel Brisbane on 18 September 2015.


     The Association would like to congratulate and recognise all finalists and the following winners. 

     View all the photos on the online gallery: Password: awaq2015

    Research Innovation Award

    Water Literacy in Australia - The University of Queensland and Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

    The Water Literacy in Australian project, led by Dr Kelly Fielding and experts from The University of Queensland and Monash University, was funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. The work has given us great insight into water knowledge and will change the way the sector engages with the community.



    - Waste-to-Energy project - Queensland Urban Utilities

    - QUU Innovation Centre - Queensland Urban Utilities

    Program Innovation Award

    Queensland Urban Utilities Innovation Program - Queensland Urban Utilities

    Queensland Urban Utilities has created an environment where staff are given the permission, space, support and funding to embrace creative thinking and transform their bright ideas into positive outcomes. As a key stakeholder in the delivery of reliable water and sewerage services at the lowest cost the program aims to build value added relationships with key suppliers, research and development innovation partners to ensure the sustainability of the water industry. The organisation's multi-faceted Innovation Program is designed to ensure new ideas are given every opportunity to flourish.



    - Beaudesert Nutrient Offsets Project - Queensland Urban Utilities
    - Mackay Water Services - Mackay Regional Council


    Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

    Suncoast-Coolum-Maroochydore Sewerage Treatment Plant Reconfiguration – Unitywater

    Instead of choosing the obvious solution of straightforward upgrades to solve its concerns with the Suncoast and Coolum sewage treatment plants, Unitywater achieved its objectives by reconfiguring the network and closing one of the plants while making considerable environmental and dollar savings.



    - Woolloongabba Trunk Sewer Capacity Upgrade - Queensland Urban Utilities

    - Sarina Water Reclamation Facility - Transfield Services & Jacobs Joint Venture


    Regional Service Award

    Rob Saunders, GHD  
    Rob Saunders is GHD’s Water Market Leader in North Queensland and has worked almost exclusively in the North Queensland water industry for the last 27 years.  Rob has held senior management roles within both local government and consulting, affording him a unique perspective on the trials and tribulations of service delivery within the North Queensland water industry. Rob is also a keen believer in industry participation and has previously held various local, state and national committee roles with AWA, Engineers Australia and ANCOLD.  

    Distinguished Service Award

    Helen Stratton - Griffith University
    Helen Stratton has been an outstanding member of the Water industry for more than 24 years. Her long time service to the Association includes 11 years as a QLD committee member, her role as Branch President for 4 years and her most recent position as a Director of the AWA Board which she has held since 2008. During her time as a committee member of the Qld branch of AWA she was prominent in her endeavour to expand the profile in women in water and has often chaired events on this topic.  Helen has been interviewed on Catalyst and Stateline and has published over 40 refereed articles in international water and microbiology journals and over 60 reports and conference papers. Helen continues to have a very busy career in the water sector through her current roles as Associate Professor at the School of Natural Sciences, Griffith University, Executive Manager at the Smart Water Research Centre and Deputy Director of the Australian Rivers Institute.

    Undergraduate Water Prize

    Scott Roy - SMEC Australia
    Scott works for SMEC Australia as an undergraduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast in his final year. With over 20 years’ experience in the water industry Scott is a qualified plumber and gasfitter with experience in all aspects of commercial and domestic water, sewer, stormwater, solar, LPG and natural gas systems.   


    Young Water Professional

    Tim Wong - SMEC Australia

    Tim is a Water and Public Utilities Engineer at SMEC where he is the Water Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland. Working within the PEQ Engineer in the Gold Coast office, Tim is responsible for the detailed design and documentation of dedicated water infrastructure and the protection and relocation of water and utilities assets for the major infrastructure upgrade projects.



    - Courtney Brown - Queensland Urban Utilities

    - Liu Ye - The University of Queensland


    Water Professional of the Year

    David Brooker - Mackay Regional Council

    Mackay’s Chief Operating Officer David Brooker is passionate about continuous improvement and developing new technologies. He has been an influential figure in the conversation of the Mackay Water business into an intelligent water network. He also devotes considerable time to obtain insight into the financial drivers of the water and waste businesses.The Association would like to congratulate and recognise all finalists and the following winners.



    - Rob Fearon - Queensland Water Directorate

    - Colin Hester - Queensland Urban Utilities



    Previously announced at the WIOA Conference, June 2015:


    Operator of the year

    Grahame Dunstan - Cairns Regional Council

    Grahame’s success can primarily be attributed to his leadership style.  He is focused on delivering a high quality service and is committed to environmental, public health and work health and safety requirements.  He is responsible for capital works submissions; manages a significant operational budget; participates in asset planning for the sewerage network; and is responsible for a wide range of performance reporting.  His knowledge and experience in the operation of sewerage network is recognised at the State level, with his participation in workshops and seminars.




    For queries about the QLD Awards please contact:  

    Gail Reardon

    P 0421 412 380  E