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This network aims to raise the profile and importance of Operations in the water industry so that Operations has an Australia-wide voice. We therefore provide meaningful networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for all members and run from a Committee with strong national representation.
Our Network includes people working in all areas of water industry operations, from the catchments and dams, through to treatment processes - water, wastewater, recycled water, desalination, industrial water - and their associated transport systems, in both public and privately run businesses.
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National Operations Conference a success!
AWA’s Specialist Network recently held their 2nd National Conference at the Darwin Convention and Exhibition Centre.
120 Operations professionals gathered to hear from over 40 speakers, including international keynote presentations from Carl Devereux from Aurecon (NZ) on the devastation caused by the Christchurch earthquakes, and Scott Haskins from CH2MHill (USA).
Presentations came from a diverse range of operations issues, but with a special focus on remote operations, given the location of the conference.
The organising committee decided to award a prize that would help reward, encourage and support a younger member of the industry. This year, the award recipient was Michael Boyes of Water Corporation. Michael’s prize was an expenses-paid trip to the conference, and he got to share his career story with the delegates.
Other awards were given out for the best presentations. Three awards were given to:
More details on the conference, including the Water in Mining panel session will be featured in the December issue of Water journal.
Young Operations Professional Award
As part of the National Operations Conference, the organising committee decided to award a prize that would help reward, encourage and support a younger member of the industry. To nominate, entrants had to submit the story of their personal journey in the industry, and to demonstrate their achievements, passion and plans for their career.
The standard of entries was excellent and clearly demonstrated the diverse skills and level of commitment of those younger operations professionals. The judges were particularly impressed with one entrant who exemplified the standards the judges hoped to see in an up and coming operations professional.
This year, the award recipient is Michael Boyes of Water Corporation. Michael started his career in the agricultural industry, before a chance meeting in the pub led to him starting a traineeship with Water Corporation. He has since amassed a wealth of experience working in all aspects of remote operations, through to his current role as a Senior Water Operator in the Pilbara region.
Congratulations to Michael!
You can meet Michael and many others working in all aspects of water operations by joining us at the conference in September 2012.
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