NSW Awards

The Australian Water Association NSW Branch Awards promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects.

Along with the prestige of being recognised as ‘the best in New South Wales’ winners of a number of the NSW Water Awards will automatically be entered into the equivalent Australian Water Awards category, which are presented at Ozwater each year. 

Help us to recognise the contributions to the water industry by nominating yourself, your organisation or someone else. 


2020 NSW Water Awards winners announced
The winners of the Australian Water Association’s New South Wales (NSW) Water Awards were announced at the Heads of Water Gala Dinner on 28 February at the Sofitel Wentworth. Congratulations to all the award finalists and winners and thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of these important industry awards.

Research Innovation Award
Innovative Sensor Suites and Intelligent Robotics for Condition Assessment of Concrete Sewers – University of Technology Sydney and Sydney Water

Sydney Water, in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, have developed innovative sensing and robotic toolkits that advance capability for assessing the condition of concrete sewerage pipes. The technology provides crucial data, informing timely decisions to save renewal costs and prevent harm to the environment, health and economic activity.

Program Innovation Award (sponsored by Aurecon)
Recycled Water for a Greener Parkes – Parkes Shire Council

The Parkes Recycled Water Scheme provides a new, sustainable and climate resilient water supply to support a vibrant community in central western NSW. The scheme embodies innovative design and embraces a broader approach to infrastructure planning and delivery, engaging the community it supports and enhancing the local natural and urban environments.

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Project Gilghi: Modular Self Contained Solar WTP for Remote Indigenous Communities – Aurecon and Ampcontrol

Since installation of the first unit in early 2019, the community of Gillen Bore has had access to a continuous supply of safe drinking water. This project demonstrates a new way of delivering small-scale, deployable water treatment with integrated power systems. It lowers the cost of delivering quality water to remote communities and facilitates meaningful progress towards improving the water outcomes for all people across Australia.

Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award
Daniel Lambert, Australasia Water Leader, Arup

Daniel’s mentorship and infectious passion for the water industry has been invaluable to the career progression of a significant number of engineers within Arup and the water industry more broadly. His forward-thinking and far-reaching approach to mentoring truly sets Daniel apart as an exemplar water industry leader.

Roger Pettitt Award
Ivan Reolon

Ivan is a stalwart of the Australian water industry and has made a long and sustained contribution to AWA’s NSW Branch at both a personal and business level. He served as a member of the NSW branch committee for many years, including as vice president, and has been a great supporter of many AWA events through his voluntary efforts.

Student Water Prize
Optimisation of the Water System at Visy Paper Smithfield (VP3&6) – Alana Saliba, the University of Sydney

Alana is undertaking a combined degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Project Management at the University of Sydney. As one of twelve who received the 2019 Engineering Sydney Industry Placement Scholarship, she’s worked full time for six months at Visy Paper, completing her thesis which considerably assisted the mill in minimising their consumption of fresh water.

Young Water Professional of the Year Award (sponsored by Xylem)
Dr Tanja Rosenqvist, Lecturer – Humanitarian Engineering, RMIT

Tanja has made a substantial contribution to the water sector through her work using human-centred design approaches to improve water and wastewater conditions in low-income communities globally. She has designed innovative water and sanitation technologies for households in Asia and Africa and developed practical tools for increasing the voice of marginalised communities in water governance broadly.

Highly Commended
Jocelyn Ellero, Engineer – Water Resources, SMEC

Water Professional of the Year Award (sponsored by Veolia)
Grant Leslie, General Manager, Balmoral Group Australia

Grant has been a significant contributor to the water sector over the past 30 years with an eclectic career, ranging from sampling trade waste, to policy development, to the economics of water, and many things in between. 

During his time at WSAA, Grant was a key driver of change in the education of water industry operators, which is still in affect more than 10 years later. 

In his current role, Grant provides innovative approaches to the economics of water with one of his recent projects being the first cost benefit analysis that had been carried out on a dam project in the history of WaterNSW. 


NSW Water Awards 

Nominations for the 2021 Australian Water Association NSW Water Awards will open in early June 2020. 

The NSW Branch Awards categories are: 

Individual awards

Organisational awards

Why enter the Awards:

  • Recognition of your / your organisation’s achievements.
  • Creation of PR / media promotion opportunities.
  • Motivate your team and develop corporate pride.
  • Distinguish yourself from your competitors.
  • National benefits of a recognised endorsement from your industry

Previous Winners 

Find out more about previous winners here.


Important information

All Awards, aside from the Student awards, are open to Australian Water Association members only. To download the Conditions of Entry click here.

Frequently asked questions
To download the Award FAQs, click here.


For queries about the NSW Awards please contact:

Tanya Cameron
P: 02 9436 0055
E: tcameron@awa.asn.au