QLD Water Awards

The Australian Water Association 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 Australian Water Association National Awards and provide the opportunity for the QLD winners to enter in the National Awards which are presented at Ozwater each year.

QLD Water Awards Finalists 2019 

We are pleased to announce this year's finalists:

  • Research Innovation Award
    An Integrated Approach to Iron Salt Use in Urban Water Systems (Multiple uses of Fe - MulFe), The University of Queensland

    Innovative Taste and Odour Removal - Repurposing a Wastewater Process for the Treatment of Drinking Water, The University of Queensland and Seqwater 

  • Program Innovation Award (Servicing under 250,000 end users) (Sponsored by Aurecon)
    Regional Collaboration, Mackay Regional Council and Whitsunday Regional Council 

  • Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek, Cairns Regional Council
  • Program Innovation Award (Servicing over 250,000 end users) (Sponsored by Aurecon)
  • Economic Level of Leakage Program, Unitywater  

    Portfolio & Program Management Transformation Project, Queensland Urban Utilities and KBR  

    Seqwater's Autonomous Motorised Monitoring Instrument (SAMMI), Seqwater
  • Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Servicing under 250,000 end users) (Sponsored by Broadspectrum)
  • Burdekin Falls Dam Improvement Project, Sunwater  

    Torhaven Stormwater Treatment Ephemeral Wetland, E2Designlab, Water Technology and DHA

    Townsville CBD Utilities Upgrade, BMD Constructions, Townsville City Council and GHD
  • Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Servicing over 250,000 end users) (Sponsored by Broadspectrum)
    Laidley Creek Water Quality Improvement, Queensland Urban Utilities 

    CAMBI Mark II Upgrade Project, Queensland Urban Utilities 

    Going Green at Kenilworth, Unitywater

  • Regional Service Award
  • Winner to be announced at the dinner 
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Winner to be announced at the dinner 
  • Student Water Prize
  • Bioplastic from Waste Using Phototrophic Bacteria - Daniel Venturato, The University of Queensland  

    Maximising Energy Recovery through Innovative Nitrogen Removal - Zhiyao Wang, The University of Queensland 

    Reusing Iron- and Aluminium-Containing Waterworks Sludge for Sulfide and Phosphate Removal in Sewers: A Pilot-Scale Investigation - Sohan Shrestha, The University of Queensland  

    Unraveling Roles of Emerging Environmental Contaminants (Triclosan and Nanoparticles) on Promoting the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance - Ji Lu, The University of Queensland
  • Young Water Professional of the Year Award (Sponsored by TRILITY)
  • Vanessa Personnaz, ANZ Water Market Lead, Aurecon  

    Sandrika Ryan, Project Engineer, Unitywater  

    Gagneet Serai, Senior Asset Analytics Engineer, Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions, Unitywater  

    Thakshila Balasuriya, Senior Treatment Engineer, Queensland Urban Utilities  

    Aidan Symons, Senior Engineer - Water Infrastructure, SMEC
  • Water Professional of the Year Award
  • Scott Abbey, Principal Water Engineer, Jacobs  

    Daryl Ross, Acting Director – Road and Water Infrastructure, Logan City Council 

Nominations for the 2019 Australian Water Association QLD Water Awards are now closed. 
The winners will be announced at the QLD Gala Dinner on Friday, 13 September 2019.

Register here

QLD Water Awards Categories  

Individual Awards

Organisational Awards

 In light of the exceptional work that all too often is done ‘under the radar’ in some of the less populous areas of our state, we have decided to split our Infrastructure Innovation and Program Innovation Awards to ensure our regional members are provided more access to the Association’s recognition pathways.These two categories will be split for judging based on the number of end users serviced by the organisation:
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Organisations servicing under 250,000 end users)
2) Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Organisations servicing over 250,000 end users)
1) Program Innovation Award (Organisations servicing under 250,000 end users)
2) Program Innovation Award (Organisations servicing over 250,000 end users)
The nominee will be asked at the time of submitting the entry whether the submitting organisation services under 250,000 end users or over 250,000 end users. The same criteria will be used to asses both groups and if the projects/programs received are of sufficient merit, a winner would be awarded in each category. Following announcement of the winner at the Queensland Gala Dinner, one winner will be selected to represent the state as the National Finalist to compete in the Australian Water 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.

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.

Previous Winners

Find out more about previous winners here.

For queries about the QLD Awards please contact:

Sharon James
 0407 585 052  E qldbranch@awa.asn.au