State Awards

The Australian Water Association offers a range of awards at both state and national levels which play an important role in promoting excellence and the contribution our members make to the community.

Find out more about the range of state awards by clicking on the different state tabs below.

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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. 

NSW Water Awards - 2018 Finalists Announced

The Australian Water Association would like to congratulate the following finalists for their outstanding nominations. The winners will be announced on the 9th March 2018 at the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner, book your seats here.

Program Innovation Award
 - CRC for Low Carbon Living: Beneficial Reuse of Biosolids, Sydney Water, UNSW, SA Water, Hunter Water and SUEZ 
 - Parkes Integrated Water Cycle Program, Parkes Shire Council
 - System Blueprints Program, Sydney Water, AAJV: AECOM-Aurecon Joint Venture and ENSureJV: GHD-Jacobs Joint Venture

Research Innovation Award
 - A New Molecular Test for the Detection of Toxic Cyanobacteria, The University of New South Wales 
 - Catchment Needs Assessment Framework Project, The University of Technology Sydney
 - Success in Data Analytics – Sydney Water and Data61 Collaboration, Data61, CSIRO and Sydney Water

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
 - Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works UV Disinfection System, Aurecon, Hunter Water and Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure 
 - Googong Township Integrated Water Cycle, Stantec
 - Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Project, Parkes Shire Council

Student Water Prize
 - Investigating the Bioaccumulation of Micropollutants within Biota Living in Reclaimed Water - Ashley Terechovs, Shoalhaven Water & University of Wollongong
 - Measuring Spatial Influence of Recycled Water in Cockle Creek Using Stable Nitrogen Isotopes - David Workman, University of Newcastle
 - Robust Sensor Technologies Combined with Smart Predictive Analytics for Modelling Concrete Corrosion in Sewers - Karthick Thiyagarajan, University of Technology Sydney

Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award
 - Annalisa Contos, Principal, Atom Consulting
 - Bruce Murray, Managing Director, City Water Technology
 - Saravanamuth Vigneswaran, Director, Centre for Technologies in Water and Wastewater, The University of Technology Sydney

Young Water Professional of the Year
 - Ana Barradinhas, Professional Engineer - Water & Wastewater, AECOM
 - Casey Magee, Senior Process Engineer, GHD
 - Kathy Thomas, Project Engineer, UGL

Water Professional of the Year
 - Daniel Lambert, Australasia Water Leader, Arup
 - Steven Linforth, Executive Director – Water, Jacobs
 - Tom Mosquera, Senior Delivery Manager, Stantec

If you missed this year's nominations, the 2019 Award Nominations are open

You can nominate for the 2019 Awards at any time throughout the year by clicking on the links below. Nominations will close November 2018.

Water Professional of the Year
Young Water Professional of the Year Award 
Student Water Prize 
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award 
Research Innovation Award
NSW Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award (State based award only)

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.

Nominees need to be members of the Australian Water Association (with the exception of the Student Water Prize). 

2017 NSW Water Award Winners 

The winners of the 2017 NSW Water Awards were announced on Friday 10 March at the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards.
Click here for event photo album

Water Professional of the Year (Sponsored by TRILITY)
Carmel Krogh, Director Shoalhaven Water
Carmel has been a leader in the Water Industry throughout her career. From when she was the first female engineer to graduate from UTS to her leadership as Director of Shoalhaven Water and as a Director of the Australian Water Association. What makes Carmel so effective, is how well she connects with a broad range of people, from employees on the tools through to Chairs of Boards, from individual customers through to Regulators, which she has to manage and influence on a day to day basis. Carmel’s natural ability to engage, has contributed significantly to her many professional successes.

Young Water Professional of the Year Award  (Sponsored by Monadelphous Engineering) 
Shona Fitzgerald, Engineer, Sydney Water
Shona exemplifies the motivated, community-minded, young water professional, with the outcomes of her work always focused on developing human-centred solutions. She has shared knowledge through published work in national and international journals, has presented at conferences across the country and has authored a book chapter for the United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health. Her work has introduced more effective ways of improving the environmental performance of wastewater treatment plants and of planning water and wastewater services. Shona’s personal investment in her own growth and development ensures that the impact she makes to the water industry will only grow over time.

Student Water Prize (formerly Undergraduate Water Prize)
Kaitlyn Bell, Shoalhaven Water and the University of Wollongong  - Development of a Performance Measuring Device for Improved Monitoring of Sewer Pump Stations
Kaitlyn’s thesis, addresses the requirement for an accurate and reliable method to measure the operational performance of sewer pumps. Her project delivers a new, revolutionary, mobile method which has significantly changed the accuracy of testing. This device has the potential to significantly reduce operational costs, decrease expensive reactive maintenance, and educate staff on the operation of Sewer Pump Stations in the network.

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award Yamba Sewerage Augmentation - Clarence Valley Council, Public Works Advisory and DPI Water
The Yamba Sewerage Augmentation provides treatment capacity for ultimate development, maximises beneficial reuse of recycled water while minimising environmental impacts.  Innovations in community engagement and construction procurement enabled the $43.3 million project to be completed 14% below pre-tender estimate while addressing significant environmental, construction and engineering challenges.

Program Innovation Award 
Keep wipes out of the pipes - Sydney Water
Sydney Water’s innovative communications and behaviour change program, ‘Keep wipes out of the Pipes’ - has significantly raised national awareness and advocacy of the many issues associated with wet wipes in the wastewater system. With minimal resources, the program's sustained publicity has broken new ground on customer and industry engagement on the issue.

Research Innovation Award
Better management of sewers – Exploiting Photonics Sensors Research through to its Introduction to the Water Industry, Sydney Water, City University of London and Edinburgh Napier University
Sydney Water annually spends around $60m to $80m on the management and rehabilitation of deteriorated concrete gravity sewers and corrosion at treatment facilities. This collaborative research project has focused on the development of a new class of photonic humidity sensors with specialized, tailored coatings designed specifically to operate under highly biofouling and corrosive conditions. As a result of this successful research Sydney Water will implement these sensors in sewer locations and the findings will contribute to the future design of sewers.


NSW Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award (Sponsored by NSW Public Works Advisory) (State based award only, this award recognises the outstanding efforts of water professionals mentors)
Andrew Francis, Director Infrastructure, Parkes Shire Council
Andrew’s long-term commitment to coaching his staff, not only to undertake their own jobs but to mentor their staff, has resulted in a strong team committed to continuous improvement. As Chair of the Centroc Water Utilities Alliance, Andrew was instrumental in setting up the Training and Mentoring Workforce Resource Sharing Plan and supporting Mentoring templates. His work has resulted in professional development throughout the region and beyond – as these staff take their skills into the wider industry.

NSW Roger Pettitt Award (State-based award only & nominated by the NSW Committee, this award is made to an AWA Committee member (current or past 2 years) to recognise their distinguished contribution to the Australian water industry.)
2016 Winner: Will Strachan (Announced at the NSW Legends of Water)

Thank you to our sponsors

Award Sponsor

Heads of Water & Awards Networking Sponsor

Water Professional of the Year Award Sponsor

Young Water Professional of the Year Award Sponsor

Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award Sponsor

2015/16 Winners

The following winners were announced on 11 March 2016 at the NSW Heads of Water & Awards Dinner
NSW Water Professional of the Year • Dr Fang Chen, Data61 
NSW Young Water Professional of the Year • Kathryn Silvester, Sydney Water 
NSW Program Innovation Award • Lake Macquarie Sports Field Improvement Program, Lake Macquarie City Council 
NSW Infrastructure Project Innovation Award • Treating high sugar wastewater – BioGill Operations Pty Ltd & Ferrero Australia
NSW Research Innovation Award • Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project, Sydney Water 
NSW Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award • Rita Henderson, UNSW

For queries about the NSW Awards please contact:

Katie Trevor
P: 02 9436 0055

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