Previous VIC Award Winners

2016 Victorian Water Award Winners

Over 130 guests attended the 2016 Victorian Water Awards ceremony at Crown on Thursday, 1 December.  

2016 Water Professional of the Year
Winner 
Dr Melita Stevens - Melbourne Water

Melita is a microbiologist with a background in public health and risk assessment. She has been involved in the development of risk-based management systems for drinking water and recycled water, including contributing to both World Health Organization and Australian drinking water guidelines and the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling. Melita was an author of the WHO document Water Safety Plans which introduced HACCP systems for the management of water supplies.

Dr Stevens is a Director of Water Quality Research Australia and a member of the Water Services Association of Australia Liveable Communities Committee as well as the Chair of the Research Managers Network. She has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and an Honorary Senior Fellow at Melbourne University. She is currently the Principal Scientist at Melbourne Water. Melita is an ambassador for Water Aid.

Finalist
Michael Tasker - Taylors
Water Professional of the Year

 
2016 Young Water Professional of the Year
Winner
Rhys Anderson - Arup

Rhys is the Water Business Leader for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and a senior process engineer at Arup. Rhys is recognised for his technical ability and dedication to the water sector including in relation to innovative projects – he has contributed in significant ways to the Main Outfall Sewer and Yarra Pool projects for Melbourne Water and in taking a lead role in the Yarra Park recycling facility. He has taken on a number of voluntary roles, including as a guide for the Yarra Park plant and working with disadvantaged students. He has recently been appointed Water Business Leader at Arup, recognition at a young age of his technical expertise, experience and enthusiasm.
Young Water Professional of the Year

 
2016 Student Water Prize
Winner
Damien Modie and supervisors, Professor Dayanthi Nugegoda and Dr Bradley Clarke, RMIT University
Investigating Bioaccumulation of Chemical Pollutants Adsorbed to Microplastics in the Terrestrial Environment

Microbeads derived from personal care products contaminated by persistent organic pollutants, are a ubiquitous feature of the waste-stream. They are present in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. This research focussed on the fate of microbeads post the wastewater treatment process, exploring implications for re-use of biosolids and contaminant loads in the environment.

Finalists:
David Leonard, Swinburne University of Technology
Flood Mitigation Benefits of Rainwater Tanks
Student Water Prize

 
2016 Program Innovation Award
Winner
Greening the West
City West Water


The winner of the Program Innovation Award is City West Water for the Greening the West program. This project demonstrates so many outstanding features of innovation and program excellence. It has the potential to significantly enhance the lives of over a million people living in the west of Melbourne, improving health and recreation outcomes, reducing the heat island effect, improved biodiversity and ultimately improving property values and contributing to improved self-esteem and psychological well-being. The program is outstanding for the way it has brought together a large number of players from across the west and in effect 'leveraged' the initial commitment and investment of City West Water staff to produce a far greater result than would otherwise be possible. A million trees and still counting.....

Commendation:
Lal Lal Mini Hydro Electric Generator
Central Highlands Water, Barwon Water and the State Government of Victoria


Central Highlands Water was awarded a commendation for the Lal Lal Mini Hydro Electric Generator.  A joint initiative between the State Government, Central Highlands Water and Barwon Water to construct a mini hydro-electric generator that will generate clean energy from environmental water releases at Lal Lal Reservoir. Power generated will be used to operate the Lal Lal Water Treatment Plant with excess electricity being fed back into the grid.

Commendation:
The Victorian Water Register (Web Enhancement Program)
Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning


A commendation also goes to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for the Victorian Water Register upgrade.  The department has undertaken an upgrade to the Register to improve its functionality including – online water allocation trading, online broker portal, and online bore licence processing.  These improvements have resulted in near instant processing of trades, including from mobile devices, exceeding the COAG processing time targets under the Basin Plan. 

Finalists
Maryborough Water Quality Enhancement Project - Central Highlands Water
Vulnerable Customers Program - City West Water 

 

2016 Program Innovation Award


Central Highlands Water


Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

 
2016 Project Innovation Award
Winner
Amaroo Main Sewer Project - Yarra Valley Water and John Holland

The winner of the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award is the Amaroo Main Sewer Project by Yarra Valley Water and their construction partner John Holland, design partners GHD and Jacobs.  
This project involves an 8 km sewer to service part of the northern growth corridor, one of Yarra Valley Water's largest and deepest mains, at 1.6m diameter, and up to 20m deep. It involves pipejacking, tunnels at up to 8m below the water table and deep shaft excavation up to 22m deep. Not only the usual road and creek tunnels, but tunnelling under an operating pub.  The project has led to innovations in manufacturing and demonstrated that Australian glass reinforced plastic pipes can withstand the rigours of pipe jacking. Yarra Valley Water has shared the learnings from this project across Australia but also into Auckland and Buenos Aires.

Commendation:
Merri Creek Main Sewer Project - Early Works - John Holland-KBR Joint Venture and Melbourne Water

The judges would also like to commend the Merri Creek Project for innovation in adopting traditional hand techniques rather than conventional trenching. The project by John Holland-KBR Joint Venture and Melbourne Water, was delivered by using a combination of modern engineering and traditional construction techniques, which ensured safe and quick construction of a new 16m pipe to divert flows to the Merri Creek Reliever Sewer, rehabilitation of manholes and decommissioning of approximately 300m of the sewer. It involved hand tunnelling between two live sewers under an environmentally sensitive reserve where access was extremely tight.
2016 Project Innovation Award


Merri Creek Main Sewer Project - Early Works - John Holland-KBR Joint Venture and Melbourne Water

 
VicWater Emerging Leader Award
Winner
Kim Mosse, Melbourne Water

Congratulations to the recipient of the VicWater Emerging Leader Award; Kim Mosse, Senior Process Engineer – Service Delivery Wholesale Services at Melbourne Water. Preparations will now commence with Kim to organise her exciting placement with Veolia Water in 2017. Kim has extensive experience in wastewater and drinking water operations, has a PHD in reuse of winery wastewater: effects on soil and plant health. Kim was also identified in 2009 as one of Australia’s Top 100 future leaders. Kim stood out to the VicWater Board due to her clear vision for the future and the challenges facing the industry and her positive approach to meeting these challenges from a whole of industry perspective.
VicWater Emerging Leader Award

 

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