Queensland Branch Committee Election 

The election is now open for Queensland Branch Committee Members for 2017-19. The Committee consists of 16 members, including the President & Vice President of which seven (7) positions are available this cycle.

Please note - to be eligible to vote, you must be a financial member of the Australian Water Association Queensland Branch as at 30 April 2017. Water Supporters are not eligible to vote in Branch Elections. Voting closes on Tuesday 20 June at 17:00 QLD time.

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Candidate Statements


Chris Bulloch

Chris Bulloch is a qualified engineer and brings over 28 years of experience leading major construction companies and delivering key infrastructure projects in the water sector. Chris formerly an Executive General Manager for Lendlease. He recently joined Kellogg Brown and Root as a Program Director.

Chris was a Director on the Board of Barangaroo South Pty Ltd, a $6 billion development in Sydney’s waterfront district and the Chairman of the Bingara Water Recycling Development NSW Board. He also served on the Executive Steering Committee for the Sydney Water Networks and Facilities Renewal Program - $2.6 billion.

Chris has been a member of AWA for over 20 years and is a strong advocate for knowledge sharing and collaboration. Chris is keen to be an active committee member to assist AWA achieve its vision through knowledge capture and sharing, and building a collaborative environment that drives conversations on important water issues. 

Margit Connellan
Margit has worked in the Water Industry for more than 24 years. She has a diverse background in engineering design, strategic asset management, developing and growing teams to business development. During her career, she has worked in consulting, construction and the operation and maintenance industries. Her strength is in her enthusiasm for delivering high value outcomes, her flexibility and her collaborative approach to the way she does business. 

Margit is a current member of the Qld branch committee and sits on the Strategy and Initiatives subcommittee and the Technical Reference Group of the Qld Water Directorate. She looks forward to continue her work with the Committee and continue to promote and increase the recognition and benefits of the Australian Water Association in Queensland.

Anthony Heintze
Eight years as a General Manager of a Water treatment company in NZ and Australia, working in Potable, Industrial process, Demineralised, RO and wastewater treatment systems for both government and private entities. This work included all mechanical works including filtration, dosing (chemical, UV and Ozone), piping and valving works. I have extensive experience across consultancy, project management, business development and strategic planning on both the client side and the contractor side. More recently I have become involved in low energy sustainable solutions incorporating high efficiency trickling filters, treatment wetlands and sludge treatment read beds for effective dewatering and biosolid reuse.

I would like to see a better understanding of alternative treatment solutions propagated throughout the AWA, with the key benefit of teaching people that there are often better alternative solutions available on the market that can significantly reduce costs. I would like to be involved with the AWA to enhance this vision and see myself being active in subcommittees that follow these ideas ie biosolids, wetlands etc.

Arron Hieatt
I am currently the Principal Advisor for Water and Sewerage Infrastructure with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). I’ve held this role for the last 3 years, and act as the voice for local government on any issues affecting water and sewerage services they provide. Prior to my role at LGAQ I worked with Queensland Health on their Water Team, and before that I was the equivalent of an environmental health officer in the US for 10 years. 

As a member of AWA I have participated in many of the events as an opportunity to keep tabs on the issues within the industry and to build networks. However, I have often wondered if the representation of the AWA is broad enough to cover all aspects of water services in Queensland. As a voice of local government, my contribution to the committee would be to represent councils’ perspective in the work of the Qld branch.

Barry Holcroft
In my view, there has always been something unique about the passion and professionalism of our Queensland branch and I am proud to have been a member of the Australian Water Association since 1989 and part of the Queensland Branch Committee for the past 2 years.

My water industry career spans 40 years in local government water utility roles across Brisbane City, Pine Rivers Shire, Moreton Bay Water and Unitywater. More recently over the past year I have enjoyed undertaking a number of consulting opportunities in the Whitsundays and Logan City. A legacy of attending many AWA events over this time has been the forging of strong working relationships and many long-standing friendships within the water industry.

My vision for AWA is to see the committee continue to deliver exceptional regional conferences and networking events and to see members (particularly young water professionals) benefit from the regular knowledge transfer events that AWA offers. Finally, AWA must continue to strive to provide a strong independent industry voice to government and the community on water issues.

Over the past 2 years it has been an honour and privilege to be a part of the branch committee and I look forward to continuing as part of the team. 

Alycia Moore
Alycia Moore has 10 Years’ experience in the Australian water industry and is currently an account manager with NALCO Water, an Ecolab Company, where she provides expertise in both municipal and industrial water treatment. Alycia has a Masters in Integrated Water Management and a broad sector background spanning both private industry and education. Alycia is the current President of the QLD Young Water Professionals, where she draws on her military background, who under her leadership has increased activity and reach across the industry. Alycia was winner of the QLD Young Water Professional on the Year 2016. Alycia is passionate about engagement and believes quality water resources significantly contribute to a prospering community, economy, environment and wellbeing.

Peter Quinn
I am a civil engineer with over 25 years of experience in the water industry and has been lucky enough to have been involved in the design, construction and commissioning of over 20 water and wastewater treatment plants in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. I am passionate about the water industry and love the fact that’s I have been able to contribute to the environment and provide sustainable water and wastewater treatment facilities. I have been associated with AWA since I was a graduate engineer and have enjoyed the monthly meetings, numerous AWA weekends away, Ozwater and Gala dinners over the years as an attendee. I would now like to give something back to the industry that has given me so much and hence my nomination for the committee.

Andrew Schoenmaker
I have worked in the water industry in SEQ in a variety of roles in local government and for water utilities over the past 30 years. My passion is project management and the delivery of innovative projects. In my current role as Manager Capital Delivery for Unitywater, I am responsible for the Capital Works Program with an average annual spend of $95M.

Whilst I have not been involved in the committee previously, I have served on a number of other committees of not-for-profit organisations, including a role as a board member of a private school in north Brisbane for over 12 years.

My vision for AWA is to promote opportunities for water professionals to engage collaboratively and share their knowledge. I am keen to build on the great work of the committee by helping further develop the local technical events and conferences. The water industry has provided me with an interesting and rewarding career and I would like the opportunity to make a contribution by serving on the committee.

Justin Simonis
Having started with Fitzroy River Water in 2000, I am personally invested in the Water Industry and have amassed experience across its breadth through positions in local government, consulting and major contracting.

I have been an active contributor to the Australian Water Association at both the state and national level since 2011 through the Young Water Professionals Specialist Network (where I served a term as national Chair) and the Queensland Branch. During my 3 years on the Branch Committee I have assisted in the organisation of a number of NQ Water and QWater conferences, chaired the awards program for the last two years and currently hold the role of Vice President and Chair of the Program Subcommittee.

I am committed to using this next term with the Queensland Branch to further the engagement of the Association in regional Queensland to ensure greater value is provided to members in these areas.

Ian Spruce
I am keenly aware of the environmental challenges our future holds and the opportunities this presents to our industry. Currently I see a unique alignment of commercial and environmental drivers opening unique and exciting opportunities.

In this environment I see AWA as critical in providing a voice to our profession to guide policy development, but also as importantly to engage and bring both our, and the broader community with us through these changes.

I am a process engineer, member of IChemE and RPEQ certified, with expertise in the process design of water and wastewater plants. I have worked both in Australia and internationally, with government and private organisations, as a consultant and an owner through all stages of infrastructure delivery and operations.

I feel my technical knowledge and broad experience across the industry gives me a perspective that could help ensure the most relevant topics are incorporated into the seminar and conference schedule.

Partha Susarla
I have been on the Queensland State committee for the last two terms and it provided a great experience in advocacy of issues surrounding governance, accountability and engagement with members in the water industry. I would like to continue the good work of the committee for another term and contribute. Some of the key areas I would like to continue my work include: membership engagement, governance and policy, and enhancing the value for members.

I have nearly 26 years’ experience in planning and delivery of water and sewage infrastructure. Currently I am working as a Strategic Planning Manager at Unitywater. I am currently a member of the Board of SEQ Catchment Member association (SEQMCA).

Stephen Tansley
I have had over 40 years’ experience in the provision of water supply and sewerage services to Local Authorities including water and wastewater operations originally with Brisbane City Council and then Caboolture Shire before joining Cardno in 1992. Since September 2013 I have been self-employed.

I have been a member of the Queensland Branch Committee for the past seven years and I have been involved in organising both the Qld Regional Conferences and North Queensland Conferences in that time.

I am currently chairman of the North Queensland Conference organising committee for the forthcoming Mackay Conference in July.

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