South Australian Annual Water Awards 2016
It was a balmy evening under the starry lights at the Ellington on the 18th of November when we celebrated the Australian Water Association South Australian Water Awards with our annual gala dinner.
The Australian Water Association South Australian Water Awards were established in 1996 to recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions by the water industry in South Australia. With the aim not only to recognise and celebrate excellence of achievement and innovation, the awards raise the profile of the South Australian water industry and highlight the importance of the industry and the varied roles within it.
The evening was officially opened by John Ringham, President of the Association’s South Australia Branch, and hosted by our State Branch Manager, Kerrie Akkermans. Kerrie eloquently began the evening with an ode to the South Australian water industry.
Water water everywhere, we're full up to the brink.
Bursting at the seams, all we really need is a drink.
Customers were looking for a blue, lucky SA Water came to the rescue.
Allwater dealt with all the goo, whilst the media made a hullabaloo.
But innovation will be our saviour, if research gets dollars in their favour.
Then people and projects can save the day, and keep the water industry out of the fray.
Tonight we celebrate our brightest stars, because in our hearts we know they'll go far.
First to receive awards for the evening were the rising stars of the industry; the Hodgson Medal student prize and the South Australian Young Water Professional of the Year. Presenter Mr Robran Cock from Trility said “We are proud to be involved with the South Australian water awards. This is the sixth consecutive year Trility has sponsored the young water professional award. We believe that young water professionals bring a great energy, enthusiasm and sense of development potential to a business. We hope by recognising the best of these individuals they are inspired to continue with their careers in this most important of industries.”
The Hodgson Medal
A High Commendation was awarded to Matthew Konetschka
The South Australian Young Water Professional of the Year
Jennifer Dreyfus, Allwater
A High Commendation was awarded to Kat Reid, SA Water
Guest presenter Nat Cook MP, Member for Fisher, thanked everyone working in the water industry in South Australia for their fantastic work, highlighting innovation and a commitment to customers. Ms Cook presented the prestigious Premier’s Water Medal to this year’s much deserving recipient Prof. Craig Simmons.
Contenders for the awards for infrastructure innovation, program innovation and research innovation were outstanding and competition was fierce. Our judges certainly had a difficult task this year.
Infrastructure Innovation Award
Aurecon and Fulton Hogan for the Anderson Avenue Pump Station and Glenelg Inlet Works
Program Innovation Award
Allwater for their Allsafe Program - Moving our Organisation to a Healthier and Safer State
Research Innovation Award
Allwater for research delivering savings to recycled water treatment plant membrane assets
A High Commendation was awarded to SA Water for the Adelaide Airport heat reduction trial
All award winners are now contenders for the National Water Awards to be announced at Ozwater
Thank you to all of our sponsors, invited guests and to everyone who nominated for an award and attended the Gala Dinner. And, congratulations to all of the winners.
A raffle was held at the SA Australian Water Assocation Awards night for the charity WaterAid an organisation that provides safe, clean drinking water and sanitation globally to underprivileged communities.
We were delighted at the generosity of the water industry having raised over $1900 at the event. The prizes included: -
- A weekend hire if a luxury vehicle from Solitaire Motors
- A nights accommodation at a beautifully renovated cottage in the heart of the city
- A Janesce beauty pack
- Half a dozen Jacobs Wines
The raffle will be held at the dinner as an ongoing tradition to support this worthwhile charity.
Uni SA provided a very generous donation of $5000 which was accepted and acknowledged by Francois Gouws board member of WaterAid and AWA.
UniSA is delighted to be in a position to add $5k to Water Aid, and the important work it does for those less advantaged. The donation stems from the highly-successful National Water Forum and the generous contribution of speakers from agencies like the Water Industry Regulator of Scotland. The event will run again next year and with luck we can donate additional funds to this worthy cause.