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NSW Heads of Water Forum, Gala Dinner & Awards 2024

Icon of a calendar 1 Mar, 2024 - 1 Mar, 2024 | Small clock icon 1:30pm – 11:00pm AEDT | Icon of a map pin AECOM (Forum), Four Seasons Hotel (Dinner)

Join us for the 2024 NSW Heads of Water Forum, Gala Dinner and Awards in Sydney as we hear from water leaders and celebrate the state's outstanding achievers.

Heads of Water Forum
The NSW Heads of Water Forum brings together leaders of the NSW water community to discuss the current issues and opportunities for our water future. This year's forum will discuss the topic of  'Sustained by Water'. Water sustains communities and the environment by serving as a fundamental resource for life and ecosystem stability and plays a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance, supporting diverse habitats, and regulating climate patterns.

The Speakers at this year's Forum will be:

  • Zena Smith-White, Team Lead - Water NSW and ACT at AECOM (Forum MCee)
  • Liam Manning,  CCO at Saphi Engineering
  • Darren Wharton, Project Director, Sydney Water
  • Melanie Collett, Director - Technical Excellence ANZ, AECOM
  • Alex Held, Mission Lead, AquaWatch, CSIRO
  • Catherine Shen, Water Engineer, AECOM

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Heads of Water Gala Dinner & Awards
The NSW Gala Dinner & Awards is the highlight of the annual events calendar in the water industry.
This prestigious event celebrates the outstanding achievements of innovative and outstanding projects and people. This is a great opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues across the water sector, celebrate an industry that sets out to make a real difference, and learn about the year that was - over a delicious dinner.

Awards Finalists 
See the 2024 finalists: 

See 2024 Finalists

Event Details

The Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards night will follow the Heads of Water Forum being held earlier in the day. Please note registration is required separately for both the Forum and the Dinner. 

Heads of Water Forum

Date Friday, 1 March 2024
Time 1:30pm - 5:00pm AEDT
Address 420 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Dress Code Business casual (see 2023 Gallery here)

Heads of Water Gala Dinner & Awards

Date Friday, 1 March 2024
Time 6:30pm - 11:00pm AEDT
Venue Four Seasons Sydney
Address 199 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Dress Code After 5 (see 2023 Gallery here)




Register for the Forum


Registration for the dinner is now closed. For last minute enquiries or ticket availability, please contact Laura - 


Registration Type Forum Gala Dinner
Member $68 $260
Non-Member $95 $365
Concession Member $50 $185

Table Configuration and Corporate Tables at the Gala Dinner
Seating at the dinner will be allocated with ten individuals to a table. To purchase a "Corporate Table" please purchase 10 x individual tickets. To purchase multiple individual tickets, select the "or add multiple" option displayed under a ticket type, and input the quantity required. Concession Member rates apply to AWA Concession Members (AWA nominated students, retirees and YWPs under the age of 25). 

If you wish to find out more about AWA's membership benefits visit our webpage here or contact

Gala Dinner Venue Information

Discounted Accommodation
Four Seasons is pleased to offer guests a 10% discount off the best available rate, subject to availability at time of request.
Please call reservations for more information on (02) 9250 3100 and advise you are attending the NSW Heads of Water Dinner for the exclusive rate.

Four Seasons offers guests valet parking. 
0 - 4 hours is $49.00 per vehicle; over 4 hours is $89.00 per vehicle. 
Otherwise, there is a Wilson car park on Harrington street which is a 2 minute walk to the hotel.

For more information please contact:

Heads of Water Forum: Esther Micah, Events Coordinator 
Ph: (02) 9467 8434 |
Heads of Water Gala Dinner & Awards: Laura Steffan, Senior Events Manager 
Ph: (02) 9467 8408 | E:

Membership and Awards: Kristy Bunting, Member Engagement Manager 
Ph: 02 9467 8407 | E:
Sponsorship Opportunities: Troy Waite, Partnerships and Sponsorships Manager
Ph: 02 9467 8427 | E: 

Thank you to our Sponsors 

Heads of Water Forum Event Host
Major Dinner Sponsors
WATERNSW Arup red-1  BMD
National R&D Excellence Award Sponsor Organisational Excellence Award Sponsor
Water Research Australia-horizontal-1 Fulton Hogan
National Young Water Professional of the Year Award Sponsor Student Water Prize Sponsor
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Water Professional of the Year Award Sponsor


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