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NSW Legends of Water 2023

Icon of a calendar 6 Dec, 2023 - 6 Dec, 2023 | Small clock icon 6:30pm – 10:30pm AEDT | Icon of a map pin 12 - Micron

The NSW Branch is once again celebrating the Legends of Water for 2023! This is a night not to be missed as we recognise the leaders of the NSW water industry.

The NSW Legends of Water Dinner recognises the achievements of water industry leaders who have not only been committed to creating a more sustainable water future but have dedicated their careers to promoting the importance of water in their respective fields. This annual event brings together attendees from across the water sector. 

Event Details

Date Wednesday, 6 December 2023
Time 6:30pm - 10:30pm AEDT
Venue 12 MICRON
Address Level 2, Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000
Dress Code After 5 (see 2022 Photo Gallery Here)

Meet the Legend

Maree Abood, Executive Director, Adaptation & Mitigation at the NSW Reconstruction Authority

Maree Abood
Maree has always been passionate about all aspects of water management, from her early career as a Geography and Biology teacher to her over 20 years of experience in the public sector leading significant reform, strategies and projects focused on water and hazard policy, river and water management and flood risk management.  Highlights include leading the Urban Water Branch responsible for 105 regional water utilities and establishing the Office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean which was responsible for the whole of government river management.

Maree’s current role at the NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) is focused on delivering the best outcomes for NSW to be better prepared for and able to respond to the impacts of natural disasters. Prior to this, Maree led the development of the NSW Government’s Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities – Hawkesbury- Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy followed by the establishment of the dedicated directorate to deliver the Strategy. In 2016 Maree was awarded the NSW Premier’s Award for excellence in public service and has been a former recipient of the NSW Australian Water Association Program Innovation Award 2012.

Maree has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) specialising in Fluvial and Coastal Geomorphology and a Master of Science (Honours) with a focus on water quality.  
Doug Moorby, Chairman and Utilities Manager, Narromine Shire Council at Orana Water Utilities Alliance

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Doug Moorby spent most of his youth in and around Canberra ACT and in various overseas locations. After leaving school in 1971 he was employed as an apprentice Plumber by a Melbourne plumbing company that contracted to Esso-BHP, this led to a transfer to BHP and the addition of a fitting and machining qualification. Various jobs overseas and offshore plus a pair of itchy feet meant Doug traveled and gained extensive experience. This was in the fields of hydraulics, pumping, machinery maintenance and his first introduction to water and wastewater treatment, followed by a brief period working at a NSW Local Water Utility

A career change to the Public Health Sector in the late seventies saw him spend the next 15 years as a NSW Paramedic. A move from direct health care into the world of BioMedical Engineering in 1995 saw his interest in the world of Water and Wastewater rekindled while working on UF Filtration systems associated with dialysis machines. This eventually brought him full circle and back into the world of construction and Local Water and Wastewater Utilities Management. 

In 2009 Doug returned to NSW as the Water and Sewer Engineer at Lachlan Shire Council in Condobolin This was followed by a move to Narromine Shire Council where he has worked as Manager of Utilities since 2013. Doug has been very passionate about his role as Chairman of the Orana Water Utility Alliance and as a member of the Executive Board of the NSW Water Directorate for the last five years.  

He holds Diplomas in Project Management, Local Government Operational Works, Certificates III and IV in Water Industry Operations, Certificates in SCADA Systems Integration, NSW Fluoride Operators accreditation and a NSW Plumbing Supervisors License. He is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  

Grant Leslie, Director – Australia, Balmoral Group 

Grant Leslie

Grant Leslie literally fell into the water industry in the mid-1980s after a 9-year stint in the Royal Australian Air Force.

His career started in Industrial Water Treatment looking after some of the largest industrial sites in Sydney such as the Carlton United Brewery in Broadway the BTR Rubber plant on Parramatta Rd and the Pulp Paper Mill in Matraville.

In the early 1990’s Trade Waste Policy was introduced in Sydney and all of the industrial customers were in need of compliance sampling and testing, so began the journey.  From there Grant joined an environmental laboratory GM Labs and this business grew to include commissioning the Rouse Hill Woronora and Kembla Grange Water recycling/Filtration plants. GM also provided EPA licence compliance sampling and testing of the ocean discharging treatment plants for Sydney Water which he managed. Next was Ecowise Environmental which ended up providing Hydrological and Macroinvertebrate monitoring of Sydney’s water supply as well as EPA licence compliance monitoring for dust and groundwater for mines in the Hunter Valley.  From there Grant joined the Water Services Association of Australia and was General Manager where he championed water industry training for operators amongst other things. There was a short stint with the AWA as the National Programs and Policy Manager before moving on to his current role as Country Director for Balmoral Group Australia which has been 10 years now.

Grant has also had roles as the National Lead for the AWA Trade Waste Interest Group, NSW Branch President, Member of 5S, NSW Water Professional of the Year 2020.


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Registration Type Registration Fee
Member $ 210


$ 270
Member Concession $ 160

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)

For more information please contact:

Kristy Bunting, Member Engagement Manager (NSW/ACT) | Ph: 02 9467 8406 | E:

Michael Silber, Exhibition and Events Manager | Ph: 61 2 9467 8428 | Email:



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