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WA YWP Professional Development & Technical Hour

Icon of a calendar 10 Jun, 2024 | Small clock icon 2:00 – 5:30pm WST | Icon of a map pin Water Corporation, 629 Newcastle Street, Leederville

Would you like to learn how to Communicate with Clarity and Influence? Join us for technical presentations from one of our State Water Award Winners and two of our YWPs on their Ozwater YWP Program experiences. Plus, learn valuable communication skills to enhance your career, achieve your goals and make a lasting impact in our facilitated professional development workshop.   

Technical Hour Speakers 

headshot-Luke-Zappia-image Luca Zappia, Principal Engineer Water, Water Corporation
Luca plays a defining role in the Australian Water sector and is a leading water scientist recognised for major state, national and international contributions and collaborations to environmental engineering, science & technical leadership, education and water management reform. Luca will talk about lessons learned during the Horrocks WTP Continuous Electrochlorination (CEC) Upgrade, winner of the 2023 WA Infrastructure Award (Regional) and 2024 Connected by Water Best Paper. 
Dinithi Fernando


Dinithi Fernando, Civil Engineer, Stantec 
Dinithi is proficient in project management, design and construction, with a demonstrated track record of delivering high-quality results in major water and transport infrastructure projects. Dinithi recently participated in the Ozwater'24 Young Water Professionals Program and will provide some insights on her experience. 

Jake Faranda


Jake Faranda, Engineering Hydrologist, Pentium Water 
Jake is a civil engineer with ten years’ experience in water and consulting, primarily in environmental systems and urban development. Jake is actively involved in the local water sector and is Vice Chair of WA YWP Subcommittee. Jake will discuss his YWP experience at Ozwater including standout themes of sustainability and traditional owners in water; sustainability session favourites (stormwater harvesting, effluent treatment wetland and reuse, LGA’s path to net zero) and TO session favourites (yarning circle, drinking water in a remote community, landscape restoration).

Facilitated Workshop

Honed communication skills sit at the core of professional success, whether being applied within a team, to third parties and suppliers, into management or presenting to a wider organisation.

This interactive workshop, Communicating with Clarity and Influence, delivered by communication expert Tanya Andrews, teaches young professionals career skills that will significantly increase your ability to communicate your point of view clearly and create real influence in your role. You will come away with a deeper understanding of not only your communication style and the style of your colleagues, but ways to share your approach to a wide variety of situations and circumstances for success outcomes.


Tanya is not just a communication expert; she is a catalyst for positive change, helping individuals and organisations harness the power of effective communication to achieve their goals and make a lasting impact. 

The main areas of learning in the facilitated professional development workshop are: 

  • Using 'curiosity' as a communication tool  
  • 7 Key Motivational Factors for Effective Communication 
  • Do Men and Women speak different languages?
  • Navigating negotiation
  • How to communicate 'upwards' to leaders
  • Understanding your own communication needs. 

Event Details

Date Monday, 10 June 2024
Time 1.50pm to 5.30pm WST

1.50pm Arrival and Checkin
2.00pm Welcome 
2.15pm Technical Presentations
3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm Communicating with Clarity and Influence Workshop
5.30pm Close  

Venue Water Corporation
Ord Room, Level 3
629 Newcastle Street, Leederville WA 6007
Catering Afternoon tea will be provided   
Dress Code

Smart Casual 


Onsite parking is NOT available. Please ensure you park in carparks on Leederville Parade or on Newcastle Street (hourly rates apply/observe street parking notices). 

Note: Delegates may opt for networking drinks at The Garden, 724 Newcastle Street, Leederville afterwards 


Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event:

Sponsorship Level  Amount (excl GST)
Gold  $4000
Silver $2,000

If you requite any further information regarding this event please contact:  
Event: Kyllie Whitehead, Member Engagement Manager (WA/NT) | Ph: 02 9467 8420 | E:
Sponsorship: Troy Waite, Partnerships and Sponsorships Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8427 | E: 
Membership: To find out more about AWA's membership benefits visit our webpage here or contact


Registration Type Registration Fee (inc GST)
Member/Employee of a Corporate Member  $60
Concession Member  $48
Non Member  $85

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Please secure your registration by Sunday 9 June 2024.

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