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Craig Simmons awarded Water Professional of the Year


We are delighted to announce that Craig Simmons has been awarded the Australian Water Association's (AWA) Water Professional of Year in Sydney on Wednesday 17th May at the OzWater Gala Dinner. This award honours individuals who have displayed passion and commitment to the water industry, while also demonstrating leadership and influence. Professor Craig Simmons is credited with elevating the profile of groundwater management here and abroad. 

On winning the SA AWA Water Professional of the Year, Craig was automatically a finalist for the National AWA Water Professional of the Year.

About the OzWater Gala Dinner & Awards Night

Held in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s newly minted International Convention Centre, and sponsored by Trility and ANZ, the gala dinner and awards ceremony brought together top minds across the industry, from engineering to governance, research, academia, utilities and more. 

Awards nominees came from all states and territories, and included projects at the organisational level down to individuals. 

Up first was the Research Innovation Award for projects that encourage novel approaches to water resources management. The University of Queensland took home the top spot for their work on nitrogen removal from wastewater while maximising resource recovery potential. 

Sydney Water’s clever customer education campaign “Keep Wipes out of Pipes” netted the utility the Program Innovation Award, which recognises innovative environmental and sustainability programs. This was another feather in their cap, as the campaign was recently honoured with several other international and national awards as well. 

This was followed by the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award. The collaboration between Power and Water Corporation, Suez and Goodline will take this award back to the Northern Territory for their work on the Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant. 

The Water Industry Safety Excellence Award wrapped up the organisational awards. This category recognises active involvement in injury prevention and safety improvement. Water Corporation from Western Australia took the top spot for their adaptation of crawler technology. 

Moving on to the individual awards, the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize went to Macinley Butson from the Illawarra Grammar School for her ‘solar system’ water filtration device. An honourable mention was given to Briannan Rider from St Columba Anglican School. 

This year’s Student Water Prize, which recognises excellence in water-related studies and research, was given to Kaitlyn Bell from the University of Wollongong. Her thesis, which she tested at Shoalhaven Water, focused on the development of a performance measuring device for improved monitoring of sewer pump stations.

Finally, the creme de la creme were revealed as the Young Water Professional of the Year and Water Professional of the Year took to the stage. 

Cail Rayment, a demand management officer from Power and Water Corporation, was honoured for his work on water-saving measures in remote communities in the Northern Territory.