NSW Conference


Orica NSW Water Taste Test




10th NSW Water Industry Operations
Conference and Exhibition

Newcastle Jockey Club
6 & 7 April 2016

The Newcastle Jockey Club is located on Darling Street, Newcastle NSW.


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All water industry personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure for the management, conveyance, treatment, discharge and reuse of water and trade wastes should attend this conference.

If you're an operator, manager, engineer, consultant or professional or someone who is working in the water industry or just has an interest in water, then this is a must attend event.

Conference Program

A fantastic range of presentations has been assembled for the 2016 NSW conference.
The program is subject to change.

Tuesday 5 April 2016

  Conference venue closed for exhibition set up
1.00pm Exhibition Sites and Registration Desk Open for Exhibitors


Site Tour
Assemble at the Newcastle Jockey Club at 2.00pm to join us on a self drive tour of either the Grahamstown WTP or the Shortland WWTP. You must register to participate in the tour and we will organise a lift for those without their own vehicles - to book your place email: sherryn@wioa.org.au

4:00pm Registration desk open for delegates
4.45pm Welcome Reception - Drinks and Nibbles
Heats of the 2016 Ixom NSW Water Taste Test
6.00pm Venue Closed


Wednesday 6 April 2016

8.00am Registration Desk Opens

Conference Opening Session
Welcome - Paul Coffee, Veolia
Water Operator Certification Presentations - NSW Health, WIOA
Keynote Address Carmel Krogh - Shoalhaven Water
Creating the workforce of the future
Exhibition Opening - Graham Nesbit & Merve Sayers, Automation Group

10.40am Exhibition Viewing, Competition & Morning Tea

Technical Paper Session 1
Daniel Livingston & Chris Farragher - Hunter Water Corporation
Minimising energy cost in water and wastewater network operations
Travis Hutton - Tamworth Regional Council
Clear water tank capers, an operator’s viewpoint
Jason Holding - Veolia
Management of a new EP licence at Tanilba Bay WWTW

12.30pm Lunch sponsored by Calix

Technical Paper Session 2
Murray Thompson - Murray Thompson Water Services
Impacts of telecommunications installations on water service reservoirs
Jason Jetten - Permeate Partners
The last 5% - Impacts on plant operability
Paul Gregg - Cowra Shire Council
What’s in a box sludge de-watering?

2.30pm Exhibition Viewing, Competition & Afternoon Tea

Technical Paper Session 3
Belinda Green & Jillian Busch - Aquagreen Project Solutions & Aqualift Project Delivery
Drinking water management systems improvement plan - Tackling the big list!
Peter Marchant - ITS Pipetech
Innovative engineering: Adapting 2 technologies to solve one of industries major problems
Nathan Bakewell - MidCoast Water
Chlorination incident at Gloucester WTP

5:00pm End Paper Sessions - Day 1
6.30pm Pre Dinner Savouries & Drinks

Meet the Exhibitor Dinner
Drinks sponsored by Total Flow Control
Entertainment - Joel Ozborn

10.30pm Close of Day One


Thursday 7 April 2016

8.30am Registration Desk Open
8.45am Exhibition Open

Technical Paper Session 4
Thomas Steel - Insituform Pacific
Improving sewerage system operational performance using innovative trenchless rehabilitation technology
David Barry - Aqualift Project Delivery
Inspecting service reservoirs for water quality NOW!
Peter Tolsher - North East Water
Newsoil - Best Operator Paper Victoria 2015
Pam O’Donoghue - Hunter Water Corporation
Hunter Water’s response to supply safe drinking water from Grahamstown WTP during ECL super storm in April 2015

10.20am Exhibition Viewing, Competition & Morning Tea

Technical Paper Session 5
Kathy Northcott - Veolia Australia - New Zealand
I’m a certified operator, now what? - A case study in drinking water operator recertification
Benjamin Freeman - Port Macquarie Hastings Council
The upgrading of sewer pump station No 1 Lauriton

12.20pm Lunch sponsored by Calix
Grand Final of the Ixom 2016 NSW Water Taste Test

Judging of Operator Poster Papers in Poster Area
Troy Bostock - Kempsey Shire Council
South Kempsey Water Main upgrade
Eric Nielsen - Icon Water
A year in review – under the microscope
Prakashbabu Radhakrishnan - Dubbo City Council
Chlorination dosing and mixing system in the reservoirs to improve the quality of the water
Brendan Wall - Moree Plains Shire Council
Installation of taggle (automatic water meter readers) at Toomelah
George Wall - WIOA
Census night – the importance of ANZSCO codes for the water industry


Technical Paper session 6
Ken Keliher - Cowra Shire Council
Automation and upgrade of Cowra’s water treatment plant - A change in process control philosophy
Steve Oosthuysen - Griffith City Council
Odour control using biosol: A case study comparing traditional chemical dosing

3.00pm Exhibition Viewing, Competition & Afternoon Tea

Technical Paper Session 7
David Greaves - Barwon Water
Sariri Village rebuilding – Papua New Guinea (PNG) - Best Paper Victoria 2015
Roland Heatley - Moree PlainsRoland Heatley - Moree Plains Shire Council

Because that’s the way we’ve always done it!
Bill Wood - Ixom
Sewer sulphide control with ferrous chloride – a case study

5:00pm Close of Paper Sessions

Pre Dinner Savouries & Drinks Sponsored by Biosolids

Announcement of conference competition winners


Conference Dinner and Award Presentations
Sponsored by Xylem
Entertainment - Syd Heylen Jnr

11.30pm Close of Conference

Supported by

NSW Water Directorate Veolia Water Hunter Water

Prime Sponsors

Automation Group Calix EcoCatalysts Ixom Xylem Abberfield

Media Partner

NSW Water Directorate Automation Group Calix EcoCatalysts Ixom Xylem Utility magazine

Acromet Automation Group
Krohne Australia
Odour Control Systems
Utility magazine

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