This month Clarissa Phillips, a Digital Delivery Associate in our Sydney office, was elected to the Vice Presidency of the Australian Water Association’s (AWA) NSW branch.
With more than 1,500 members, the NSW branch is the largest in the country and endeavours to serve and represent members of the water industry in Australia’s largest state by providing education forums, debates and events attended by public sector officials and other stakeholders.
Clarissa has been a member of AWA’s NSW committee for 5 years and looks forward to taking on this new role, especially given the fact rural New South Wales is currently experiencing an official drought and water has become an increasingly important political issue.
As the first function in her new capacity, she hosted the recent AWA NSW Industry Breakfast at Sydney’s UTS University, which focused on ‘moving towards a co-ordinated infrastructure delivery program’. Guest speakers at this event included the Hon Melinda Pavey MP – NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing, as well as Jim Bentley (Deputy Secretary for Water, NSW Department of Planning Industry & Environment) and Sam Sangstar (CEO, Western City and Aerotropolis Authority).
Clarissa said she’s “excited because I see this role as a great way to challenge myself and… continue to proactively seek opportunities to influence and drive change within the Australian water industry… to deliver positive outcomes that benefit all AWA members”.
As Australia’s biggest water network, the Australian Water Association aims to drive prosperity and sustainability by providing individuals involved in the water, utilities, manufacturing and energy industries with career enrichment and networking opportunities.
Pictured (left to right): Dr Nanda Altavilla - Recycled Water Specialist, Water & Utilities Branch, Hon Minister Pavey MP, Clarissa Phillips.