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Exclusive life membership club

Gippsland Water’s Russell Mack has been presented Life Membership of the Water Industry Operator’s Association of Australia (WIOA), in recognition of his tireless work in promoting excellence in Water Operations.

At the annual WIOA conference awards dinner in Bendigo last week, Russell was on hand to accept the honour, and did so in front of a 400 strong audience.

Russell, who has worked with Gippsland Water for 25 years, says he is humbled by the award.

“It came as a complete surprise, I was blown away to be recognised. In the 41 years WIOA has existed, only six members have been awarded a life membership so it is a huge honour” said Russell.

As president of the WIOA committee on two separate occasions, Russell has seen membership grow from 200 members with an annual turnover of $150,000, to over 2000 members and an annual turnover of $1.4 million.

“Russell’s enthusiasm, commitment, energy and friendly nature makes it a pleasure for us to be able to award him the honour of being the sixth Life Member”, said George Wall, Executive Officer of WIOA.

“No matter how busy he is, Russell always makes time for the WIOA” he added.

As a Water Treatment Technologist, Russell works with his staff to improve treatment processes so that Gippsland Water customers get a continual supply of clean fresh water to use at home. As far as dedication goes, it would be hard to find a more committed person to optimising the skills and knowledge of water treatment technicians with Russell having worked across Gippsland Water’s entire service region.

“I want to acknowledge the support I’ve received from Gippsland Water which has allowed me to participate as a WIOA committee member since 1997. In that time I’ve been proud to see Water Treatment Operators come together and share their knowledge, which has greatly improved our industry” he added.

Gippsland Water maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 16 water treatment plants, over 1,500 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.


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