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Gippsland Water award winner

Gippsland Water employee Mae Jobson has much to celebrate this week, with the announcement of a prestigious award and the arrival of an international visitor.

Two years of hard work has paid off for the 20 year old water treatment technician, who last week won the prestigious Young Victorian Operator of the Year award. The award recognises excellent performance, initiative and all round attention to detail.

Mae said she was thrilled to be recognised by the industry and her peers.

"It’s such an honour to receive this award, I still can’t believe it! I’ve learned so much about water treatment in the last two years through my traineeship and my work, so this is a terrific reward," she said.

"I’m really glad I decided to take the traineeship with Gippsland Water, I’ve had heaps of help and support from my colleagues along the way and I love my job. It’s a great place to work."

But there’s no down-time in Mae’s busy schedule, as she is currently hosting a visit from a fellow award-winning water treatment technician.

Ms Caitlin Robertson, who works for Dunedin City Council in New Zealand, is spending a week at Gippsland Water getting to know other operators and exchanging skills and ideas.

They have a lot in common – both Mae and Caitlin are responsible for the operation and maintenance of several water treatment plants, and both have won Young Operator of the Year awards.

Managing Director of Gippsland Water, Sarah Cumming, congratulated Mae on her award and said that the exchange program was a fantastic professional development opportunity.

"Water treatment technicians such as Mae and Caitlin play a vital role in keeping our water clean and safe to drink. We’re really happy to support information sharing programs such as this to build and retain knowledge and capability amongst our employees."

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