Jamie Brown’s award for innovation and excellence

A STUDY tour to New Zealand is Jamie Brown’s reward for his commitment to excellence in his role with TasWater. Nineteen-year-old Jamie was recently named the Young Tasmanian Operator of the Year in the awards of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia.

The New Norfolk man has been with the water company for two and a half years and his role sees him working across the length and breadth of the Derwent Valley. “I believe delivering quality means to take my time to do the job properly, so I only need to do it once,” Jamie said.

“Quality in people’s work gains them trust from their co-workers and from TasWater’s customers,” he said. “Also, out-of-hours work is important if we want to keep TasWater a good reputation in the community, to be on top of things, to be quick and efficient with problem-solving.”

TasWater operations centre manager Paul Sweet, left, with Jamie Brown, Young Tasmanian Operator of the Year 2022, Shannon Spencer, Tasmanian Operator of the Year 2022, and TasWater water systems performance leader Stephen Westgate.

TasWater’s Yvette Gilbert said the awards recognised excellent performance, demonstrated initiative and commitment to safety in the workplace. “The winners not only receive the accolade of an engraved trophy, but also join the WIOA Operator Delegation on their annual trip to New Zealand. This trip has two purposes. It is a study tour of various water and wastewater treatment plants, combined with participating in the Water Industry Operations Group of New Zealand Conference.”

Jamie was nominated by a peer or Manager within TasWater for his commitment to personal development and training, working effectively as part of a team and other regulatory responsibilities. In his spare time, Jamie volunteers with the New Norfolk Fire Brigade.

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