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Operators join together for Water Treatment training

Operators join together for Water Treatment training
Date: 26-Mar-2020

Ten Water Treatment Operators from Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett and South Burnett Regional Councils met in Kingaroy earlier this month for a workshop coordinated by qldwater and presented by SkillsTech, covering content from two water treatment units from the National Water Training Package (NWP). Some of the operators are completing their Certificate III in Water Industry Operations and others participated to complete gap training to work towards Operator Certification.

Thank you to South Burnett Regional Council, particularly Adam Branch and Andy Watson, for hosting the training which provided an opportunity for operators to meet and learn from each other. As part of the workshop, operators were given a tour of the Nereda Wastewater Treatment Plant and attended a networking dinner, kindly sponsored by Aquatec Maxcon. Adam Branch, Program Coordinator, Water and Wastewater, South Burnett Regional Council said of the training:

"Water and Wastewater operators are the gatekeepers to public and environmental health, investing in their personal development is an investment directly to the health and safety of our community. As rural water service providers we often question ourselves on the cost of the training, and not overall value add to our employees. Collaborating with our neighbouring councils has assisted us to make this a far more cost viable option. But what is immeasurable on a spreadsheet is the value of the operators networking. It was a great opportunity for SBRC to contribute."

You can view photos of the tour and training at: https://qldwater.smugmug.com/WBBROC-Regional-Training-Kingaroy/

Any regions looking to arrange joint NWP training in future are invited to contact Carlie Sargent on 07 3632 6853 to assist.

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