Les Potter.
Les Potter.

Water treatment work gets award

A COFFS Harbour City Council staff member has been awarded the prestigious Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Operator’s Award.

Les Potter, Council’s Headworks Supervisor at the Karangi Water Treatment Plant, was presented with the award at this year’s conference, just one year after Ross Waugh, of the Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant, came home with the 2009 prize.

Les was unaware the judges were referring to him as they read out the citation.

“I was dumbfounded,” he said. “I didn’t think it was me because Ross won it last year and I thought they’d want to share the award around other NSW councils.”

The Operator’s Award is the most prestigious award presented at the WIOA NSW conference annually. It recognises excellent performance, initiative and all-round attention to detail. Les was nominated by his manager Adam Wilson for his work on the $60m Water Treatment Plant (WTP).



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