Water manager picks up awards
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE Clarence Valley Regional Water Supply (RWS) has always been a contentious issue, but no-one can say it has been mismanaged after project manager Gary Kennedy was honoured nationally at the Australian Institute of Project Management Awards in Melbourne recently.
Mr Kennedy was recognised by the NSW Department of Commerce for his efforts with the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour RWS, as well as his work on the Ballina Shire Urban Water Management Strategy project.
This tops off a great 12 months for Mr Kennedy, who earlier this year took out the 2005 NSW State award for project management.
Mr Kennedy said the awards had been a fantastic boost.
"I was extremely appreciative of the Department of Commerce for nominating me in the first place for the state award, but then to get through the state process and go to the nationals I guess was pretty complimentary and I was very excited," he said.
Mr Kennedy said the awards recognised the challenges faced by such large projects and the requirements in overcoming them.
"All of these projects are challenges and if you look at the RWS for instance, I think there's been a growing acceptance over the years that the project should proceed," he said.
"There's not unanimous acceptance, but I think we could reasonably say there's broad community support for the project being completed."
North Coast Water executive manager Ian Preston said Mr Kennedy's management of the projects had been outstanding and his award was deserved.