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IWC Water Leadership Program scholarships awarded

Five scholarships - two full and three partial scholarships - have been awarded for the Water Leadership Development Program, beginning in December 2013.
IWC Water Leadership Program scholarships awarded

IWC Water Leadership Program workshop 2013

IWC LogoInternational WaterCentre Leadership Scholarship

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for a water professional currently working on integrated water management projects in Australia.


Melbourne Water logo   Melbourne Water Stormwater Leadership Scholarship

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for an emerging leader in local government who is working on stormwater management projects in the Melbourne Water region of Victoria.

Russell CadmanRussell Cadman, Water Sensitive Urban Design Officer, Brimbank City Council

Russell is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years professional experience in both local and state government and the private sector. His main field of experience has been in road and drainage design and construction.

As the Water Sensitive Urban Design Officer at Brimbank City Council for the past two years, he has been busy training staff and developing WSUD specifications, Standard Drawings and raingarden designs.

Russell is passionate about the environment, having completed a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science at Monash University in 2002, and is a member of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. He has a keen interest in Integrated Water Cycle Management and has been involved in a number of water quality and IWCM projects over recent years.

"The opportunity to become a more effective leader in this exciting and rapidly developing field was the main reason I was attracted to the IWC Water Leadership Program," Russell said. "The leadership training will be relevant to all areas of my life – personal, community and professional – and has already been seen in a positive light by my work peers and management.

"The skills I learn in this program will better equip me to champion change within my workplace and the water sector. It is currently a very exciting time in Victoria with the development of coordinated regional IWCM strategies for local government and the strong support that the Victorian State Government is giving to funding water projects as Melbourne and Victoria transition to a sustainable water sensitive future."


SIAQ logo     Stormwater Industry Association (Queensland) Scholarship

  • One partial ($5,000) scholarship for an active stormwater practitioner who is based in Queensland is also an SIAQ member

Adam GouldAdam Gould, Drainage Planning Engineer, Toowoomba Regional Council.

Adam has a Bachelor in Civil Engineering. He has worked for Queensland local government in development assessment, floodplain modelling, and stormwater policy for three years.

"I was attracted to the Water Leadership Program because of the opportunity it offers me to connect with and learn from others' experiences, and be able to promote integration of water sensitive urban design within a very traditional and conservative development community," Adam said. "I’d like to learn to be able to promote realistic and practical integration of stormwater into urban environments to obtain good value by addressing multiple issues within limited areas."


Melbourne Water logo   Melbourne Water Stormwater Leadership Scholarship


  • One partial ($5,000) scholarship for local government professionals working on stormwater management in the Melbourne Water region of Victoria

Deborah PiattoniDeborah Piattoni, Registered Landscape Architect working in Council

Deborah made a career change from IT project management into landscape architecture. In this role she often designs Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) treatments, and applies new technologies where she can.

"This is a great opportunity to hone my skills in the water technology field," Deborah said. "Knowing how I can link my technical skills with leadership skills will be useful. 

"I am looking forward to learning directly from many of the presenters (who themselves work in the water industry) and seeing how I can apply their knowledge and skills to my workplace, and help influence change in this arena."


Melbourne Water logo   Melbourne Water Stormwater Leadership Scholarships

  • One partial ($5,000) scholarship for local government professionals working on stormwater management in the Melbourne Water region of Victoria

Kanchana WithanaKanchana Withana, Design Engineer, Monash City Council

Kanchana has a bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Monash University. He has been working in engineering for 10 years.

At present he works as a design engineer for the Design Management team of City of Monash’s Engineering department.

"I have been involved in a few projects where water sensitive design concepts were a key component and the outcomes were fantastic," Kanchana said. "With strong leadership I would be in a better position to influence the adaptation of sustainable water management options.

"In addition to growing personally I will be able to develop another group of people with similar skills and furthermore sell the message of integrated and sustainable forms of water management. With the implementation of successful projects it gives the ability to undertake further projects and develop an efficient and effective team."


About the IWC Water Leadership Program *

The next intake will start in December 2013 (program duration: 9 months). The program is supported by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). Read more

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Dr Andre Taylor, Leadership Specialist, IWC
P +61 (0)438 182 709


* Note the Water Leadership Program is different from the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM), also delivered by the International WaterCentre (IWC).


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