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IWC Water Leadership Program scholarships awarded

Six scholarships - three full and three half scholarships - have been awarded for the Water Leadership Program, beginning in December 2012.

National Water CommissionNational Water Commission Urban Water Leadership Scholarship

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for an emerging water leader from the urban water sector.

Sarah McCabeSarah McCabe, Environmental Planning Officer for the City of Rockingham in Western Australia.

Ms McCabe has worked for eight years in the sustainability field, mostly for a not for profit organisation delivering a water capacity building program with Western Australian local governments. She was attracted to the IWC Water Leadership Program because it offered the opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, others working in the water field from across Australia. "I’d like to use the skills I gain in this program to become a more effective champion for sustainable water management," Ms McCabe said.


Queensland GovernmentQueensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines Water Leadership Scholarship

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for an emerging water leader who is a resident of Queensland.

Charlotte BeresfordCharlotte Beresford, Senior Program Officer for Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability in Brisbane City Council in Queensland.

As an environmental scientist with over seven years of experience in the water industry, Ms Beresford has worked in the Northern Territory and Queensland focussing on catchment management projects. The majority of her professional experience is based in Brisbane working on natural channel design, waterway health, WSUD implementation and integrated catchment planning projects.

Ms Beresford was attracted to the IWC Leadership Program because it recognises the challenges of implementing integrated water management and provides a customised leadership program working with industry professionals to meet these challenges. "The strength of the program is that it will benefit me professionally and ultimately contribute towards better outcomes for the water industry in the future.

"I hope to strengthen my skills in delivering complex and challenging projects in integrated water management at both a master planning and implementation scale. Long-term I intend to use the skills to progress my career in urban water management in Australia and also to work abroad to assist with sustainable water solutions in developing countries."


Melbourne WaterMelbourne Water Stormwater Leadership Scholarships

  • One full ($10,000) scholarship for local government professionals working on stormwater management in the Melbourne Water region of Victoria - Philip Thompson, Sustainable Environment Officer, Hume City Council, Victoria
  • Two half ($5,000) scholarships for local government professionals working on stormwater management in the Melbourne Water region of Victoria.

Zinta LazdinsZinta Lazdins, Landscape Architect for Wyndham City Presentation and Recreation in Victoria.

Ms Lazdins is an AILA registered landscape architect with eight years experience in the profession, in both private practice and local government. Her interest in water and stormwater management began four years ago, while she was working on wetlands and raingardens for housing subdivisions.

"In August 2011 I was one of 20 water professionals selected from across Australia to participate in the third Water Sensitive Cities Study Tour 2011/12," Ms Lazdins said. "The study tour was aimed at developing leadership skills, water management knowledge and understanding. It provided me with many opportunities to network and influence water (stormwater) management in landscape and broader settings of my employer, a local government agency. I found out about the IWC Leadership Program and scholarship opportunity as a result of networks I have established through participation in the study tour. Using a workplace-based project particularly appealed to me as a useful tool to improve my leadership skills while influencing better water outcomes in a high growth local government area."

Ms Lazdins hopes that the IWC Water Leadership Program will help her further develop her understanding of good leadership and how best to guide and influence positive outcomes, particularly in relation to water and stormwater management. She sees the program as an important step in her long term professional development. 

Robyn MitchellRobyn Mitchell, Urban Designer/Landscape Architect for the City of Monash in Victoria.

Ms Mitchell completed an Architecture degree in Germany, and has since worked overseas, in Australia and in both the private and public sectors. After achieving registration, she moved to an urban design and landscape role at the City of Monash. Her current position exposes her to a diverse range of projects and challenges and uses all of her training and experience.

In addition to the opportunity to increase her knowledge in water more broadly, to apply to all of the projects she works on, Ms Mitchell said that the IWC Leadership Program had particular appeal to her because of its focus on leadership. "Since my move to the urban design and landscape team, and in part due to my varied professional experience, I have managed to raise the awareness of integrated and sustainable forms of water management across the organisation in a broad range of projects, and to achieve direct results 'on-the-ground'.

"I look forward to strengthening my skills in leadership to more effectively disseminate this knowledge and help others to initiate and 'own' these types of projects. I hope to be an integral role in helping the City of Monash become recognised for their leadership in the field of sustainable water management, so that the broader community will in-turn take up the initiative." 


Clear WaterClearwater Water Leader Scholarship

  • One half ($5,000) scholarship for an emerging water leader who works in rural/regional Victoria (i.e. outside the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA boundary), and works in a local government agency, catchment management authority or water authority.

Darshit DalalDarshit Dalal, Project Engineer in the Northern Water Plant, Capital Projects, at Barwon Water in Victoria.

With a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Water Environment, Mr Dalal started working as a Trade Waste Engineer at Barwon Water in 2007. In 2009, he became Project Engineer for Northern Water Plant, looking after the design, construction and commissioning of the recycled water plant. He has recently taken on the role of Co-ordinator of Central Water Reclamation Plants, which involves looking after operations of three major treatment plants in Geelong and managing a team of about 12 people.

"I have always placed an emphasis on practical learning," Mr Dalal said. "The good thing about the IWC Water leadership program is that it focuses on getting feedback from your peers and supervisors, and working on real work-based projects. The leadership program is well researched and provides a very good platform for an emerging leader, particularly for a person working in a water industry."

Mr Dalal plans to use the leadership skills he gains in the program - such as providing direction, generating motivation etc - in his new role. "I would also like to generate awareness of recycled water in the community. I am currently working on a water improvement project in Viqueque. I would like to use the skills developed in the generating water awareness to the people of Viqueque."



About the IWC Water Leadership Program *

The next intake will start in December 2012 (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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