Gippsland Water’s Russell Mack has been presented with a life membership to the Water Industry Operator’s Association of Australia (WIOA), in recognition of his tireless work in promoting excellence in Water Operations.

At the annual WIOA conference awards dinner in Bendigo recently, Russell was on hand to accept the honour, and did so in front of a 400 strong audience.

Russell, who has worked with Gippsland Water for 25 years, says he is humbled by the award.

“It came as a complete surprise, I was blown away to be recognised. In the 41 years WIOA has existed, only six members have been awarded a life membership, so it is a huge honour” said Russell.

As president of the WIOA committee on two separate occasions, Russell has seen membership grow from 200 members with an annual turnover of $150,000, to over 2000 members and an annual turnover of $1.4 million.

“Russell’s enthusiasm, commitment, energy, and friendly nature make it a pleasure for us to be able to award him the honour of being the sixth Life Member”, said George Wall, Executive Officer of WIOA.

“No matter how busy he is, Russell always makes time for the WIOA” he added.

As a water treatment technologist, Russell works with his staff to improve treatment processes so that Gippsland Water customers get a continual supply of clean fresh water to use at home. As far as dedication goes, it would be hard to find a person more committed to optimising the skills and knowledge of water treatment technicians, with Russell having worked across Gippsland Water’s entire service region.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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