The Water Corporation has appointed a new Regional Manager for its Great Southern Region.

Andrew Kneebone will be replacing David Hughes-Owen who has led the region for the past eight years.

Mr Kneebone joins the Corporation from Tasmania and brings to the utility a broad range of water industry experience gained over a number of years from diverse senior management roles in the water industry across both Victoria and Tasmania. Most recently he was Regional General Manager of TasWater, an organisation that was established through the amalgamation of Tasmania’s three water utilities to one state-wide entity.

Mr Kneebone said he was looking forward to getting to know the communities across the Great Southern Region which stretches from Walpole in the west to Esperance and out to Narrogin, Katanning, Lake Grace and other communities in the upper parts of the area.

He said the main challenge facing the region was similar to that facing all water utilities across Australia – the need to be even more efficient in delivering services to customers.

“This will be my focus as it was for David Hughes-Owen and the team,” he said. “I look forward to working with the people who manage and deliver the services to our customers so that we can continue to find and implement changes that in turn mean we will continue to improve,” said Mr Kneebone.

Mr Hughes-Owen has been appointed to a senior management position at the Corporation’s head office in Perth.

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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