The Water Service Association of Australia (WSAA) has appointed ACTEW Water Managing Director Mark Sullivan as its new Chair.
WSAA is the peak body that brings together and supports water and sewerage organisations across the Australian urban water industry who ultimately provide a service to over 16 million Australians.
ACTEW hopes the appointment will give the ACT a valuable opportunity to guide and influence water policy decisions of national significance.
Mark Sullivan will take over from outgoing Chair, Sue Murphy who is also Chief Executive of the Water Corporation of Western Australia. Ms Murphy has spent two successful years leading the organisation.
Michael Easson, Chair of ACTEW was pleased to congratulate Mark Sullivan on this new role which will allow him to make a significant contribution to the water industry across Australia.
“Mark Sullivan is to be congratulated on being appointed to this new role with WSAA,” Mr Easson said.
“This appointment is testament to Mark’s hard work, and the efforts applied in transforming ACTEW Water into one of the leading utilities in Australia.
“Water security, and protecting our natural resources is something which we are all too aware of here in the ACT following ten years of drought and the subsequent delivery of major infrastructure projects being delivered in that time,” he said.
“Through this new role, I know that Mark will be able to work positively with business and government in promoting the long-term ambitions of the industry,” Mr Easson concluded.
As the peak body representing the nation’s urban water industry, WSAA acts on behalf of all members, providing a strong, national voice for the sector and taking a leading role in influencing urban water policy development.
WSAA enables collaboration and coordination, conducts research, and provides consultation—maintaining strong contacts with policy makers, legislative bodies, and their influencers, to monitor important issues as they emerge. When developing strategic directions for the water industry, decision makers regularly consult with WSAA, and seek input.
In consultation with members, the Association analyses policy and develops programs; and is instrumental in developing industry standards and processes.
More information on WSAA can be found at the WSAA Website