26 September 2023

Water executive Eamonn taps a splash

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A Melbourne Water public servant has been named the Australian Water Professional of the Year by the Australian Water Association, gaining recognition for his innovative work.

Congratulating General Manager for Major Program Delivery, Eamonn Kelly, Managing Director of Melbourne Water, Nerina Di Lorenzo said Mr Kelly (pictured) was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the water sector and his dedication to inspiring positive change in the delivery of innovative and world class infrastructure projects.

“Eamonn Kelly is an innovator, who demonstrates a deep-rooted commitment to best practice safety and social procurement while successfully overseeing a Major Capital Program, which has grown to $400M annually,” Dr Di Lorenzo said.

“Eamonn leads by example, challenges thinking and influences change for the better across the industry,” she said.

Mr Kelly said he was humbled to receive the award and gave thanks to the passion, commitment and contribution of his team.

“It is an honour to work with fantastic people at Melbourne Water who are energised by our mission to enhance life and liveability through our work,” Mr Kelly said.

“The greatest reward is to see the success of our programs that truly make a difference to the community,” he said.

“In particular, the Pathways Program which provides employment opportunities for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

“These people have so much to offer and enrich our organisation.”

Mr Kelly said he was also proud of his involvement in the creation of the first 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned civil construction business, Wara Paring, noting its ongoing drive to create further job opportunities for Indigenous young people across the water industry.

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