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Released 23 Jan 2015
Water Scientist Malcolm Robb and Director Water Assessment and Allocation Susan Worley were named as the recipients of the Australian Day achievement medals at a ceremony at the Department of Water today.
Mr Robb was awarded the medallion in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the water profession and to water resources.
Ms Worley was recognised for her outstanding achievements in and commitment to water education, water planning and sustainable water resources management.
Setting the scene for the presentation Department of Water Acting Director General Mike Rowe reflected on the many awards received and achievements made the department had made in 2014.
"This is a special day and I'm pleased to bring the team together to celebrate a significant honour," he said.
The department's Executive Director of Science and Planning, Greg Claydon, acknowledged the pair as being leaders in their fields.
Mr Claydon said that Ms Worley was renowned for her strong leadership and passion in helping Western Australians to build their knowledge and understanding of sustainable management of water resources in a changing climate.
"Susan's work in Western Australia has also contributed to several national initiatives in water quality standards, water planning and water reform," he said.
As the State Coordinator for Waterwatch, Ms Worley was instrumental in developing the first ever Ribbons of Blue Strategic Plan, Handbook and Education Kit, aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of water quality, and taking action on waterway restoration.
Mr Claydon made particular mention of Ms Worley's work in in building strong indigenous partnerships for water management in the north of the State.
"Susan has a strong moral commitment to the availability of good quality water now and for the future," he said.
Malcolm Robb's leading edge work in water science was also recognised.
He was instrumental in developing Western Australia's first ever water quality improvement plan (WQIP), the first estuary health assessments, the first phosphorous binding clay Phoslock™, which is now commercially available worldwide, and the first comprehensive monitoring programs for our catchments and estuaries, now considered one of the world's best estuary data sets.
Mr Robb's achievements were also acknowledged when he won the Water Professional category at the annual Australian Water Association WA Awards in November 2014.
"Within the Australian water science and water management industry, Malcolm is known for his pragmatic approach to problem solving and capacity to make things happen," Greg Claydon said.
"His commitment and passion are reflected in the success of the wide range of projects he has led."
Mr Robb collaborated internationally to develop innovative oxygenation technology in estuaries to reduce the risks of harmful algal blooms and fish kills.
In receiving the awards, both Mr Robb and Ms Worley thanked their team members for their commitment and support during their careers at the department.
Mike Rowe concluded that both recipients could be proud of their achievements.
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