Ferndale water expert honoured with Australia Day medallion
Released 22 Jan 2016
John Connolly is congratulated by Executive Director at the Department of Water Paul Brown
Water expert John Connolly of Ferndale was named as a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Medallion as part of an Australia-wide recognition of the contribution of public servants to the nation.
Mr Connolly was awarded the medallion at a ceremony at the Department of Water in Perth for his achievements in reforming water licensing regulation in Western Australia.
Presenting the medallion Department of Water A/Director General Mike Rowe acknowledged John Connolly as a leader in his field.
“Over the past five years John has led a fundamental change in the approach to regulating Western Australia’s water resources.
“This work includes integration of the State’s water compliance and enforcement systems with the National framework for compliance and enforcement for water resource management.
“John is an enthusiastic and inspiring leader committed to cutting red tape while strengthening regulation.
“He has been a key player in bringing WA’s water management systems into the 21st Century at a time where climate and a growing population are putting pressure on availability and sustainability of these valuable resources.
Mr Connolly’s 35 year working life in the Western Australian Public Service has earned him a reputation as a professional who works closely with industry and the community to deliver solutions.
He is an expert in regulating the surface and groundwater needs of Perth’s Integrated Water Supply Scheme and in particular licensing of groundwater that meets the majority of greater Perth’s total water supplies.
The Australia Day achievement medallion is part of a nationally recognised process run by the Australia Day Council that acknowledges the outstanding contributions and performance of public sector staff. For more information go to www.australiaday.org.au.
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