A commitment to mentoring staff was recognised last week when Parkes Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure was honoured by the Australian Water Association (AWA). Andrew Francis received the Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award at the AWA NSW branch awards held in Sydney last Friday.
The award recognises individuals who have displayed outstanding passion and commitment to mentoring water industry professionals in acquiring the skill and resources needed to succeed as a professional. Parkes Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Keith OAM said: “Andrew successfully delivered our Lake Endeavour Dam upgrade project which was highly commended for project management by Engineers Australia.
Similarly our $70 million Parkes Water and Sewage Treatment Plant builders were procured through a series of early tenderer involvement workshops, again showing innovation and ability to get results through people. Andrew also chairs the CENTROC Water Utilities Alliance, which has achieved some great regional results. His dedication,
innovation and regional participation in the water industry is to be commended.” Parkes Shire Council’s General Manager Kent Boyd said: “Andrew’s expertise is a tremendous asset to not only his department, but the entire Council workforce as a respected advisor, mentor and sounding board.”