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Amazing EWB volunteer, Claire Dixon was recently awarded in recognition of her work by receiving the Young Water Professional of the Year Award.Claire has made significant achievements in her seven years since graduation with Melbourne Water and more recently with GHD as a Senior Water Engineer. Claire has also spent time working as a water and sanitation adviser with World Vision in Cambodia.

The judges were impressed with her active involvement in Engineers Without Borders and the AWA Young Water Professionals, her leadership of indigenous issues and recent organisation of a cultural heritage walking tour. Amongst other indigenous achievements, Ms Dixon is leading a partnership with the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Nation to stimulate increased employment in the water and environmental engineering sectors through a number of initiatives including mentoring, training and community projects.

The judges appreciated Claires raising of water industry awareness and careers through speaking roles with the AWA Young Water Professionals, a community engagement innovative study tour through the Murray Darling Basin in August and her presentation in Brisbane at the OzWater Conference.

Receiving the award Claire said, Its an honour to receive the award. I commend AWA for this initiative and its broader engagement of young professionals across the sector. I hope that through this award, other young water professionals will be inspired to use their skills to support disadvantaged communities, both at home and overseas.