The Australian Water Association (AWA) has named long-serving Executive Manager of Council’s Coffs Harbour Water business unit, Simon Thorn as NSW Water Professional of the Year.

“Having someone as experienced and respected as Simon in Coffs Harbour City Council is a privilege and the community has directly benefited from the innovations he’s been a vital part of establishing. It’s great to see that recognised by his peers in the industry,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.
Council’s General Manager Steve McGrath said the award was a fantastic tribute to Simon’s contributions and dedication. “There’s no doubt that Coffs Harbour is a better place as a result of Simon’s contributions and the water supply infrastructure we have is the envy of regional cities across Australia.”

Mr Thorn has worked with the council for 23 years, and is due to retire later this year.

Simon himself says he was honoured to receive the accolade. “But I feel it’s an award to Council as a whole and the staff. Without good staff, you can’t achieve anything,” he said.
As a result of winning the NSW Water Professional of the Year award, Simon will be put forward for the AWA’s national prize.