Young scientist on the fast track to success

CLIFTON Beach resident Olivia Wilson is on the fast track to a career in the Tasmanian water industry after being awarded the 2017 TasWater Steve Balcombe Scholarship.

The TasWater scholarship supports a student studying in an area relevant to the water industry, such as engineering, environmental science or earth science.

The scholarship will provide Miss Wilson with $3000 for each year of her Bachelor of Science (Catalyst Program) course, as well professional and mentoring opportunities through work placements at TasWater.

As part of the scholarship, Miss Wilson will also be offered employment in a graduate position at TasWater upon completion of her university studies.

Miss Wilson said she was “passionate” about the sciences, particularly environmental science due to its implications on society.

“I hope to create a greater understanding within society of human impacts on the environment and also the ways in which we can benefit from a greater understanding and appreciation of our natural world,” she said.

TasWater chief executive officer Michael Brewster said the Steve Balcombe Scholarship was a keystone in TasWater’s commitment to developing career pathways for young water industry professionals.

“Recipients gain insight and experience in the water industry and participate in real projects with real outcomes to improve the delivery and quality of water, protect the environment and help improve essential water and sewage services which are taken for granted,” he said.

The Steve Balcombe Scholarship honours the inaugural Hobart Water chairman, Steve Balcombe, who had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors in Tasmania before his premature death in 2001.

Mr Balcombe was an engineering graduate from the University of Tasmania and played a pioneering role in developing the water industry in the state.

Mr Brewster said TasWater was “very pleased” to offer ongoing support for the scholarship, which is now in its 17th year.

“The scholarship provides financial support to students like Olivia and, more importantly, helps foster an interest in the development and management of water infrastructure,” he said.

Miss Wilson received her scholarship at a presentation barbecue, held at Tolosa Park in Glenorchy on 22 February.

For more information about TasWater’s Steve Balcombe Scholarship, visit http://info.scholarships.utas.edu.au/AwardDetails.aspx?AwardId=22

Caption: The Balcombe family with scholarship winner Olivia Wilson, second from right, with the Balcombe family, from left, Les, Alec, Louis, Eleni and Lance.