New manager takes the reins to lead Harvey Water

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

A NEW hand is at the helm of Harvey Water with general manager Bradd Hamersley starting this week, bringing his project management experience to the role.

Mr Hamersley was born in Wagin and raised in Australind, before starting his career in the mining industry.

Mr Hamersley worked around Australia in a variety of roles before working most recently for engineering company John Holland.

“I started off looking after the support services – safety, quality, environment, human resources, commercial, legal, finance – all those sorts of things,” he said.

“I then moved into operations and eventually into what they call project development.”

Mr Hamersley was recently director of the $430 million Goulbourn-Murray Water project.

Mr Hamersley said he hoped to learn as much as he could from previous general manager Geoff Calder during the transition.

“Geoff’s done a fantastic job, he’s been here for 21 odd years and has a huge amount of knowledge considering he privatised the organisation and I’m trying to extract as much as I can out of him,” he said.

Mr Hamersley said he brought development and management experience from the many projects over his career.

“Projects start-up, get developed, delivered and demobilised and that forces a huge amount of learning in a very short space of time,” he said.

“Having been through that cycle, for more fingers and toes than I’ve got, there’s a lot of learning.”

The first major project Mr Hamersley will be approaching is the desalination of Wellington Dam.

“A huge source of water up there, 186gL, that is effectively going to waste,” he said.

“It has the capacity to really drive a lot of economic benefit to the South West not only for growers but also provide water security for the Great Southern towns,” he said.

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