Water industry expert and long standing director at Shoalhaven City Council, Carmel Krogh has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Ms Krogh has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours list for her service to civil engineering, not just on the South Coast, but across the state.
While Ms Krogh says in may ways “she fell into” the water industry, she’s firmly cemented herself as one of the leading experts.
She began her career as a trainee engineer at the Sydney Water Board, which she said fueled her passion for the industry.
“I studied at night while working in the day and I think that’s where my passion began in those early days,” she said.
She quickly moved her way through the ranks, serving as an Australian Water Association national board member since 2013, the director of Common Boards, State Water Corporation and Sydney Catchment Authority from 2012 to 2016, and most recently the director and head of Shoalhaven Water.
While she’s had many exciting roles and opportunities, Ms Krogh said one of the major highlights of her career was her current role at Shoalhaven Water.
“There are a few big projects I’m really proud of like Porters Creek Dam and the REMS scheme,” she said.
“We’ve also done a lot to get young people into the water industry and to be recognised for that is very special.”
Ms Krogh said the honour wasn’t just for her, but all the people who have helped her through her career.
“There ween’t too many women around when I first started in the industry so this makes me recognise all the people who I’ve come across along the way,” she said.
“The support and the people I’ve met over all these years has made me realise what a great and important industry this really is.”
Humbled by the award, Ms Krogh said it was special to be honoured just for her doing her job.
“This truly is the icing on the cake,” she said.
“It’s a little bit hard for me to comprehend, I’ve won awards over the years but this is just so significant.”
Ms Krogh will be celebrating her OAM with family and friends this weekend, and said she would pop a bottle of champagne to mark the occasion.
“It’s a real surprise, such an unexpected honour,” she said.