WaterAble Network

VicWater is proud to support the launch of WaterAble, a network for people with disability and their allies in the Victorian water industry.
The network is open to anyone working in the Victorian water industry who has a disability or who wants to support the network. WaterAble encourages people to consider the full range of disabilities in our community to ensure our organisations cater to all our employees and customers. For example: people with physical disabilities; people with low hearing or low vision; people with long-term illness, including mental illness; people with brain injuries or people who are autistic.

  • Llewellyn Prain

    Llewellyn is the chair of WaterAble. She is an experienced company director and has been a member of the Western Water board since 2015. She is also a director of the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Public Transport Ombudsman. Llewellyn has a background in law and public policy and she is currently an associate of the Nous Group. In 2014 Llewellyn lost most of her vision to an hereditary eye condition.

  • Colleen Furlanetto OAM

    2020 saw Colleen recognised in the Australia Day Honors list with an OAM for service to community and health and disability. Colleen lives in rural North East Victoria. She and her husband have a small farm and a family earthmoving business. Colleen was appointed as the inaugural Disability Commissioner at Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, and is a newly appointed Board Director of Ambulance Victoria. Colleen is an active volunteer with the CFA, holding leadership roles supporting strategy, planning and inclusion and fairness within the CFA.

  • Yenn Purkis

    Yenn Purkis is an autistic and non-binary author, presenter and advocate. Yenn has written seven books on elements of autism and is a passionate advocate for the rights of autistic people. Yenn facilitates the Canberra Autism Women’s Group and has had several media engagements. Yenn also works in the Australian Public Service.

  • Liza McDonald

    Liza McDonald is a strategic stakeholder relations consultant with over 20 years of experience working with governments including extensive experience in the realms of political, departmental and as a consultant. Liza manages her own startup and, after four years on the board of Lower Murray Water is now on the board of Western Water. Officially Liza's name is 'Lisa' and there is a story behind that...

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