Water Journal : Water Journal September 2014
26 awa News water SEPTEMBER 2014 for her duties as Past President of AWA NSW Branch, and for being key driver and organiser of the AWA Engineers & Operators Conference. Cheryl is also a strong supporter of the Young Water Professionals network and continues to show good leadership to the Australian water industry as a whole. NORTHERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE Registrations are open for this year’s AWA Northern Regional Conference. Droughts, floods and changing regulatory environments all pose challenges in planning and managing water systems, and this conference examines these complexities through a focused program. The conference will open with a welcome from Councillor Col Murray, Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council, and the packed program will cover advances in cyanobacteria knowledge and management, implementing drinking water management plans, experiences in emergency management and technological advances and recycled water regulation and projects. The event will provide an opportunity for local councils, regulators and consultants to engage in the challenges and opportunities for regional water management during these times of uncertainty. nOrtHern territOrY NT BRANCH CONFERENCE: WATER IN THE BUSH Water in the Bush is the flagship NT Branch annual conference. Held in Darwin every year, it is a key event on the local water industry calendar. The event, which this year takes place on 24 October, brings together members of water industry sectors across the NT to present research and discuss current and emerging issues. In 2013, Water In the Bush attracted over 100 key industry personnel, senior water industry figures from a wide range of Government agencies, dignitaries, as well as representatives from authorities, government departments, private water companies, contractors, consultants, suppliers and service companies. More information on the 2014 conference registration and program will be provided soon. To register your interest in presenting, or to suggest topics of interest, please contact Kathryn Fuller, NT Branch President at Kathryn.Fuller@powerwater.com.au QUeensLanD QUEENSLAND YWP MENTORING PROGRAM Mentoring, where an experienced professional offers knowledge, insight and resources to a mentee, is a well-known strategy for self-development, career development and skill development. The YWP Mentoring Program is widely recognised in the water industry as being highly successful. The program has been conducted since 2012, and this year will again involve some 40 participants from a range of professional fields in water industry. The 2014 Program, launched in July, links a variety of interested people in the water industry with experienced professionals. While the program supports mentees in developing their careers, the experience is rewarding for both mentors and mentees, with positive feedback regularly received from participants. For example: “As usual I never cease to be amazed by the enthusiasm and desire for knowledge of my mentee. I can only hope that I can enable him to obtain a reasonable insight into a possible future life as a water engineer” (Mentor). “My mentor truly changed, enlightened and brightened my horizon in terms of what it really comes down to when meeting new people. It has been a really rewarding mentoring program and his teachings will be of great benefit for my future career and personal life” (Mentee). For more information on the Queensland YWP Mentoring Program please contact Rui Pu Yang (Mentoring Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org VictOria 52nd ANNUAL DINNER The Victorian Branch Annual Dinner is always a highlight and the 52nd Dinner, held on 7 August at Melbourne Town Hall, was no exception, combining a superb venue, short and sharp speeches, and plenty of opportunities for networking for the 500 participants who attended. The evening’s formalities were guided by Branch President Mark Bartley, who impressed everyone with his ability to keep speakers to their allocated time. We were also fortunate to have two guest speakers, the Shadow Minister for Water, Martin Foley MP, and AWA National President, Graham Dooley. Martin described his personal journey leading to his current role and his commitment to the central contribution that water makes to a healthy, liveable community. He ventured the promise that, should his party be successful in the forthcoming election, it would take a considered approach to implementing its water policies. Graham spoke with his usual energy and passion (although he may have been briefer than usual, due to Mark’s diligent timekeeping!). One point he encouraged everyone to consider is the financing of water infrastructure, particularly the options for new financing models for the industry as it faces new challenges and opportunities. Two other key events during the dinner were the introduction of the new Branch Committee and the awarding of Life Membership to Andrew Chapman. Andrew’s award was met with warm applause, in recognition of the wonderful contribution he has made to the Victorian Branch and AWA as a whole over 25 years. After the conclusion of the formal program, networking continued until midnight. All in all, the 52nd Annual Dinner met the high standard established by past events. The Victorian Branch was delighted by the return of Thiess as the major sponsor of the dinner and looks forward to continuing this long tradition. Many thanks also to Victorian Branch Manager, Gail Reardon, and Carmel Clark, Branch Manager Tasmania, for making sure that the dinner ran smoothly and seamlessly.
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