Water Journal : Water Journal November 2014
22 AWA News WATER NOVEMBER 2014 The Australian delegation were active participants in workshops, panel sessions, specialist groups, and in showcasing the latest in innovative technologies and approaches. Delegates included AWA, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, International Water Centre, Institute for Sustainable Futures, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Rock Solid, Invisible Structures, NICTA, Leightons and Phoslock. AWA congratulates ex-CEO Tom Mollenkopf for his succession to Vice President of IWA. With his longstanding understanding of the Australian water sector we are extremely fortunate to have Tom in this role. AWA is proud to be partnering with IWA to deliver the 2016 World Water Congress in Brisbane. AWA AND THE FEDERATION OF THAILAND INDUSTRIES AWA and the Thailand Federation of Industries (FTI), with support from Austrade, have established a working alliance that will bring closer collaboration in education and training, trade and business matching, policy and regulation and capacity building. Under an MoU to be established with the FTI, AWA will coordinate both inbound and outbound business delegations in the coming months. The Bangkok Municipality Authority and various Thai water businesses are planning tours of Australia's iconic water management sites, while outbound Australian delegations will be provided with tailored business matching opportunities with Thailand¹s water and industrial sector. In addition, AWA and the FTI are planning two-way exchanges of professionals between Thailand and Australia¹s government, industry and R&D sectors. If you would like to showcase your innovative demonstration sites and technologies to inbound or outbound delegations, or if you are interested in a professional exchange program with Thailand's government, industry or R&D sector, please contact Paul Smith, Manager Industry Export and Market Access at firstname.lastname@example.org BRANCH NEWS NEW SOUTH WALES NSW Legends of Water Spots are lling fast for this year's NSW Legends of Water on Thursday 28 November. Meet some of the 'Legends' of our industry and network with your fellow water industry professionals in a relaxed environment. Be entertained by the stories and experiences of this year's three legends, as they are interviewed "Parky" style by Will Strachan. We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Legends of Water are Cheryl Marvell -- Sydney Water; Daniella McKenzie -- NSW Public Works; and Annalisa Contos, Atom Consulting. NSW Heads of Water Awards Gala Dinner In 2015 we are combining the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner & the NSW Branch Awards Night to bring together industry leaders for an evening of networking and to celebrate the achievements of peers and colleagues. The event is scheduled to take place in Sydney on Friday 20 March. Visit the AWA website for details or email NSW Branch Manager, Peta Owsnett, email@example.com AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY ACT Branch Lunch Session: Maximising Environmental and Social Outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin Registrations are open for a luncheon with senior staff from the Commonwealth Department of Environment to discuss maximising environmental and social outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin on Thursday 13 November at GHD Premises Canberra. Tim Fisher and John Robertson will present and lead an interactive discussion on Commonwealth initiatives to establish a Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Adjustment Mechanism for surface water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the policy environment framing the SDL adjustment mechanism policy, and provide background on the proposed program of projects needed to effect a SDL adjustment between 2015 and 2024. QUEENSLAND North Queensland Regional Conference The NQ Regional Conference was held on 30--31 July 2014 in Mackay and attracted a record 125 delegates. This year's theme was 'What Lies Ahead? The Future of Water and Wastewater Service Delivery in North Queensland'. The two keynote speeches re ected this theme. Dave Cameron of qldwater spoke on 'WaterQ in ROQ', which discussed the gaps and challenges for urban water, while Brad Cowan of AQUA Projects spoke on 'How are Australian Government Owned Water Businesses Responding to their Environments? Are They Building a Sustainable Business?'. The best paper went to David Brooker of Mackay Regional Council, who spoke on the topic 'AMI: It's not about meters or technology'. As part of his prize, Dave will present his paper at QWater'14 on 7--8 November 2014 at the Marriott Surfers Paradise. This year AWA announced a scholarship to enable a regional or rural delegate to attend the conference. The recipient was Dan Spooner, Manager Engineering Services -- Water & Wastewater, Carpentaria Shire Council. We thank our host sponsor, Mackay Regional Council, our Best Paper sponsor, TRILITY, our Meet the Trades Drinks sponsor, KSB, our lunch sponsor, Zinfra, and our Scholarship sponsor, AECOM. YWP Mentoring Program Mid-year Event Recap On Thursday 25 September the Queensland YWPs hosted a catch-up event for participants involved in this year's mentoring program. The event provided an opportunity for everyone to come together for the rst time since the program's launch and share their progress. The night, hosted at KBR's Southbank of ce, featured a presentation on effective communication by James Alderton. James facilitated discussion throughout the presentation, recognising that all individuals have different emotional intelligences and that different communication strategies would be required for different situations. For each mentoring relationship, effective communication becomes a critical process between the mentor and mentee as they are able to break down barriers and build trust. The night nished with a speed networking session facilitated by Dr Brian McIntosh from IWC. We thank sponsors IWC, CH2M HILL and KBR for their continuing support in the program.
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