Water Journal : Water Journal February 2015
2 From the President The Times They Are A-ChAngin’ Graham Dooley – AWA President water FEBRUARY 2015 Written and sung by Bob Dylan in the 1960s, this song became a symbol of that era and has been repeated by many others across the years. I’m not sure the “changin” will ever stop – it’s a fact of life that nothing stays the same forever, and just as happens in other aspects of life, organisations at times need to re-think what they are doing, how they are doing it and how they can provide more value. This is what AWA is currently doing to ensure our Association remains relevant to, and effective for, current members, as well as attracting new members. The role of membership associations across the board is changing, largely driven by the dramatically different forms of communication and networking that the digital age has spawned. The services and functions of associations continue to evolve as members’ needs respond to the changing environments within which they operate. AWA is refreshing its brand with a new visual identity to present a more contemporary and professional image. The Board has also approved some more substantive changes that build on our 52 years of experience and keep the organisation growing and relevant. However, it is important to stress: the benefits of being an AWA member will not be lost. These benefits include our State Branches, Specialist Networks, Young Water Professionals, the annual Ozwater Conference & Exhibition, regional conferences, technical and member events, Awards, Water Journal, the yearly Australian Water Directory, and regular newsletters. Most importantly, there’s the sense of belonging to a worthwhile network, and the connections and friendships that eventuate. To meet the challenges of our era (as opposed to Bob Dylan’s!) we will focus all of our activities under three headings that consolidate AWA‘s existing enterprises: Relevant Information: Making the vast amount of information we accumulate as accessible as possible to members. This includes our regular publications, policy development and advocacy work, and water research – all to be provided through an online Info Hub that is searchable, interactive and up to date. We want this Hub to be the ‘iTunes’ equivalent for water information, as well as having the best events and cross-sector communication. Professional Development: Supporting individual members as they develop throughout their careers by providing them with self-assessed opportunities to broaden their skills, enhance in-depth knowledge, have stronger engagement with issues and people, better mobility, greater enjoyment and greater reward for the effort they make. All of this is to be encapsulated within an optional AWA CPD logging scheme and recognised under a credentialing system that is supported by the water sector. Networks and Industry Development: Expanding opportunities for individual and corporate members through collaboration both in Australia and abroad. This is delivered via specific programs (innovation adoption, export markets, personnel exchanges, and the Australian New Zealand Biosolids Program), Ozwater and numerous Branch events. This process of change is all about empowering our members to shape the services and relevance that will maintain AWA as Australia’s most effective member organisation. There is a vast amount of consultation and discussion underway and not everything can be done simultaneously. But with the support of our members we can look back on this period and be proud to have been part of the changes that made AWA a more relevant, effective, up-to-date Association. With over 40 years of local experience, Degremont Australia is committed to providing smarter water solutions that are reliable and tailored to help our Municipal and Industrial clients achieve their unique business vision. COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SMARTER WATER SOluTIONS DEGREMONT AuSTRAlIA THE WATER TREATMENT SPECIAlISTS WE HAVE 65 reference sites locAtEd tHrougHout AustrAliA, including 26 WAtEr trEAtmEnt plAnts, 2 dEsAlinAtion plAnts, 23 WAstEWAtEr trEAtmEnt plAnts And 14 WAtEr rEusE plAnts And scHEmEs. morE tHAn 7 million pEoplE in AustrAliA ArE currEntly bEing sErVicEd by WAtEr plAnts tHAt ArE operated and maintained by dEgrEmont AustrAliA And our pArtnErs, rEprEsEnting 31% of tHE populAtion. oVEr 200 currEnt industriAl operation and maintenance contrActs WorldWidE. morE tHAn 5000 industriAl sitEs equipped WitH dEgrEmont WAtEr systEms WorldWidE. Degremont.com.au 4000 industriAl plAnts desiGned & Built WorldWidE.
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