Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
24 AWA News WAter september 2015 NSW New Committee Appointments With the new committee in place, Graham Attenborough, Senior Manager, Operations at Water NSW, has been appointed as NSW President and Karen Eldridge re-elected as Vice President. Graham’s key priorities for the next two years are to: • Increase the level of debate and advocacy on key NSW water issues, particularly among Australian Water Association members and then with government and community leaders. • Encourage new members to become involved in the Association, especially in state events and technical seminars. • Expand and strengthen the mentoring program in NSW. • Review and improve the events and technical seminar program and member communications to provide timely, relevant and simple access to information for members. The committee welcomes five new members: Daniel Lambert (Arup), Darren Romain (CH2M), David Nixon (Midcoast Water), Dianne Thomas (Beca), Emma Pryor (MWH) and Peter Haylock (Atlas Engineering Group) as YWP representative, who join returning members Adam Wilson, Ian Chase, Katherine Marshall, Lee-Anne Sylva, Nirvana McNaughton, Sascha Moege, Tim Overland, Tony Cartwright and Mark Trembath, Immediate Past President. Wilf Finn and Ivan Reolon continue to work with the committee as Chairs of the Policy Sub-committee and Awards Sub-committee respectively. On behalf of the NSW Branch, we would like to thank Mark Trembath for his term as President, and retiring members Cheryl Marvell, Sally Rewell, Kate Miles, Murray Thompson and Erin Cini for their significant contribution to the NSW Branch. NSW Engineers and Operators Regional Conference Registrations for the 17th Engineers and Operators Regional Conference are now open. The event returns to the north coast this year and has a strong regulatory and technical program with over 25 speakers. It will take place in Ballina on 26–27 October 2015. Adam Wilson, chair of the conference organising committee, says this is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and find out the latest information on key issues that impact your business. “The conference is all about sharing knowledge – that’s important for all of us to be able to operate successfully in the current climate,” he says. “This year’s regulatory panel will be important given the changes to WICA and the possible impact of the operator of last resort provisions, Fit for the Future, and the EPA’s risk-based licensing. It’s not often we get all the regulators in one room and get the chance to ask them questions. We’ve also got seven different streams of technical papers, so there’s something for everyone on the program. I look forward to seeing you all in Ballina.” Upcoming events • Resource Recovery Seminar, 21 October, Sydney; • NSW Engineers and Operators Regional Conference, Ballina, 26–27 October 2015; • NSW Legends of Water, 19 November 2015. TASMANIA ‘Where The Waters Meet’ 2015 Conference The Tasmanian Branch’s annual conference ‘Where The Waters Meet’ was held on Thursday 20 August at Wrest Point Convention Centre in Hobart. Preceding the conference at the annual Water Leaders Dinner, invited guests heard from guest speaker, Shaun Cox, former Managing Director of Gold Coast Water, South East Water and Melbourne Water, as well as former Chair of both the Smart Water Fund and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). Shaun’s talk focused on his experience in stakeholder and community engagement, providing a number of practical insights, and was well received by the guests. Matching the conference themes – catchment management, water impacts in agriculture, and municipal water and sewerage – a fantastic range of local and interstate presenters informed and entertained the delegates in attendance. Varying topics from the historic 30km Briseis race in northern Tasmania, through to the latest technology relating to design and construction of pressure sewer systems and constructed wetlands were presented. Many strong messages were voiced, including the need for effective stakeholder engagement, strong vision and leadership in the sector, embracing innovation, the use of appropriate project management and construction delivery methods. People’s Choice ‘Speaker of the Day’ status was shared between Ray Wright and Lance Stapleton, both entertaining presenters with different presentations and a great example of the diversity and depth of capacity in the Tasmanian water sector. Outgoing Tasmanian President, Daryl Polzin was thanked for his eight years of service to the committee and presented with a certificate by Australian Water Association Chief Executive, Jonathan McKeown. Over 25 trade exhibitions filled the sunny Boardwalk Gallery, which was buzzing throughout the day and into the evening at the JMG Networking function. As always, the conference was a great opportunity for the gathered suppliers, consultants and contractors to network. The biannual Tasmania Water Environment Merit Award (TWEMA) was presented at the Networking function. From a strong field two finalists were chosen: Nyrstar/GHD – Integrated Water Management Project at Nyrstar, Hobart; and Sense-T – Ringarooma Adaptive Water Management Project. After an extensive assessment process TWEMA Panel Chairman, Dr Terry Walker, announced Nyrstar/GHD as the winner of the Tasmania Water Environment Merit Award 2015. The quality of our speakers, combined with the support of our conference partners and the participation of our trade exhibitors, made it an excellent event for our delegates. Particular thanks must go to State Manager, Carmel Clark, as well as members of the State Committee, for the enormous effort that went into ensuring everything came together over the two days. The Tasmanian Branch Committee sincerely thanks premium partner GHD along with conference partners Zinfra, JMG, SUEZ environnement, TRILITY, BMD Constructions, John Holland, Stornoway and the dedicated trade exhibitors who make the trek to Hobart on a regular basis to attend ‘Where the Waters Meet’.
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