Water Journal : Water Journal November 2016
13 www.awa.asn.au AWA FOUNDING MEMBER RETIRES THE ASSOCIATION FAREWELLS A WATER SECTOR GREAT The Association has come to the end of a long era with the official retirement of one of its founding members. Frank Bishop AM, Honorary Life Member and recipient of the George Goffin Award (now the Exceptional Service Award), has been integral to the growth of the Australian Water Association and the professional development of the industry. "Frank spent 35 years loyally growing the Association, building and sharing a priceless bank of knowledge, mentoring and educating his young colleagues, and bringing a culturally empathetic approach to projects in this southeast corner of the globe," NSW Independent Water Advisory Panel Chair and former Association CEO Chris Davis said. Similarly, International Water Centre CEO Mark Pascoe acknowledged Bishop's contribution as wide-reaching, both in technical expertise and in leadership. "Frank acted as a mentor to me when I was President in the mid-nineties, when he was already 15 years a past President," Pascoe said. "His gentle and wise words and guidance were a source of motivation to me and I understand from talking to others that this is part of the wiring of this man." Taking initiative to ensure strong links with related professional bodies, Bishop has ensured industry groups have stayed abreast of best practice methodologies. While the industry's consulting and project markets have transformed since his entry into the sector, Bishop has maintained a professional, graceful and valued presence among colleagues and companies alike. GHD Global Technical Leader Water and current Association Director Mike Muntisov said Bishop has also contributed immensely to the Association's Water Journal Committee. "I had the pleasure of working with Frank over a long period of time on the Committee. He has been the heart and soul of that committee," Muntisov said. meant that he was the constant that has kept the relevant to its members over such a long period." It is with thoughtful and sincere gratitude that the Association farewells a true champion of the water sector. To read more about Frank Bishop's career and contribution to the Australian and international water industry, take a look at The Last Drop on page 90. In September, CEO Jonathan McKeown signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indonesia's peak water association PERPAMSI. Outlining a plan to connect the Australian and Indonesian water sectors, the MoU offers a framework for future collaboration, including facilitating expertise to improve Indonesia's water quality. The MoU offers potential opportunities to Australian water businesses seeking to expand their offering to an Indonesian market, with particular areas of interest including water technology, advice on intergrated water planning and minimising non-revenue water, and advice on alternative financing models for water infrastructure. Association members interested in learning more about the international program can contact Paul Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or An Nguyen at email@example.com. AWA STRENGTHENS TIES WITH INDONESIA Taking the nation's pulse Results are in from the Australian Water Survey 2016, with feedback from industry and consumers giving a wealth of insights into the sector's chief opportunities and challenges. Combining the Association's previous State of the Water Survey and Water Consumer Outlook Survey, comparisions between community members and water professionals. Data from the survey will be collated and policy advocacy campaigns. including both consumer and industry's views on government, climate change and drought, water pricing and educa- tion campaigns, as well as alternative water sources, see page 52.
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