Water Journal : Current August 2017
www.awa.asn.au 10 Ozwater’17 in Sydney’s new International Convention Centre was one of the best conferences I have attended. I am delighted that so many attendees and exhibitors expressed similar opinions since Ozwater is our industry’s most prominent event. Improving this impressive event year on year is an achievement in its own right and ensures ever-increasing numbers of local and international delegates and exhibitors. The conference kicked off on a high with keynote speakers sharing the positive disruptions and innovative changes that are occurring in other industries and that excitement continued throughout the conference. The organising committee demonstrated what can be achieved by being bold and attendees demonstrated that our industry is ready to think and venture outside the traditional box. Since the event I keep reflecting on the possibilities and ways technology and data will change the things we, as a sector, do today. How to embrace and manage these changes requires further discussion. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all of those who were involved in making Ozwater’17 such a huge success. Also, a special thank you to the many volunteers – without their incredible dedication our Association would not be in a position to offer such events. The last day of Ozwater’17 marked the end of Peter Moore’s term as President of our Association. I wish to thank him for the tremendous contribution he made to our industry, not only during the past two years as President of our Association but over the course of his entire career. I have had the privilege of working with Peter since joining the Association Board and have learned so much from him, even more so during this past year serving as his deputy. I take comfort that Peter remains on the Board to support me, along with so many others who have offered their guidance and assistance. Like all organisations the Association has to adapt to the changing needs of its members as well as developments in our industry. To ensure we continue to do so, the Board has laid out and implemented strong foundations to better serve our members and we will continue to build on these. I recognise as the incoming President that we have a big task ahead of us and I am reassured in that I have the support of a very capable team: the Board, the strategic advisory committee, branch committee members, branch Presidents and volunteers, past Presidents, and our CEO and wonderful Association staff. I accept the role of serving you, our members, with humbleness and pride. In closing, state branches form the foundation of our Association. Invigorating the function and interaction of our branches will be a strong focus for me during my time as President. The branches are where knowledge of local matters and needs are best known. It is imperative that this knowledge is collected and built upon, culminating in our yearly conference. I thus encourage you to get involved by supporting your branch committee and attending local events. I look forward to the journey over the next two years, and to working with you and seeing you at the various Association functions and events, including Ozwater’18 in Brisbane. HONOURING TRADITION WHILE FORGING A NEW PATH. EYES ON THE HORIZON Francois Gouws Australian Water Association President From the President’s desk LIKE ALL ORGANISATIONS THE ASSOCIATION HAS TO ADAPT TO THE CHANGING NEEDS OF ITS MEMBERS AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENTS IN OUR INDUSTRY.
Current May 2017