Water Journal : Current November 2017
www.awa.asn.au 10 Welcome to the latest edition of Current. The AWA is a proud Association with a very rich history that represents a wide range of members with a common interest in water. With the valued help of our Strategic Advisory Council and many other members, we continue to evolve what the Association does and how we can best serve our members within the limits of our financial constraints. Personally, I am a firm believer in not complicating matters and in focusing on what you do well. In line with this, the board has over the last months reflected critically on the Association's value proposition. I'm pleased in that it did not take long to determine our core offering as being information, networking and recognition. Information: We will be enhancing our digital platforms to incorporate more podcasts and videos to provide increased member engagement. In addition to these digital products we will continue to build opportunities for members to share information through our publications, conferences, and events. Networking: Our industry is somewhat unique in that service delivery to the end customer depends so much on healthy collaboration. For effective collaboration to take place, people-to-people interaction is required and networking events (and new on-line networking) are therefore essential services provided by the Association. Recognition: As an industry we do our work so well that much of what we do has become the accepted norm. It is therefore imperative that we recognise achievements in a formal way. This goes beyond our awards program and includes recognition through profiling at our events, on our website and in our publications. Through the provision of information, networking and recognition, we provide individual members with opportunities for continuous learning and corporate members with business opportunities. These three principles replace the previous pillars, and I trust that they resonate with you as members. Branches are, and remain, the foundation of our Association. Our three principles therefore commence with branch events, state and territory awards, and our publications that all build up to our annual Ozwater Conference and Exhibition. Your board and management team continue to focus on the healthy functioning of our Association and the streamlining and updating of systems and technology to reflect the contemporary water sector that constitutes our membership. Accurate, concise and timely information is crucial to the functioning of any organisation and we are catching up fast. We have also devoted much time to better define the allocation of tasks across the Association's national structure of branch committees, specialist network committees and staff. Since Ozwater'17 in May, I have been attending as many branch events as my schedule allows and already I sense renewed energy and functioning due to improved role clarity. I am constantly humbled by the dedication of our volunteers and staff that make our events so successful. Finally, the Association's AGM last month elected Louise Dudley, CEO of Queensland Urban Utilities as a director. Louise brings a wealth of financial experience and water industry knowledge to the Board. She is also a former Chair of the Water Services Association of Australia and is the current Chair of Ozwater'18, set for Brisbane next May. Louise is a strong and effective advocate for gender diversity in the workplace and this month she will be a keynote speaker at our 'Channeling Change' event in Vietnam. The Association is taking more than 100 members to attend the Vietwater Conference and Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City, including representatives from our five water utility members that have been 'twinned' with Vietnamese water utilities. I look forward to leading the delegation and I thank DFAT and the Australian Water Partnership for their support. REBUILDING THE PILLARS TO SUPPORT OUR COMMON GROUND A NEW STRATEGY FOR ASSOCIATION SUCCESS Francois Gouws Australian Water Association President From the President s desk ACCURATE, CONCISE AND TIMELY INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO THE FUNCTIONING OF ANY ORGANISATION.
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