Water Journal : Current November 2017
15 www.awa.asn.au NATALIE FRIES NORTHERN TERRITORY What will the NT branch focus on next year? Making sure our members have access to the services the Association provides. We are also entering a period where we will have better water information available, so we want to be able to access it, use it and share it. What are the biggest water challenges facing the NT right now? The management of our aquifers in regional and remote areas is a challenge. Another is ensuring water security in terms of quality, quantity and availability. How can the NT contribute to the SDGs? One of the biggest things we can contribute to the SDGs is learning from the lessons of the past to make sure we plan and manage our water use and management sustainably. What do you want to achieve in the next year? I'd like to better engage our young water professionals, and I'd like to foster collaboration between the northern part of Australia -- northern WA, northern Queensland and the NT -- to allow for a cross pollination of ideas and solutions to shared challenges. SANDRA HALL QUEENSLAND What will the QLD branch focus on next year? We have three goals: celebrating our diversity, maintaining our technical programs, and creating more opportunities for the industry to share and network. For the 17/18 year we have a few new projects, including regional engagement and a student project initiative. Almost 30% of our members are outside Brisbane, and we hope this year to ensure that we are providing real value to them. We hope to launch a new platform that will allow our industry and university members to connect on short-term projects. What are the biggest water challenges facing your state right now? Queensland is once again staring down the barrel of a hard-hitting drought, with predictions of March 2018 dam levels of 20%. I would say that water security and quality will be a continuing challenge. What would you like to achieve over the next year? I hope that we have great success in our two new projects and achieve our goals of celebrating diversity, maintaining relevant technical programs and creating more opportunities for the industry to share and network. I want to ensure that we have the right culture to achieve these goals. MARK GOBBIE SOUTH AUSTRALIA What will the SA branch focus on next year? The SA Branch has a very active program of events, including our branch conference, awards dinner, our technical program and our young water professionals program. Just getting these to work effectively and provide value to our members keeps all our hardworking committee members very active. What are the biggest water challenges facing SA right now? Keeping the Association relevant to our members is a big challenge. We need to provide a mix of interesting topics and events covering the technical and policy agenda across all areas so we continue to provide value to our members. How do you see SA contributing to the UN SDGs? The Association provides a very important technical role informing the debate on sustainability. Our members are generally interested in the subject, so it's important we provide an environment that facilitates informed debate. What goal would you like to achieve in the next year? Improving the technical focus that the Association brings to our members.
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