Water Journal : Water Journal December 2012
awa news water DECEMBER 2012 35 experts and participants and provide an environment where real workplace problems can be solved. A successful Master Class, Troubleshooting Fouling on Water and Wastewater Treatment Membranes, was run in Sydney in early November. More Master Classes are planned for 2013. • Online lecture series: Online lectures provide members with 24/7 access to high quality professional development delivered by leading experts in their field. Two online courses, Integrated Water Recycling and Water Industry Risk Assessment, are already available while a new one, Asset Management: Leaks, Smells & Corrosion, will be arriving soon. • Partnerships: AWA has established a broad range of partnerships and relationships with other industry bodies and training providers, all aimed at giving our members better access to timely, quality information, training and professional development opportunities. Achievements this year include: * National Centre of Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT): An MOU with NCGRT has resulted in five Coal Seam Gas information sharing and training events being successfully delivered across three states. More joint AWA and NCGRT events are planned for 2013. * Brokering the delivery of NWP40107 Cert IV in Water Operations (Trade Waste) through partnership arrangements with SkillsTech Australia (Qld) and Riverina Institute of TAFE (NSW). See box (opposite) for results of a recent evaluation of this program. * Brokering the delivery of accredited Vocational Graduate Certificate training in Asset Management through a partnership arrangement with an RTO, IQ-AM (Vic). * Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) Exciting plans are underway to work with IPWEA to contextualise some of their successful training programs for the water industry. • 2012 AWA Training Survey: To ensure AWA keeps abreast of water sector training needs a survey was undertaken in August 2012 asking members to rank their interest in particular training types and topic areas. This year’s survey received record numbers, more than doubling the response rate compared to past surveys, and has given us some good insights into what types and topics of training people are interested in. • Our 2013 Training and PD Calendar is now available on the AWA website. It outlines the broad range of training and professional development programs planned for 2013. Check regularly for updates. New Water in Mining Specialist Network AWA has formed the Water in Mining Specialist Network in consultation with representatives from key organisations in the mining industry. This Network will provide you with tailored, unbiased and technical information and events that promote and cultivate greater understanding of water management in the mining industry. Relevant water issues and challenges in the mining industry will also be explored, while highlighting best practice case studies. Participation from all individuals and organisations (AWA members) within the mining sector, or anyone with an interest in mining is welcomed. Visit www.awa.asn.au/water_in_mining to read more. Specialist Network Committees 2012–14 At the core of AWA’s reason for being is the involvement of water professionals; while we pride ourselves on the many member services that we offer, the true value of AWA comes from active engagement of members in branch, network and program activities. The networks have continued to grow since their evolution from Special Interest Groups in 2006, and there are now 18 networks with which members can engage. Earlier this year, AWA made its third biennial call for expressions of interest in becoming a Specialist Network Committee Member. An overwhelming number of members nominated themselves, which provided an opportunity to put together committees that fully represented the make-up of the AWA membership. For those committee members who are stepping back from their formal role, we would like to sincerely thank them for their energy and enthusiasm in taking a position of responsibility within the Association and making their contribution to sustainable water management. Special recognition for their outstanding contributions goes to: Chris Adam, Ramafin, Qld; Geoff Hales, Barnewall Resources, Qld; Steve Paradiss, UGL Infrastructure, WA; Nancy Penney, Water Corporation, WA; Susan Kitching, Aurecon, NSW; Deb Pritchard, Curtin University, WA; Damien Batstone, Queensland University, Qld; Christobel Ferguson, GHD, NSW; James Patterson, University of Queensland, Qld; David Sheehan, Department of Human Services, Vic; Deb Nias, Murray Wetlands Ltd, SA; Lance Lloyd, Lloyd Environmental Pty Ltd, Vic; Cheryl Marvell, Sydney Water, NSW; Tony O’Neill, CH2MHill, Qld; Duncan Griffin, Power & Water Corporation, NT; Lindsay Smith, Power & Water Corporation, NT; Joe Whitehead, Centre for Environmental Training, NSW; Ben Kele, Central Queensland University, Qld; Kurt Dahl, Permeate Partners, NSW; Ben Asquith, BMT WBM Pty Ltd, NSW; Linda Brook-Franklin, MidCoast Water, NSW; Ray Borg, Ecological Water Solutions, Vic; Asoka Jayaratne, Yarra Valley Water, Vic; Kathryn Green, Power & Water Corporation, NT; Dale Young, GHD, Qld; Reid Butler, BMT WBM Pty Ltd, NSW; Mark Rubarenzya, GHD, ACT; Julian Gray, Smart Approved Watermark, NSW; Jennifer McKay, University of Adelaide, SA; Anne Pye, Department of Land Resource Management, NT; Marco van Winden, AECOM, Qld; Deanne McDonald, OptaMAX Pty Ltd, WA; Peter Dillon, CSIRO, SA; Daryl Stevens, Atura Pty Ltd, Vic. The newly formed committees are listed below and will serve from 2012–14 . They will be meeting this month to put together action plans for the next two years. If you would like to input to this process or have any comments, please get in touch with the committees via firstname.lastname@example.org • Asset Management Geoff Hales, Barnewall Resources, Qld; David Hope, David Hope and Associates, NSW; Alexander Muir, Odysseus-imc Pty Ltd, Vic; Norbert Schaeper, Sydney Water, NSW; Thomas Kuen, Melbourne Water, Vic; Glen Harsh, Unity Water, Qld; Keane White, QUU, Qld; Mel Lutton, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SA; Michael Bendeli, Sinclair Knight Merz, Vic; Michael Thurner, GHD, WA. • Biosolids Nancy Penney, Water Corporation, WA; Susan Kitching, Aurecon, NSW; Damien Batstone, Queensland University, Qld; Jean Davis, Sydney Water, NSW; Paul Darvodelsky, PSD Ltd, NT; Diane Wiesner, Science Plus, NSW; Justin Watts, Monadelphous, Qld; Martina De Zilva, AECOM, Vic.
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