Water Journal : Water Journal May 2012
awa news To scan, download a QR code reader from the App Store, Google Play (Android) or Blackberry App World. Scan the QR code to complete the survey with your smartphone Complete the survey now at: www.awa.asn.au/State_of_the_Water_Sector_Survey The audience of the Position Paper is quite broad, ranging from established ANZBP stakeholders through to parties that are likely to have little awareness of biosolids. The ANZBP Communications Strategy, developed in 2011, provides a plan to disseminate the Position Paper to a variety of interest groups. Members of Parliament and government bodies are core groups that have been rated as having a high information need. MPs that are associated with (via a portfolio), or have an interest in agriculture and/or management of water and waste, will be a priority to reach. Another group that the ANZBP would like to include in communications activities include food quality assurance organisations and food-retailers. Findings from the ANZBP Community Attitudinal Survey indicate there is a generally positive attitude within the community on biosolids, which places the ANZBP in a good position. The ANZBP's research report, Community Attitudes to the Use and Management of Biosolids did find, however, that an inherent threat in the overall lack of knowledge about biosolids in the community is misinformation or a fear campaign. This poses a risk where an ill-informed community could quickly escalate into a negative market response from the food retailers (to protect their position and customers) to the detriment of the biosolids industry. Therefore, the ANZBP needs to manage communication cautiously. Food quality assurance is generally based on good science, although it can also be influenced by industry groups and food retailers. The Position Paper addresses health and safety concerns and provides it in a non-partisan manner for consideration. The Position Paper will be formally released at the AWA Biosolids and Source Management National Conference, 18-20 June 2012, at the Gold Coast. Copies of the Position Paper may be accessed from the AWA website. ANZBP Membership enquiries are welcome -- please contact the Project Manager at email@example.com for more information. Please visit www.biosolids.com.au for additional information regarding the ANZBP. Many thanks to Andrew Speers, AWA National Manager -- Programs and Policy, for his guidance in the development of this resource, and to AWA and ANZBP Board Members for their input. Only the highest grades biosolids are used in agriculture.
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