Water Journal : Water Journal April 2012
awa news regular features 54 APRIL 2012 water collaboration with the water sector, Centres of Excellence and the education sector; • Utilise new technologies used in schools and ensure information is linked with on-line education portals; • Increase student knowledge of career pathways in the water industry and improve water literacy and terminology; • Increase sustainable water management behaviours. Subscriptions for this project have already been received by key water agencies across Australia including: SA Water, Melbourne Water, Sydney Water, ACTEW, DERM Queensland, Water Directorate, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Australian Centre of Excellence for Desalination, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board and Tamworth Regional Council. To subscribe to this upcoming industry project, or for more information, please contact AWA's Project Manager for School and Community Education, Fleur Johnson, by email at: email@example.com, phone 02 9467 8423, or visit: www.awa.asn.au/AustralianCurriculumProject Call for Volunteers for Water Journal Editorial Committee Water Journal is the official publication of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and is produced eight times a year and distributed to more than 6000 people and organisations. Each issue contains peer reviewed articles and technical papers of topical interest to the readership, as well as conference reports and water-related news from around the world. AWA is seeking to broaden the participation of the existing Editorial Committee, both geographically and in areas of expertise, and invites expressions of interest from AWA members interested in volunteering their time to be actively involved on the Committee. The function of the Editorial Committee is to assist the AWA Publications team by: • Identifying interesting, topical and emerging issues as suitable themes for future issues; • Identifying specialists who can be approached to contribute papers; • Assisting authors in the preparation of papers (where necessary); • Peer reviewing (or identifying experts to peer review) technical papers; • Assisting in reviewing submitted technical papers to ensure a high standard of integrity and reporting; and • Assisting in ensuring that reports are prepared for major AWA or affiliated conferences. Selected members will typically serve for a period of two years and may be resident anywhere in Australia. Meetings will be held approximately eight times a year in Melbourne CBD, with participation by teleconference for those members outside of Melbourne. The usual time of the meeting is from 5.30pm to 7.00pm AEST. Arrangements will be made to ensure at least one meeting per year will be "face to face" -- most likely during the annual AWA Ozwater Conference & Exhibition. Applications are invited from AWA members who have significant expertise and experience in varied areas of the water sector. Applications should include a brief CV of about 200 words and include a statement on the applicant's areas of expertise and thoughts on the future direction of the water industry. Please email your application to Wayne Castle, National Events and Publications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org The current committee will initially select three or four applicants to balance representation both geographically and in areas of expertise. Applicants not selected in this first round will be kept advised of future vacancies. Selected applicants will be advised by the end of April 2012, with existing and new members of the Committee meeting for the first "face-to-face" meeting at Ozwater'12 in May in Sydney. Linking Australia--Pacific AWA employee Fiona MacKenzie is currently on a one-year secondment as a Project Officer with the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA) based in Samoa. The PWWA is a regional not-for-profit membership body established in 1995 to support the Pacific region in meeting water challenges. Pacific island utilities are the primary member group serviced by a voluntary Secretariat in Apia. The Association plays a vital and unique role for the Pacific water sector; however, due to lack of funds and resources it is in a precarious position. This is a unique arrangement whereby AWA enables a direct contact, capacity building and coordination in the Pacific, while PWWA has their first employee to lead the Association and their services. The primary objective of the position is to foster sustainability of the PWWA through securing donor-funded projects and cultivating their membership base. This involves implementation of the 'Review and Recommendation Report' initiatives proposed by Fiona during her four-month Award placement* and endorsed by the PWWA Board last year. It is expected that Fiona's presence in the Pacific will develop the AWA/PWWA MOU relationship and identify tangible opportunities for AWA and its members to connect with our Pacific neighbours through business tenders, jobs, events, funded projects and operational expertise. In the first few months, there are plans to submit a proposal to AusAID through its International Seminar Support Scheme and also an Australian Youth Ambassador Development volunteer, and establishing news and communications between PWWA and AWA members. If you would like to find out more about the Pacific water sector or the Pacific Water and Wastes Association, visit: www.pwwa.ws or contact Fiona directly at: email@example.com or +685 30326. *The Endeavour Executive Award is an Australian Government merit-based scholarship program that provides support for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad. Fiona's Award entailed working with the PWWA in Samoa from June--September 2011. Fiona with Latu Kupa, Executive Director, Pacific Water and Wastes Association.
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