Water Journal : Water Journal May 2011
awa news 30 MAY 2011 water regular features Young Water Professionals (YWP) Katrina Annan -- AWA YWP Vice President; YWP National Representative Committee It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of April and it's Easter time again. The question "Where is the year going?" can be heard throughout elevators and in tea rooms in every workplace. From a national YWP perspective, the year is going full steam ahead, as branches and committees have been as busy as ever. WA Branch is getting ready to host its inaugural Water Future Forum, where YWPs will present their current work and experiences on the topic 'Water in Changing Climates' to fellow YWPs to encourage knowledge sharing, interaction and professional development. Excitement is also surrounding YWP-organised group tours to the newly opened Groundwater Replenishment Trial at Beenyup. Results from the first three months of trials are proving positive, with all water samples meeting health and environmental guidelines. Water in the Pub Northern Territory YWPs have been busy collaborating events with the Australia Health Promotion Association, including an upcoming technical session on 'Health in All Policies for Water Security' in late May. Their regular event on the social calendar, 'Water in the Pub', continues to be a great opportunity for YWPs to catch up in a relaxed manner and talk all things water (and beer). Queensland Branch's mentoring program is off to a strong start with 13 mentee/mentor pairs enjoying a YWP-organised breakfast to kick it off. Another Queensland success was the recent workshop, 'Hydrology: Managing Water in Queensland', providing an informative overview of different aspects of hydrology, including drought and flood, and their impacts on water management in Queensland. A diverse range of guest speakers from CSIRO, UQ, DERM and SEQ attracted over 100 guests. Queensland YWPs now look forward to their next workshop on 30 May, 'Water Leaders of Tomorrow', organised by the International Water Forum and co-supported by Engineers Without Borders. NSW Branch, meanwhile, held the first of its three seminar series for the year -- 'Water Resources NSW'. Their next seminar, which takes place in June, will focus on 'Developing Communities and Disaster Relief'. The annual Water Careers Evening at UNSW was a great success, utilising YWP efforts to promote the water industry to university students. Approximately 100 students came to hear from a panel of five water industry professionals, representing careers across construction, consulting, research, water supply and a water industry recruiter who was able to provide students with job-seeking advice. Victorian Regional Conference Victoria's YWP Regional Conference in Geelong was a great success, with those attending from Melbourne utilising public transport to support YWP's sustainability principles. Victorian YWPs also recently held a technical seminar evening looking at the past, present and future Murray-Darling Basin with a variety of speakers representing MDBA, GHD and CSIRO. And the committee has been busy welcoming new members and mapping stakeholder engagements. South Australian YWPs are bracing for the Ozwater'11 Conference in Adelaide, with more than 1300 participants already registered. The YWP Ozwater program is jam- packed this year, with a workshop on Sunday focusing on the topic 'Water Quality and Disaster Management', ironically selected more than six months ago, before Australia's recent disaster season. There will be a variety of keynote speakers, and scenarios covering bushfires, floods, water quality, disaster risk management and infrastructure development. A YWP Breakfast will be held on the Tuesday and this year YWPs are being given the chance for roles and responsibilities as Assistant Chairs for many sessions, allowing them to report and summarise key outcomes. If you are attending Ozwater be sure to ask our YWP Assistant Chairs for their opinions and summaries on the conference proceedings. And thanks to the many SA students and young water professionals who have raised their hands to help with satchel packing. Northern Territory YWPs catching up at their 'Water in the Pub' event.
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