Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
WATER AUGUST 2013 28 AWA News ADDING VALUE TO AWA'S SPECIALIST NETWORKS Over the past few months the AWA Policy and Programs Team has been looking at how it can add greater value to Specialist Network membership. With new Manager Grant Leslie on board, the team undertook a review of the management of the Specialist Networks, exploring methods of extracting greater value for members, and strengthening AWA as a policy and advocacy body. All the networks were reviewed in the context of each other and the water cycle. A number of natural "clusters" emerged and it was agreed that there would be signi cant bene t to the management, organisational ef ciency and member engagement if networks were grouped in 'like' themes -- taking into account that there will also be some cross-pollination of ideas and activities. As a resource for the AWA Policy and Programs Team, the Specialist Networks have been identi ed as key information sources in the development of policy positioning for AWA. Ideally, information on important issues should be communicated upwards from the Specialist Networks to the AWA policy development process; similarly, information from each Specialist Network Committee should ow down to individual Network members, thereby forming an information loop. This loop will provide AWA with the best possible opportunity to re ect member views. AWA believes this new era of programs and networks management will result in a more ef cient use of member energy and bring about a period of new opportunities for members and the Association. The organisational chart below illustrates the new structure and the clusters of networks and programs. To learn more about AWA Specialist Networks, or to join, please see the information on the AWA website: www.awa.asn.au/networks. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the Policy and Programs Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9436 0055. Please note: AWA's Specialist Network Actions Plans, setting out objectives and activities for the coming year, have now been published online. Please see www.awa.asn.au/Specialist_Network_ Action_Plans for more details. AWA RURAL WATER SPECIALIST NETWORK ESTABLISHED Earlier this year, a group of AWA and non-AWA members interested in providing a national platform for the exchange of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) research ndings, came together and established the AWA Rural Water Specialist Network. The objective of the network is to promote sustainable water management in rural and peri-urban regions of Australia. Speci c areas of interest that are intended to be covered include: • Irrigation water management; • Drainage and reuse; • Water resources management; • Environmental water management; and • Flood control. Cross-cutting drivers and topics, such as climate change, planning and design, advances in operating, measurement and control equipment, Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and Triple Bottom Line (TBL) may all be considered as needed and appropriate. Groundwater use and Coal Seam Gas water are seen as part of IWRM. To join this network and be kept up to date on developments, log on to the AWA website and go to 'Manage your account'. CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS The committee for the Rural Water Specialist Network currently comprises mainly members from the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and New South Wales. In order to establish a broader base and balanced representation from all states and territories, AWA is seeking active members to join the committee. It is envisaged that committee members will take on activities in the areas of interest described, including development of policies relating to rural water, contributing to rural water features in Water Journal and having a Rural Water presence at Ozwater'14. Being a committee member will take on average one hour a week and is a great way to strengthen your engagement, contacts and in uence in your area of interest. The network's action plan is now available online at http://www. awa.asn.au/Specialist_Network_Action_Plans/ Activities include: • Establishment of the network; • Investigating the possibility of a joint network stream at Ozwater'14 involving Rural Water, Catchment Management and Environmental Management Specialist Networks; • Sponsor and facilitate activities at the Peri- urban 2014 International Conference, jointly organised by the University of Western Sydney and University of Melbourne, in collaboration with AWA. • Contribute Rural Water Statistics to AWA’s annual Australian Water Directory. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, or have any suggestions for further topics/activities that you wish to see the network take on, please contact Laura Evanson email: email@example.com.
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