Water Journal : Water Journal September 2013
water september 2013 32 awa News NSW Heads of Water The 2013 NSW Heads of Water was held on Friday 2 August at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney. Guests were entertained by Master of Ceremonies Rob Carlton and also had an opportunity to hear from the recently appointed AWA CEO, Jonathan McKeown, on his vision for AWA going forward. During the evening, Murray Thompson (Immediate Past NSW Branch President) thanked the 2011–2013 NSW Branch Committee and publicly handed over his Presidency to incoming NSW Branch President Mark Trembath. Mark also delivered a speech on his plans for the NSW Branch and introduced the audience to the 2013-–2015 NSW Branch Committee. Many thanks to all those who attended this sold-out event, and to our Event Partners, Beca and Xylem Water Solutions, whose support ensures that we can continue to be able to offer these types of events. We look forward to planning the 2014 Heads of Water. Waste Management Seminar ‘Seminar 5 – Wastewater Management: New Horizons, Innovations and Challenges’ was held on Wednesday 14 August at the UTS Aerial Function Centre, Sydney. This seminar covered the broad topic of wastewater treatment, focusing on new processes and technologies, recent innovations and challenges the industry currently faces. Presenters included Geoff Watson (GHD), Gerin James (Aquacell), Lorin Sole (Ishigaki Oceania), and co-presenters Heri Bustamante (Sydney Water) and Yvan Poussade (Veolia Water). We would like to thank the speakers for presenting at this event, the delegates who attended and the Seminar Sponsor, Sydney Water, for their support. 2013 NSW Engineers & Operators Conference The program for the 2013 NSW Engineers & Operators Conference is now available online at www.awa.asn.au/nswengineersandoperators. This year’s conference will focus on optimising smarter, cheaper ways of delivering services while maintaining or improving keeping customer service levels for operators of water and wastewater infrastructure. ACT New Branch Committee Members The ACT Branch recently held the Branch Committee elections. We are delighted to announce the 2013–2015 committee members are: Anntonette Dailey (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs); Brad Sherman (CSIRO); Deniss Cirulis, Julia Jasonsmith (Murrang Earth Sciences); Julien Lepetit (AECOM); Luke McPhail (e-Water); Michael Ross (ACT Government); and Walter Reinhardt (The Australian National University). The Committee-elected executive positions are held by Adrian Piani – URS (ACT Branch President); Kimberly Lippmeier – ACTEW Water (ACT Vice President); and Simon Webber – ACTEW Water (ACT Immediate Past President). Water For the Future On 3 July, the ACT Branch held the Water for the Future event. This lunchtime session explored the successes of the previous strategy, Think Water, Act Water, and outlined the key components of the new strategy – Water for the Future, and the proposed strategic direction for water management in the Territory. We would like to thank all those who attended and the speakers, Mr David Butt, Executive Manager Water, Policy in the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate and Mr Michael Ross, Senior Manager – Water Resources, Water Policy, ACT Government and ACT Committee member. QLD QWater’13 Conference The QWater’13 Conference will be held at Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, from 8–9 November 2013. The conference program has been created to appeal to all participants in the water industry, either directly or in support activities. The program will have a selection of speakers across the following topics: • Our Customers, Our People A key focus on cost of living pressure by government, utilities and customers will continue to constrain revenue growth. How are we engaging with our customers to deliver services they value? How are we developing our customer-focused workforce? • Water Business The governance and structure of our industry continues to evolve. How is the current economic, political and regulatory environment shaping our businesses? • Excellence in Programs and Projects Our utilities continue to strive for excellence in operations, asset management and project delivery. Let’s celebrate the success of and learn from the challenges. More details can be found on the AWA website. Whether it’s for drinking, irrigation or industry, Australia’s climate and reliance on water has produced some of the world’s most innovative suppliers of water products and services. 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