Water Journal : Water Journal April 2014
2From the President NOW IS THE TIME TO GET 'IMMERSED' IN OZWATER Graham Dooley -- AWA President WATER APRIL 2014 Welcome to the bumper Ozwater issue of Water Journal. This special edition, in conjunction with our annual Ozwater Conference & Exhibition, showcases the truly great work we Aussies do in managing our nely balanced and environmentally sensitive water cycles. And in my view, we manage our nite, variable and unpredictable water superbly well -- better than any other country. As an industry, of course, the water sector is not without its challenges. One of the current issues we face is the rapid downturn in activity level for the consultants, contractors, suppliers and thousands of individuals that support the capital side of our industry. This is a great pity. I feel quite sad when I see good, capable people being made redundant because there is not enough work. While boom and bust cycles are reasonably common in the mining industry, with the capital refurbishment needs of our old infrastructure and the need to be constantly refreshing our technological base to deliver more and better services, it ought not to be so hard for our major capital works originators and funders to even out the peaks and troughs by bringing some of this work forward to moderate the highs and lows. All our water knowhow is exportable for value and in AWA, under our waterAUSTRALIA brand, we are working hard to establish a substantial water export industry for Australia of our expertise, our policy and legislative frameworks, our ability to solve continent-wide and regional water challenges, and the myriad of products and services such that you can see on display at Ozwater. If you want to be involved, either on a corporate level or as an individual, then I encourage you to get engaged with waterAUSTRALIA. The packaging, marketing and delivery of our nation's water knowhow to those nations that need and value it requires the commitment and investment of AWA, its corporate members and Government. Austrade has helpfully made available some funding to allow AWA to explore nearby regions in detail. Meanwhile, those readers who have not as yet immersed themselves in an Ozwater Conference & Exhibition are encouraged to do so at this year's event in Brisbane. The multiple parallel sessions in the Conference Program cover every imaginable aspect of water. Themes this year include Financing Water Infrastructure, Asset Management, Technical Innovations & Breakthroughs, Mining & Resources Industry and more. The Exhibition is free, but to attend Conference sessions, or to be a full delegate, fees do apply. The Gala Dinner and other highlights are always sell-outs, so booking your registration early is recommended. I love going to Ozwater. You might think that after four decades in the business, I would have a sound knowledge of most water-related topics and products -- but I discover new things every time, from the latest devices and gizmos to the most sophisticated technologies and learned studies. As well, Ozwater is a tremendous opportunity to meet new people, network and learn what others are doing in the water industry. I hope to see you there -- and if you do attend, please come up and say hello.
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