eFlash #493

eFlash #493

eFlash #493
Date: 14-Jul-2021

In this edition: IPWEAQ Board Elections| New WIOA Practical Guide to the Operation & Optimisation of Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration Membrane Processes| qldwater Annual Forum 2021 - Registrations Now Open!| Smarter Investment in Wastewater and Water Treatment Forum - Register Now!

1. IPWEAQ Board Elections 

qldwater is a business unit of IPWEAQ with members of the Association receiving links to voting forms today. It is a new process, with electronic voting.

There are three contested positions: Vice President, At-Large and NQ Branch President. Candidate profiles are available at:

Vice President Candidate Profiles
At Large Candidate Profiles
NQ Branch President Candidate Profiles

We have been encouraged by the Board in the past to promote the positions to those who are directly involved with the Water Directorate, as it is our organisation’s governing body and water sector representation in overseeing our business is very valuable.

To this end, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of candidates with significant water experience who’ve been part of our Technical Reference Group in the past or Strategic Priorities Group currently – Graham O’Byrne who has nominated for an “At Large” role and our past chair Trevor Dean who has been on the Board for the last couple of years and has nominated for both “At Large” and Vice President.

 Best of luck to all…

2. New WIOA Practical Guide to the Operation & Optimisation of Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration Membrane Processes

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia has recently released this new publication, which complements its existing library of practical guides for operators – great reference guides broadly used to support training.

qldwater has a standing arrangement where we support WIOA’s publication costs by guaranteeing to purchase a number of each new guide for our core members to distribute, which we’ve again done for this publication. We’ve identified those we believe would benefit from our records – given membranes aren’t everywhere these will be offered to a select group.

In case we miss anyone, please contact rcosgrove@qldwater.com.au if you are keen to be included in the mailout.

3. qldwater Annual Forum 2021 - Registrations Now Open!

The Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) invites you to join us for our Annual Forum in Redland City in September 2021.

The qldwater Annual Forum is being held on the 8th & 9th of September with an additional ‘Automated Metering’ themed workshop being held on the 7th of September.

This year’s forum is being graciously hosted by the Redland City Council with most events based at Alexandra Hills Hotel and at North Stradbroke Island for our day tour.

A copy of the draft programs for the three days is available on our event website.

If you have not been to one of our forums or one of our themed workshops before, it is not something you will want to miss! A chance to network with 100 plus water industry professionals, typically including 30 plus councils/utilities.

This year our focus is trying to get as many people to attend in person as possible. It will be great opportunity to network with likeminded people, as such there will be no virtual registrations for this forum.

7 September – It will be a great opportunity to share experiences in automated metering and our increasingly digital operating environment, as well as the chance to connect with industry experts and vendors.

8 September – A Day on North Stradbroke Island visiting the Seqwater Dunwich Water Treatment Plant & Redland City Council Point Lookout Sewerage Treatment Plant and other fun activities including the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test! Followed by the Annual Forum Dinner where you have the opportunity to network with other delegates over a three course meal and have the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker Adam Lovell from Water Services Association of Australia.

9 September – The day will be focused on Industry Strategy (building on the highly successful 2019 event) and 'Is Asset Management for Water and Sewerage in Queensland broken?' Speakers from around the state and nationally will provide case studies on how AM is improving.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available across the three days. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the days, please contact Naomi Carragher on 07 3632 6850 or ncarragher@qldwater.com.au.

 This is a great opportunity to connect with your peers across the state. We hope to see you there!

4. Smarter Investment in Wastewater and Water Management Forum - Register Now!

The Queensland Government is hosting a forum in conjunction with the Australian Water Association North Queensland Regional Conference. The Smarter investment in wastewater and water management - sharing lessons from the Reef catchment and the south east Queensland region forum is on Wednesday 28 July.

You can view the agenda for the day here.

The half-day interactive forum, organised in partnership with qldwater and the Local Government Association of Queensland, will share insights and lessons learnt in managing water and wastewater for smarter investment across the Reef catchment and improved water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef.

This is a critical opportunity for senior water and water treatment asset managers to share and gain valuable insights on catchment-wide approaches and capacity building opportunities for urban water and water management. For further details and registration, please visit https://ipweaq.eventsair.com/qwd-urban-water-forum-2021/

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