On behalf of the ASTT, I extend a warm welcome to the following new members.
Individual Members – Australia
Tim Bardsley from All Trenching and Boring
2012 ISTT No-Dig Awards procedureArticle continues below…
Entries will be invited early next year for the No-Dig Awards for 2012, which will be presented at the International No-Dig 2012 Sao Paulo, Brazil in November 2012. This time there will be a change to the procedure as the ISTT will only accept ASTT endorsed nominations for this award. What has been happening in the past is that there has been applications made by companies that are not members of an Affiliated Society and it was felt that this was now no longer acceptable, after all it is the ISTT Award and this award should only go to its members.
Therefore should any ASTT member wish to submit an application to the award, then they will have to forward it to the ASTT Secretary for society endorsement and it will then be passed to the ISTT for assessment.For information on the 2011 ASTT Awards turn to page 26-29.
New Zealand membership fee increases
Membership fees for New Zealand have not increased since January 2005 where that rose from $NZ170 to $NZ180 for Individual and $NZ640 to $NZ680 for Corporate.
Unfortunately for our New Zealand members, the Australian dollar has continued to grow in strength against the NZ dollar. This increase has been monitored over the years as the past fee structure was based on an exchange rate of approximately 1.10, this rate is now around 1.30. What this means is that the ASTT is losing approximately $A10 on Individual Members and $A55 for Corporate Members.
This issue was discussed at the last AGM and it was agreed that the fees be amended as per the tables below. A copy of the minutes of the last AGM can be viewed by clicking here.
2011 Annual General Meeting
It is with great pleasure that I can advise all members of the outcome of the recently held Councillor elections for New South Wales. The successful applicant following a vote of NSW members was Nabil Issa.
Nabil is the Manager – Street Opening Policy and Standards (Ausgrid) and Chairman – NSW Streets Opening Conference (SOC). Nabil has served as Ausgrid’s delegate on the NSW SOC since 1997, and has chaired the Conference since November 2006. Nabil has identified a number of opportunities for closer cooperation between ASTT and SOC, and will be formalising new relationships between these two organisations as the New South Wales Councillor to the ASTT Board. Nabil is our profiled councillor in this edition of Trenchless Australasia – turn to page 22 to read more about Nabil.