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Secretary’s Corner

It is inevitable that each year we lose some of our valued members. This year was no exception with some six departures. At the time of drafting this report, we have picked up another six and we have another two that are considering joining us. On behalf of the ASTT, I extend a welcome to the new members and I hope that we can meet up at our International NO-DIG which will be held in Brisbane later this year. The new members are:

Annette West from Arogen Pty Ltd (Corporate Member)

Zoltan De Rhede from George Fischer
Pty Ltd (Corporate Member)

Jason Kaiser from Rock Drilling Australia Pty Ltd (Corporate Member)

Owen Cavanough from VicUrban (Corporate Member)

Brett Doyle from Underground Asset Services (Corporate Member)

Michael Butler from KRE Engineering (Individual Member)

Dr Ing Gerhard Lang from Amiantit Meyer Polycrete Ltd (Individual Member)

Trenchless Technology competency training

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to report that Mr Rob Tindall, an employee from West Australia’s Underground Services Australia is the first person to successfully complete the Certificate 3 in Civil (Trenchless Technology), well done Rob Tindall. (See page 6 for more details.)

Western Australia’s new councillor

Once again it is with some sadness that I must report that Mr Ken Walter has decided to resign as the West Australian ASTT Councillor. Ken has been recognised as the WA Councillor for some three years but has had an involvement with the ASTT since about 1992.

Ken in his past role as a Project Director for the Water Corporation was also responsible for the trialling of HDD equipment on the backlog sewer program that he managed in the early 90s. Ken shall also always be remembered for the enormous effort he put in to the management and selection of the congress papers for the Perth No-Dig 2000 International Conference and Exhibition. Ken also undertook this task when Perth was trialled as a potential site for the Perth International No-Dig back in 1996.

Ken has been and still is a keen supporter of Trenchless Technology and it has been an absolute delight to work with and he will be missed. Ken has left the Western Australian membership base of seven Individual and ten Corporate members.

I now want to welcome Mr Trevor Gosatti to replace Ken Walter. Trevor is the Director of the Premium Corporation whose offices are located in Perth. Trevor can be contacted by e-mail on:

Conference update

I am pleased to be able to report to all of you that the committee for the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition under the chairmanship of Mr Andris Krumins have been working extremely hard on making this event another success for all of us and one to remember.

The exhibition is filling up at an unprecedented rate. That has meant that the organisers have had to make provisions to extend the floor area into the adjacent halls. As at 30 June, there are already some 45 confirmed exhibitors with enquiries being received constantly from others. I expect that the spaces remaining will fill out quickly once we commence our new financial year. The conference website reflects the final floor plan as well as the names and booth locations of the confirmed exhibitors. for more details see

Some 105 abstract submissions were received from all over the world and I personally would like to thank the work and effort that each one of you has put into this. Regrettably not all can be accepted, however, the committee is to be congratulated for expediting the review of these papers and notifying the successful authors promptly. Based on this expeditious work, efforts are now being directed towards finalising the program for us and slotting the papers into the program so that they provide the most suitable structure in order to comply with the conference theme of Sustainable Infrastructure.

There are still some good sponsorship opportunities that have not been taken up for those companies that may be interested in gaining additional exposure opportunities during the conference.

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