From the magazine

Secretary’s Corner

A motion was passed at the last AGM endorsing the fee increases. The amended fee structure is shown below.

Australia (not including GST)

Corporate Individual
Past $500 $125
Present $540 $135

New Zealand

Corporate Individual
Past $640 $170
Present $680 $180


In December last year some 170 membership renewal invoices were posted out to members, with fees due to be paid by January 1, 2005.

To those of you that have paid on time, thank you, and for the remaining few that have not, please make every effort to fulfil your obligations quickly, as the time it takes to follow up your payments ends up costing all of us. The ASTT prides itself on keeping the fee structure at a realistic level and wants to continue to do so.

It is worth noting that this year, several members are opting to make their payments directly to the ASTT bank account through the direct debit method.

Newsletter Articles

All members are reminded that all items of news, new product releases or reporting on project achievements are now to be forwarded to Chris Bland or Scott Pearce of Pipeline Publications. They will gladly do what they can to ensure your story is published in future editions of our new magazine.


enviroNZ 05 will be the second time the ASTT and the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association (NZWWA) will combine efforts to host a Conference and Exhibition in New Zealand. The event will once again be held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland from 28 – 30 September 2005 and all ASTT members and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Exhibitors wanting to book space for a booth or for the No-Dig live should contact the NZWWA office directly on +64 4 802 5262 or email Liz Alexander on Additional information is also available by going to the Conference website:

At this stage, the ASTT will also be holding its 14th combined Council and Annual General Meeting at this event. Members please be aware that nominations for election to Council will be called in early July 2005.

Update on Trenchless Technology Training Resources

New Installations Resources

The development of these training resources was workshopped and completed in 2004 and the package was introduced at the ASTT Conference in Melbourne.

Rehab Training Resources

A submission is currently being prepared to the B.C.I.T.F. (WA) to acquire funding to develop training resources for:

“¢ Install cure-in-place linings for existing pipeline systems;
“¢ Install close-fit linings for existing pipeline systems;
“¢ Install slip-linings in existing pipeline systems; and,
“¢ Renovate large diameter pipes and chambers.

The BCITF Board approval or otherwise for this submission should be known by April 2005.

Business Plan 2005 activated

So what has been happening now that we have the Business Plan?

This year’s Business Plan has some exciting challenges spelt out within it.

The ASTT proposes to continue to undertake membership campaigns through
whatever means we can; we want to finalise the production of the Standards and Guidelines for microtunnelling, HDD and rehabilitation; we want to ensure that a framework is produced for the Standards and Guidelines; we want to finalise the nationally recognised training packages that support the newly developed TT competency framework and commence competency training of operators; we will be holding our second combined New Zealand NZWWA Conference and Exhibition in Auckland later this year; work will be continuing on the International NO-DIG conference that will be held in Brisbane in 2006; and finally, we will be working hard with Case and CCF to incorporate a “trenchless” category into the 2005 Case Earth Awards.

Jeff Pace

ASTT Secretary

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