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From the Chairman’s Desk

The Trenchless Live event was held at Coffs Harbour from 17-20 October 2010 and the ASTT were pleased to see this trenchless “live” type of event for the first time brought to the Australasian calendar to showcase the trenchless industry further. It was a great opportunity for those in the industry to demonstrate their technology to clients and stakeholders in a safe and comfortable environment. It was also great at this event to continue to recognise this year’s excellence in trenchless awards and we congratulate all winners of those awards:

  • Person of the Year – Chris Geehman
  • Young Person of the Year – Steve Apeldoorn
  • Rehabilitation Project of the Year – Serpentine Creek Siphon – Interflow and Goulburn Murray Water
  • Installation Project of the Year – Brightmore Reserve – SewerFix Wet Weather Alliance and UEA.

The other event that just concluded was the International No-Dig that took place in Singapore from 8-10 November 2010. This successful event highlighted the International Society of Trenchless Technology’s (ISTT) growth with the announcement of four new societies being commenced throughout the last year to take the number of country societies to 26 members.

The event was also significant in that the ISTT considered bids for the holding of the 2013 International No-Dig, and I am extremely pleased to announce that the ASTT was successful in its bid to have the event held in Sydney. This is a great show of confidence for the ASTT by the ISTT in that the Sydney 2013 event will be the third International No-Dig to be held in Australasia after very successful events in Perth (2000) and Brisbane (2006). The ASTT, together with its partners Great Southern Press, plan to make the 2013 Sydney event “÷the best ever’ and is another fantastic opportunity to showcase Trenchless Technology in the Australia and New Zealand region.

I would also like to make mention of some other good news items for ASTT members that came out of the Singapore event. ASTT Secretary Jeff Pace was voted onto the Executive Subcommittee of the ISTT for a three-year term, and will represent our regions interests on that important group. It was also extremely pleasing to see the Australasian nomination for International Project of the Year win the award, and congratulations go to Interflow and its partners for their success. This is further proof that Australian trenchless companies are producing world class standard work.

As this will be the last edition before the end of the year, I wish to take this opportunity to wish all members of the society and our stakeholders, a very Merry Christmas period, and a happy and successful New Year.

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