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From the ASTT Secretary

Corporate Members – Australia

Adam Wilson from CCP Composites Australia

Damon Good from REHAU Pty Ltd

Gilbert Cook from DATATEKS Pty Ltd

Individual Members – Australia

Reece Story

Leigh Goullet from Mildura Rural City Council

James Johnson from Future Construction & Civil

Individual Members – New Zealand

John Leigh

Brent Rae from Coastal Cabling Services Ltd

2014 Membership Fees

Invoices for next year’s membership fees will be posted out in early December 2013. Membership fees will be due on 1 January 2014. All members are encouraged to use the preferred method of payment which is by direct debit. ASTT bank details will be shown on individual tax invoices. Please note that the ASTT does not accept credit card payments.

When making your payment, please ensure that your membership or invoice number is included as a reference as this ensures that your payment is allocated correctly.

Members from New Zealand, please note that the amounts shown on your invoices are in New Zealand dollars.

International No-Dig DOWN UNDER Sydney 2013

What a wonderful week was had by all that attended International No-Dig Down Under Sydney 2013 in September. I have received nothing but praise, particularly from our international visitors, for a most memorable social program, an extremely well balanced technical program and one of the best exhibitions ever.

There are several reasons as to why this event was a success. Firstly I must acknowledge our major sponsors HOBAS, Interflow, Kembla and Vermeer. In addition to these was our Gold Sponsor Pezzimenti Tunnelbore, two silver sponsors Hard Metals Australia and UEA, plus sponsors Aqualogy, Forward HDD and Iplex Pipelines. The ASTT appreciates all these sponsorship commitments towards assisting us with the promotion of Trenchless Technology throughout Australasia.

The conference organising committee are to be congratulated for the voluntary work they put in for developing a wonderful, well-balanced program for all of us to enjoy. Their work, especially in the paper review component of the conference, was extremely time consuming and took a lot of effort. These individuals were ASTT Chairman, Trevor Gosatti, NSW Councillor Nabil Issa, Victorian Councillor Chris Frangos and Lance Horlyck from LJ Horlyck and Associates.

The conference began with the International ISTT Board meeting on the Sunday, immediately followed by the Oktoberfest-themed exhibition opening. The next day commenced with the official opening of the conference followed by technical sessions. There were some 60 individual sessions held over three days, covering 18 different topics and with speakers representing
18 different countries.

More fun was provided with the Sydney Harbour cruise. The weather was absolutely perfect and this event proved extremely popular with both national and international attendees, with 446 delegates on board. This was followed the next night by the prestigious Gala Dinner, attended by a staggering 525 guests.

The conference exhibition featured more than 140 booths with 124 exhibitors, with the exhibition sold out months in advance of the event. This too is a reflection of the wonderful support the trenchless industry has provided the ASTT and ISTT and I thank each and every one of you for this support.

Finally I want to thank Kate Pemberton and Tori McLennon from Great Southern Press and their team of around 30 that worked tirelessly on this event for all of us to enjoy.

ASTT Lobbying Document

The final version of the ASTT’s Lobbying Document is now complete and work will commence on visits to Government officials, universities and others to explain the benefits of Trenchless Technology.

Merry Christmas

In closing, may I also take this opportunity on behalf of the ASTT to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

ASTT Secretary

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