Chris Frangos, ASTT President.
The ASTT AGM was held in Melbourne on 27 April 2017. After a productive two years as the ASTT President and several years as the New Zealand Councillor, Steven Apeldoorn announced that he would be stepping down from his position on the ASTT executive.
Steven and I joined the ASTT council at around the same time and have seen the association grow and develop into a dynamic, progressive and successful advocate of all things trenchless. I would like to acknowledge and thank Steven for all that he has done for the ASTT over his many years of service.
As the reality of being the next President is sinking in, I am honoured to be in the role and look forward to continuing to grow the association. I hope to be a visible, easily accessible leader and active promoter of the trenchless industry.
A number of changes of the council have occurred, with Ben Crosby taking up the role of Vice President and Blair Telfer taking on the role of New Zealand Councillor. I look forward to working closely with all of the councillors new and existing and executive of the ASTT over the coming year and beyond.
I would like to acknowledge and thank, the elected councillors and executive for their ongoing support and generous commitment of their time for the year ahead.
On a more sombre note, the ASTT recently lost a long-time member and an active contributor to the trenchless industry, Bill Goodman. I would like to pay tribute to Bill, express my condolences to Bill’s family, and acknowledge him for his significant contribution to the ASTT. I did not know Bill as well as many of you, however I had the pleasure of meeting Bill on a number of occasions at some of the early No-Dig Down Under conferences. Thankyou Bill, you will be missed, may you rest in peace.
As we approach the middle of the year, I am excited by the events ahead of us.
There are several ASTT Technical Forums scheduled for Victoria, New South Wales, New Zealand and Queensland and, with speaker programs in place and registrations for a number of the forums already open. At a local level, I encourage all of you to continue your support of the forums as they are a great way to stay in touch.
Preparations for No-Dig Down Under at the Gold Coast are now in full swing. I would like to thank the organising committee for all of their hard work to date, particularly in putting together what I’m sure you will agree is an exciting conference program.
Once again, a big thank you to our conference sponsors Vermeer, Ditch Witch, Empire Infrastructure, Pezzimenti Tunnelbore, and Interflow. Without the involvement of our volunteers and sponsors, we would not be able to hold these great events.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the early bird discounts and I look forward to seeing you all at the Gold Coast on 12-15 September.