From the President's\u00a0desk\r\nChris Frangos, ASTT President.\r\n\r\nWelcome to the mid-year edition of Trenchless Australasia. At the time of writing the first round of trenchless forums, the ASTT AGM and Ozwater have all been held.\r\n\r\nTrenchless forums in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch were held in March. All of the events were well attended, with New Zealand continuing to lead the way with the largest number of attendees.\r\n\r\nIf you were not able to attend one of these forums, or have an interesting project you would like to present in the future, I would encourage you to look out for the end of year dates, mark them in your diary and make sure you get along to a forum in your region.\r\n\r\nThe ASTT Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 1 May and I\u2019m pleased to announce that the ASTT council will remain unchanged for 2018. I am looking forward to working closely with all the state councillors to deliver the program of events we have set ourselves for this year, continue planning for No-Dig Down Under 2019 taking place in Melbourne and most importantly undertake the development of the ASTT\u2019s new strategic plan.\r\n\r\nThe approach to develop the new strategic plan was discussed at length at the AGM and it was agreed that specialist assistance is required to assist the association to undertake this significant piece of work. The planning process is expected to run throughout 2018 before it is launched in 2019.\r\n\r\nThe development of this plan will consult widely with the industry, include structured workshops (where feasible) and involve as much of the membership and stakeholder groups as possible. The main objective of the new strategic plan is to produce a vision that is developed and ultimately owned by all members.\r\n\r\nThe new strategic plan will outline a range of deliverables and key performance indicators that provide transparency and accountable management of the ASTT over the next decade.\r\n\r\nThe progress by the ASTT\u2019s Microtunnelling Special Interest Group (SIG) also needs to be mentioned.\u00a0 This SIG has now progressed to the peer review stage. It is important that our microtunnelling colleagues all contribute to this review to ensure it is as comprehensive as possible.\r\n\r\nChair Jim Shooter and the rest of the group have contributed a significant amount of their time to get to this stage and have extended the peer review deadline in an effort to get as much feedback as possible. I am sure that the peer review process will strengthen this document and ultimately result in a valuable microtunnelling resource which will benefit all ASTT members.\r\n\r\nIn May, I had the pleasure of attending Ozwater where I met many of the ASTT\u2019s stakeholders in the utility sector, contractors, suppliers and consultants. It was great to see trenchless technologies and methods so intimately embedded as a core part of the water industry.\r\n\r\nI received some valuable feedback from many people about the good work the trenchless industry is involved in, as well as constructive suggestions about how we can add value as an association to the needs and growth of the water industry in general.\r\n\r\nI am now looking forward to the Trenchless Technology stream at the Water NZ Conference and Exhibition in September, where I hope to speak to members of the New Zealand no-dig industry about what the ASTT can do for them.