Steven Apeldoorn, ASTT President.
Welcome to the first issue of Trenchless Australasia for 2017, and the 50th edition of Trenchless Australasia overall. Trenchless Australasia is the voice of the ASTT. The magazine has faithfully and triumphantly communicated almost everything the society has been involved in through 50 issues since 2004.
The magazine has changed a bit over this time, but every issue has been a credit to our industry and a real asset. I would like to thank Great Southern Press, including everyone that has been involved over this time, for all of their hard work in producing each issue and being such a great partner to us.
It is hard to believe that we are into March already, but the year, none the less, is in full swing. Planning for the New Zealand, Victoria and New South Wales 2017 ASTT Technical Forums is well underway, and the call for papers for the Gold Coast No-Dig Down Under (12-15 September 2017) is already closed.
The Conference Committee and Great Southern Press are doing a great job in preparing for the conference. Once again a big thank you to the Conference Committee volunteers and also a big thank you to our confirmed No-Dig Down Under event sponsors: Vermeer, Ditch Witch, Empire Infrastructure and Interflow. Without their involvement, we would not be able to hold these great events.
On 27 April 2017, the ASTT AGM will be held at the Bellarine Room of the Park Royal Hotel (Melbourne Airport) at 1pm.
I would like to encourage those members who are able to attend, to be there if they can.
Of substantial note, with regards to the ASTT council, ASTT Secretary Jeff Pace, will soon be retiring from his role on the ISTT executive sub-committee. Jeff has served as our representative on the ISTT executive sub-committee for a long tenure.
As of April this year, Jeff’s tenure comes to the end of its term and the position comes up for re-election.
I would personally like to express my sincere thanks to Jeff for all of his personal time and dedication to this challenging role. Jeff was a fine representative.
The ASTT Council has nominated Perth Councillor and Past President Trevor Gosatti as the candidate to stand at the ISTT election for this position. I wish Trevor the best luck in winning the position back
for the ASTT.
With the new year, comes new plans. In some areas, the level of activity over the previous 12 months has been slower than desired – particularly in the rehabilitation market – however, this has been offset by infrastructure growth demands and the positive effects this has on trenchless new installation. Whatever your plans for the 2017, I would like to wish you all the best success, and a positive year ahead for all
I hope you enjoy the special 50th edition of this fantastic magazine. A big thanks to all those behind the scenes – congratulations and keep up the great work.