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NSW  Stormwater Industry Association Annual General Meeting

I am pleased to present the President’s report for 2009.

This was my first year as President, and the Global Financial Crisis gave us some unexpected challenges, that no President (new or old) would want, but I feel the NSW SIA did well in the face of adversity.

When I took on the role last year, my fear was that I would not be able to fill Steve Frost’s shoes.  Whether I’ve done this or not is for you to decide not me.  But I’ve put in more time and effort than ever before and think the whole committee has stepped up more than in the past.  So thanks to the committee for your support.

I had several objectives for the NSW SIA in November last year, and I feel we achieved around half of them.  But I feel we have 3 major areas to focus on for the coming year.

The first ever National SIA conference here in Sydney in November next year.

   1. Stem the falling membership base, and try to get a minimum of 30% increases in both individual and corporate membership.

   2. Fix the NSW website, to make it practical, functional and easy for us to operate

Of course we have other challenges, and these will be discussed at committee level.

As in previous years we have continued the tradition of providing professional development opportunities by continuing to provide a range of seminars, workshops and conferences.  This year we ran seminars on WSUD, Stormwater Management Plans and Climate Change, all of which were nicely profitable, thanks to the efforts of the organisers and the efforts of GEMS staff.  Our seminars continue to get positive feedback and good numbers, so we aim for this trend to continue with input and drive from the new committee, and the reliable support of GEMS.

We also ran a joint Annual State SIA conference for NSW & VIC.  It was in Albury this year, and whilst we had no end of challenges to making it a success, we were able to make a modest $12,000 profit, which I was deliriously happy with under the circumstances.

The NSW SIA also applied for and was successful with a grant from the NSW Office of Water to run a series of workshops.  Titled “Stormwater Harvesting for Local Councils – Covering All The Bases”, the series of 5 seminar/workshops were well attended and very positively received.  It also made a profit for the NSW SIA of just under $10,000 that was nice to see in a tough year.

In the area of lobbying and policy development we provided comment on the:

   1.       NSW Office of Water’s Metropolitan Water Plan, and
   2.       the Federal Dept of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - $200M Stormwater Harvesting Grants

NSW did exceedingly poorly in the first round of the Federal Grants, so hopefully we’ll all lift our game and bring more money into our state with the remaining $114M on offer in the second round.

I would like to thank our Administrative Officer, Bronwyn Davies, for her support to me, the committee and GEMS.  It’s an unusual job to say the least, and Bronwyn regularly works irregular hours and meets unusual requests in order to meet her commitments.  So thank you Bronwyn, I know this year has had its frustrations (especially with your computer) but you’re always hard working and helpful.

I also wish to acknowledge the Master Plumber’s Association, of which we are members, and in particular the General Manager Paul Naylor, who continues to make us welcome at their headquarters in Lidcombe for our monthly meetings.

I also will take this opportunity to formally thank GEMS.  Julie, Michelle, Sarah and Chris continue to provide us with the support and capacity to put on the events we do, and together we are becoming a well oiled machine in meeting the event expectations of our members.  Even though its 12 months out, GEMS are already beavering away behind the scenes working on making next year’s first ever National Conference one we’ll never forget.  Thank you to GEMS.

Finally, I would like to thank the committee who contributed, and you the members who make up our industry and organisation.  Please continue to support the opportunities provided by your NSW  committee and the broader stormwater industry, and I think we are in for an exciting year ahead.

Murray Powell

President NSWSIA