Celebrating 10 years of success!
10 years ago, ALGA was born from a dream to provide an identity for the contamination and remediation industry. ALGA intended to provide a forum to network, exchange knowledge and promote its vision and ideas to the wider society. Our membership was modest, and in the first years our budget was modest too.
We've come a long way since those early days. Thanks to our members, ALGA is a force to reckon within the remediation industry. Our achievements in the last decade give us the confidence to say that we're well placed to go on to greater heights, and enable our members in all that they do as professionals.
Happy 10th Anniversary ALGA!
Today marks the 10-year anniversary since the incorporation of the Australasian Land & Groundwater Association. As the current President of ALGA, I am delighted to celebrate this significant occasion and reflect on the achievements of our peak industry body over the past decade.
Since our humble beginnings, we now have over 1,875 active members from all over the world; we run regular technical forums in 13 locations across Australia and New Zealand and host one of the largest technical conferences, EcoForum, focused on contaminated land and groundwater issues.
Like an ever-spreading oak tree, all this started with an acorn of an idea from Dr Peter Nadebaum in 2007. Peter recognised that contamination issues were being dealt with by varied stakeholders and that there was no particular industry body that represented the broader industry. Peter’s vision and subsequent energy and drive in establishing ALGA as a truly representative industry body is as present today as it was back in 2007. It is a testament to Peter’s initial vision that the ever-growing ALGA membership covers such a diverse group of industry professionals. It is this diversity that will ensure ALGA’s ongoing status as a peak industry group and provide the spread of knowledge and ideas throughout the membership.
Of course, like every organisation, we rely on individuals to provide leadership and cohesion, and in ALGA’s case I’d particularly like to thank our long-standing CEO, Elisabethe Dank. Many of you will have spoken with Elisabethe over the years and know of her unfailing focus and work ethic. Elisabethe and her dedicated team at ALGA HQ are the glue that binds our Association together.
I’d also like to thank all those individuals that have fulfilled roles as Directors on the board of ALGA, including chairing the Board and past Presidents. There’s also a huge amount of effort put into our Branch committees in bringing together our regular forums, and my thanks and acknowledgement go to those individuals too.
If you weren’t aware, ALGA's mission is to promote the protection, restoration and management of land and groundwater for the benefit of human health and the broader environment across Australasia, and I think you’ll agree that our members work hard in this area. We face a significant environmental challenge with ever increasing population growth, urbanisation and waste management and we need to work together to provide smart and sustainable solutions to this challenge.
I’m looking forward to the next 10 years and seeing our Association grow.