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ALGA leads the industry by introducing Virtual Branch Events

In April ALGA's Branch Committees launched a series of Virtual Branch Events as an alternate solution to our face-to-face events. The Virtual Branch Events were set up in order to continue to deliver industry knowledge sharing and training to its members in a safe manner. At the moment, you can’t...

In April ALGA's Branch Committees launched a series of Virtual Branch Events as an alternate solution to our face-to-face events.

The Virtual Branch Events were set up in order to continue to deliver industry knowledge sharing and training to its members in a safe manner.

At the moment, you can’t come to us, so let us come to you – wherever you may be! In the office, at the dining table, on the deck outside or on your daily bush walk – anytime, anywhere!

How do Virtual Branch Events Work?

1.     Register for the event via ALGA’s website or the emailed invitation

2.     The pre-recorded presentation will be released on Friday morning – you will be sent an email with the link

3.     Watch the presentation at a time convenient to you before the live Q&A session – remember to submit any questions or comments in the Questions Tab

4.     Log in to the live Q&A session at 2pm Tuesday – you will be sent an email reminder with the link

5.     During the Q&A session the presenter will address any pre-submitted questions, and as time permits, will ask the viewers for any additional questions. The Q&A session will run for a maximum of one hour

6.     That’s it! The Virtual Branch Event is complete!

7.     Missed out? Don’t worry, all presentations will continue to be available OnDemand after the completion of the Live Q&A.

The first Virtual Branch Event was hosted by the Christchurch Branch: Remembering Sharon and Rebecca – An Example of Best Practice in Community Engagement and Communication.

It was presented by Graham Aveyard, the Science Team Leader for Contaminated Land at Environment Canterbury.

The follow-up question and answer session was lead by Sarah Smith, principal scientist with Envira Consulting Limited in Invercargill. There were lots of questions from viewers, which Graham answered with ease. We’ve had great feedback and both viewers and ALGA are very appreciative of Graham sharing his insights.

Stay tuned to our website and weekly newsletter for upcoming Virtual Branch Events. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement to future sessions.    



CoVid19 Sanity in Isolation Tips with Craig Cowper

Hi! My name is Craig Cowper, the ALGA team asked me to answer a few questions from them about coping during CoVid19! What makes you happy? Working mostly from home, which means spending less time travelling to and from the office. Seeing a LOT more of my wife and kids during the day, rather...

Hi! My name is Craig Cowper, the ALGA team asked me to answer a few questions from them about coping during CoVid19!

  • What makes you happy?

Working mostly from home, which means spending less time travelling to and from the office.
Seeing a LOT more of my wife and kids during the day, rather than coming home to them at the end of a day with a head full of stress.
Seeing that our home WiFi network is managing to survive, running at full tilt 10,000 RPM all day, with 6-8 devices connected to it.

  • How you stay professionally productive and positive?

I've tried to replicate my desk setup at home, which helps adapting to my 'new normal'. We've set up a Zoom 'happy hour' on Friday afternoons, to help maintain the social relationships in the team.

  • How are you managing home schooling? What survival tips can you share with your fellow members?

Home schooling - I've learnt quickly how to juggle and multi-task! My "working hours" are spread further across the day so I can have gaps in the middle to understand how online learning works, the new ways to do maths, and finding stuff around the house as ingredients for art and craft projects. Survival tip - go with the flow, online learning is as new to the kids as it is to you. Its a great way for all involved to learn new adaption skills. 
Work survival tip - make sure you stay in touch with all things ALGA. Plenty of online stuff like the webinars are a perfect opportunity to stay in touch with things in our industry.

  • How have you and your business adapted to the new circumstances?

We work from home now. We are in constant contact via mobile, Skype, email and Zoom. Business partners are more than happy to meet via video conference, which also means reducing less productive hours travelling to and from meetings. On site, its just about building in additional hygiene practices into the day, and keeping distance from others on site.

  • What crazy stuff are you up to at home - show us those dance moves!

No crazy stuff dance moves here ... but I've started a new line of WFH corporate business attire, which has been a mix of shorts, t-shirts and thongs, slowly migrating into tracky dacks, hoodies, ugg boots and other high end fashion items as the cooler months approach. I'm looking forward to seeing what this year's Spring collection will bring in September.

  • Have you witnessed any good deeds in your community or workplace?

Work colleagues, clients, suppliers all being understanding of the changes in the way we are all doing business now ... but most importantly, working together to adapt to new delivery models.  

I wish all to be safe and well in a tough time for us all!

Regards

Craig Cowper



CoVid19 Sanity in Isolation Tips with Ken Mival

Hi! My name is, Ken Mival. I am a Environmental Auditor for Contaminated Land. I work for EHS Support and for the last four years have worked part time from my home office, so isolation due to Covid 19 hasn’t changed my life much at all, except for the cancellation of site visits and social...

Hi! My name is, Ken Mival. I am a Environmental Auditor for Contaminated Land.

I work for EHS Support and for the last four years have worked part time from my home office, so isolation due to Covid 19 hasn’t changed my life much at all, except for the cancellation of site visits and social activities.

How I stay productive and positive is to maintain my usual routine – which includes an early morning walk along the King Parrot Creek with my two dogs – Molly the Collie and Barnaby the Kelpie (Barney for short or just Brown Dog), then work in short bursts on my audits until lunch around 1pm, and again until tea and then dinner, keeping the work periods modest and allowing for some exercise on my 3 acre property between sessions.  Morning coffee and afternoon tea are taken on the verandah with my wife – something Barney now expects every day!

Survival – stop watching TV reports on the spread of the virus – stay calm and talk frequently to my friends/colleagues and my children and their families at regular intervals.

EHS Support has not had to adapt much as we all work from home anyway.  It seems the rest of the world may be catching up with our business model.

Barney is missing his dog training sessions and Agility practice.   As a 4 year old he is hitting his peak for agility – so the photo shows us practicing on our home jumps to keep him from going insane!  Molly the Collie is ancient (nearly 14), half blind and totally deaf - so does not do agility anymore – but it still gets her excited when the young tyro is doing his stuff.

As a member of the local Flowerdale Landcare committee, I fully supported one of our committee who took our fencing trailer to Corryong to help the locals with repairs to fences just after the fires.  The local farmers were very grateful for the assistance which was an immediate assistance to stop stock wandering, and 3 weeks before Blaze Aid got going. 

I wish everyone the best during this difficult time - stay safe - stay home if you can!

Regards

Ken Mival



CRONICLE for April - the “Good News” edition!

            Some of us at ALGA are going a little nuts in isolation so we want to hear from you! Tell us what’s keeping you productive and above all positive! Has the home office had a revamp, have you connected with past friends, are you starting to celebrate the small stuff (yes we’re...


 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of us at ALGA are going a little nuts in isolation so we want to hear from you!

Tell us what’s keeping you productive and above all positive! Has the home office had a revamp, have you connected with past friends,
are you starting to celebrate the small stuff (yes we’re talking about finding a roll of toilet paper at the supermarket).

Please send us some text (short or long) and a picture of what you're up to whilst isolating!

We’re interested in:

  • What makes you happy;
  • How you stay professionally productive and positive;
  • How are you managing home schooling? What survival tips can you share with your fellow members?
  • How have you and your business adapted to the new circumstances;
  • What crazy stuff are you up to at home - show us those dance moves!
  • Have you witnessed any good deeds in your community or workplace?

Submissions will be reviewed, and hopefully included in our next edition of the CRONICLE in a special 'good news' edition.

Don’t forget to include a photo (we love pets).

Submit your contribution here.

 



ALGA thanks you for staying at home!

A message from the ALGA President: For an organisation that relies on forums, conferences and networking events, asking you to keep your distance certainly goes against the grain!  However that’s the brave new world we currently all live in, and social distancing is essential if we are to flatten...

A message from the ALGA President:

For an organisation that relies on forums, conferences and networking events, asking you to keep your distance certainly goes against the grain!  However that’s the brave new world we currently all live in, and social distancing is essential if we are to flatten the curve and control the spread of the virus.

This is obviously a very challenging time for ALGA.  We have postponed all of our face to face events that were planned for the near future and instead many of our planned forums will be run as webinars. We are fortunate in that we already have a history of delivering strong content via webinars and we are able to expand this program. We are also currently working on a strategy where we can still offer other information sharing, self-development, conferencing and training delivered straight to the safety of your home. It’s certainly not business-as-usual, but as we move with the times it definitely business-transformed!

We have also made the difficult decision to postpone EcoForum 2020. As you will know this was planned to be held in Darwin in September. The conference organising committee have been doing an outstanding job bringing the event to life and they are all disappointed that it’s not going to go ahead as planned. We are exploring the idea of a ‘virtual conference’ and you will see more about that in future correspondence.

As with all organisations, the wellbeing of our staff is also in mind, so steps have been taken to ensure all staff have the option to work remotely. We ask that if you need to contact ALGA in any way, feel free to contact the team directly on their mobiles. You can find all the information on who does what as well as their contact details here.

It’s important to remember that we are all in this together, and as with any crisis, it is often the sense of belonging to a community that helps people deal with the stress of the situation. ALGA represents the land and groundwater community and we are here for you at this time.  We will aim to keep you connected, informed, educated and engaged.  We might not be able to all come together at forums and conferences – but we can come together through webinars, teleconferences, emails and publications.  If you have a story to tell, content to share or something to sing about – then we’d love to hear about it and to share it with the contaminated land community.

As always, we remain committed to supporting our members and our industry during this challenging time. We are always available for a chat, so feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to catch up.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of ALGA and of course all of our wonderful volunteers, we hope everyone is in good health and spirits and staying safe.

Ian Brookman
ALGA President



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