As I sit here (along with many others) in a Melbourne lock-down writing this note, I am contemplating the situation we are in with COVID-19 and reassessing what’s really important to me. More than ever I realise it is the fantastic friendships I have cultivated both in my perso nal and professional life that are helping keep me positive and resilient.
The relationships I have built through my involvement with ALGA have contributed greatly to the support and guidance I have received throughout my career and I am very grateful for being able to be involved in the direction of our industry through my role with our Association.
The strength of the Association that sits behind me as your current President means I am now asking you to also support ALGA during this unusual time by staying engaged, connected and attending our upcoming eConferences.
Like many, I will miss the buzz of a face-to-face conference this year, with lots of familiar faces and the conversations and laughter that go along with it, however just because we can’t get together in person, doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. We have designed our virtual program to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for questions, discussion and even the odd joke or two!
As you may be aware, we have a new and invigorated ALGA leadership team with a renewed focus on delivering value to our members. Now more than ever, we need your help to ensure ALGA gets where it needs to go into the future as the peak body for the land and groundwater community in Australia and New Zealand.
So please join me at EcoForum2020 and The New Zealand Land & Groundwater Conference this year to stay up to date with new and emerging technologies for site characterisation, the state of remediation practice, emerging risk issues, asbestos management, the latest in regulatory guidance – and of course PFAS (there’s always PFAS)!
I hope to see you online, and I look forward to being able to catch up when we can.
All the best!
Ian Brookman, ALGA President and Director.