As we approach the end of 2016, I would like to thank everyone for their effort and support of WMAA this year. I have been in the role for just over five weeks, and am overwhelmed by the welcome that I have received, and the energy and commitment for the waste and resource recovery industry that I have witnessed first-hand amongst members.
In five weeks I have managed to meet personally with branches and presidents in five states, and attend Christmas events in most states - sorry Tasmania and ACT, I will be there in the New Year.
I have met members from as far north as Townsville, QLD and far west as Cape Naturaliste, WA. I have also had the opportunity to meet with government representatives, which has been invaluable. Whilst each state is unique, it is pretty clear that each is facing similar challenges with legislation, levies, licensing, infrastructure and preparing for more change in the way that business is done in 2017.
It has become really evident to me in my travels and meetings why WMAA is the peak industry body for the waste and resource recovery sector: WMAA is uniquely placed to support and assist members through various issues, given that we have an exceptional perspective, working both across industry and nationally. Some have told me that this broad church is WMAA’s weakness. I, however, strongly disagree. This is what makes WMAA strong - our ability to see issues through many lenses and be able to provide a thought-out and considered response that does not reflect just one part of this industry.
I look forward to working with you all in 2017. This is a very busy and exciting time for both the industry and WMAA. If you have not already done so, please contact the office to update your membership for 2017.
On another note, I am saddened to inform you that Stephen Holland will be stepping down from his role as a WMAA Operations Manager as of 13 January 2017.
Stephen has been integral to the continuity of the WMAA office over recent years and his big personality will be missed by staff and members alike. We would like to wish him great success in his new role.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.