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President’s Message

Welcome to the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) 2015 Year Book/Directory.

As in previous years, the Directory is a valuable resource, containing full details of all APIA members, key personnel and a categorised list of the owners, construction contractors, engineering companies, suppliers, service providers and individual members.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of this useful database and support each other’s businesses.

The 2014 Annual Convention, which finished recently, was an outstanding success; the business sessions covered a large range of topics and 548 delegates attended.

One of the key issues raised was the increasing importance of the debate about gas supply, which has highlighted the need for APIA to manage broader issues impacting on pipelines.

As discussed at the Convention, the proposal to include ‘gas’ in the name of the Association would help in this process.

Australian Pipelines and Gas Association would continue to be pipeline-focused, but also advocate for a strong gas industry.

Other activities of note during 2014 include:

  • Further development of a competency-based framework together with tools and resources to assist in the training of pipeline engineers. This has been further advanced with a competency-based assessment for registering pipeline engineers with Engineers Australia and the National Engineering Registration Board. The training and development program that APIA has put together is Industry Best Practice.
  • The recruitment of another Policy Manager to support the strong work of Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright and Policy Manager Steve Davies. The addition of Training and Communications Manager Karen Polglaze has also provided much needed support to our training services to members.
  • Reaching a long-term agreement with Great Southern Press to help ensure the future of both APIA and The Australian Pipeliner.
  • Continuation of the Energy Pipelines CRC’s outstanding work. In addition to vital research, another important initiative was close engagement with RSC members to ensure the message was deeply embedded in the member organisation. The APIA Board also gained an improved understanding of the vision and strategy of the Energy Pipelines CRC.
  • Sustained support for training and safety among members.
  • Further growth of the APIA membership to more than 500.
  • Ongoing success and further development of the Young Pipeliners Forum, including APIA-supported scholarships for young pipeliners to attend conferences and other educational events.
  • APIA returned an above budget result and remains financially very strong.

This year promises to be another busy one, both in terms of business development and member functions.

Of particular interest will be the result of elections in Victoria and NSW.

Development of gas projects, particularly coal seam gas projects, has been on hold in both states as a result of pressure from anti-development forces.

It is hoped that clear election wins should give Governments in both states confidence to develop the resources that are on their doorsteps.

Gas supply is an increasingly critical issue in Australia and this Association will be working for the interests of all members – those involved in natural gas and as well as all other sectors of the industry.

Mark Dayman
APIA President

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