Our next SWQ Branch conference will be held in Goondiwindi, 15-16 March 2018. A Call for Papers will be issued in November and I encourage members to submit an abstract for the program. There are a number of benefits to you personally and professionally in preparing and presenting papers at our conferences – see page 58 of the journal and ’10 Reasons for Presenting Papers at IPWEAQ Conferences’ for example, writing an abstract (up to 500 words) helps you develop the necessary skills to write concisely and being able to summarise your position, story or argument to those who may not have a lot of time eg your CEO. Presenting at an IPWEAQ conference not only earns you up to 45 CPD hours but it’s an opportunity for you to advocate for our profession, increase your professional profile and build on your reputation.
As mentioned in the President’s Report, I am the IPWEAQ representative on the NAMS Council which will be chaired by Murray Erbs following Peter Way’s retirement from the role after 12 years. I encourage members with a keen interest in asset management to participate in the proposed NAMS Queensland Advisory Group (NAMS-Q) so that we can start to tackle some of the issues identified in recent reports from the Queensland Audit Office (QAO).
Please complete the Expressions of Interest form on our website if you would like to be involved. The NAMS-Q Advisory Group will be launched by our president, Joe Bannan at the state conference in Townsville, 24-26 October 2017. I look forward to seeing you then.