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Exhibiting strong local, regional leadership

IQA President John Mitas relates the importance of the IQA's 17 branches and sub-branches in driving leadership for the Institute's membership across the country.

In my editorial in the April issue (Quarry, Vol 25:4, April 2017), I talked about the importance of strategic planning for the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) – that is, to ensure our energy and resources are focused in achieving our vision in educating and connecting our extractive industry.

One of the success drivers identified in our strategic plan is strong local leadership across our 17 branches and sub-branches.

"Increasing our membership base, and organising interesting technical seminars that are relevant to our members and industry, are very good examples of strong local leadership."

I was fortunate to attend the South Australian and Victorian annual general meetings this year, with record numbers of guests for both dinners. Both branches have campaigned to increase their membership this financial year and have achieved their targets.

Increasing our membership base, and organising interesting technical seminars that are relevant to our members and industry, are very good examples of strong local leadership.

The challenge for all the branches and sub-branches is to set targets for membership growth and ensure our meetings and seminars provide education, personal development and networking opportunities for our members and the extractive industry.

The IQA conference in Toowoomba this month, with its focus on regional infrastructure projects and the importance of regional development for our economy, has engendered a lot of interest from our members and the extractive industry.

Registrations have exceeded expectations. CEO Paul Sutton and the organising committee have put together a conference program that will address a lot of the issues our industry faces today.

I am looking forward to sessions “crystal balling” the future of our industry.

The couch chat with industry legends Fred Reid, Bruce Neumann, Henry Wagner and Rodney O’Neil, who will offer their views on the issues facing our industry today and their thoughts on how we will manage the next wave of infrastructure projects heading our way, will be fascinating.

The IQA board and I look forward to catching up with you at the conference.











ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Mitas
President • Institute of Quarrying Australia

John Mitas is the current President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia, and a regular contributor to Quarry. He is an inaugural member of the IQA Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) board.








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