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Concrete In Australia : September 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 3 As I write my last president s column, Concrete 2013 is fast approaching. On the 16th of October, the opening address will be given and the starter s gun red on three days of what is an outstanding technical program. My special thanks to the organising committee and all volunteers, for almost two years of hard work and planning. e wonderful contribution of conference chair Prof Peter Dux and deputy chair David Beal also merits special mention. At the conference dinner, my presidency will come to an end and I will hand the reigns of the Institute over to current vice-president Doug Jenkins. It has been a wonderful two years and I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to serve the Institute and its members. e current state of our industry is certainly challenging, but I am sure the Institute will continue to be an active voice "promoting and developing excellence in concrete technology, application, design and construction throughout Australia". In one of my last duties, I was lucky enough to spend two days as part of the judging panel for the Biennial Excellence in Concrete Awards. If you have the chance, I would encourage you to attend the state award functions in your home state. No spoilers here, but I can say that the state award ceremonies, and national award presentations at the conference gala dinner will be a wonderful celebration of what our industry can achieve. I would also like to acknowledge the long and productive service of a number of national councillors who are standing down from the council -- Fred Andrews- Phaedonos, Ian Bishop, Prof Ian Gilbert and Prof Jay Sanjayan. Much work goes on quietly behind the scenes by the national councillors to make sure the institute delivers the services and events the membership rightly expects. ese councillors have served the institute above and beyond, and on behalf of the executive, national council and all the members, I wish them well. I am sure we will continue to see them at CIA events into the future. With departures come arrivals and the national council welcomes newly-elected councillors Anthea Airey, David Morris and Vinh Dao. Renewal of the institute is essential for its ongoing viability, so it is wonderful to see new faces on the national council. Finally, I would like to thank the executive for all their support, guidance, and wise council -- Doug Jenkins as vice-president, Fred Andrews-Phaedonos as immediate past president and Craig Heidrich as secretary/treasurer. I must also acknowledge the enormous contribution of our CEO, Graeme Burns and our sta in the national and state o ces who continue to provide wonderful support to the institute, our volunteers and our members. Liza O Moore President, Concrete Institute of Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Platinum Members Leaving on a high note