I hope this report will find you well.
In my 12 years as AEPMA NSW ACT State Council Chairman and 62 years on this planet, I have never experienced more challenging times than the last six months.
Know that we are all in the same situation and we wish you, your family and your staff to remain safe!!
Again, it is time to reflect on what the AEPMA NSW ACT State council has achieved on behalf of the members in the last 24 months.
- We have had 4 State Council meetings per calendar year, all in Sydney except for the Hawks Nest/ Tea Gardens meetings.
- We have had plenty to do with Pest Management Licencing and Training. Some of us attended PMITAG meetings (4 per calendar year).
- We have had many meetings with NSW EPA regarding issues with Pest Management Licencing and processes. We have liaised with NSW EPA regarding several matters which resulted in successful outcomes for our members. It would be great if our Industry members were telling us if they had licencing issues.
- While not much can be said about what is happening on National licencing except that there has been some meetings and time will tell us whether this matter is going forward or not.
- Registration for Pest Management trainees has been in force since 1 July 2018.
- We helped EPA with their campaign to inform our communities that Pest Managers must hold a licence from NSW EPA. A lot of liaison between the authorities and our members has taken place.
- It is important to understand that government authorities will negotiate and listen more to a strong Association such as AEPMA rather than with individuals.
- The Association has a fully funded National office in Brisbane Queensland, branches in all the states of Australia and a national board made up of a delegate from each of the states and a representative from the Associate members.
- There are a lot of discussions happening with NSW EPA on issues that are confidential at this stage.
- All delegates at branch level and National Board are all volunteers (meaning they are giving their personal or company time and expertise for free!) and we thank them all for that.
- AEPMA was influential on the last review of the Pest Management Training package and some of our members served on the TAG (Technical Advisory Group). I will not go into details on this except for the fact that we now have a new Cert 3 and 4 with a lot of new units.
- Units 5, 6 & 18 have been improved. Some of our members would like to see the Industry gain control of our Training Packages and ensure we have sufficient technical units before the next review and maybe it is something for everyone to work on.
Some of your Council members have contributed to the review of some of the Codes of Practice for example Prior to Purchase Timber Pest Inspections.
We responded to emails/ phone calls helping members or National office regarding various matters associated with our Industry in NSW. We have had the pleasure to welcome many NSW/ ACT new members.
I would like to take this opportunity again to thank Gary Stephenson (Gary Stephenson Pest Industry Consultants) for his work as our NSW ACT Delegate to the AEPMA National Board. I don’t know where Gary finds the time to do it all, but he does it and does it well!
As usual, I would like to give a big thank you to this AEPMA NSW ACT State Council members some of them who have been there for as long as I have:
- Ed Covey (Vice Chairman, Termitus Pest Management now retired),
- Kevin Parsons (Globe Pest Solutions),
- Dr Chris Orton (UNSW),
- Greg Moon (All termites and Pests solutions/ Life Member),
- Shayne Reynolds (Pelican Pest Control now Rentokil),
- Geoff Bryce (Bryce Pest Control),
- Richard Doyle (Rentokil),
- Dio Naaktgeboren (Flick- Anticimex),
- Don Wilson (Wilson Pest Control),
- Colin Urey (Drop Dead Pest Control)
- Andrew Knight (Ensystex).
While it was sad to lose Richard Doyle (due to retirement) and Dio Naaktgeboren (moved back to Europe) during this term, we were privileged to gain new delegates such as;
- Kelvin Lawrie (Rentokil),
- Shaun Coe (Flick- Anticimex)
- Kylee Enwright (CPR Pest Management and 2019 National winner of Women in Pest Management).
We, as a State Council have been inclusive and encouraged members to come and contribute which resulted in 15 members present at the 18 November 2019 meeting. This was the largest attendance to a State Council meeting in my time and it also encourages new people with fresh ideas to get involved.
I would like to thank Pest Management suppliers Agserv, Globe and Ensystex for providing venues and refreshments for our meetings. I am so proud to have worked with you all for the last two years and look forward working with you again for the next two years.
Thank you to Shayne and Lynn Reynolds for hosting the fantastic meetings and events at Hawks Nest/ Tea Gardens.
As usual, on behalf of the AEPMA NSW State Council and members, I also thank you to the team from AEPMA National Office and our National Board for another 24 months of great work.
If you have any queries, I can be contacted on 0438 022984 or email: Patrick@austrapest.com.au or contact the National office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Legey - Chairman for the AEPMA NSW ACT State Council
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