Presidents Letter – September 2021

Anita Rai PresidentHello everyone and welcome to this quarter’s YTP Newsletter. As always, thank you to our industry partners, the Aurecon Jacobs Mott Macdonald (AJM) Joint Venture and the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) for their continued support. 

This quarter may have felt like a quiet one from the outside, but the Committee stayed as busy as ever. All of Australia, especially the majority of our members based in Naarm (Melbourne), have been facing the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and the subsequent lockdowns. Despite our best efforts to organise more inperson gatherings for the YTP community (following the successful return of our annual Barefoot Bowls in March), the uncertainty in restrictions unfortunately hampered our success. However, this quarter’s forum on the ‘Road to Zero Emissions’ successfully ran online and I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsor Siemens and all of our speakers for great discussion. Check out this quarter’s event wrap up to read more about it. 

Of course, YTP was not the only organisation hit by COVID restrictions on eventsYTP Treasurer Adnan Alam gives us his review of experiencing CORE2021 virtually, which was hosted in Perth this year. Luckily, YTP Communications Coordinator Michael Greenwood was able to travel to the Inland Rail Conference in Albury-Wodonga earlier this year – you can read about his experience in this quarter’s newsletter. 

Rounding out this quarter (and this year!), get to know RSA Deputy Integration Manager Bruno Da Silva as well as Committee members Jun Tang (Member Engagement Coordinator), Caroline Lieu and Edward Wright (Events Coordinators) before we hand over the reins to the FY21-22 Committee. Nominations have been extended and are open now – don’t miss the chance to register your interest! 

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