I hope and trust that everyone is staying well and safe. Fortunately for most of us in Tasmania we are faring much better that some of our colleagues interstate, particularly Victoria as they continue to struggle with lockdowns and restrictions in movement as this insidious disease continues to wreak havoc on our communities and loved ones and I would like to recognise their struggle and let them know we are thinking of them and hope that the situation continue to improve.
As we all settle in to the new way of living and working, SSSI has also adapted to these changes and there is no better example of that than our recent State of GIS Webinar which attracted well over 80 attendees. The 2020 version of SoGIS which was kindly sponsored by 1Spatial included five outstanding talks from local presenters, on a range of informative and interesting topics. One of the outstanding presentations was one given by Tim Bendall from Esk Mapping who gave a talk on the development of a web map as part of ongoing work at the historic Port Arthur Site, the highlight though was Tim’s innovative use of technology – preparing a virtual animated presentation of himself that set the scene early for a fantastic webinar.
I would also acknowledge the efforts of our committee members Inga Playle & Chris Walsham supported by our Regional Manager Su Ling Meimaris who did a fantastic job in coordinating and hosting the event – well done.
Also we had two long term members of our Tasmanian Regional Committee, Scott Strong and Steven Flude decide to step down from the committee in July. Both Scott and Steven have made a significant contribution to SSSI and the Tasmania region over many years. Scott (Strongy) has held the position of Treasurer as well as assisting and supporting the planning and coordination of the Tasmania Surveying and Spatial Conference – TSSC including presenting on a range of various topics. Scott has been a leader and active participant in our profession, with his contribution recognised as the Tasmania Spatial Professional of the year in 2019.
Steven (Fludey) has been our national Land Surveying Commission representative, providing vital link between national activities and initiatives with Tasmania and the profession. Steven has also made significant contributions to a number of regional and annual Tasmanian events, sorting venues and with a very good eye and nose for great Tassie wine. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank both Scott and Steven for the dedication over many years to the profession, for their support and friendship particularly over the last two years during my time as Regional Chair. I wish them both the very best for the future, and I am sure we will see them still about at events continuing to contribute.
Finally as the end of year draws closer I start to cast my mind forward to the AGM at which point I will be taking on the national president role. As part of that transition the Tasmanian region will need to appoint a new Regional Chair and Vice-Chair including the appointment of new Committee members. We will be sending out requests for nominations for a number of positions some time in early September. If you would like to be involved and be part of our local committee then feel free to give me a call or reach out to anyone of the other committee members and we will happily provide you with some detail. Otherwise, keep your eyes out for the formal requests coming in the next few weeks.
Until next month please continue to stay safe and strong.
Chair, SSSI Tasmanian Region