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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 20 08 - 2009 showed that the WA/NT Branch of EHA had a good level of participation by the Branch Council and its membership in a range of business areas. Thanks again to Immediate Past President Darren Ponton for his recent term as Branch President which finished in November 2008 when he became a Director of EHA. Thanks also to the Branch Council for their support and actions at various levels within the Branch over the past year. In May 2009 Valarie Filevski achieved a full year of service for EHA WA/NT Branch and has enjoyed her role and approach to member services. I look forward to working with Valarie in the years ahead. Branch Council meets monthly via teleconference to accommodate the wide distribution of the members on Branch Council from WA and N T. The new Branch Council was formed at the Branch General Meeting held in the morning of day two at the 63 r d Branch Conference in April 2009. We saw an experienced and long serving member depart on extended leave, Phil Swain, and congratulate him on his long service to the Branch and the Environmental Health profession and wish him well for the future. Branch Council maintained a good mix of competent individuals and warmly welcomes some new Councillors to take up the mantle. The Branch Council operated for the period (May 2008 – April 2009) between Branch General Meetings with the following people: Joseph Zappavigna – Branch President (City of Fremantle) Darren Ponton – Vice President and Director (City of Canning) Toni Hannelly – Branch Councillor (Curtin University) Colin Dent – Branch Councillor (Shire of Capel) Ross Wells – Branch Councillor (City of Gosnells) Peter Stevens – Branch Councillor (Shire of York) Sarah Curnow – Branch Councillor (Pilbara Public Health Unit) Kelly Fewster – Branch Councillor (new – WA Shire of East Kimberley) Justin Strange – Branch Councillor (new – WA Shire of Mundaring) Kirstin Ross – Branch Councillor (new – NT Batchelor University) Branch Council wants to continue the tradition of appointing two student representatives (Non-Voting) to the Branch Council, to be elected from the student body at Curtin University of Technology. We are keen to see the continued involvement and increased liaison that the student representatives bring to the Branch Council. In forthcoming Branch Councils, I would like to see members who are EH Managers in Local Government or State Government fill any future vacancies that might arise as they inevitably do. Personally I believe that I have only one or two years of service left in me before I retire from Branch Council. Activities In early September 2008, EHA presented the Professional Excellence Award to Mark Bishop for his contribution to food safety management, environmental health leadership and economic analysis of environmental health interventions. At the same time the City of Swan EH Team was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their support of Mark’s professional contribution. Mark was recognised by Standards Australia as winner of a business process redesign award. The Professional Excellence Award is presented to a member who performed a service, project or research which esteems him/her in the profession, above what would be normally expected of his/her position. Later in September 2008 , EHA members participated in the Premier’s Physical Activity Taskforce 'Open Space' facilitation workshop at Technology Pa rk to raise key topics and contribute to discussions around priorities for the Physical Activity Taskforce, working in collaboration with Local Governments and other sectors to get our communities physically active. The Physical Activity Taskforce Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan is the key document in use and can be found at http://www.beactive.wa.gov.au/ aboutus_what.asp as well as the Walk WA Strategy found at http://www.beactive.wa.gov.au/whatswalkwa.asp and the Local Government Strategy found at http://www.beactive.wa.gov. au/localgov.asp with many other resources at www.beactive. wa.gov.au. The Entertainment Precinct Forum was held at Central TAFE, East Perth in November 2008. The forum presented a case for nominating a progressive noise management framework for entertainment venue noise typically impacting on inner city residences in CBD and town centres where licensed venues predominate. Frank Henry from Brisbane City Council and author of the Fortitude Valley Music Harmony Plan, led a forum of WA industry representatives in working out how WA entertainment precincts can work in harmony with increasing residential densities in inner city areas, whilst maintaining the vibrancy and cultural attractiveness of these areas. Representatives from local and state governments, planning agencies, cultural and arts and the entertainment industry stated their views on harmonising noise and planning legislation to allow residential development in entertainment precincts and what needs to be done in relation to current community attitudes, changes to noise laws, changes to town planning policies and liquor licensing controls. The seminar content was valid for urban and regional city centres. EHA participated in a number of Metropolitan Food Monitoring Group meetings during 2008-2009. EHA Branch Councillors attended as many Regional Group meetings as possible or presented reports of EHA activity to those meetings. Branch Reports Western Australia/Northern Territory Branch
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010