9 September 2020

President’s Update for Members

It has been a busy month for AIB activities with our National judging of our 2020 Professional Excellence Awards nearing completion. Our Chapter Awards book will be available shortly to all finalists and we have resolved Chapter award presentations while managing State regulations for COVID restrictions.

At this stage ACT, QLD, WA and SA are planning face to face events and some shortened programs will see a mix of dinner and cocktail. Virtual presentations will be used for NSW / Hong Kong, VIC / TAS and the National Awards and the current timetable is:

• ACT Chapter – cocktail gathering format (TBA date)
• NSW / HK Chapter – virtual presentation 16/10/2020
• WA Chapter – cocktail gathering format (TBA date)
• QLD Chapter – cocktail gathering format (TBA date)
• VIC / TAS Chapter – virtual presentation 23/10/2020
• SA Chapter – annual dinner and awards at the National Wine Centre 30/10/2020
• National Awards – virtual presentation 20/11/2020

We will get final venue details out to entrants directly, as well as Chapter Members so you can all celebrate your outstanding projects for 2019. We will still see all Professional Excellence Awards presented before the end of 2020.

Our 69th Annual General Meeting has been scheduled as a zoom meeting for 24 September at 6:00pm. Follow the link to the meeting notice, register your attendance and view the meeting agenda.

I have directly contacted members regarding finalising your 2020 / 2021 membership subscription or confirming your student membership status. Most importantly those members who which to register for the AGM and participate in the business of the meeting will need to be financial to be issued the meeting link.

So, don’t let your membership lapse before this important meeting when we introduce the incoming National President and National Committee to take the AIB into its 70th year of operations. If you need help to confirm your membership status simply contact the office by phone on 02 6253 1100 or by emailing membership@aib.org.au to request a copy of your lost invoice or allow us to assist you by finalising a payment directly over the phone.

Finally, our role as your representatives advocating on behalf of ‘Chartered Building Professionals’ to Government and Building Regulators in all jurisdictions has not stopped.

We are active across a number of jurisdictions providing valuable information to departments and ministers on the pathway forward for building recovery around the nation as COVID responses are formulated.

Have a great day and stay safe wherever you are working at the moment.

David Burnell FAIB
National President, Australian Institute of Building