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ANZ 2017 Highlights

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What a year 2017 has been for the CIBSE ANZ region. Celebrating its 30th anniversary has to be the biggest highlight but it was also a year for many new initiatives, including a new regional monthly eNewsletter and the Talking Buildings podcast. The Young Engineers Awards also went regional and for the first time, CIBSE ANZ sent 3 YEN Chairs to the global Conference in the Middle East and to end on a big win, after 2 years of hard work from the New Zealand committees, CIBSE New Zealand is now incorporated, to serve local members better.

There are plenty more new initiatives planned for 2018 with a strong focus on increasing CPD training and development opportunities, online and face to face.

Scroll through some of our highlights below...


(from left: Engineers Australia President, John McIntosh; CIBSE President Peter Y Wong; CIBSE ANZ BDM, Sharon Pestonji)

Sharon Pestonji was unveiled as the first fulltime appointment in the 30 – year history of the CIBSE Australia and New Zealand Region. Charged with shaking up the membership mix, attracting more students and in particular more women to the industry. The new business development manager has been hard at work on initiatives to develop communications in the regions  including a new ANZ eNewsletter and podcast as well as developing training initiatives and growing regional events like the Young Engineers Awards and the ANZ Seminar Series.

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Touring Perth, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney the ANZ Seminar Series was attended by over 300 delegates. A panel of experts, from building owners and suppliers to industry and government bodies, tackled ways to better manage energy efficiency in buildings.
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2017 marked the 30th Anniversary of when the CIBSE Australia and New Zealand region was first inaugurated. CIBSE President Peter Wong was among the dignitaries that attended a cocktail function at Melbourne’s Sealife Aquarium to celebrate the occasion.

The publication, 30 Years and Counting, detailed the 30 year history of the region through photographs and contributions from members past and present. This was posted to all members in the region as a memento.
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Paul Angus, FCIBSE, was elected as CIBSE Australia and New Zealand Region Chair at the ANZ Regional Committee meeting on 16 June 2017. Paul has been instrumental in introducing new forms of communications across the region, such as the Talking Buildings podcast, and laying the groundwork for new online training opportunities coming in 2018.
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The CIBSE Advisory panel welcomed two new appointments; Tim Spies, director at NDY and Frankie Muskovic, Policy Manager at Property Council Australia.
Established in 2016, the dynamic panel continues to support the ANZ committee through market intelligence and insight at a regional level to deliver the ANZ 2020 vision.
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The CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards went regional in 2017. Winners of the 2017 Awards were announced at a function at Melbourne’s Aquarium. UNSW student, Thai Nguyen took out the Mark Griffin Award for Student of the Year whilst Simon Green, graduate engineer at Arup in Melbourne stole the honour of the Jack Pirie Award for Young Engineer of the Year.
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​(First podcast from left: Sharon Pestonji,Paul Angus withFrankie Muscovic, Property Council of Australia)

CIBSE ANZ launched a new platform to discuss and tackle thought provoking matters relating to the built environment. Revealing a new topic each month with a different industry expert, Talking Buildings gives members a new way to engage with hot issues in the industry.
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With the support of the CIBSE ANZ region, three CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Network (YEN) Chapter Chairs attended the global YEN Conference in the United Emirates. The Conference provided an environment for young professionals from all walks of life to contribute to the challenges present in our industry. The itinerary also consisted of technical tours to Amity University, Masdar City and other cultural and technical destinations of interest.
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CIBSE New Zealand members will for the first time have the opportunity to formally engage with decision making and have their say in how the institution is run, locally. This is because the Chartered Institution of Building Services NZ is now incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. This change, that became official on 23 November 2017, will ensure transparency and accountability of the Institution’s NZ operations.
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CIBSE ANZ has established a sub-committee to drive new training and education initiatives for the region. The first meeting of this newly established team will be held later this month where one of their tasks will be contributing their skills to support the CIBSE CPD accredited training initiative being rolled out to the ANZ region in 2018.

Thank you to all the CIBSE volunteers that work so hard to keep the institution alive and vibrant. Its that passion that will see the institution delivering more value and benefit to members in 2018.

Watch this space!

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