President’s Desk

Each month the President of ISNSW, Michael Green, addresses the considerations and concerns of the Institution's members and the surveying industry alike. 

We were happy to accept an invitation to the Institution of Surveyors Victoria 2017 Surveying Industry Awards Gala Dinner held at the Encore at St Kilda on 14 July.  Various awards were presented with after dinner entertainment provided by Elliott Goblet.  Despite it being Bastille Day we, from NSW, promised not to storm the MCG and it was quite a genial and enjoyable night.

This provides a neat segue into reminding all of the upcoming EISSI Awards night scheduled to be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Phillip Street on 16 September.  You do not have to be a winner to enjoy this event.

The LPI privatisation will not go away.  It now seems that Hastings Funds Management which was one of the companies involved in the winning bid could be on the market.  The media reports that Westpac put Hastings up for sale in 2015 but abandoned that idea on advice from others.  It now seems to be back on the market and it appears that Hastings is in the race for the purchase of the South Australian land Titles office.  According to the ABC website, the PSA, Law Society, Institute of Surveyors, Institute of Conveyancers and SA Real Estate Institute all oppose privatisation because they say the Lands Titles Office is among the most efficient government agencies.    Privatisation is expected to be in place by September.  Sound familiar.  Our colleagues in Victoria are also under siege.

Last month it was mentioned that the Survey Practice and Legislative Committee is revising the Practice Notes on Topographic Surveys.  Members should be aware that there is a list of disclaimers and explanatory notes for plans in the Members Only section of the Institution’s website.  The list can act as a guideline but members should give some thought to site-specific disclaimers.

A meeting of the Surveying & Mapping Industry Council (SMIC) was held on Friday 21 July and amongst the items included in the reports were;
•    the ANZAC Memorial Centenary Project in which The Office of the Surveyor General is calling on the help of the Surveyors of NSW to help honour the sacrifice of our fallen WWI men and women.  A call for volunteers who would like to be involved in the collection of soil samples has gone out to surveyors across the state.
•    A decision on the RICS trademark application for the term ‘Chartered Surveyor’ has
been handed down by IP Australia. The Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand (CRSBANZ) objection was successful on the basis that the trade mark is non-distinctive and the evidence filed by RICS was insufficient to show that the trade mark had become distinctive through use.
•    Public consultation for the remake of the Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation closed 21 July.  Work has commenced on updating the Surveyor General’s Directions to bring them up to date with the new Regulation.
•    The new SG11 (POSI) is scheduled to be published on 31 July.

In June, ISNSW organised a webinar on planning for subdivisions.  The feedback indicates that attendees enjoyed the webinar which encourages the Institution to run more of these events.  We would appreciate any suggestions for future topics and presenters.
The formation of the Australian Surveying Alliance is creeping slowly forward with the Western Australian Institution of Surveyors and Queensland Spatial and Surveying Association now also on board.  NZIS has declined the invitation to join preferring to rely on existing Memorandums of Understanding.

If you are interested in teaching part-time at TAFE your attention is drawn to the SMIC Training Scholarship Program detailed in the June Azimuth.  As mentioned in previous editions, if you wish to make further enquiries about teaching part-time at TAFE contact Paul Swan on 9217-5161 during business hours.

Dates to remember:
Friday 20 October – Maths in Surveying Days
Friday 25 August – Cumberland Group Land Development Seminar
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 August BOSSI Candidate Workshops
Saturday 9 September Plan ISNSW Assessments
Saturday 16 September – EISSI Awards night.
Friday 6 October – ISNSW AGM
Wednesday-Thursday 24-25 January 2018 Australia Day Seminar


Michael Green, BSurv MEngSc DipEd MIS
Meritorious Surveyor
President ISNSW

August 2017

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