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. 

Every now and then one is reminded that we only get one shot and the LPI campaign is an example of this.

At the April meeting which was held on 31 March the Board voted to continue the campaign against the privatisation of LPI until a successful bidder was announced.  We have a vague notion of the timing of the government’s announcement to be one or two weeks after the three by-elections on 8 April in Manly, North Shore and Gosford.  The by-elections went as predicted in that the Liberal Party has held Manly and North Shore and the Labor Party has Gosford.  We are putting together a strategy based on this time scale.  Our colleagues in regional areas have been appearing in their local newspapers and the groups throughout the State are enthusiastic about the continuation of the campaign.  The rally held in Martin Place on 28 March was successful in that 300 to 500 people attended, however, apart from the Sydney Morning Herald it received no other media coverage.  Channel 7 recorded some footage leading up to the rally but the news of cyclone Debbie and the subsequent floods took priority.  Wendy Harmer on Sydney ABC Radio 702 has interviewed Labor leader Luke Foley and Don Grant, the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro.  Geraldine Doogue interviewed Esther Han from the Sydney Morning Herald on Radio National.

Ironically, as I started writing this report, the Liberal candidate for the Manly seat came to our front door.  He has left with ears burning.  Bad timing for him – good timing for us.

Since the last President’s Report, the Registrar General, Jeremy Cox, together with Danusia Cameron has twice visited the Institution office.  On the first occasion Jeremy and Danusia outlined the functions of the Regulator including KPIs to gauge the effectiveness of the Operator, the new framework of the former LPI, safeguards including the Foreign Disclosure requirement of the Operator and control of legislation by the government.   On the second occasion Jeremy addressed the ISNSW Board and responded to and discussed about 20 questions that were submitted prior to the meeting.  It was confirmed that there will be no change in the payment of royalties to surveyors.

The APAS conference held at Shoal Bay on 21-22 March was chaired by Wayne Fenwick and attended by around 250 people.  The presentations that I saw in my brief visit were of an excellent quality.    Hopefully some of the speakers will consider entering their presented topics in the EISSI Awards.  Unfortunately there was a SP&L Meeting that required my early exit to drive back to Sydney.

The Cumberland Group held a meeting on 29 March which was also well attended.  They have a meeting proposed for August which will focus on Stratum subdivisions.

There was a healthy attendance at the Easter Conference of the Country Surveyors Association held at the Novotel Sydney Central on 6 & 7 April.  Following the first day of this event Mitch Hanlon, Peter Baxter and I attended the Industry Evening at the University of NSW organised by Craig Roberts.  This function was attended by Surveying students as well as a sprinkling of Civil Engineering students who I gather were keen to hear about careers in surveying.

As mentioned in the last Azimuth the SP&L committee is putting together a process through which engineering surveyor members holding diplomas can be accredited by the Institution in specific engineering surveys.  We now have 3 possible applicants and will be looking for suitably qualified people to interview and assess those who apply for accreditation. If you feel that you can contribute to the assessment process please contact the Institution office.

The Joint Administration Model (JAM) meeting was held at the LPI office on Friday 7 April.   The meeting was followed by BOSSI CPD committee meeting and then the presentation of Certificates to the successful BOSSI Land and Mining Surveyors.  It was great to see younger members of our profession proceeding towards registration.

An issue that is being discussed in many circles is mutual recognition of licensed/registered surveyors from other states.  As we know, Registered Surveyors in NSW are examined in Engineering and Town Planning but this is not the case in other States however by granting mutual recognition we feel that there may be an assumption by the public that all surveyors are equal.  A number of solutions are being considered such as introducing compulsory CPD in Engineering and Town Planning or endorsed registration indicating the areas in which a surveyor is qualified.  The BOSSI committee will examine the status of CPD in other states and in other professions.

Members are reminded to take their membership cards to meetings.  If there is a scanner at the meeting the QR Code on your card will be scanned and the information relayed onto the Institution office to record your attendance and for CPD points.

Once again you are reminded of the coming EISSI 2017 Awards night which will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on Saturday 16 September.  Paul McDermott will be the MC.  Last year was brilliant and there is no reason why this year should not be the same.  Look around your office to start compiling projects to enter into these awards.

Dates to remember
Fridays 26 May, 11 August and 20 October - Maths in Surveying Days
Friday 25 August – Cumberland Group Meeting which will include Stratum Surveys
Saturday 16 September – EISSI Awards night.

Au revoir. (Just practising).

Until next month.


Michael Green, BSurv MEngSc DipEd MIS
Meritorious Surveyor
President ISNSW

April 2017

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