March 2022 message from SA Branch President Carmen Wentrock
Welcome to the first SA Source newsletter for 2022! I took extended leave over the Christmas break, which was much needed after a rather hectic 2021. The water industry is buzzing at the moment, with opportunity around every corner!
So in taking time for reflection, my goal for 2022 is looking after myself - self care. Self-care is simply the act of taking time to focus on yourself (i.e. taking time for hobbies, reading, walking, relaxing, exercising). Now this sounds pretty simple, but recent times have been hectic for everyone I know, and these acts of self-care need to be prioritised now more than ever, so that we can be sustainable at home and work. Working across a male-dominated industry, men, just like women, need to take care of their mental and physical health.
In looking at the calendar for SA AWA events, the first event was going to be the Minister’s Breakfast, however, sadly this event has had to be cancelled. We were going to hear from the Minister and Shadow Minister prior to the State election, but we will have to stay tuned for a rescheduled date, where we will hear from the (new?) Minister about their plans.
Preparations are in full swing for OzWater in Brisbane in May. The preliminary program has been released, and it shows a comprehensive range of presentations and workshops. I look forward to listening to the Water Journey of others, but also to be able to articulate mine.
The YWP’s continue to plan for upcoming Sundowner events, so check the calendar for the next one. I am always enthused by the energy and passion our YWPs bring to anything they do. A special shout out to Brayden Jenke (Fulton Hogan), who has joined the YWP committee.
My hope is that you got a break over summer, and had time to refresh to start 2022. So what do you have planned for 2022? And what are you doing for self-care?