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What’s News at BCIA?
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NETWORKS AND STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS



More than 40 people attended BCIA’s research symposium on Wednesday 18 July at CSIRO in Clayton. Further details of the symposium are provided on page 11.

To date, BCIA’s community skills activities have primarily focussed on building a consensus around requirements and this has necessitated engagement with a large number of stakeholders.

In recent months, BCIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney, has held awareness-raising meetings with State and Federal parliamentary representatives for the Morwell area, Latrobe City Council, Regional Development Australia and the Victorian Departments of Planning and Community Development and Business and Innovation.

Earlier this year, Dr Gurney also took part in a Latrobe Valley Ministerial Roundtable organised by Regional Development Australia and spoke with Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Mr Peter Ryan and Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Mr Simon Crean, about the need for low-emissions coal R&D.

This roundtable activity was used as one of the inputs into the recently released Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap (see
page 5).

In recent months, Dr Gurney was also invited to address a lunch time session at Victoria’s Parliament House on some of the challenges and opportunities for environmentally sustainable use of brown coal as part of the ‘Science in Parliament’ program.

Following his address, Dr Gurney met with State and Federal parliamentary representatives for Morwell, Mr Darren Chester and Mr Russell Northe, to discuss BCIA’s skills and funding activities.

Throughout the first half of this year, BCIA has also instigated and participated in a range of briefings with government departments, industry, energy and research provider representatives and various business and industry publications.

Dr Gurney and BCIA Chair, Mr Gerry Morvell, met with the Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Mr Michael O’Brien in late May and with Department of Primary Industries Secretary, Mr Geoff Rosewarne, and Deputy Secretary, Ms Sandra Dennis, in March this year to provide an update on BCIA’s activities.

COMMUNICATIONS



In late June, BCIA issued the second edition of our regular stakeholder e-newsletter, Perspectives on Brown Coal. The newsletter has been very well received and has driven a 177 per cent increase in traffic to BCIA’s website compared with the same period last year.

Visitors to BCIA’s website -
www.bcinnovation.com.au - may also have noticed a major refresh of our public site which was implemented earlier this year. Based on user feedback, the redesign incorporated new site architecture and improved page navigation to better communicate BCIA’s principal activities and progress towards a low-emissions future for brown coal. We welcome your feedback on the site and any suggestions for further improvement.

Delegate bookings are now open for the 2012 National CCS Conference; proudly sponsored by BCIA. The second National CCS Conference will be held in Perth from 21 to 23 October this year and is the major event scheduled for CCS Week.

BCIA sponsorship complements international exposure of our research program at a number of internationally-renowned conferences earlier this year including the 8th Annual Clean Coal Forum, held in Beijing, China; the Clearwater Coal Conference, held in Florida, United States and the Second International Symposium on the Sustainable Use of Low Rank Coal, held in Melbourne.

During the Second International Low-Rank Coal Symposium, BCIA’s research program and progress towards a low emissions future for brown coal were positively referenced in a front page article in
The Age newspaper. Growing media awareness of BCIA is being supported by our program of regular briefings with journalists and news commentators.


For more information on What's News at BCIA, go to the previous page of this e-newsletter.




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