Welcome to the APGA Update: October 2021

This is our new monthly publication to keep you in touch with what's going on at APGA. If you'd like something included, please contact Karen Polglaze. The APGA Update will be published in the middle of the month from February to December.

News from the Australian Gas Industry Trust will also be included in the APGA Update for a trial period.

APGA Board

Following the election of directors held in September, the APGA Board met on Friday 15 October to elect office bearers.
Donna McDowall (Quanta Services) was elected President of APGA for the next two years. John Stuart-Robertson (HDI Lucas) was elected Vice President and Wendy Oldham (SEA Gas) was elected Treasurer. The Vice President and Treasurer are elected for one-year terms.
At the Board meeting, Ms McDowell thanked the Board members for their trust shown in appointing her as the first female president of APGA and said that the appointment was a great honour and one which she was looking forward to. She thanked Immediate Past President Tony O’Sullivan for his substantial contribution and his work for the association as President during the past two years in difficult and trying times especially in successfully leading the association, the financial results achieved and maintaining the smooth running of Board and other networking events and meetings forced to be held via zoom. The Board and secretariat unanimously supported Ms McDowall’s thanks.
The Board comprises:
Donna McDowall – President
John Stuart Robertson – Vice President
Wendy Oldham – Treasurer
Tony O’Sullivan – Immediate Past President
Luis Guevara (Vacuworx) – Director
Dave Maloney (CNC Project Management) – Director
Ray Keable (LandPartners) – Director
Kevin Lester (APA Group) – Director
Leon Richards (McConnell Dowell) – Director
Sean Ward (Jemena) – Director
Steve Davies -APGA CEO (ex officio)
Peter Heffernan – Secretary (ex officio)

Women in Pipelines Forum

APGA’s new Women in Pipelines Forum was officially launched at last week’s 2021 APGA Virtual Convention. Given impetus by the graduates of the highly successful APGA Women’s Leadership Development Program, the Women in Pipelines Forum has been established to foster the participation of women in the pipeline and gas industries and to encourage opportunity and active involvement in all sectors of the industry. The forum, to be chaired by Cara Robb from Jemena, will promote collaboration, contribution, celebration and empowerment of women by developing an environment of opportunity and success for the growth of women in our industry. The forum is calling for expressions of interest. Let the forum know how involved you’d like to be.

AS 2885.1 Committee

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since the last revision of AS 2885.1, but the time has come to reconvene the committee to get to work on the next revision.

Expressions of interest for joining this committee are now open.

If you are interested, please send an email with:

1.    Your name and position
2.    A brief paragraph about where you think you can add value to the standard
3.    Another paragraph detailing your area of expertise.

We are looking for people with experience in all facets of pipeline design and construction.

Future Fuels CRC

The Future Fuels CRC will this week welcome its new Development Manager, Antonella Banno. Antonello will be taking forward the CRC’s future strategy.

Among other recent developments at the CRC was the final presentation event for the University of Melbourne’s Student Case Competition. The Future Fuels CRC was the key sponsor of this event and our members including APA Group, AusNet Services, Jemena and AGIG also provided senior team members as judges. The five finalists made some excellent presentations in what was a challenging competition with the winner being Lime Energy.

World Gas Conference

The 2022 IGU World Gas Conference to be held 23 to 27 May in Daegu, Korea is coming fast. The deadline for abstracts was recently extended until 28 January 2022. If you are interested and would like more information on this or the WGC in general please contact Jen Thompson at AGIT.


Energy Club WA Medal

AGIT is sponsoring the inaugural ECWA Medal (Energy Club WA). The ECWA does great work in supporting the WA gas industry through industry networking events, mentoring programs and industry school visits. The Awards Night will be held in Perth on Thursday 9 December. Please email Jen if you would like more information.

Mental Health Month

In support of Mental Health Month, AGIT has 4 Trademutt shirts to give away. Trademutt is a social impact workwear brand designed to support mental health. If you would like one of these great shirts email Jen

AGIT Projects for Q2 2021-22

AGIT sponsors some amazing research and education work which helps improve the gas industry. The latest round of funding provided sponsorship for:

  • A CSIRO LNG Methane Emissions study.

  • Six classroom trials related to hydrogen science activities.

  • The APGA-APPEA Women’s Networking Brunch.
  • Safer Together’s WA Safety Leader’s Forum.
  • GAMAA’s Future Fuels CRC Membership.

  • A one-day Hydrogen Basics Course

For further information, contact Jen Thompson.


2022 APGA Member Directory

Prime Creative Media will soon email all members asking them to update their directory listings for the 2022 printed APGA Member Directory. As  Prime Creative Media is producing this for the first time,  please ensure you check and update your listing as required to keep  the directory accurate.

For any questions about the directory, please contact Nick Lovering at Prime Creative Media.

Young Pipeliners Forum

YPF Queensland held a Networking Drinks event at the Pig N’ Whistle prior to the APGA Networking drinks on 14 October 2021. This was a successful event with both YPF members and APGA members attending.

YPF WA will hold its annual Barefoot Bowls event on Friday 29 October at the Perth and Tattersalls Bowling and Recreation Club. Book your place now.

Pipeline Corridor Committee

APGA’s upcoming Land Use Change Forum will be a virtual event due to continuing uncertainty  after recent COVID outbreaks. The event will proceed with its original line up, with presentations planned from pipeline operators, jurisdictional safety and planning regulators, and even a developer or two. It is hoped that the in-person portion of Land Use Change forums will return in 2022.

HSE ERC Subcommittee

The APGA HSE environment subcommittee met on 22 September to discuss the requirements for the update of the APGA Code of Environmental Practice (CoEP). A working group has been set up to do the review and will be comprised of volunteers from the subcommittee with contributions of knowledge and expertise from  the wider APGA membership. If you would like to assist in the update to the CoEP please contact Jordan McCollum at APGA jmccollum@apga.org.au who will provide details.

POG Committee

We have a POG Meeting on Wednesday 20 October. Sam Maloney will take over the Chair of POG role at that meeting. We would like to thank Ryan Phipps for his two years as Chair of POG.  It has been a difficult 18 months with COVID restricting our face-to-face meetings and we would like to than Ryan for his dedication and commitment to all our POG members throughout the uncertain times.