Currently, there is so much happening in the resource management and resource recovery space that many of us are waiting for an opportunity to draw breath!

We all seek some certainty post the China National Sword Policy, but in reality, the ensuing impacts and consequences continue to reverberate and impact at national, state and local levels.

So it seems that now, more than ever, we need to harness a collective voice to shape the future of resource management. Once the various consultation processes run their course, we will have to live with the outcome we shaped, or had an opportunity to shape.

We should be encouraged by this and should take part, as there are many great things taking place and new opportunities that foster the promotion and implementation of Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology projects.

The AIEN is pleased to play a role in many forums that allow us to promote Industrial Ecology in Australia. A number of submissions have also been made, which are detailed in this issue of the newsletter.

Further opportunity to contribute to the current discussions and developments will be presented at the upcoming AIEN Conference, themed “Connecting manufacturers, recyclers and consumers”, to be held in Parramatta from 19 to 21 September 2018.

All of us at the AIEN are very excited about the positive and constructive contribution that the conference and high calibre of papers, workshops, technical tours and networking opportunities will undoubtedly make.

Even though the call for abstracts has closed and the conference agenda is being finalised, participation as a conference delegate affords real opportunity to participate in the coming resource management changes. It’s the networking and cross fertilisation of ideas that lead to the next breakthroughs and the positive resource management changes we all seek. In such a dynamic environment, we all have the capacity to contribute. I implore you to do so!

When all the proverbial dust settles, Australia will have in place the resource management systems, infrastructure and markets it has earned. Not one will be able to rightly complain, as the changes would have occurred on our collective watch, with us shaping the final outcome.