July 2, 2019
For more than 20 years the Water Industry Alliance has showcased South Australia’s water expertise to the world, driving the growth of the industry in local, national and international markets.
Significant value has been created for the water industry and South Australia.
In recent years the Alliance has faced some challenges. Membership fees cover only a portion of operating costs and the most recent funding agreement with the State Government ended in June 2018.
A review of funding arrangements has determined that the Alliance’s current operating model, which relies solely on membership fees, is no longer sustainable over the long term.
With this in mind, the Water Industry Alliance Board is exploring a new direction to find a sustainable way forward.
Over the next three months, and with the generous support of the Department for Environment and Water, the Board will consider transitioning from a membership-based to industry development organisation.
The Alliance is well positioned to undertake this role on behalf of industry and in collaboration with State Government, having grown annual exports in South Australian water technology and services to almost $600 million annually.
Any such transition will require the support of members and the Board is committed to working closely with them throughout this process.
Members will be kept informed as the Board determines what a new operating model could look like and what would be required to achieve it.
Existing membership levels and benefits will remain valid while these arrangements are worked through.
The Board looks forward to Alliance members' continued support as they seek to secure the future of the Water Industry Alliance.
In the meantime, it remains business as usual and the Alliance encourages both members and non-members to attend the upcoming planned events.