Consulting Surveyors Victoria (CSV) General Meeting
The Consulting Surveyors Victoria (CSV) recently held their Annual General Meeting and Dinner at the Mantra Bell City and several Taylors employees were invited to attend the evening. Described as, ‘a good social evening with other survey professionals who are competitors by day but also come together for the good of the profession’, the night celebrated the top three CSV highlights of the year, recognised successes and looked ahead to opportunities in the coming year.
The night addressed issues relating to the ongoing management of the ASCV which is dedicated to the continued development of a prosperous private sector of the surveying industry, while also acknowledging long standing members of the surveying community and even discussing Australian History. As the current Taylors representative on the ASCV Board, Leo Bateman gave a presentation on his portfolio which celebrated the successes of the year and considered the future and what it may potentially hold for the CSV.
At the dinner which followed, the trophy for the Annual Tennis Challenge was presented to Taylors for the sixth time within seven years, with Paul Munoz stepping up to accept the award on behalf of the company. The Peter Tyrell Award was presented to Peter Davies for his outstanding service to the surveying industry. Peter was a long term cadastral lecturer at RMIT University and additionally served the surveying community in other roles.
Guest speaker Martin Flanagan – known for his journalistic contributions to The Age regarding sport and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia – delivered a compelling presentation on the history of Tom Wills, a man credited with being Australia’s first cricketer of significance after leading the first Aboriginal cricket team on an Australian tour in 1866-67. Flanagan additionally discussed Wills’ contribution to the origin of our current Australian Rules Football game which originated from an indigenous game by the name of ‘marngrook’.
The ‘terrific’ evening provided ‘plenty of opportunity for networking’ to the benefit of the Taylors representatives. “The newly appointed Surveyor General was in attendance as well and I managed to meet him. It was good to have a brief discussion with him” said surveyor Jukka Tynkkynen.
For one of Taylors younger surveyors, it was a rare opportunity that would open more doors for him in the future. “Because I am from Russia, it was a good opportunity to be invited to attend. I have been wanting to network and make new connections to learn about the history of Australian surveying; it is different from what you see over in Russia and I’m glad to have this chance to learn. I’m interested to know about those being celebrated for their surveying achievements, and it was good to hear about those people tonight.”
The night was engaging for all attendees, with former CSV Board member Richard Illingworth reflecting on the ‘good atmosphere’, “surveyors are a pretty friendly bunch, so it was good catching up with old work colleagues and other former members of the ASCV Board.”.
Taylors extends their congratulations to all the nights award recipients and looks forward to the work that CSV achieves in the coming year.