International visitors, Australian fencing experts, and a number of informative speakers collided on Monday 29th October 2018, at the FENCiT event – hosted by Dial Before You Dig at their Newington, Sydney HQ.
The day began with a compelling presentation by Dominic Puiu from Dial Before You Dig, where he enlightened the audience about the importance of using their free information service.
The major takeaways were not only the risks to personal safety, and potential financial costs, that can arise from piercing underground utilities, but the ease in avoiding these hazards by taking proper precautions.
Dominic was a fantastic host for the event. The Dial Before You Dig venue, with its state-of-the-art facilities, certainly contributed to the success of the day.
Next up was Walter Huebscher, owner of the European Zaunteam Franchise.
The Zaunteam Franchise is a Swiss fencing business, that has expanded into Germany and Austria and continues to grow.
He and four other European fencing business owners joined in for the day, and Walter provided an insight into the nature of the fencing industry overseas, the points of difference from Australian fencing, and what his thoughts were on the future of the industry both here and abroad.
After a delicious lunch at Jag’s Ristorante, those in attendance were treated to an eye opening session from the SLED (Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate) about what their legal requirements were in respect to security fencing.
Plenty of discussion was had about what the legislation included, and how fencing businesses could best stay within the confines of the law without harming their business.
Brian Dohnt from Western Local Land Services then took the stage after everyone had finished debating NSW law, and informed the audience about cluster fencing in both QLD and NSW.
He provided a lot of evidence to the efficacy of cluster fencing in biosecurity and feral pest prevention, as well as environmental benefits that arose from doing so, and attendees appreciated the depth of his knowledge.
Closing out the day with a bit of fun, there were both complimentary drinks, and a VR experience offered to those brave enough, and the group bonded over not only the amusement ride, but a shared passion for the industry.
Intended to be both fun and educational, this event was a marked success, as noted by many who attended the day’s activities.
Make sure you’re there at the next event so that you can see for yourself just how valuable these experiences are to the industry and those within it.
Story by: Jack Scarfe – FENCiT