Aussie Lighting Association Proposed
Monday, 23 July 2001
On Thursday July 12th a preliminary meeting was held at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, to seek interest in the formation of an Australasian association for all who share an interest in the art, science and technology of light. The following week a similar meeting was held at the Melbourne Museum. Organisers Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom (Forcer) were overwhelmed by the positive reaction from the lighting community and hence have decided to press ahead in establishing an Australasian Lighting Industry Association, provisionally entitled ALIA.

Discussions at the meetings were based around a widely circulated proposal prepared by Cat Strom, Steve Furzey and Andy Ciddor, the text of which can be found on the preliminary ALIA website - It was agreed that a broadly-based and inclusive lighting industry association is a worthwhile goal, and that efforts should be made to implement the idea. Members of Australia’s major existing lighting association, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESANZ), who attended the Sydney meeting have taken the proposal to a meeting of the IES Central Executive held in Sydney on the 19-20 July 2001. The provisional ALIA proposal was reviewed and discussed at length. The IES view the ALIA proposal as a positive move to unite the whole lighting industry and is looking forward to further discussions with ALIA to explore options that could be of mutual benefit to the existing IES membership and to the new membership of ALIA. A business plan for the implementation of the proposal, which was so enthusiastically received, is currently in preparation. Regular updates will be posted on the website. Suggestions, support, comments and criticisms will be gratefully received at the e-mail address below.

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