Fifty representatives from across the plumbing sector recently attended the second ‘Plumbing meets Parliament’ day in the national capital at Parliament House.
The event was organised by the Plumbing Product Industry Group (PPIG), the peak organisation for manufacturers, importers and resellers of plumbing products. In addition to PPIG members, various groups including contracting associations, the Plumbing Institute of Australia and Product Certification organisations attended, as did a number of individuals.
The excellent program, organised by PPIG secretary Stuart Henry, was well received. Stuart is the key lobbyist for this industry and, being a former Federal Member of Parliament, he has access to the corridors of power and knows the running of Government procedure.
Lobbying by industry groups with politicians is important if an industry like plumbing is going to have a say on things like WELS legislation, WaterMark certification and working with bodies such as the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).