It was fantastic to see so many WAIA members on Wednesday 17 April at the WAIA Special General Meeting.

Nominee for the Professional Class representative on the Executive, Joe Wooller was elected to the Executive.

Making WAIA history, the ballot to elect a Corporate Class representative between ZettaNet’s Simon Dixon and DC Two’s Mark Dignam, resulted in a tie. A new ballot was held, also resulting in a tie.

Executive Committee member, Gavin Tweedie, proposed that both members be co-opted to the Executive, a decision agreed to by all in attendance.

WAIA welcomes Joe Wooller, Simon Dixon and Mark Dignam to the Executive Committee.

WAIA President, Richard Keeves, and Executive Committee member, Pawel Mrugalski, were delighted to be involved in judging the WAiTTA Awards. The WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAiTTA) have been conducted annually since 1991 by the WA Branch of the Australian Computer Society Inc, recognising outstanding performance and contributions by members of the ICT community in Western Australia.

Pawel Mrugalski says “Our industry experience adds a vital contribution to the WAiTTA awards and allows us judges to directly be involved with WAiTTA entrants who are driven by success within the field of technology”.

Both Richard and Pawel have been past judges and have now have completed the short list process for this year. They are now looking forward to the results and entrants presentations on the day of judging. WAiTTA offer an event that brings together individuals and organisations who give so much to the industry in WA.

This year’s event is already underway and WAIA does encourage all future participation by submitting an entry for an opportunity to be recognised and hopefully be awarded for your achievements. WAIA would like to thank all sponsors, WA Branch of the Australian Computer Society and the committee at WAiTTA for making this event possible in Western Australia.

For more information on the WAiTTA awards please visit

Our technical manager Joe Wooller has been very busy performing a number of hardware upgrades across the IX infrastructure to provision for the growth pattern that we are experiencing within the networks.

Joe Wooller says “The provisioning of SA-IX has had its small challenges as all IX deployments have, but the contribution and local support has allowed IX-Australia continue to gather momentum”.

There have been a number of new peers coming online at each IX over the last quarter adding value to current participant’s connectivity and increased data volumes. Joe Wooller is always ahead of the game by forecasting future hardware requirements for each IX. This is an important recipe to our success, as each network peering point has to meet the performance conditions necessary to maintain optimal operation. The WA-IX network has recently had new switching equipment installed to allow expansion of the fibre network capacity. VIC-IX and QLD-IX both have a number of major connection points and equipment upgrades. All three locations can now meet future demand as proactive network upgrades are continually being planned and commissioned.