Archive for April, 2010

View WHK Market Update for 30 April 2010 here.

For more information visit WHK website here.

Do you have ALL the qualities needed to be ranked amongst the best managers in the industry?  Are you developing your staff? 

Here is an opportunity to develop your staff – Send them to the National Asset Management and Public Works Engineering Conference 13 & 14 May 2010 to be held at Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre , Melbourne.

MAV and IPWEAvic (supported by Engineers Australia) will host the National Asset Management and Public Works Engineering Conference at Regent Theatre, Plaza Ballroom on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May 2010 featuring:

  • the New Age implications for Councils
  • sustainability and innovation: recycling, higher productivity vehicles, climate change
  • regional asset management collaboration
  • sourcing and developing staff
  • new infrastructure standards
  • good practice case studies
  • gala Dinner with 2010 IPWEAvic Excellence Awards Presentation

New Feature:  if you have a topic you want to discuss: ‘Open Space’ is the opportunity to have your say.
Healthy breakfast provided on day 1 of the conference

Flyer here.  

Register here

Sponsorship opportunities available – click here.

The conference is also an opporuntity to network and discuss some of the issues that face managers in the public sector today.

Victorian councils have an online resource to assist them in implementing basic strategies in adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

The toolkit was prepared by Victorian Local Governance Association and addresses the social and equity impacts of climate change on their communities.  Also involved in the development of the toolkit were the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment to develop the Liveable & Just Tool Kit.

The tool kit considers the following  issues:

  • Addressing social and equity impacts of climate change;
  • Reducing vulnerability
  • Engaging communities and
  • Building resilience: ideas for local government to strengthen community resilience to climate change.

The tool kit can be found here.

New Guide aims to cut deaths and injury  in high risk public works jobs

In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by driver fatigue, Pro-Visual Publishing is reminding local government and works officers of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Reforms with the 2010 edition of the National Guide to Public Works & Services Safety.

The new laws, which took effect on 29 September 2008, are consistent with current obligations under OHS laws that require employers and employees to take all reasonably practicable steps to manage driver fatigue.

The safety Guide, which will be distributed in the coming weeks, explores the reasons for the new laws, and details how heavy vehicle drivers and their employees can avoid breeching them.

Take a look at the IPWEAvic chart here. and the media release here

The Geelong Regional Group will meet again on 28th April at The Railway Hotel, Bannockburn in conjunction with the Central Highlands Regional Group.  The speaker for the evening will be from the Transport Accident Commission and will present on Road Safety Matters.  The evening will be sponsored by CPG Australia Pty Ltd Consulting Engineers

Download the Agenda here.

The Victorian Government recently announced a proposal to increase municipal and industrial waste landfill levies to come into effect from 1 July 2010.   View the media release here.

The proposed new rates are as follows:

  Current 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Municipal –metro/provincial $9 $30 $40 $44.0 $48.4 $53.2
Industrial – metro/provincial $15 $30 $40 $44.0 $48.4 $53.2
Municipal –rural $7 $15 $20 $22.0 $24.2 $26.6
Industrial – rural $13 $25 $35 $38.5 $42.4 $46.6

View WHK Economic Outlook for 16 April 2010 here.

For more information visit WHK website here.

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is inviting comments on a discussion paper developed by Senior Officials Group on Energy Efficiencyon the National Building Energy Standard-Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework.  Comments are invited until 7 May 2010.

The Framework aims for consistency in how buildings are assessed and rated for energy efficiency and will set out a pathway for increasing minimum performance standards for new buildings over time and is developed under the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency.

The Department of Transport has released  a report on actions taken since March 2009 to develop cycling as a safe and appealing transport mode for all Victorians.  Access the Victorian Cycling Strategy Report Card here.  More information can be obtained from the Department of Transport website including a full version of the Victorian Cycling Strategy.

Its not too late to join in the 2010 IPWEAvic AFL Football Tipping Competition sponsored by BestPoint.

The competition is FREE to IPWEAvic members with over $1,000 in prizes to be won. Prizes donated by Best Point are:

  • 1st Prize: $650 flight voucher
  • 2nd Prize: $250 Myer voucher
  • 3rd Prize: $100 Bunning’s voucher

Weekly prizes will include footy match tickets, wine and vouchers all courtesy of Best Point

To be part of this competition you must register with BestPoint. To register send an email to, subject line: IPWEAvic footy tipping competition and supply your email address. John Maraia will administer the competition. You will then be sent an invitation to join the competition, username (ipweavic) and secret password (bestpoint), and directions to fill out your tips. You can put your tips in at anytime – from now, weeks in advance, right up until game time. You can even put them in from your mobile phone. Any problems with access contact BestPoint and John or the lovely Ilana will walk you through the process.

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