Archive for June 13th, 2010

The IPWEAvic North-East Regional Group met on27th May at Wangaratta.  Angelo D’costa from DPCD, LGV,  presented to the group on Councils Reforming Business. 

Councils Reforming Business (CRB) is a funded program looking to assist Councils in achieving their objectives through greater collaboration.The Procurement Excellence Program was launched April 2010.  This includes helping Councils through a self assessment process and providing better access to procurement.  As part of the Procurement Excellence Program CRB are helping to expand the Engineering Standards Project started in Shepparton, Campaspe and Bendigo Councils.  The uniform standards are intended to give Councils more opportunities for collaborative procurement as well as providing more consistent guidelines for developers.  The standards also allow Councils to minimise the risk and share the costs of upkeep of engineering design standards.

To get involved in the project contact Angelo at CRB – his details are 
Angelo D’Costa – Senior Project Officer
Councils Reforming Business – Local Government Victoria
Department of Planning and Community Development
Level 8, 55 Collins St, Melbourne
T: 03 9651 7051  F: 03 9651 7629

IPWEAvic Murray-Goulburn Regional Group met in Bendigo on 2 June 2010.  At the conclusion of the meeting the group undertook a site visit to the $4.65 million Bendigo Chinese Precinct development funded:-

  • $1.9 million from the Federal Government,
  • $1.6 million from the State Government and
  • $1.15 million from the City of Greater Bendigo.
  • More than 3000-square metres of paving is being placed to create an upper and lower plaza spanning across the Bendigo Creek.  The paving recognises the valuable contribution the Chinese community had made to the region and is a mix of Pyrenees slate, Harcourt granite and Chinese granite cobbles.

    The lower plaza features several colours of Chinese granite cobbles. The 104,599 cobbles cover 1131-square metres and feature paving designed to depict China’s Pearl River Delta. 

    The upper plaza is created through the use of Pyrenees slate sourced from Avoca. The stone is flecked with pyrites (fool’s gold). There are 9970 tiles used to cover 1750-square metres.  More than 620 pieces of Harcourt granite are used as edging.

    Several sculptures are incorporated into the community space.  Quite an impressive project.

    For more information contact Brett Martini at Greater City of Bendigo

    EPA Victoria has released  a new draft guidance document in its Best Practice Environmental Management series, Siting, design, operation and rehabilitation of landfills (the Landfill BPEM, EPA publication 1337), which gives direction on the best practice for the relevant standards for landfills.

    Access the Information bulletin here

    The Roads Australia Forum is to occur on Tuesday 3 August 2010.  The meeting is aimed at CEO’s and senior executives from companies and industry associations.  The participants are briefed on the national state of play by the industry’s key decision makers.

    8.30am Registration Opens
    9.00am The Australia of Tomorrow (Prof John Daley, CEO – Grattan Institute)
    10.00am Business and Industry Economic Outlook (Mr Damon Roast, Economist – BIS Shrapnel)
    10.45am Morning Tea
    11.00amVicRoads Update (Mr Gary Liddle, CEO – VicRoads)
    11.45am RA’s Policy Progress (Mr Ray Fisher, President – Roads Australia)
    12.30pm Lunch
    2.00pm Panel Session – Managing Community relationships in Planning & Implementing Projects

  • the Hon Tim Pallas, Minister for Roads and Ports
  • Mr Dennis Cliche, CEO – ConnectEast
  • Mr Ken Mathers, CEO – Linking Melbourne Authority
  • Senior Local Government Official
  • Chair Mr Marko Misko, Partner – Clayton Utz
    3.30pm Close

    How to Book
    Member Seat $250 (plus GST)
    Non Member Seat $275 (plus GST)
    Register and Pay online with your username/password
    If you need to be set up contact  

    View the last Melbourne Forum (March 2009) Click Here

    NATSPEC is holding a seminar in Melbourne on Tuesday 3 August 9:30-11:30 on Specifications: Overview, Production and Word Processing. 

    This semiar provides a brief introduction to specification writing and covers the detailed use of SPECbuilder Live. It will also cover features of Microsoft Word 2007 as it applies to specification writing and using NATSPEC. This seminar is suitable for new specification writers and those wanting to learn more about SPECbuilder.

    Registration form and more info here

    Presentations from the 2010 National Local Government Asset Mangement and Public Works Engineering Conference held on 13 and 14 May 2010 are now available for download from the website.  Click here to access the presentations.


    In accordance with Section 6 of its Constitution, an election is to be held for the Board of Directors of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Victoria Division, for the term 2010 – 2012.  All members of the current Board of Directors must retire at the IPWEA (victoria division) 2010 Annual General Meeting, but they are eligible to stand for re-election for the ensuring two-year term.  

    All financial members of the IPWEA (victoria division) are eligible to stand for election.

    Nominations are called for the position of Director on the IPWEA(victoria division) Board.  Eleven positions are available.

    The Nomination Form must be used for this purpose and can be downloaded by clicking here.  For a nomination to be acceptable, this form must be completed, signed by the nominee and two other financial members of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Victoria Division.

    Duly completed Nomination Forms are to be lodged with the Returning Officer at IPWEA(victoria division) by 

    4:00pm on Wednesday 14th July 2010

    The results of the election will be declared at the Annual General Meeting of IPWEA (victoria division) to be held in October 2010. Details of the date, venue and time of this meeting will be advised shortly. 

    For those members wishing to nominate, an information package detailing Director’s responsibilities, expenses etc., is available from the Chief Executive Officer by phone 03 90050860 or email

    Anne Gibbs

    CEO IPWEA(vic),
    Returning Officer

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