Archive for August, 2010

The IPWEA Geelong group organized a site inspection of a ” Bailey Bridge ” being erected at Queens Park Geelong. This temporary bridge is being constructed to provide a 6m width crossing of the Barwon River for the upcoming UCI world cycling championship event being held in Geelong from 28 September to 3 October, 2010. The bridge is owned by Vicroads and is being erected by Ballarat Company, Terick. The Bailey Bridge was invented during the second world war, as a temporary, lightweight bridge able to be erected easily and quickly. It is erected on one side of a waterway, and progressively pushed across the water, to land on the opposite bank. A counterbalancing arrangement, keeps it stable during this process.  Approximately 35 local engineers were involved in the site inspection on 16 August 2010. 
Thankyou to David McArther from Geelong for organsing this site inspection.

Civil Engineers are listed on the Skills Australia website as a category required for eligible migration.

Skills Australia website has a wealth of information for those contemplating migrating to work as a Civil Engineer in Victoria.  Visit their website to view more information and the Engineer’s Guide designed to help naviigate through the job seeking process, find an engineering job and settle into life in Victoria.

180 households will be able to take part in an electric car trail later in 2010 with each household driving an eletric vehice free of charge for three months.  RAVC is a partner in the trial and Mitsubishi is the vehicle supplier.  Cost of running the electric cars is thought to be less than running a petorl car if chargnig the electric car at home.   Purchase of the electric car is about $68,000.  Take a look at the car and possible public electric recharge points here

Infrastructure Australia released its report, Getting the fundamentals right for Australia’s infrastructure priorities in June 2010.

The report contains the updated National Priority List of infrastructure projects, totalling approximately $82,845 million in capital costs.

Click here to view the list in full.
The National Priority List of projects Infrastructure Australia considers key to strengthening the economy, dealing with the challenges of sustainable population growth, export bottlenecks, urban congestion and climate change are assessed as having real merit or significant potential. The List is an aid in long term investment decisions of both the public and private sectors, including super funds.
Future updates to the National Priority List will be completed by 30 June each year. 
The National Priority List is available in the report, Getting the fundamentals right for Australia’s infrastructure priorities, on pages 50-51 (Appendix B).  See
The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, media release is available at

All IPWEA members are invited!

      BEST Point invites you to their showroom on Bridge Road, Richmond.

       For the IPWEAvic 2010 footy tipping wind up sponsored by Best Point.

Weekly and major prizes will be awarded. You must be there to collect your prize, no rain check.

 Canapés and refreshments will be available

 Time:  Thursday 9th September 2010    3:00pm – 5:00pm

 Location:  514 Bridge Road, Richmond Vic 3121, ph: 03 9426 9330

 RSVP  by Friday 3rd September 2010

Download your invitation here.

View WHK Market Update for 20 August 2010 here

For more information visit WHK website here.

Note: As from June 28 WHK new address is Level 17, 181 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000. WHK main telephone contact number has also changed to 03 9258 6700.

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has now concluded its task, and ceased to operate.  The Commissioners presented their final report to the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser AC on the morning of 31 July 2010. The report was then presented to the Premier and tabled in Parliament, making it available to the public.   You can view the report here.   Access the website here.

State Government Response:   The Royal Commission into the 2009 Victorian bushfires made 67 recommendations.   In its interim response to the Commission, the Victorian Government has supported 59 of those recommendations in principle.  Some of the recommendations are more complex and before announcing the full response, the Government wants to consult with the agencies, groups, communities and households who will be directly affected.  For more information go to:

The Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority has released a progress report that outlines what’s been happening since the devestating fires of February 2009

  • 8            shops operating in Marysville central shopping centre
  • 33          community recovery plans devleoped
  • 96          members in bereavement support groups
  • 294       residents in temporary villages
  • 400       kilometers of damaged roads restored
  • 1056     rebuilding permits issued
  • 1500     resumes collected at Whittlesea jobs expo
  • 2525     nights of holiday accommodation offered to affected people
  • 3053     properties cleared

Visit the VBRRA website to view their news and publications.

Date: Thursday 12th August 2010

Time:  12:30

Venue: BenallaTown Hall, Nunn St, Benalla


12:30 a Luncheon sponsored by Dial Before You Dig will be served at the conclusion of the North-East Region Asset Management Co-ordination Committee Meeting

1. Welcome

2. Guest Speaker: Bruce Andrews, Strathbogie Shire Council will present on  Kirwans Bridge project and its asset management lessons

3. Dial Before You Dig Presentation

4. Business Arising

5. Next Meeting

RSVP for catering purposes by Wednesday 11th August 2010
to Ross Goyne
ph: (03)5341 8038

Expressions of interest are sought for a person to represent IPWEAvic on the Engineers Australia Board od Engineering.  The representative does not need to be a member of Engineers Australia.   Being on the BOE is a great opportunity for someone to gain a better understanding of Engineers Australia and its various activities, an opportunity to access and develop good networks across the engineering sector and to also contribute to the engineering profession. 

If you are interested please give Anne Gibbs a call to discuss on 03 90050860 or send an email to

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