Archive for November, 2010

Pyrenees Shire Council was hit with flooding during recent rains and urgently requires some project managers who can work one to two days per week over the next month to put together specifications for particular reconstruction projects and then undertake some contract management of these projects.  Rates negotiable.  If you are able to assist please give Robert Ladd a call on 03 53492068 or email him on

2011 IPWEAvic Excellence Awards – Nominations are now open.  A copy of the Nomination Form and accompanying details can be obtained by sending an email to Anne Gibbs at or downloaded here.
Categories include:
1. Capital Project Award(s)
2. Asset Management Award
3. Public Works Engineering – Innovative Practice and /or Service Delivery Award
4. IPWEAvic Public Works Practitioner of the Year – People Awards
      * IPWEA Engineer/Technician of the year
      * Young IPWEAvic Engineer/Technician of the year

Applications close Friday 11 March 2011.

visit the awards website at

The IAL-IPWEAvic Victorian Playing Fields Water Savings program Discussion Paper on the Victorian Playing Fields Water Savings Program, resulting from discussions at the workshop in Melbourne on 4 August 2010, has been released for discussion.   The Discussion Paper sets out the general agreements from the 4 August 2010 workshop, and proposes the detail of the program including proposed benchmarks and expectations of participants.   We are seeking your comments by 15 December 2010, with a view to refining the program based on feedback and commencing with interested participants from April 2011.  Download a copy of the paper here.

The Discussion Paper poses a few questions and makes a number of recommendations for which we are specifically seeking you feedback.  However, feel free to provide comment or feedback on any other matters too.  Note that IAL will provide to participants that sign up a Resource Manual that includes the methods specified in the Discussion Paper.   Please contact Tim Gilbert on (02) 9476 0142 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (02) 9476 0142      end_of_the_skype_highlighting with feedback on the paper.

Aquatics & Recreation Victoria have  investigated water usage within aquatic and recreation facilities and developed an industry guide to encourage efficient and cost-effective water use throughout the state.

The Best Practice Guide that was developed also identified five strategic directions or key findings aimed at both minimizing barriers to actions and encouraging a broader understanding and adoption of water efficient practices. Under each strategic direction, specific actions are recommended to move the industry closer toward water-use efficiency.

To download the Best Practice Guide, click here.

AAPA undertook an asphalt study tour of the USA earlier in the year.   The tour included 15 delegates from Australia and New Zealand and concentrated on sustainability and technology through warm mix asphalt, recycled asphalt, and pavement design.   IPWEA members are invited to joined AAPA for the Feedback Seminars. The Seminars are being held around Australia, and Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The brochure (Feedback Seminar Brochure v5) provides details of the Melbourne Seminar planned for 18th November at ARRB Auditorium, Vermont South at a cost of $60 per person.

Download details here

ARRB Events 2011

November 14, 2010 | No Comments | Training

ARRB’s Knowledge Transfer group is also pleased to advise of another new workshop series, scheduled to take place in early 2011.

The Managed Freeways series will run in Melbourne on 3 & 4 May 2011.  Access brochure here

The ‘Fundamentals of Transport Modelling’ workshop series had tremendous success when run previously in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. We have now scheduled these to run in Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and Auckland.

Being held from Sunday 21 – Thursday 25 August 2011 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, the IPWEA International Public Works Conference provides an opportunity to expose your work and  experiences to a wide cross section of delegates from around the nation and overseas.  Key issues to be addressed within the conference theme: Public Works – Capital Solutions include Asset Management, Attracting & Retaining Staff, Climate Change, Coastal and Foreshore Works, Community and Safety,  Emergency Management, Employee Management, Environmental Management, Finance and Funding Issues, Parks and Recreation, Plant and Vehicle Management, Procurement & Contracts, Project Management, Public Works Best Practice, Risk Management, Roads and Transport, Stormwater Management, Sustainability, Technology, Urban Design, Waste Management, Water and Wastewater.  Register at

The Department of Transport released the Victorian Pedestrian Access Strategy in September 2010 setting out the Victorian Government’s vision for a more pedestrian-friendly transport system for Victorians. The aim of the strategy is to encourage more Victorians to walk, especially for short trips.  Infrastructure, planning and design, safety and behaviour change programs are included in the strategy which sets out broad policy principles and the first septs to guide the Victorian Government’s investment in walking over the next 10 years.  More people walking has the potential to help ease congestion, reduce greenhouse emissions, improve the health of Victorians and promote social connections.

To access a copy of the strategy visit DoT website

IPWEAvic 2011 Diaries are ready for collection by members.  Your free copy of 2011 diary can be collected from your regioanl group co-ordinator or contact to make arrangements for collection.

IPWEAvic End of Year Luncheon is to be held on Friday 10th December 2010 at Malvern Valley Golf Club between 12noon and 2pm.  Cost is $65 for a 2 course christmas meal.  This event is the first in the IPWEAvic leadership speaker series. At this lunch two of our public works leaders will share some tips on how to become better leaders and advance your career.  All welcome.

Download registration form here

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