Archive for May 30th, 2011

The online feedback survey for the 2011 IPWEAvic Public Works Management Conference will be open until Friday 10th June 2011. 

If you attended the recent IPWEAvic Public Works Management Conference on 11 and 12 May 2011 at Melbourne and Olympic Park and have not as yet filled out the feedback survey and would like to give some feedback please access the online survey here

The survey should take you less than 5 minutes.

The IPWEAvic Central Highlands Regional Group will take part in the Annual Ballarat Grammar Careers night planned for 22nd August 2011.  IPWEAvic has taken out a stand at this careers night.  If you would liek to assist on the stand please contact IPWEAvic Cental Highlands Regional Group Secretary, Diane Daniell, at Central Goldfileds Shire.

Renewal notices for your IPWEAvic membership for the 2011/20112 financial year have been posted to all members.  In order to ensure uninterrupted delivery of the online newsletter, PWE Journal and continuity in access to information services, events, professional development and networking opportunities we invite you to renew your membership promptly.

 Flexibility in payment of membership fees is available and you can use any of the following renewal options:

  • Call our Administration Officer, Mandy, on 0419 105 788 to pay via credit card
  • Fax the remittance advice including your credit card details to (03) 5250 3008
  • Post a cheque payable to: IPWEA vic  to PO Box 1254 Geelong 3220
  • Pay by direct debit into Commonwealth Bank Account
    • Account No: 1014 5355, BSB: 063 633.  Remember to place an identifier such as your invoice number or name accompanying the direct debit payment
  • Pay online via credit card using the membership renewal form by posting the following url into your browser
  • Please call our office if you require a purchase order to be arranged

 Should you have further queries regarding your membership or payment please call our office or email

Please see below for details on a recent report on

Building Community Disaster Resilience through Private-Public Collaboration is a publication by Committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience, Geographical Science Committee, National Research Council that assesses the current state of private-public sector collaboration dedicated to strengthening community resilience, identifies gaps in knowledge and practice, and recommends research that could be targeted for investment.   It can be accessed  here

On 18 May 2011, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport released Our Cities, Our Future – A National Urban Policy for a productive, sustainable and liveable future. Our Cities, Our Future was developed by the Major Cities Unit; part of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport and is seen as a blueprint for making Australia’s 18 biggest cities and regional centres more productive, sustainable and liveable.  The document considers ways to: 

  • better connect infrastructure with work and opportunity in cities to reduce people’s dependency on the car; 
  • develop high quality public transport and infrastructure systems to ease congestion and improve quality of life;
  • reduce the carbon footprint of cities and adapt them to the consequences of climate change; and
  • improve urban planning and design to better reflect increasingly diverse lifestyles.

 More information and to access the document click  here

ALGCE Newsletter Number 3 can be downloaded from this url

ACELG has released the Asset Management for Small, Rural and Remote Communities practice note which will be distributed free of charge to all councils across the country with a population less than 5,000.

The Geelong Regional Group has orgnaised a site tour of the Eastern Beach Swimning Pool Construciton Project at 2pm on Thursday 26th May.  Dean Wearne (GHD) will give a short talk about the design issues that were encountered with this heritage project.

Members that would like to attend should assemble at Eastern Beach Swimming Pool,  2pm on Thursday 26 May 2011.  You will be observing from outside the site so no induction or PPE will be required.

For further details contact Vicki Shelton, no need to RSVP, just attend on the day if you wish.

The ALGCE has released a major research report entitled Consolidation in Local Government: A Fresh Look.  It explores the options available for local government to increase its capacity and provide improved services. The research covers both Australia and New Zealand.  Download a copy of the document here.

In the past local government reform has focused strongly on council amalgamations and cost savings. The ALGCE research sought a more balanced approach, taking into account the importance of good governance and effective local democracy and representation. It also looks at the aftermath of previous efforts at reform through a series of in-depth case studies and interviews with senior figures in local government.

The report, along with other related material, can be downloaded from ALGCE’s website by clicking on this link

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (the Act) is the Victorian government’s legislation for protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage.  A review of the Act has commenced with a discussion paper due for release on 11 June 2011.  Su8bmissions iwll then be sought to htis discussion paper.  This review is being conducted according to Section 193 of the Act which requires the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs to review the Act’s ‘efficacy and efficiency’ by 28 May 2012.  The review is aimed at refining and improving the Act’s operation with the benefit of five years experience.

More information can be found at

If you would like to find out more about the review, or be placed on the contact database, please contact:

Jamin Moon
9208 3247

Petra Stock
9208 3016

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