Archive for May 31st, 2011

The Economist magazine has published an article on Australia in its latest edition.

Australia is described as having huge potential and suggests it needs to become more willing to develop policies that will position the country for the future, including

  • creation of a sovereign wealth fund,
  • encouraging immigration,
  • investing in education,
  • tackling climate change and fostering the arts.

Access the article here

Tony Rijs has been awarded the Cedric Tuxen Medal by the Municipal Engineering Foundation of Victora at a Gala Dinner on 11 May 2011.

Tony is a Director at City of Kingston and is a public works engineering practitioner who has displayed engineering excellence continuously over a long and distinguished local government career.  He has at all times shared his experience and knowledge with colleagues in the sector for the advancement and promotion of public works engineering and local government engineering in particular.

  • Tony served as an IPWEA(Vic) Board representative on the joint IPWEA/MWOA Conference Committee for over 15 years, overseeing the Conference program and the technical content in particular.  In that time, he was instrumental in taking the Conference from a State event to a National event.  The Conference proceeds over that time have continuously grown and been fundamental to the financial wellbeing of both the MWOA(Vic) and IPWEA(Vic).
  • Tony actively served on the IPWEA(Vic) Board for over a decade and gave generously of his time to the development of local government and public works engineering.
  • Tony has been a regular presenter at conferences, seminars and industry events, and is widely regarded in the sector for his expertise and knowledge
  • Tony has undertaken at least two overseas study tours to research and report on key municipal engineering activities.
  • Tony has held Executive positions in local government engineering for over two decades at Mordialloc and Kingston Councils and provided industry leadership and innovation in areas like waste management, rehabilitation of old landfill sites, procurement and WSUD.

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