Archive for September, 2011

Join the tour of the Geelong Ring Road Section 4A and 4B on Thursday 20 October 2pm – 7pm.

Bus leaves 131 Myers Street ( City of Greater Geelong) at 2pm.

Tour the site and end up at The Cremone Hotel for drinks and nibbles.  For those who want to leave the tour prior to drinks the bus will return to pickup point.

RSVP 12th October to Dianne Chrimes or ph 5272 4345 for transport and catering

Members and non members welcome.

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Chris Tually from BEST Point has a position vacant in the showroom on Bridge Road Richmond looking after the showroom and office duties sales etc.  He asks  if any IPWEA  member  knows anyone who is looking for a job?

The job can be shared between 2 or even 3 people if need be as it is 7 days a week.

Ideal for part timers no qualifications are required, there is  need to develop a knowledge of the BEST products over time.

Car park is available, $40k/an +++

Please contact Chris for more details

Chris Tually

Mobile 0407 300 588


On 31 August 2011 the VAGO tabled a report into its findings on the effectiveness of the road safety camera program.

The report assessed whether:

  • there is a sound rationale for the program
  • cameras are sited for road safety outcomes
  • the camera system is accurate
  • infringements issued from the system are valid
  • public communications about the program are effective.

The outcome was in favour of the effectivenss on road safety.

Access the report here

On 17 August 2011 the VAGO tabled a report on its findings into the effectiveness of the Department of Transport and VicRoads in developing cycling as a safe and appealing mode of transport.

The ultimate goal of the 2009 Victorian Cycling Strategy was to ‘grow’ cycling into a major form of personal transport.  The strategy created a logical framework for action and formed the basis for increased investment in cycling infrastructure.   However, serious limitations in its development and implementation compromised its potential to achieve its goal.

It was found that:

  • The strategy was developed in haste without sufficient understanding of either current cycling journeys or what was required to ‘mainstream’ cycling as a form of transport.
  • There was an overemphasis on physical infrastructure solutions, to the relative neglect of other measures essential to achieving the strategy’s goal, such as promoting cycling, educating potential cyclists and reducing the incentives to use cars.
  • agencies were not well prepared to implement the strategy or evaluate its success, and this contributed to the unsatisfactory progress in addressing its limitations.

The document says that this lack of preparation repeats past audit findings about the department’s freight management strategy and metropolitan bus contracts.

Access the report here

The Victorian Auditor General’s Office tabled a report on Business Planning for Major Capital Works and Recurrent Serives in Local Government on 14th September 2011.

Victoria’s 79 council’s collectively spend around $7.6 billion on capital works and recurrent services each year, and manage over $60 billion in community assets and infrastructure.

The audit examined a representative selection of councils to determine whether they had effectively integrated their planning and budgeting, considered the long-term sustainability of selected investments and produced accurate and reliable budgets and forecasts.  Some councils were found to be good in this area whilst others were ofund to be lacking.

Access the results here

A speaker from the Victorian Auditor Generals Office will speak at the IPWEAvic Strategic Contract Management and Procurement Conference scheduled for 6th October at Melbourne Exhibiton Centre on Performance Audits.  Download details of the conference here

Take a look at the 2010-2011 South-East Water Performance Report here

Wednesday 12th October at Best Point Showroom, 514 Bridge Road Richmond, the winners of the 2011 IPWEAvic Footy Tipping Competion sponsored by Best Point will be held.

Come along for some fellowship and refreshments between 3:30pm – 5:30pm – loads of prizes to be given away.

Prior to announcement of footy winners Stockland will present on thier urban design philosophies.

See you all on the 12th October!

The next IPWEAvic Leadership Series Business Luncheon is to be held on Friday 11th November 12noon to 2pm at The Gables, 15 Finch Street East Malvern.

At this lunch, Margaret Abbey, CEO Murrindindi Shire, is going to share some of her thoughts on the key challenges facing leaders in the reconstruction phases following natural disasters.

Murrindindi Shire was heavily impacted by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires with extensive areas of the Shire burnt and the towns of Kinglake, Narbethong and Marysville destroyed.  The reconstruction efforts
have been going for over two years and there is extensive works still required.

RSVP by Monday 7th November for catering purposes would be appreciated.

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2012 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 17 February 2012.

visit the awards website at

The IPWEAvic Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday 6th October 2011 6:30pm at Melbourne Exhbition Centre Level 5 Suite 2 Clarendon Street Melbourne.  Cost of the dinner is $70 per person.

Guest Speaker David Fricke will give an insight into measures taken in other parts of the world to reduce the impact that cities have on the environment and outline initiatives which can be applied to local government organisations in Victoria.

David is currently Manager Assets & Engineering Services at Moonee Valley City Council and is the recipient of a recent Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria International Study Tour Scholarship. 

Download registration details here

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