Archive for October 10th, 2011

Accountability, Transparency, Collaboration and Sustainability are the four principles cited by the Hon Jeanette Powell, Minister for Local Government, in her opening address to the delegates of the IPWEAvic Strategic Contract Management & Procurement Conference held on Thursday 6th October 2011 at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.  Close to 80 delegates gathered to explore issues relating to procurement.  Speakers from Victoiran Auditor Generals Office, Local Government Victoria, DPCD, State Government Department of Treasury and Finance set the scene.  The program was rich in case studies with presentations from a rural shire, Colac Otway, a water authority, Barwon Water, Technologyone on getting your systems in order and GAA on standardising infrastructure design manuals.  A lively panel discussion considered mechanisms to improve collaboration, roles of engineers and procurement professionals in an organisation, forward capital works planning, importance of procurement roadmaps and tips to improve procurement outcomes in organisations.    The day was supported by DPCD for the third consecutive year and the sponsor for the day was Technologyone.

Read the Liberal Party Media Release here

Read IPWEAvic Media Release here

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1. Minister for Local Government delivering opening address

2 & 3. President, Mark Varmalis, thanking Mininster on behalf of IPWEAvic

4.  Confenrece Gold Sponsor Technologyone

5.  Mandy, IPWEAvic Admin Officer, at the registration desk

The Annual dinner of IPWEAvic was held on Thursday 6th October at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.  Outstanding food and wine was served to the gathering over 3 courses.  David Fricke from Moonee Valley City Council gave and excellent dinner presentation on his reasearched MEFvic study tour topic of Sustainable Infrastructure.  David’s study tour paper can be found on the MEFvic website.


At the IPWEAvic AGM held on Thursday 6th October David Sutcliffe was nominated as President of IPWEAvic taking over from Mark Varmalis.  David Sutcliffe is currently Director of Technical & Development Services at Central Goldfields Shire Council.  He is joined on the Executive by Vice- President Vicki Shelton and Treasurer Ross Goyne, both from regional Victoria.  David is keen to assist members in regional victoria and increase engagment in public works issues across the sector.

Download a copy of the Minutes from the 2011 AGM held on 6th October here

Download a copy of the IPWEAvic Directors Statutory Report here

Immediately following the IPWEAvic AGM on 6th October IPWEA National held their AGM.  IPWEA National CEO Chris Champion and IPWEA National President John Truman gave updates to those present on current IPWEA National initiatives.

         IPWEA National President, John Truman, delivering his speech at IPWEA National AGM.


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