Archive for November 20th, 2011

The last Leadership Luncheon Event for the 2011 year will be held on Friday 9th December 12noon to 2pm at Ibis Hotel Restaurant, Therry Street, Melbourne.

Our speaker at the event will be MAV CEO Rob Spence.

Downlaod flyer and registration details here

IPWEAvic President, David Sutcliffe, has made a submission on the Emergency Management Green Paper – Towards a More Resilient and Safer Victoria.

If you would like a copy of the submission please contact David Sutcliffe at Central Goldfields Shire

Jeff Kennet will be the key note speaker at the Civil Works Expo luncheon to be held on Frdiay 17th February 2011 at Lardner Park.  He is Chairman of CT Management Group and will speak on “Engineering for Success”.

Download flyer giving event details and how to register details here

The Central Highlands Regional Group held their annual meeting recently and elected Phil Jeffrey as the President of the Group with Peter Bate as Vice-President and Leigh Ditchfield as Secretary.  Outgoing President, Ron Potter, and Secretary, Diane Daniell, were thanked for their time and effort in organising the group over the previous 12 month period.

It is anticipated that the next meeting of the group will occur on 24th November 2011.


IPWEAvic Murray Goulburn Regional Group will hold thier next meeting on Friday 25th November 2011 at City of Greater Bendigo Offices, Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo 10:30am – 2:30pm.  Lunch will be sponsored by Norwood Hall (Asia) Pty Ltd and Stabilised Pavements Australia.  A representative from both organsiations will make a short presentation.

RSVP to Meryl Brown at Campaspe


Margaret Abbey is the CEO at Murrindindi Shire Council.  She presented to the IPWEAvic Leadership Luncheon held on 11 November 2011 at The Gables in East Malvern, sharing some of her thoughts on the key challenges facing leaders in the reconstruction phase following natural disasters.  It is two years since the devastating bushfires in the region and a question Margaret is constantly asked is ” Are they over it yet?”   Typically year 2 to year 4 after a natural disaster are the hardest for the community with funding drying up.  The Murrindindi community however has to deal with issues relating to funding the operations and maintenance of infrastructure built by well meaning donors which has been built to a higher service level than the community is able to use and maintain.  An example is the state of the art community centre which has been built to a much higher specification than can actually be used by the local community.  Some key learnings include: –

          • need a strategic plan so that construction of new assets can be undertaken in accordance with council strategies and policies which hold the councils priorities
          • some gifts are not worth accepting as the legacy in maintenance and operation is too great a financial burden for future generations
          • involve Murrindindi in planning decisions early
          • what is the long term legacy and burden passing on to next generation
          • cost of operation and maintenance of new capital infrastructure
          • sharing knowledge, in funding and in disaster remediation with others
          • understanding asset management systems and have theses systems in place so that the new assets can be brought into the asset register
          • planning rebuild and engagement of community

The staff are very tired after 2 years of constant work and many find it hard to take leave which impacts on their health and well being.  This is one of the challenges Margaret faces as a new CEO in the organisation

Margaret suggests that working towards providing common training and common skills amongst MERO’s may assist in any future disasters as this would make swapping of personnel between organisations easier when required in an emergency situation.



The Presidents Medal

November 20, 2011 | No Comments | Awards

In accordance with the organisations tradition the IPWEAvic Presidents Medal was passed from outgoing president, Mark Varmalis, to incoming president, David Sutcliffe at teh IPWEAvic Business Luncehon held on 11 November 2011 at The Gables Mansion in East Malvern.


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