Archive for May, 2012

Would you like to use your skills and experience to volunteer in a developing country?

The Australian Volunteers for International Development Program places skilled Australian volunteers in developing countries. The Australian Volunteers Program is funded by the Australian Government international development agency, AusAID.

 There are currently two Road Works Project Trainer assignments being advertised with the Public Works Department in Vanuatu. To apply for these assignments please go to

Application details are available on

Please note Austraining International reserves the right to withdraw this volunteer assignment at any stage of the selection process.

IPWEAvic South-West Regional Group is planning a joint tour with EA  to attend a tour of the TRUenergy Iona Gas Plant near Port Campbell on Friday 1st June.  A bus will be provided for participants with pick-ups in Portland and Warrnambool.  Following the plant tour, the group will convene for dinner at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery before the bus returns.

Numbers for this event are strictly limited due to do capacity requirements on the Iona site and also due to bus seating, therefore registrations will be accepted on a first in first served basis.  It is advised that you book early if you wish to come along as this is looking to be quite a popular event.

Contact Peter Robertson at Warrnambool City Council for more details and availability.

IPWEAvic Geelong Regional Group is planning a meeting on 14th June at Surf Coast Shire 1:30pm – 4pm


2 – 2.30pm   Presentation by Robert Morgan, Traffic Engineering and Road Safety Consultant with emphasis on Road Safety Auditing

2.30 -3pm    Discussion and questions

3- 3.30pm     Tour of offices and Sporting Facility

3.30- 4pm     Afternoon tea and fellowship

4-4.15pm     Depart.

Download registration brochure here.

Contact Vicki Shelton for more details.

The NAWIC Vic/Tas Awards for Excellence Nominations are now open.  If you know of anyone who is deserving to put forward for these prestigious awards please nominate them or encourage them to self nominate.  NAWIC are looking for architects, engineers, project managers, etc. who helped contribute to their project and organisations successes.  Do you know someone who has made a positive difference to your organisation/team who you can nominate?

Details available here

The State Government recently announced it was to spend $2M on assisting charities in clearing dupmed rubbish at thier outlets.  Read the media release here.

Last year IPWEAvic in conjunction with Moreland City Council held a dumped rubbish forum.  One of hte isses raised at hte forum was the problem of dumped rubbish at charity bins and charity shop outlets.


Her are some of the courses ARRB is offering Victorians during 2012.  Take a look at the ARRB website for course flyers and registration details

19-20 June     Melbourne     Treatment of Crash Locations

19-20 June     Ballarat            Level 1 Bridge Inspection Course

3-4 July           Melbourne      Frieght and Heavy Vehicle Access and Safety

11-12 July      Melbourne      Traffic Theory and Applications

14-15 August Melbourne      Managing Road Pavement Assets

11-13 December Melbourne Intersection and Roundabout Design

Visit the AustStab website to find information on pavement recycling and stabilisation.  The Pavement Recycling and Stabilistation Guide can be ordered through AustStab.  Details here

AustStab website found at


The CPEE and AustStab have joined to present a course in insitu stabilisation on 16th and 17th October 2012 at Jika International , 555 Heidelburg Road Fairfield.

Download more details and registration brochure here

AAPA has the following training programs available in Melbourne during June and July:

26 June – Polymer Modified Binders & Bituminous Emulsions

27 June – Pavement Maintenance Practices

28 June – Asphalt Placement & Compaction

12 July – Working Safely with Bitumen.

More details and registration available from AAPA website

Join the IPWEAvic Board on Friday 15th June 12noon til 2pm for a Business Luncheon with Gary Liddle.   At this lunch, Gary is going to share some of his thoughts on the key challenges facing Local, State, Federal Government in managing our transport network.  He will also provide his view on what organisational leaders need to do to meet these challenges.  The luncheon is part of the IPWEAvic Leadership Series of events.

Where:  Kew Golf Club, 125 Belford Rd Kew

When: Friday 15th June 2012

Time: 12noon til 2pm

Cost: Members $60 and non members $80

The luncheon is open to all.   More details and registration available here

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