Archive for August, 2012

You could hear a pin drop at the recent IPWEAvic Leadership Series Business Luncheon held at Kooyong Tennis Club on 17th August when Matt Gill re told his story of the Beaconsfield mine disaster Anzac Day 2006.  Matt was the mine manager when the disaster unfolded.  His experience in an emergency resonanted with delegates who have been through fire and flood emergency situations and the lessons learnt apply to any such emergency.  Matt suggested that it is important to have an emergency plan and in times of emergency bring it out and follow its steps.  Then:

  • believe in and trust the team
  • have a clear plan
  • write it all down
  • think outside the tunnel
  • respect the individual
  • understand the media
  • keep it in balance

Thankyou Dial Beofre You Dig for sponsorship of the event.  It was especially great to welcome the MWOA Board as our guests to this event.

Below, IPWEAvic President, David Sutcliffe, with Matt Gill.

The VicRoads Speed Limit Review has recently been completed.  The outcomes are available here

Timeframes for the project are available here.

Engineers Australia have organised a weekend in Geelong showcasing regional engineering.

This event takes place 12-14th October adn there is a host of exciting site visits you can join.  Take a look at the program here

Bring along the family for a weekend in Geelong and participate in the Year of the Regional Engineer!

The revised Victorian Local Government Draft Best Practice Procurement Guidelines(the Guidelines) are designed to assist Victorian councils and regional library corporations better understand their obligations under the Local Government Act 1989. The Guidelines were first released by Local Government Victoria (LGV) in 2008.

In early 2011, LGV undertook a consultation process to establish the priorities for revision of the Guidelines as well as reflect changes that have occurred since the first version was released.  The revised Guidelines have been informed on recommendations contained in reports by the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Ombudsman.

Local Government Victoria has released the revised draft Guidelines for consultation as the last stage in finalising this document.

Feedback on the revised guidelines is welcome from interested parties.  Where possible, comments should be lodged electronically to using the feedback template.  The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm (AEST) 15 October 2012. The Guidelines and submission template can also be downloaded at:


The draft of AS 5488 Subsurface Utility Information has today been released for Public Comment by SAI Global. The comment period closes on the 22nd of October 2012.

Draft Number DR AS 5488
Title: Subsurface Utility Engineering
Project Committee: IT-036 Subsurface Utility Engineering Information
Public Comment Closing Date: 2012-10-22

All non-committee members can access the draft from the SAI Global website:  AS 5488:

Members of the public will also need to register on the Standards Australia HUB in order to make comment. A PDF step-by-step guide on how to do this is provided at the following link:


Don’t forget to Vote in the IPWEAvic online Board election.  View candidate profiles here.

If you are having trouble using the helios voting system please contact Anne Gibbs or ph 03 90050860 to discuss alternative voting options.

Resultsof election will be announced at the AGM on 11 October 2012.

ARRB advise a discount of 10% is available to all local government delegates at the 25th ARRB Conference to be held 23-26 September in Perth WA.  The conference theme is “Shaping the future: Linking research, policy and outcomes”.  The discount is available for early bird registrations and you must register before Friday 31st August 2012 to obtain the discount.  It is for full registrations only, you must register online and write promotional code LG2012 into the VIP discount area on the online registration form.  Register at


Register for a series of IPWEA workshops designed to give you the tools and guidance to develop your own Asset Managment Plans for your organistation. The series of workshops, NAMS, will be held in Melbourne on 6th September, then 3rd and 4th October at Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne 131 Lonsdale Street

Key Topics Covered in the Workshops

  • Levels of Service
  • Risk management
  • Future demand
  • Lifecycle planning
  • Long -term financial planning

You will be able to write and review your own ‘first cut’ Asset Management Plans &
financial projections to input into your organisations Long-term Financial Plan (extent
depends on your available data).

Who Should Attend
Technical and finance professionals responsible for managing infrastructure assets
Applicable to local government, public works or other organisations (public or private) that rely on all types of infrastructure assets to provide services for their communities, customers and stakeholders

More information at


IPWEAvic Members have received an email invitation to vote in the 2012 IPWEAvic Online Board Elections. The online Board election is hosted by helios, a secure voting system, and each voting member has been issued with a unique voter ID and password found at the bottom of their email invitation.Voting closes at 5:30pm on Tuesday 11th September 2012

Eleven candidates have nominated for eight positions. View candidate profiles here

2012 IPWEAvic Board Elections Candidate Profiles
Eleven candidates have nominated for 8 vacant positions on the IPWEAvic Board in 2012 as follows:
  • Vito Albicini
  • Mauro Covacci
  • Cludio Cullino
  • Ross Goyne
  • Matthew Hill
  • Robert Ladd
  • Ossie Martinz
  • Vicki Shelton
  • Mark Varmalis
  • Jane Waldock
Visit the candidate profiles by clicking on this url

Eligible voters have been sent an invitation to vote through hte helios online secure voting system.

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