Archive for November, 2012

Red Tape

November 30, 2012 | No Comments | News

Kim Wells, The Treasurer of Victoria addressed the Victoian Civil Construction Alliance at its meeting on 21 November 2012.  He also indicted he would like to assist in cutting down the amount of state government and local government “red tape” currently encountered in the infrastructure industry planning, design and construction, maintenance and management of civil infrastrucutre.  To this end the Alliance is puting together a submission and IPWEAvic as a member organisation of the Civil Constuction Alliance has been asked to contribute.

Do you have workable ideas you would like to share on how red tape in government can be reduced?  email your ideas to or speak with our President, Vicki Shelton

The Office of Living Victoria is holding two Information Sessions to advise of the opportunities in the area of Integrated Water Cycle Management as part of the Victoiran Government’s Living Melbourne, Living Victoria Policy.

Date       Friday 7 December 2012 2pm – 4pm
Monday 12 December 2012 2pm – 4pm

Address        Spring Street Conference Centre
1 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000



The Award is made by the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria in recognition of outstanding engineering service within local government in Victoria.

Name of the Award

The Award is known as the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria Award for Excellence in Engineering and honours the distinguished career of Cedric Tuxen, an eminent Municipal Engineer and first Chairman of the Foundation.  The medal is duly inscribed with the recipient’s name and year of the award.


The Award is to be for an engineering professional within local government in Victoria who, as a member of IPWEA (Victoria), has:

1.         Throughout his/her career given outstanding service to local government in Victoria, or;

2.         Been responsible for the successful execution of a Victorian Local Government project considered to be of special significance.


Nominations for the Award:

Will be made by one of the following:

  • the professional engineer on his/her own behalf
  • an individual on behalf of an engineering professional
  • a Council on behalf of an engineering professional
  • by IPWEA (Victoria) on behalf of an engineering professional

Must contain:

  • full particulars of the person nominated
  • brief details of the outstanding service, or brief details of the significant project and his/her role

Must be lodged with the Secretary of the Municipal Engineering Foundation by email to by 25thJanuary 2013.

If further supporting information is required, this will be sought from the nominee.  Nominations are valid only for the year of nomination and will not be rolled over.


The manner of selection of the Awardee will be at the sole discretion of the Trustees of the Foundation.

Trustees Responsibilities

It shall be the practice of the Trustees to make a biennial award available, however the Trustees reserve the right to determine from year to year and either before or after calling for nominations of the award if an award is to be made.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented by the Chairman of the Foundation to the successful nominee at an appropriate event as may be agreed by the Trustees.

2013 IPWEAvic Diary

November 30, 2012 | No Comments | News

IPWEAvic members are entitled to a 2013 IPWEAvic Diary FREE of charge.  Contact to order yours today.


MEF Victoria is making overseas study tour scholarship awards available to engineers who are working within local government in Victoria to participate in a Victorian group focused tour during 2013.

Nominations are now being invited for these scholarships.

MEF Victoria has formed the view that there are a number of important community issues regarding project management, storm water and waste management, impact of climate change, and the planning and delivery of public works where the results of research overseas may significantly benefit the municipal engineering profession.  The Foundation would welcome and give priority to nominations that address these important topics.  This is not to exclude other study topics of choice that has been a successful feature of the program in the past and particularly if the topic is important and has specific application to municipal engineers.

These scholarships provide for the selected recipients to attend the APWA Congress in Chicago, IL, USA from 25th to 28th August followed by a further two weeks study on an itinerary prepared by the study tour group that may include USA, Canada and UK.  The Foundation will provide grants of $10,000 to each engineer selected.

Closing Date

The closing date for scholarships is Friday 25th January 2013 and applications are to be forwarded to the MEF Secretary by email to

Further Details

Requests for conditions and specifications and all other enquiries regarding scholarships should be made to the Secretary, Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria, Telephone (03) 9699 1599 Fax (03) 9682 8977, (PO Box 5175, South Melbourne  3205) E-mail: or are available on the MEF Vic website at

Austroads has released a report utlining the methods that can be used in the evaluation of road safety treatments discussing the data requirements and the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.  It is designed to assist selection of the most appropriate evaluation method and make users aware of the limitations associated with different methods

Download guide here

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