Archive for March, 2013

Did you attend the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on 20 and 21 March 2013?

If you attended, have you particiapted in the post conference survey?

If, not, please take 5 minutes to give the IPWEAvic Events Committee some feedback about the event to assist us in planning future such events.

Access the post conference survey by clicking here

The 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference was held on 20 and 21 March 2013 at The Hotel Windsor.    Take a look at the photo gallery from the conference by clicking here or via this url

On December 21 3012 The Victorian Government released its strategy Securing Victoria’s Economy – Planning, Building, Delivering outlining the key reforms the government has implemented over the past two years and an economic action plan of more than 70 economic reforms.  It includes reform measures for:

  • Victoria to maintain strong finances and maximise best ability to fund infrastructure and services in the future;
  • infrastructure and transport improvements;
  • planning reform and land development;
  • private sector investment and employment;
  • public sector reform;
  • red tape reduction;
  • cost of living, cost to business;
  • taxation;
  • connecting Victoria with new markets;
  • positioning Victoria as the knowledge capital of Australia; and
  • industrial relations reform

The media release is available here

Page 58 of this document is of particular relevance to Local Government with an Action Plan to work with local government to identify opportunites to contain costs and implement a performance monitoring and reporting framework for local government and develop council rate setting principles and benchmarks to ensure accountability and transparency.

A copy of the full report can be found here


2013 IPWEAvic Service Awards were presented to Steven White, Mauro Covvaci, Michael McGlade, Peter Harriott for their service to the Board.  Peter Harriott was not present to receive his award.


The winners in the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence were announced at a Gala Dinenr held at The Hotel Windsor on 20th March 2013.

Winner: Capital Projects over $1M: Glen Eira City Council – Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre






Special Commendation: Capital Projects Over $1M : Horsham Rural City Council – Wimmera Intermodal Frieght Terminal






Winner: Capital Projects Under $1M: Northern Grampians Shire Council – The Monash Steps/Stawell Steps






Winner: Asset Management Award: Kingston City Council – Turning a Water Strategy into a Capital Works Program






Winner: Innovation/Service Delivery Award: Yarra Ranges Shire Council – Biodiversity Offest Program Development






The top 20 submission are available for viewing at the dedicated 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence website


Ross Goyne was awarded the MEFvic Engineering Excellence Award at the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Gala dinner on 20 March 2013.






Ross was presetned with his award by the chairman of the MEFvic Trustees, Warren Roberts

David Eltringham took out the IPWEAvic Engineer of the Year Award in 2013 at the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Gala dinner held at the Hotel Windsor on 20 March 2013.

An engineer whose his last local government position was General Manager Technical Services at the Horsham Rural City Council and who has made a significant contribution to the public works industry over the past 47 years.   Amongst other outstanding achievements he led the WIFT project on behalf of Horsham Rural City Council.  Other attributes include working at regional level in the waste and freight areas; aerodromes; emergency management with floods and fires to  content with; exception public consultation and stakeholder management skills; establishment of a “can do” service delivery attitude and resource with Horsham Rural City direct management team.     He is a past president of Engineers Australia Victoria Division and has a great interest in the CFA, military history, returned services league, and community groups such as Wimmera tidy towns, Wimmera river improvement committee,  and the Spirit of Australia foundation.

Congratulations David!

The 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference was held on 20 and 21 March 2013 at The Hotel Windsor.

Speaker presentations can be accessed by clicking on the presenters name.  Only the presentations that display the presenter’s name as underlined have been uploaded

Rail Transport Challenges – Efficiency Through Technology
MICHAEL LAWRIE, Senior Systems Engineer – Signalling, Thales Australia

The Metropolitan Planning Strategy
BERNARD McNAMARA, Ministerial Advisory Committee Member

PAUL DI IULIO, National President IPWEA, CEO Campbelltown City Council

Social Media and Stakeholder Engagement
OLIVER VIDO, Manager Infrastructure Services, Greater Dandenong City Council

New Manningham cultural centre development
DARIO BOLZONELLO, Manager Strategic Projects & EDITH FARRELL, Manager Community Planning, Manningham City Council

The Journey of a Small Rural Community in Rationalising their Community Buildings
SUE O’BRIEN, Manager Community Well Being, Pyrenees Shire Council

The Cloud, the Crowd and Social Media. How can they help solve real-life problems?
NEIL KURUPPU, Chief Executive Officer, PepperStack Pty Lty

Streamlining Local Government Regulation
DR MATTHEW BUTLIN, Chair, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

Earthmine data collection project
ANDREW DOWNIE, Manager Information Services, Greater Geelong City Council

Major Projects for Linking Melbourne
KEN MATHERS, Linking Melbourne Authority

ROB SKINNER, Monash Water for Liveability

JOHN BENNIE, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Dandenong City Council

NOELENE DUFF, Chief Executive Officer, Whitehorse City Council

Reforming Local Government in South Africa
ROGER BYRNE, Sustainable Infrastructure Asset Management

Peninsula Link
DAVID TAYLOR, Senior Structural Engineer, Sinclair Knight Merz & ALEX GILBERT, Technical Director, Aurecon

Noble Park Aquatic Centre – More than just a pool
CHRIS HEMPHILL, Project Director & MARK HAYDEN, Project Manager Davis Langdon

Redevelopment of the Collingwood Town Hall
ANN LIMBREY, Building Projects Manager, Yarra City Council

Intelligent Water Networks
TONY WRIGHT, Chief Executive Officer, VicWater

Infrastructure Design Manual for Rural Victoria
JONATHAN GRIFFIN, Team Leader Development, Greater Shepparton City Council

Energy efficient street light changeover
PAUL BROWN, Managing Director, Ironbark Sustainability

RON MARK Victorian Auditor General’s Office

Elasto Plastic Concrete


Downer EDI

Pitney Bowes

The conference program can be accessed here

Expressions of Interest are sought from members who are interested in being part of the 2014 IPWEAvic Conference Committee.  If you would like gain new skills in confernece management, contribute to a great annual event,  and have some fun along the way please contact Anne Gibbs at to register your interest.  What’s Expected of a Committee Member?

  • Attend monthly meetings ( usually city based but we do do teleconferencing)
  • Find sponsors/exhibitors
  • Assist the conference chair to develop the conference program around the conference theme
  • Assist the conference chair in contacting speakers as directed.
  • Encourage attendance at the conference through your networks
  • Attend the conference and assist on the day as required eg. assisting delegates, chairing sessions, assisting guests, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors etc

If you have some great conference ideas or would like to be part of the confernece committee please register you interest by contacting Anne Gibbs by end of April 2013.

The 2014 State Conference is planned for 26th and 27th March 2014.


Venue: City of Whitehorse Council Offices, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Date: 16th April 2013

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $60 members, $80 non members

A seminar for waste management professionals, landfill operators, regulators, government representatives, policy advisors, industry development officers, landfill designers, legal professionals, engineers, environmental scientists


  • Cranbourne and Loscoe Landfill case study
  • The EPA Closed Landfills Guidelines Explained
    • Guidelines Overview
    • Legal Compliance
    • Environmental Auditors perspective
  • Council perspective of Management of landfills and assigned liability

Sponsored by Coffey.

Download Program Details and Registration Details here

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