Archive for March 17th, 2013

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

2 days until the start of the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference.  Don’t miss out on this excellent professional development opportunity.  Themed around Imrpoving Productivity- Infrastrucutre Excellence this is an event that should be on all public works professionals calendars.

The Conference theme is Infrastructure Excellence, Improving Productivity. Conference sessions will consider:

· The infrastructure challenge for Victoria and its impact in the coming years

· Improving productivity through Major Projects

· Generating efficiencies and reducing cost, technology, regulation, data collection

· Gaining the best from your people through leadership excellence

· Lessons from the reforming of local government in South Africa

· Efficiency through technology- what we can learn from the rail transport challenges

· Best practice project management case studies

· Benefits of collaboration in meeting infrastructure challenges

· Tips for success in governance, politics and relationships



Here are some tips for convincing your employer to send you to the IPWEAvic 2013 Public Works Conference:

Continuing education is a highly valuable component of the engineering industry.  It helps employees stay updated with current trends and technologies that can lead their employers towards financial growth.  Here are some useful strategies to help convince your boss to send you to IPWEAvic 2013 Public Works Conference:

  1.  Benefit from Subject Matter Experts: Receive leadership advice and tips from experts in the public works industry.  Bring the bigger picture into your daily routine by attending sessions presented by seasoned industry professionals
  2. Offer to share the program and speaker presentations with your colleagues.  By attending the conference you will have unlimited access to materials provided by industry experts.  Explain what you will receive by attending and how that can benefit your colleagues and company
  3. Have an Action Plan.  Develop a plan for how operations in your department will continue throughout your absence.  Ensure your employer that you will be accessible by phone or email to address any concerns that may arise
  4. Earn CPD points.  CPEng require 150 hours of continuing professional development in a three year period to retain their certification.  This conference contributes 12 hours towards Engineers Australia CPD requirements.

Register at


Kurt Pitts is the chair of Young IPWEAvic. Young IPWEA is a fantastic new initiative set up to get young people involved, networking and ultimately support young engineers in their career prospects and assist in developing the next generation of leaders. Young IPWEA will include social events, professional speakers, industry technical tours, networking, and potentially many fun and exciting activities. It is optional to attend as many or as few events as you like.

If you are interested in becoming part of this fantastic new initiative, please contact Kurt Pitts and he will add your email address to the database where you will receive information about future events.

Kurt works at Baw Baw Shire and his email address is

   Pitney Bowes Software are a proud Silver Sponsor of the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference.


APV Valuers and Asset Managers will be an Exhibitor at the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference






EPC – Elasto Plastics Concrete will be an Exhibitor at the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference


The judges have nominated the following submission in the top 20 across all categories listed here in alphabetical order by organisation:

Baw Baw Shire Council – Community Powered by the Sun

Cardinia Shire Council – Cardinia Shire Council New Civic Centre

Central Goldfields Shire Council – Customer Complaint System

East Gippsland Shire Council – Operations Depot

City of Greater Geelong – Eastern Park Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse

Glen Eira City Council – Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre

Horsham Rural City Council – Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal

Horsham Rural City Council – People Awards

Hume City Council – Global Learning Centre

Kingston City Council – Turning a Water Strategy into a Practical Capital Works Program

Mildura Rural City Council – The Mildura Theatre and Arts Centre

Monash City Council – Eaton Mall

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – Peninsula Ave Rye – Flood Mitigation Project

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – Mornington Peninsula Shire Waste Diversion Incentive Program

Northern Grampians – Monash Steps/ Stawell Steps

Northern Grampians – Flood Recovery Infrastructure Repair Program

Pyrenees Shire Council – People Awards

Warrnambool City Council – Lighthouse Theatre

Whittlesea City Council– Portable Buildings

Yarra Ranges Shire Council – Biodiversity Offset Program

Profiles of Top 20 Submissions

Our special IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence website profiles the top 20 submissions to the Awards for Excellence

The top 20 submissions will be show cased in the Hall of Fame at the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on the 20 and 21 March 2013

Winners in each category of IPWEavic AWareds for Excellence will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday 20 March 2013


The Grand Ballroom at the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference will be transformed into the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Hall of Fame on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March 2013.  You can see the poster presentations of the top 20 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence on show.  Look for the QR code in the bottom right hand corner of each of the posters, scan the code with your mobile phone and be taken to the corresponding entry on the IPWEAvic 2013 Awards for Excellence website.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional display – you must register to attend.  Register here

Keep pace with on the spot updates for the IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on 20 and 21 March with the special conference mobile App

Download from

Have the program at your fingertips.

The twitter Hash Tag for the IPWEAvic Public Works Conference to be held on 20 and 21 March 2013 is


See you at the conference!

Key changes in the Victorian Ministry announced Wednesday 13th March 2013.


Peter Ryan – remains Deputy Premier, loses Police and Emergency Services and takes on new role of State Development (incorporating previous portfolios of Rural and Regional Development)

Kim Wells – loses Treasury, becomes new Police and Emergency Services Minister and Minister for Bushfire Response

Michael O’Brien – new Treasurer, loses Energy and Consumer Affairs

Nick Kotsiras – gains Energy and Resources

David Hodgett – new Minister, takes on Ports, Major Projects and Manufacturing (Note Mr Dalla Riva no longer in the Ministry)

Heidi Victoria – new Minister, takes on Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs

Nick Wakeling – promoted to Cabinet Secretary

New Parliamentary Secretary Roles

Ed O’Donohue – PS to the Premier

Gary Blackwood – PS for Transport

Members of Parliament website

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