Archive for August 28th, 2013

Wednesday 21 August saw the Victorian Auditor General, John Doyle,  table a report in Parliament entitled  ” Developing Transport Infrastructure and Services for Population Growth Areas.

Access the report at this url

The VAGO website short summary is reproduced below:

“Over many years, the state has failed to deliver the transport infrastructure and services needed to support rapidly growing communities. This is adversely impacting accessibility, and risks the future liveability of metropolitan Melbourne. Urgent action is required to address this serious problem. Inadequate public transport and growing gaps in the road network in these communities are creating barriers to mobility, including access to critical services, education and employment opportunities.

In turn, these deficiencies are increasing car dependence, pollution and exacerbating traffic congestion at significant community cost. This both limits state productivity and the time that people can spend with their families. Despite these growing problems, funding to address the transport needs of growth areas can take more than a generation to materialise. This longstanding disconnect between planning and funding, gives credence to the perception that past statewide planning initiatives have been disingenuous.

Growing pressure on state finances heightens the need to effectively prioritise limited funds, and to develop alternative funding sources and implementation strategies to meet the growing challenge.

This audit’s recommendations are focused on addressing these longstanding issues. However, they will have limited value if their implementation is not supported by a realistic and effective whole of government approach.”

Engineers Australia Victorian Structural Branch Symposium on Structural Failures may be of interest to IPWEAvic members.

Structural Failures Symposium: Lessons to be learned – Progress to be made

Tuesday 8 October, 2013
Symposium: 8:30am – 6:00pm

Dinner (at Crown): 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Program and details available at

This symposium will focus on Structural Failures, how they happen and more importantly, how they can be eliminated. Leading experts in all aspects of “failures” will present including International Keynote Speaker Alastair Soane, Director, Structural-Safety (CROSS UK). This UK organisation is reputed to be instrumental in significantly reducing failures and problems in the UK building industry. Leading local experts will also deliver presentations on Forensic Engineering, Structural Assessment and Prevention of Failures as well as explore Litigation, and Crisis Management. Paul Plowman, CEO, Hill + Knowlton Strategies will discuss ‘Crisis Management and the Role of Media’ at the Symposium Dinner at Crown.


When:  Wednesday, September 18, 2013,
Time:   9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where:  at Wyndham City Council, Council Chamber
45 Princes Highway, Werribee, VIC 3030

Download Registration Brochure and Program Details here

This event is kindly sponsored by biosis and includes a light luncheon

Featuring Speaking Panel:

  • Dr Ilya Berelov, Biosis Pty Ltd
  • Mark Eccleston, Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
  • Bryon Powell, Wadawurrung
  • Melissa Falkenberg, Wyndham City Council,

This is a free event but you must register to attend.

Contact: Mandy  0419 105 788


Seven candidates have nominated for 4 positions that will become vacant at the next AGM scheduled for 10th October 2013.

In alphabetical order by surname the candidates are

  • Claude Cullino
  • Ross Goyne
  • Ossie Martinz
  • Kim Sedgwick
  • Chris Sfetkidis
  • Mark Varmalis
  • Steve Verity

Learn more about each of the candidates and their aspirations for IPWEAvic by downloading the Candidate Profiles found at this url

Voting in the election is for members only.  The helios online system is being used.  If you have problems using the online system please contact ph 03 9005 0860 before 5th September.   Voting will remain open until 10th September.


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