Archive for October, 2013

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9:00 9:10


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9:10 – 9:40

Opening Address

Steve Verity, Asset Management Specialist, JRA

What are the issues relating to Asset Management in Parks

9:40 10:15

Local Government Association

Rob Spence, Chief Executive Officer, MAV

Why is Asset Management policy formulation important?
What is the STEP Program?
How the STEP Program can assist you in the Asset Management of Parks

10:15 10:45

Morning Tea

19:45 – 11:15

YardStick Program

Jayson Kelly, Director, YardStick

What is YardStick and how can it assist you in Asset Management of Parks
How YardStick can assist you in Benchmarking and meeting ‘Best Value’ requirements

11:15 – 11:45


Brimbank City Council – Creating Better Parks Strategy

Adrian Gray, Acting Manager Urban Design

Bright Osagiede, Asset & Spatial Information Coordinator

Why Brimbank decided to create their Creating Better Parks Strategy and how it is being implemented
How has Brimbank dealt with the new park assets in relation to the Asset register and renewal process?

11:45 – 12: 15

Asset Management Along Waterways

Representative from Waterway Asset Management, Melbourne Water

How do Melbourne Water deal with Asset Management along waterways
Best practice of shared asset management with Municipalities
How can Melbourne Water and municipalities better work together

12:15 – 12:30

Citywide Presentation

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:45


Different ways of Approaching Asset Management in Parks

Phil Plumb, Manager Horticulture Services, City of Monash

Shane Walden, Manager Parks, Wyndham City Council

Craig Medcal, Manager Parkswide, City of Whitehorse

This panel will provide insight into how their municipalities approaches Asset Management within Parks

2:45 – 3:15

Tools to assist Asset Management in Parks

Peter Way, Chair NAMS.AU, IPWEA Australasia

Practice Notes: Condition Assessment and Performance of Parks Assets
AUS-Spec: Standard Specification for Parks and Open Space Asset Maintenance
ISO 55000 Series: Asset Management Standards

3:15 – 3:45

Afternoon Tea

3:45 – 4: 45


Fire planning and how it effects Asset Management of Parks

Conal Creedon, General Manager Infrastructure Services, Nillumbik Shire

David Allen, Community Safety Manager District 14, CFA

Lew Wilson, Municipal Management Coordinator, Manningham City Council

How Fire planning has impacted on reserve management within municipalities
How has Fire planning influenced the development of open space, regarding the types and placement of Assets
How can municipalities work better together with state government agencies

4:45 – 5:00

Conference Summary

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Conference Close

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Held on 26th and 27 September 2013 the National Works & Engineering Conference for 2013 was a great success.  With over 300 participants, a hall full of exhibitors and opportunities to see first hand how some products are used, it created a great atmosphere of camaraderie amongst all public works practitioners present.

The opening session motivational speaker had a clear message that communication is key to leadership.
The dinner speaker showed us one way to be famous is to pick something that no one else is famous for – in his case it was being the Australian Sudoko champion.






The tool box sessions were popular.  Here, graffiti removal products are being demonstrated.

    A demonstration patch was successfully placed in a section of the car park in about half an hour.





The closing speaker was Steve Monoghetti, our famous marathon runner from Ballarat.  He spoke about his journey to reach the commonwealth games team and then on to the olympics team using the term POWER where “P” is potential and “R” is the ability to realise the potential and the “OWE” is an outstanding work ethic or in other words shear hard work!


IPWEAvic Board 2013

October 21, 2013 | No Comments | News

At the 2013 AGM held on 10 October 2013 a new Board was announced.

The Board for the coming year comprises:

Ross Goyne (President)

Mark Varmalis (Vice-President)

Thomas Kuen (Treasurer)

Vicki Shelton (Immediate Past- President)

Vito Albicini

Matthew Hill

Robert Ladd

Ossie Martinz

Kim Sedgwick

Jane Waldock

During the Annual Dinner the in-coming President received the President’s medal from the out-going President as per the IPWEAvic Tradition.

Ross Goyne, Footy Tipping co-ordinator for 2013, donned his footy jersy and announced the winners of the footy tipping competition at the IPWEAvic Annual Dinner held on 10th October 2013.  The competition was generously sponsored by Sovereign Financial and Sarah and Justin from Sovereign Financial were there to hand out the prizes.  The major prizes were awarded to:

Phillip McDonald – 1st Prize $200

Steve Adams – 2nd Prize $100

Phillip Jeffery – 3rd Prize $50

Numerous bottles of wine were also given out to lucky tipsters!


Delegates who attended this event held in conjunction with MEFvic on 10 October 2013 came away with an understanding of:

  • how sound project management practices assist project and service delivery in your municipality
  • trends in stakeholder and community engagement when planning and delivering projects
  • the service delivery model explained
  • tips for technology use in asset management
  • international case studies
  • latest research form MEFvic study tour to USA

Access the speakers presentations by clicking on each of the speakers topics below

Achieving Service Outcomes form Communities through Good Practice in the Design & Creation of Public Infrastructure
Vito Albicini, general Manager Assets, Frankston City Council

Management to Enhance Planning & Delivery
David Elson, Manager Asset Planning, Boroondara City Council

Facility Management Strategies in a Financially Constrained Economy
Trevor Dando, Building Projects Co-ordinator, Bass Coast Shire Council

Better Connections with the Life Cycle of Assets
Ossie Martinz, Director Infrastructure Services, City of Monash

Impacts of Future Asset Renewal on Long-Term Capital Works Programs
Stephen White, Director Infrastructure Services, Bayside City Council

Project Management Life Cycle Best Practice
Samantha Krull, Manager Major Projects, Wyndham City Council

All speakers were past recipients of MEFvic scholarship awards to engineers working in local government in Victoria to enhance their technical and managerial skills be research of a topic via an Australian or International study tour.  Details available at



An IPWEAvic Leadership Series Event was held in conjunction with the IPWEAvic Annual Dinner on the evening of 10th October 2013 with guest speaker, Mr David Eltringham, the IPWEAvic Public Works Practitioner of the Year.

David presented an entertaining account of his role as an Engineering Leader in a rural community and shared his journey with us.  David listed the following six points as values of effective leadership:

  • create a shared vision
  • communicate
  • be seen
  • care for those you lead
  • develop two way trust
  • acknowledge achievement

Communication was the key in David’s ability to lead the Wimmera Intergrated Freight Terminal Project through all stages of its life cycle resulting in a facility that will enhance the economic development of the Wimmera regional area.  Relationship management, leadership skills and financial management are the top skills David sees an aspiring local government engineer requires in today’s world.

We were honored and David made a 4 hour round trip to be with us at this event.

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