Archive for April, 2014

Download program and registration details HERE

Date:  Wednesday 21st May 2014

Time:  9:00am till 4:30pm includes lunch

Where:  Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Level 2, Room 207, Clarendon Street, Melbourne

Cost: $250 members, $300 non-members

Who Should Attend:

Contract Engineers and Managers, Procurement Professionals, Directors and Managers in Local Government, Senior Managers involved in contracts and procurement and engineers involved in contract management


8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome


9:10 – 9:40 Opening Address

Paul Roche, Senior Project Manager, Local Government Victoria

Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

Best Practice for Local Government Procurement

•Understanding the Procurement Best Practice Guidelines
•Legislative responsibilities of Local Government
9:40 – 10:15 CASE STUDY: Procurement: A rural perspective

Ian McLauchlan, Director Operations

Loddon Shire

•Delivery Options in a rural environment
•Procurement Challenges of rural municipalities
•Project Management Processes in a rural municipality
10:15 – 10:30 Morning Tea
10:30 – 11:00 CEO’s Perspective of Procurement of Capital Works

Warren Roberts, Chief Executive Officer

City of Stonnington

•Expectations of the Executive and Council
•The Planning of Major Capital Works
•Delivery and the Processes from the CEO perspective
11:00 – 11:30 Corruption Protection in Procurement

Mark Hayes, Partner


•A Legal Perspective of protection against Corruption
11:30 – 12:00 Completion Management

Laurice Temple, Director

Construction Management Results

•Understanding the keys for successful projects
•The importance of developing a completion strategy and plan at the inception of a project
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

Commercial and Financial Risks in Today’s market.

A group discussion on the current issues and impacts that today’s economy has on procurement


Geoff Glynn, Director Assets and City Services

Banyule City Council

Phil Warner, General Manager Infrastructure

City of Whitehorse

Vicki Shelton, Manager Engineering Services

City of Greater Geelong

Tony Kerr, Coordinator Procurement

City of Greater Geelong

2:15 – 2:45 Procurement Planning and Contract Management

Cameron Spence, Manager – Commercial Services,

Municipal Association Victoria

•The importance of Procurement Planning
•Contract Management Guidelines
2:45 – 3:15 Sustainable Procurement

Gary Liddle, Deputy Secretary for Transport

Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

•General trends regarding costs of capital works
•Cost of materials and use of recycled material
•What is important in the procurement process
3:15 – 3:30 Conference Summary

IPWEAvic Representative

3:30 – 4:30 Networking & Afternoon Tea

IPWEAvic in conjunction with City of Greater Geelong present a Training Opportunity


Time:    9.00am to 4.30pm

Date:    Tuesday 13th May 2014

Venue: Anakie Rd Training Rm, Greater City of Geelong, Anakie Rd, Geelong

Cost:    $250 members

             $300 non members

PROGRAM includes:

  • Introduction to relevant
    • Issues
    • Acts (state and federal)
    • Regulations
  • Introduction and overview of the Road Management Act 2004
  • Review of the appropriate sections of the RMA 2004
  • Review and focus on appropriate sections of the associated regulations and related legislation including:
    • Telecommunications Act 2007
    • Road Safety Act 1986


Only 10 places available!

Registrations open until 7th May 2014



A new tool help urban developers, consultants and planners incorporate whole-of-water-cycle management principles into new urban developments has been developed for the Barwon Region to help urban developers, consultants and planners incorporate Whole of Water Cycle Management principles into new urban developments

Clearwater will undertake training in the new manual on Wednesday 14th May 12:30pm – 4:00pm at Karstens Conference Rooms, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

More information available

Enquiries: or 03 9679 7835


Operations Management for Parks was the conversation at the 8 April IPWEAvic Seminar Series Event.

Those with an interest in Parks Operations gathered at Nottinghill Hall to listen to some quality presentations and participate in a workshop on issues and challenges in the sector.

Presentations were given by

Lucas Skelton, Parks Coordinator, Monash City Council
Community Gardens Means Community Engagement

Mark Collins , Consultant
Challenges of Managing Parks in a Changing Climate

Mike Hoy, Executive Manager, Grounds and Open Space
Parks, Operations Management

John Arnott, Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne
Feature Gardens Management – Key Issues in managing High Profile Gardens

Simon Harrison, Manager of Parks and Reserves, City of Bendigo
Heritage Gardens and Regional Centre Parks Management

Arborgreen, Citygreen
Landscape Products to Enhance your Gardens

The event was generously sponsored by Arborgreen, Citygreen

The event was designed by Sholcon Consultants and the MC for the event.






LGMA National have put together a Major Infrastructure Projects Workshop scheduled for 20th April 2014 at the Pullman Hotel Albert Park which may be of interest to IPWEAvic members to attend.

Please find more information about this event by clicking HERE


Take a look at the submission by IPWEA to the Productivity Commission’s Public Infrastructure Inquiry.

IPWEA’s submission is focussed on three aspects:

1. the role and use of debt in local government

2. engineering skills shortage

3. national registration of engineers

Download submission HERE

IPWEAQ also submitted a submission to the productivity inquiry into public infrastructure focused on engineering registration.  Download the IPWEAQ submission HERE


The IPWEAvic Central Highlands Regional Group has been invited to the MWOA Annual General Meeting to be held 23 April 2014 6pm Oscar’s 18 Doveton Street, Ballarat Central.

RSVP by 18th April

Download flyer HERE

IPWEA is pleased to announce a new Land Development Engineering Community of Practice.

This new practice area will be of interest to development control engineers, planners, consultants, subdivision construction & development inspectors, directors and many others.

A new discussion forum is being launched as part of the new community – so register your interest and join our newest community now so you don’t miss anything!

We encourage active discussion, loading sample documents into the library, downloading presentations from LDE forums, and much more.

***Register your interest to join the new LDE Community now!***

The new Land Development Engineering webpage is at

Recycled Mixed Plastics Purchasing Toolkit

ECO-Buy has developed a toolkit to provide buyers with independent information on the features, uses and specifications for recycled plastic products. It was developed in response to buyers questions about what products are available, the environmental and cost benefits, and how to get the best results when using the products.

 Mixed plastic waste is often difficult to sort and recycle, leading to a high likelihood that material will be sent to landfill. Local manufacturers have developed a range of innovative products made from recycled mixed plastic waste to suit a wide range of applications and help reduce waste to landfill.

The toolkit includes a number of factsheets covering:

  • How recycled plastics can save you money.
  • How to design successful projects using recycled plastic products and materials.
  • Why recycled plastic is a low toxic and environmental preferable alternative.
  • Tips for getting buy in from other staff in your organisation to the use of recycled plastic products.
  • Some great examples of innovative organisations closing the loop by buying recycled content plastics.
  • A list of suppliers.

ECO-Buy also developed a unique downloadable Life Cycle Costing Tool that you can use to compare the cost of using recycled plastic with that of other materials. You can add your own data and calculate cost benefits and payback times.

The Recycled Mixed Plastics Purchasing Toolkit was developed with the support of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), Zero Waste South Australia and Sustainability Victoria.

You can access the Toolkit, and download the factsheets, and other resources here:



Did you attend the 2014 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on 26 and 27 March 2014?

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

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

Access the post conference survey by clicking here

or via this url

Google Advertisement