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The 2015 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference has been run over the 25th and 26th March and was a success.

The event attracted over 120 conference registrations over the two days  and 130 attended the Gala Awards Dinner on the Wednesday evening.

A wide range of topics were comprehensively covered and all were very relevant to the situation that our sector finds itself in at the present time. Project Management, Service Planning and Customer Service were just some of the key issues covered.

Ross Goyne and Luke Donnellan

President Ross Goyne welcomes The Honorable  Minister Luke  Donnellan

The Hon Luke Donnellan Minister for Road Transport and Ports opened the conference and outlined the Government’s Infrastructure program for the coming years. Clearly the successful delivery of the comprehensive program of Rail Grade Separations ( 50 planned for the next 8 years) and a number of arterial road upgrades will involve a significant number of councils and their communities and will require infrastructure managers in those councils to be on top of their game to make sure all the potential benefits of these projects can be realised in a timely way.

The Hon Jeff Kennett – former Premier of Victoria and founding Chair of Beyond Blue Foundation then warmed the crowd with a very provoking presentation on the financial challenges confronting Local Government due to the combined effects of unmet Infrastructure Funding Gap requirements and the current government’s commitment to Rate Pegging.

Jeff Kennett and Brian Negus RACV

The Hon Jeff Kennett           Brian Negus

Brian Negus RACV Manager Public Policy was key note speaker and provided a very comprehensive overview of the major road transport and traffic safety priorities for Victoria and his presentation again provided a sharp focus on the key roles Public Works Engineers particularly those working for Urban and Regional LGAs will play in the effective delivery of these projects.


McKenzie - CEO MurrindindiSC          Claude Cullino Chris Sfetkidis


Kim and Matthew Hill         Mark V and APPa



Mark         Vicki Shelton

The support of our Conference Sponsors was essential to the success of the event and it is a pleasure to thank them for their support.

CT Management Group, BIOSIS, Downer, Sovereign Financial, Dry Treat 



The Gala Dinner on Wed night 25th March was a wonderful night which was lifted by the dinner speaker Jeremy Scott whose story of his recent  solo bike ride from London to Auckland over 2 years was highly motivational. Jeremy had some wonderful stories of the trials and achievements of his ride and provided some terrific photographs  which captured the enormity of the effort and grandeur of the scenery he travelled through.





Capital Project – Under $1m – was won by Warrnambool City Council for the Warrnambool Nth Flood Mitigation Works




Capital Project – Over $1m – was won by Melton City Council for its Business Centre for Excellence project



Asset Management Award – was won by Ballarat City Council – for its Tree Protection System




Innovative Service or Practice  Award – was won by Monash City Council  -for its Passive Irrigation System





Engineer Practitioner of the Year was won by


Samantha Krull – Project Manager

Wyndham City Council


YOUNG Engineer Practitioner of the Year – was jointly won by


Kim Sedgwick  –  Operations Manager

Australian Road Research Board




Justin Hinch – Project Engineer

Warrnambool City Council.


Awards Sponsors – Sovereign Financial, UMS, BIOSIS








The Gala Dinner was also the scene for the Municipal Engineering Foundation of Victoria’s


malcolm styles



Foundation Chairman – Warren Roberts, CEO for the City of Stonnington made the presentation of this award which is only made every second year and this year Malcolm Styles was honoured with the Medal.

Warren also  presented a scholarship to Justin Hinch to attend the 2015 IFME International Public Works Conference in Rotorua New Zealand in June.


The MEFV also sponsored 12 students from Melbourme’s Universities  to attend the IPWEAvic Public Works Conference and the following photo shows President Ross with some of the student guests.

Ross and Students

DEPI are holding the 2014 Victorian Flood Forum on 13th and 14th November 2014 in Mildura.

The theme of the 2014 forum is Expanding Stakeholder Engagement, which recognises floodplain management and flood response requires cooperation from multiple agencies and the community.
Consultants, researchers, and all others with an interest in floods and floodplain management are invited to submit abstracts for presentations. Successful applicants will be asked to develop a PowerPoint presentation based on their Abstracts. No formal papers will be required, although presentations are requested to be provided in advance of the forum.

Presentations are encouraged in the following areas:
· Communicating flood risk
· Building better relationships between agencies and communities
· Levee management
· Cross-border issues
· Climate adaptation (future challenges and potential solutions)
· Lessons learnt from recent floods (planning, response, recovery)
· Insurance issues
· Case studies of innovative developments (technical, social)

Call for Abstracts closes 28th July 2014.

Download call for Abstracts Template HERE

Download details on how to submit yoru abstract HERE

2015 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference – Leading Innovative Community Outcomes

To be Held on 25th 26th March 2015 at CQ Functions, Melbourne
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA), Victorian Division, have been convening the outstandingly successful IPWEAvic Public Works Conference for a number of years. This event is recognised as the key annual public works technical event for the local government and public works sector and attracts over 150 participants, including CEO’s, Directors, Mangers and Councillors from local government as well as consultants and contractors.

The conference is to be held over two days at CQ Functions, 113 Queens Street Melbourne on 25th and 26th March 2015. The Annual IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence will be held at a Gala Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 25 March 2015.

In 2015 the IPWEAvic Public Works Conference is themed around Leading Innovative Community Outcomes. The program has been divided into 4 distinct technical streams
Stream A – Roads, Traffic, Transport
Stream B – Projects, Contracts, Project Management Office
Stream C – Leadership and Innovation
Stream D – Asset Management

The Conference Committee is seeking presentations that will stimulate and expand thinking in line with each of the conference streams within the conference theme: Leading Innovative Community Outcomes. If you would like to be considered for presenting at the conference please send in an abstract by Friday 29 August 2014 to for consideration by the conference committee

Abstract Submission
Abstracts are to be submitted by email to by Friday 29 August 2014:

• The abstract must be typed, no less than 100 words, no more than 300 words
• Include 10-20 key word description of the abstract and 100 word biography to introduce presenting author
• Abstract file to be named yoursurname_abstract.doc emailed to
• Lodgment of abstract does not indicate automatic inclusion into the Conference program
• Lodgment of abstract acknowledges consent to publication of presentation on IPWEA website
• Communication will be with presenting author only. Abstract receipt & acceptance acknowledged by email.
• Presenters will be required to fund their travel, accommodation, conference registration if attending for the whole day or whole conference & other costs.
• Successful authors will be notified in October 2014; specific speaker instructions and timings will then be provided

Register your interest in attending or sponsoring by email to with contact details.

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The 2014 National Works & Engineering Conference is to be held 25th and 26th September at Bendigo Showgrounds.  The new format includes the Parks Sector.


Australia’s Premier Event for Public Works

Bigger and Better Than Ever in 2014

A Must-attend Event:

  • Live on site demonstrations of all the latest equipment
  • Learn practical insights on selection and use of equipment
  • More equipment on display than at any other event
  • Professional Development for a range of staff
  • Meet leaders and peers to form valuable networks
  • NEW Parks equipment and content in 2014

 Thursday 25th September & Friday 26th September 2014, Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo

Please lock this into your diary &  BUDGET for at least 3 delegates from your organisation to attend

Who Should Attend:

  • Senior Managers and Directors
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Contracting Staff
  • Parks Staff
  • Works/Infrastructure Staff
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Operational Engineers
  • Procurement Officers

Final program available shortly

Download the conference flyer and registration details HERE

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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

Thankyou to all exhibitors and sponsors who participated in the 2014 IPWEAvic  Public Works Conference.  All the exhibitors in the Grand Ballroom at the 2014 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference present something for us to learn


A special coating was on display at the CYNDAN exhibition stand.  This product is meant to keep your boots clean so things like mud and asphalt won’t stick.  It’s a big hit on utube.


DOWNER were show casing their pavement material made from recycled printing cartridges.  This type of paving has been trialed in City of Hume in some residential streets.  And Downer also had on display their BRP road patch which is laid something like a carpet and quite handy for the road maintenance crews to have in the back of their trucks

Dial Before You Dig

DBYD is the essential first step in any council’s asset protection program and are encouraging all councils who are not members of DBYD to sign up.


ASSETIC has a Bureau Service for Strategic Asset management and also offers assistance in collating, managing and analysing your data.

Conquest Solutions

Conquest Solutions is designed to allow organisations to implement a single Asset Management system across the entire organisation.


Bitu-mill is a civil construction contractor and specialises in asphalt and profiling pavements.   Bitu-mill sponsored the lunches at the recent 2014 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference.

The 2014 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference was held on 26 and 27 March 2014 at The Hotel Windsor.  Take a look at the photo gallery form the conference by clicking here or via this url


The 2014 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference was held on 26 and 27 March 2014 at The Hotel Windsor.

Speaker presentations will be uploaded when available and can be accessed by clicking on the presenters name.


Speaker Keynote, Rob Freemantle, Executive Director Policy & Programs, VicRoads

Transport and Liveability, Prof Graham Currie, Chair of Public Transport Group, Monash University

Successfully Managing the Growing Road Freight Transport Task, Adam Ritzinger, Engineer Freight & Heavy Vehicles, ARRB Group

Successful Implementation of 40km/hr Zone, Bhavin Shah, Traffic Engineer, City of Yarra

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Integrating the Bicycle into Road Planning, Craig Richards, Executive Officer Bicycle Network

Walking Friendly Environments - What they are and why they are needed, Roni Beauchamp, Healthy Living Manager, Heart Foundation Victoria

Intelligent Transport Systems, Susan Harris, CEO ITSA


Delivering an Innovative Award Winning Integrated Water Cycle Project, Peter Wilson, Branch Manager of Asset Planning, Wannon Water

Project Management from Concept to Completion, Charlie Broadhurst, Project Director South East Projects, Vicroads

Project Planning and Delivery, Steven White, Director Infrastructure Services, Bayside City Council

Design and Creation of Public Infrastructure – Service Outcomes for Community, Vito Albicini, General Manager Assets, Frankston City Council


Challenges for Landfills in the Future, Brian Fox-Lane , Managing Director, Fox-Lane Consulting

Words on Waste, Rob Millard, CEO MWMG

Guidelines for Siting, Design, Operation and Rehabilitation of Landfills, Lauren Burch, Waste, Water & energy Officer, City of Ballarat

Landfill Sites: Management of Cultural Heritage Risks, Dr Ilya Berelov, Manager Heritage Services, Biosis

Mitigating Heavy Metal Release from Unlined and Loosely Capped Landfills, Dr Augustine Doronila, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Removing Food from Waste Using a Vessel Composter, Philip Clingin, Executive Officer, Highlands Regional Waste Management Group

Fighting the Toxin Environments, Trevor Davey, CEO TMD Global Pty Ltd


A New Standard that Focuses on Customer Value, Peter Way, Chair, NAMS

National Assessment Framework and ISO55000, John Howard, Project Manager, NAMS

Getting the Dog to Wag the Tail, Service Planning Tales, Kate McCaughey Project Manager Moonee Valley City Council

Planning and Delivery of Public Works from Concept to Completion, Ossie Martinz, director Infrastructure, Monash City Council

Sustainable Management of Community Buildings, Ass Prof Sujeeva Setunge Head Civil Engineering, RMIT University

What Service? Indigo’s Journey from Badlands to Hilbilly Country, Robert Uebergange, Asset Manager, Indigo Shire council

Finding a Common Language – Achieving Service Optimisation, ChrisDupe, Senior Manager, Cultural Infrastructure, Arts Victoria

The conference program can be accessed here

IPWEAvic is giving away 3 reduced rate scholarships to attend the 2014 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference to be held on 26th and 27th March 2014.  Day registrations are also available.

To be eligible you need to be from a small rural shire and there needs to be at least one other delegate form your organisation attending the 2014 IPWEAvic Conference on 26th and 27th March 2014.

If you are interested in taking up this opportunity please contact the IPWEAvic office and check your eligibility.

Take a look at the conference program and registration details at the dedicated conference website



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