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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.

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


Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

IPWEAvic Information Series Event – Environmental Risks: Delivering Environmental Projects in Rural Victoria

Here is an opportunity to:-

  • find out the latest on environmental regulation in delivery of environmental projects,
  • consider environmental risks in projects and how this might relate to projects you are working on
  • find out how others have overcome environmental issues on thier projects

Date: Wednesday 21st August 2013

Time: 9am till 1pm

Where: Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt Street Ballarat 3350

Concluding with a light luncheon generously provided by Biosis

This is a Free event for members and guests but you must register to attend

Download Registration Details here


The Chairman and Trustees of the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria extend an invitation to all members of IPWEAvic to attend a Scholarship Awards Luncheon to be held in the Element Room at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Hotel, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne 3004, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Friday 26th July 2013.  The luncheon hosted by MEF Victoria will provide a networking opportunity and acknowledge those members who have been granted Scholarship Awards by the Foundation in 2013.

Dress code for the luncheon is smart casual.  Parking is available at the hotel at a cost of $16.  Limited off-street parking may be available.

Please forward your RSVP toMerv Paton, the Foundation Secretary by Wednesday 17th July 2013 at one of the following contacts:

Mail:  Secretary, Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria,PO Box5175, South Melbourne, Vic, 3205

Fax:  (03) 9682 8977


IPWEAvic is holding an Information Series Event: “Making the Most out of Your Road Network Infrastructure” on Thursday 11th July at ARRB, 500 Burwood Highway Vermont.
Running from 9am till 1pm and including a light lunch the event is sponsored by ARRB and is free for IPWEAvic Members and Guests.

This is a unique opportunity to find out from quality speakers what is happening on the “Road Network Infrastructure Scene” and take back some tips to make the most of your organisations road network infrastructure.

ARRB Expert Speaker Panel includes:
*  Pavement Asset Management Fundamentals: Jon Roberts, Principal Research Engineer- Asset Management
*  Pavement Performance Modelling and the LRDS: Dr Tim Martin, Chief Scientist – Asset Management
*  Selecting an Appropriate Surfacing for Your Needs: Kym Neaylon, National Technical Leader – Pavements and Surfacings
*  Optimum Mix Designs and Q&A Specifications: Shannon Malone, Laboratory Manager
*  How long will your concrete bridge last?: Dr Ahmad Shayan, Chief Scientist – Concrete Technology, Materials Sciences
* Freight and Heavy Vehicle Considerations on Local Roads: Adam Ritzinger, Specialist – Freight and Heavy Vehicles

Details of the program and registration details click here.

IPWEAvic Information Series Event presented by Bayside Council

to be held at Bayside City Council, 76 Royal Ave Sandringham

on Wednesday 5th June 2013 9:30am till 11:30am

More details Here

RSVP to by Monday 27 May 2013


IPWEA (VIC) Information Series: Closed Landfill Seminar

New EPA Victoria Guidelines: Risk and Opportunities

16th April 2013

City of Whitehorse Council Offices, Nunawading

IPWEA held a half day Closed Landfill seminar on the 16th April 2013 in response to the recently released EPA Victoria Closed Landfill guidelines. The event, sponsored by leading environmental consulting firm Coffey, was attended by 45+ delegates and include presentations from EPA Victoria (Nick Simmons, Principal Waste Expert), an EPA appointed Environmental Auditor (Tim Marshall, Coffey), an Environmental Lawyer (Mark Beaufoy, King & Wood Mallesons) and a local government representative (Phil Warner, City of Whitehorse). The seminar provide a forum to learn about and discuss the implications of the new Closed Landfill guidelines. A summary of the key learnings from the day are summarised below:

  • The new EPA Victoria Closed Landfills guidelines only apply to formerly licensed landfills. The new regulatory approach to closed landfills involves the use of supporting Pollution Abatement Notices (PANs), to develop environmental auditor verified site-specific monitoring and management programs.  The supporting PANs will then be revoked and a Post Closure (PC) PAN issued to facilitate implementation of the programs. This new  regulatory approach varies from the generic ‘broad brush’ approach used in the past and will assist councils to more effectively manage environmental risks and potential liabilities related to closed landfill sites.
  • The environmental management of landfill sites is complex and needs to be undertaken on a cradle to grave basis, i.e. from landfill design and construction and operational management  through to post closure management and rehabilitation. Landfill design, construction and management is a highly specialised area and council should give careful consideration to the consultants, contractors and environmental auditors they engaged. Cutting corners or poor advice in early stages of the landfill life cycle may create significant and costly issues later.
  • Closed landfills are a significant source of legal obligation and potential liability, as such councils need to proactively identify former landfill sites, both licenced and unlicensed, within their local government areas. This should initial involve desktop review, including the review of historical aerial photographs, to identify and prioritise former landfill sites for further investigation and management.  Community engagement is a key aspect of closed landfill management that should not be overlooked by councils.

Available Speaker Presentations:

EPA Closed Landfills Nick Simmons

Mark Beaufoy- Coffey IPWEA (Vic) Closed Landfill EPA Guidelines

Phil Warner – Landfill Presentation 16.4.13

Stephen Cambridge – Closed Landfill Loscoe and Cranbourne_v2

Tim Marshall Closed Landfill EPA Guidelines_An auditors perspective_TM

Download Program here


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

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