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IPWEAvic in conjunction with VicRoads is holding a series of Regional Workshops to assist in the Speed Limit Review.  The workshops will be held in four locations at end of February and beginning March 2013:

  • Taralgon, Tuesday 26 Feb.  Program & Registration details here
  • Ballarat, Thursday 28th Feb. Program & Registration details here
  • Shepparton, Tuesday 12 March. Program & Registration details here
  • Melbourne, Kew, Friday 15th March. Program & Registration details here

Workshops run from 10am til 4:30pm with lunch and afternoon tea provided.  Members and those working in traffic and safety disciples are welcome to attend but you must register to attend.

This is a great opportunity to shape the future of the speed limit guidelines

ACE Expo

January 29, 2013 | No Comments | Events

IPWEAvic is a supporter of the ACE Expo to be held on 21st – 23rd February 2013 at Sandown Racecourse.

You must pre-register to attend and can do this via the ACE Expo website

Use promo code “ACEVIC30″


John McIntosh, President of Engineers Australia Victoria Division, is a loud and proud engineer.  He was the guest speaker at theIPWEAvic End of Year Leadership Series Business Luncheon held on 7th December 2012 at Green Acres Golf Course in Kew East.

Some Notes taken from John McIntosh presentation

Things have changed for engineers, things like:

  • Engineers are commonly found at level 2 or level 3 in organisations
  • PW department taken away from government in 1990’s
  • MTM was formed from Victorian Railways
  • Public works is a combination of private and public organisations
  • VicRoads grew out of the Country Roads Board but has political interference and is unable to undertake long term planning

Things are still changing:

  • People busier than even – time poor
  • Value expectations changing – community put before yourself
  • Competing service providers
  • Generational differences
  • Technology

Cynefin framework – see below










Characteristics of complex systems

  • Multiple and diverse connections
  • Feedback loops
  • Technical leadership

Complex events need adaptive leaders – looking for business solutions

Tools for managing

  • Open up the discussion
  • Set barriersStimulate attractors
  • Encourage dissent and diversity
  • Manage starting conditions and monitor for emergence
  • There is always more than one right answer

Tipping Point is a book that is recommended by John McIntosh which states there are

Three types of people:

  • Maven – takes new things, translates it down to a simple relevant bit
  • Connector – knows lots of people
  • Salesman – get the recipient to take in that new bit

Most engineers fall into the Maven category.

Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers

  • No time
  • WIIFM (RO1) – (what’s in it for me)
  • Specialisation and consolidation
  • Generational values
  • Competition – intellectually and technology

Radical changes for associations

  1. Overhaul the government
  2. Empower the DEQ and staff
  3. Rationalise the member market
  4. Rationalise programs. Services
  5. Build a robust technology framework

What can an individual engineer do?

  1. Be loud and proud about being a professional engineer
  2. Chartered professional engineer  CPEng
  3. Technical PLUS business acumen and people skills (engineering-executive)
  4. Regulation and registration
  5. Get (or stay) involved
  6. Encourage others to get involved
  7. Business card
  8. Linked in profile
  9. Certificates on the wall
  10. Wear membership badge with pride
  11. Elevator “CV”
  12. Outreach

The luncheon had a christmas theme.  Congratulations to Jane Waldock who found a prize in her christmas cracker!

Here is John McIntosh delivering his presentation to the IPWEAvic group.



December 3, 2012 | No Comments | Events














A seminar entiteld ” Delivering Liveability to Local Communities” was the topic of a half day seminar held on Thursday 11 October 2012.

Over 60 attended the event where three recipients of the MEFvic Study Scholarships to Europe presented their findings.

Peter Brown, Chief Executive Officer Moreland City Council, gave an exceptional presentation to the IPWEAvic Leadership Luncheon on Friday November 16th sharing some of his thoughts on how to generate political “buy in” and leadership from Councils and State Government in major urban renewal and infrastructure improvement projects.   Peter explained “The Coburg Initiative” as an apporach to refresh the infrastrucutre and build the economy.   When embarking on such a project there is a need to get council to agree to the concept of thinking long term.  A structure plan must be developed and a branding for the project assists in creating an air of expectation in the community.  When working on such a project you need to be as sharp as a developer.   This type of project is not for everyone and each municipality needs to examine its assets and see how it can leverage off them to advantage.  To a certain extent you need to create your own luck and find ways to get your project on Sate Government Agenda.   As the project is long term and may span more than one council term it is impreative that all councillors understand the project and have the buy in.

9 key lessons from the project are:

  1. People and places – engaging and ongoing consultation
  2. Turning places to reality – needs commercial viability
  3. Structural change needed – be clear on priorities
  4. Building internal capacity – the role of consultant
  5. Land banking – need a game plan
  6. Private sector participation – need competition
  7. State and federal partnerships – create your own luck
  8. Continuity of leadership and maintaining your integrity
  9. All takes time


Engineers Australia have organised a weekend in Geelong showcasing regional engineering.

This event takes place 12-14th October adn there is a host of exciting site visits you can join.  Take a look at the program here

Bring along the family for a weekend in Geelong and participate in the Year of the Regional Engineer!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time)

IPWEA Wimmera Mallee Group meeting is planned for 10 am on Tuesday 4 September 2012, at the Wimmera Room, Civic Centre, Roberts Av, Horsham.

This will be in advance of the Wimmera Region Transport Group Meeting to be held from lunch till 3 pm that day, at the same location.

Agenda will be available shortly.

Please let Martin Duke know of your availability.

Location:  Wimmera Room, Civic Centre,Rural City of Horsham,Roberts Ave, Horsham, VIC

The next round of Regional Forums are to be held in August. Three have been planned as follows:

Tuesday 14th August: West Gippsland Arts Centre, Civic Precinct Warragul
Wednesday 15th August: Robert Clarke Centre, Ballarat Botanical gardens, Ballarat
Tuesday 21 August 2012: Greater Shepparton City Council, Doyles Road Complex, Shepparton.

The forums run from 9:30 till 12:30 with a light lunch provided courtesy of ALDE (Association of Land Development Engineers). Department of Sustainability and Environment and a local council will set the scene outlining current challenges in vegetation management for projects and the native vegetation management framework. A short workshop will enable sharing of solutions followed by some case studies. Speakers from Trust for Nature, Greening Australia, Bushbrokers, DSE and local councils will give some tips on vegetation management in projects for you to take away.

Registration is required and the program and registration details can be found by clicking the forum below

Warragul Forum registration details Eastern Regional Forum Environmental and Vegetation Offsets IPWEA 14 August 2012
Ballarat Forum registration detailsWestern Regional Forum Environmental and Vegetation Offsets IPWEA 15 August 2012
Shepparton Forum registration detailsNorthern Regional Forum Environmental and Vegetation Offsets IPWEA 21 August 2012.b

This lunch is part of a series of Leadership events to encourage and develop public works professionals in Leadership.

Guest speaker, Matthew Gill, MD & CEO of Castlemain Goldfields, is going to draw on his experiences in the mining industry to share some of his thoughts on people mangement, emergency preparedness, leadership and media mangement in difficult situations.

The fee for the luncheon is $60 for members and $80 for non-members.

To be held at Kooyong tennis Club on 17th august 2012 12noon till 2pm.

Please RSVP to by 13th August 2012 for catering

Download registration brochure here

The stormwater Industry Association is holding a mini seminar on Thursday evening 26th July 5:30pm till 7:30pm at GHD, Level 8, 180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne on the “Living Melbourne, Living Victoria Implementation Plan: What it means for Stormwater and How is it Going to be Funded”.

Download flyer here and registration form here.

IPWEAvic Board member, Claude Cullino has been invited to the panel and will be providing local government and IPWEAvic input to the discussion.


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