Archive for February 16th, 2011

The January 2011 edition of the VicRoads Worksite Safety Update can be viewed here and incorporates

•    Construction Safety Challenge 2011 – To Eliminate Plant Incidents
•    Outdoor Work in Hot Weather
•    UV Protection on Construction Sites
•    Fire Prevention on Construction Sites

The first IPWEAvic Business Breakfast in the Leadership Series was held on Thursday 10 February 2011. Participants sipped an orange juice on the terrace overlooking the grass tennis courts and chatted upon arrival. They then were treated to a yummy cooked breakfast whilst listening to two public works leaders share their thoughts on good leadership.

David Morse who is the General Manager Capital Delivery at Melbourne Water gave a talk cumulating in these take home messages

  • Leadership is a complex dynamic 
  • Good leaders require a flexible approach
  • Leadership is important at all levels
  • Not the exclusive reserve of senior management
  • Capitalise on your strengths
  • Be aware of your weaknesses
  • Be considerate – you are dealing with people
  • Be yourself
  • We can all be better leaders – better Project Managers
  • Actions speak louder than words

There was great interest from the attendees around David’s methods on delivery of his huge capital works program.

Kerry Thompson, CEO Wyndham City Council, told her leadership story to the gathering. Many of her points reinforced David’s presentation and she captivated the audience with her story.

Congratulations to Maurice Stabb who won a bottle of wine for sitting in the “lucky chair”

The Stormwater Industry Association ( Stormwater Victoria) is running a half day seminar on Wednesday 9th March 2011 8:30am to 1pm at Flemington Racecourse committee room.  

The mini-conference will be opened by the Mininster for Water followed by a series of short presentations from key stormwater stakeholders, aimed at explaining their positions in the scheme of Integrated Water Management and in particular, their relationships with and responsibilities for stormwater.

Download the brochure and registration form here SV Mini-seminar.  RSVP by Wed 23rd Feb

Basic Geometric Road Design workshop will run in Hobart 22-24 February 2011.  This workshop will nto be held in Melbourne this year.

Good road design will achieve operational efficiency, be safe and cost-effective, be aesthetically pleasing, and minimise the environmental impact.  The role of the road designer is to produce the most appropriate design that achieves the specified functionality using the design inputs from all relevant disciplines.   The design must take into account all inputs from stakeholders and road users.  This workshop will cover these principles so that delegates will obtain a clear understanding of the key geometric design requirements for road design.  The course will be based on the recent Austroads Guide to Road Design, in particular, Part 3: Geometric Design.

Delegates will be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained with various design exercises and syndicate participation in a re-design of an actual three kilometre rural road.

For further information about this course or to register, please click the link below, or email


The Geelong Regional Group plan to meet on Wednesday 23 February 2011 in conjunction with CCF at Grovedale Hotel (236-258 Surfcoast Highway, Grovedale) 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.

Cost is $35 per person.  RSVP to Vicki Shelton by Wednesday 16th Feb

Worksafe will speak to the group presenting information that will assist Victorian employers to understand the changes accompanying the uniform legislation


The IPWEAvic Gippsland Regional Group plan to meet on Friday 18th February 2011 11am – 12:30pm in Trafalgar Council Chambers, Baw Baw Technology Centre, 107 Princes Highway, Trafalgar.

Citywide Services Solutions will present to the group and Raj Manihar from Baw Baw Shire Council will give a presentation on climate change mitigation and adaptaiton for Council’s infrastructure/property services and building resilient communities. 

If you would like to attend please contact Kurt Pitts, Baw Baw Shire ph 03 5624 2485 by 17th February 2011



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