Archive for May, 2014

Today Google unveiled their prototype self driving car.  It has no steering wheel or brake pedals or accelerator pedals and it is predicted to hit the streets by 2025.

A video of the car is posted on the google blog at this link

This has far reaching implications for our lifestyle with the potential to change how we live and work.


IPWEAustralasia have rationalised the membership fee structure of IPWEA across all states of Australia.

The new membership fee structure for 2014/15 is as follows:

Members    $275

Under 35’s $165

Senior for Over 65’s   $82.50

Students   Free

These categories are the same for each division of IPWEA

IPWEAvic has also retained the Fellows Category which is charged at the members rate of $275

The Retired Category has been renamed Seniors and is for those over 65 years of age with a rate of $82.50

If you are retired by under 65 then the full member rate applies.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Victoria Division (IPWEAvic) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill a casual non-executive director vacancy on the IPWEAvic board of directors from 1 July 2014 until the AGM in October 2014.

IPWEAvic is the leading organisation for all persons involved in the planning and provision of public works and services in Australia.  IPWEAvic members strive to enhance the quality of life in Australian Communities through public works and services.  More information about IPWEAvic can be found on the website

The applicant should have one or more of the following attributes

  • experience as a board member with AICD qualification or equivalent desirable,
  • understand governance and funding arrangements of not-for-profit organisations,
  • be politically astute and
  • have a state government background or extensive knowledge of state government.
  • skills in marketing
  • skills in finance
  • legal skills would be highly regarded.

In addition the applicant must be a member of IPWEAvic and be prepared to contribute to the operation of the Board, must show a personal commitment to integrity, disclosure of interests and be able to maintain confidentiality on relevant board matters.

No remuneration is available for the position.

Essential information for applicants and expressions of interest forms may be obtained by contacting Dr Anne Gibbs at or by phone 03 9005 0860.

Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday 18th July 2014.  Applications are to be lodged via email to

The Victorian State Government released Plan Melbourne on 19th May 2014

Visit Plan Melbourne website to download a copy of the document

and find links for

  • Summary Guide
  • Resource library
  • Suburbs profile tool
  • an interactive online 360deg panoramic images tool to view places of interest in metro Melbourne
  • map room
  • fact sheets

IPWEAvic Procurement for Capital Works Delivery Seminar was held on 21st May 2014 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.  It was a terrific conversation with delegates having traveled from all parts of the state to listen to a series of quality speakers and join the networking and discussion..

The Seminar program can be downloaded HERE

The powerpoint presentations of the speakers are listed below and can be accessed  by clicking on the presenters name:

Best Practice for Local Government Procurement – Paul Roche, Senior Project Manager, Local Government Victoria, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

CEO’s Perspective of Procurement of Capital WorksWarren Robert, Chief Executive Officer, City of Stonnington

Corruption Protection in Procurement, Mark Hayes, Partner, Maddocks

Completion Management, Laurice Temple, Director Construction Management Results

CASE STUDY: Procurement – A Rural Perspective, Ian McLauchlan, Director Operations, Loddon Shire

Commercial and Financial Risks in Today’s Market, Geoff Glynn, Director Assets and City Services, Banyule City Council

What Makes a Successful Project? Phil Warner, General Manager Infrastructure, City of Whitehorse

Ensuring Competitiveness and Minimising Risk to Council below Legislated Tender ThresholdsVicki Shelton, Manager Engineering Services, City of Greater Geelong and Tony Kerr, Coordinator Procurement City of Greater Geelong

Procurement Planning and Contract Management, Cameron Spence, Manager – Commercial Services, Municipal Association Victoria and Chris Newman, Director, ArcBlue

Victorian’s Transport Infrastructure Program, Gary Liddle, Deputy Secretary for Transport, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

Thanks goes to the seminar organiser MECC Consulting Pty Ltd and the MC for the event, Claude Cullino.

For reference The Victorian Government’s official population and household projections can be found via this link:


An IPWEAvic Ladies High Tea Event has been organised for 20th June 2014 in Geelong.

Elaine Carbines, CEO G21, will speak on Women in Leadership in Public Works.

The event is kindly sponsored by Dial Before You Dig

More information contact IPWEAvic Board member: Vicki Shelton

**SAVE the DATE**

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

** SAVE the DATE **

An ARRB information Seminar supported by IPWEAvic on” Getting the Most Out of Your Road Networks” to be held on 17th July 2014.  This is a repeat of the “sell out” IPWEAvic Information Series Event held last year facilitated by Robert Ladd.   Our President, Ross Goyne, will be attending and facilitating the event on behalf of IPWEAvic.  Information and registration details are shown in the attached flyer.  It would be appreciated if you could please pass on information relating to this event to those in your network who you think may be interested in attending and who missed out last year.

Download registration details HERE

IPWEA Victoria has received a letter from AustStab, notifying of some significant reductions in membership fees for government contracting stabilisation groups.  This may be of interest to members who operate their own stabilistation plant.

Read a copy of the letter HERE


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