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A study conducted through the IPWEA’s Ask Your Mates online forum has investigated the project management maturity of the NSW Local Government sector - receiving responses from 50 Councils. Parkes Shire Council Manager of Design and Traffic and Young IPWEA member Nathan Koenig presented his study findings at the IPWEA New South Wales division conference in October. Koenig, who also presented on his participation in IPWEA’s 2015 International Study Tour, says the IPART Fit for the Future NSW council reforms had been the catalyst for his study, which looked at how councils could improve their service delivery through improving project management...
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In the world of asset management, engineers and accountants often struggle to find a common language when it comes to crunching the numbers. City of Melville asset manager Paul Kellick says IPWEA’s Australian Infrastructure Financial Management Manual (AIFMM) has bridged the communication gap between the two professions. “I’ve been in asset management for about 20 years now and there was always a lack of clarity between an engineer's view of financial management, and a financial manager's pure number crunching,”Kellick says. “One of the key success factors to Melville’s approach to asset management is the relationship between the finance people...
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This year Centre for Pavement Engineering Education will be conducting a 2 day Road and Public Space Lighting workshop in Brisbane in late May. This workshop is intended for those that want a shorter refresher workshop and to catch up on recent changes to the AS 1158 standard. The workshop will not cover lighting theory, however background reading will be provided to participants who have not attended previous workshops. For more information and to register, click here.
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The State Planning Policy 1/03: Mitigating the adverse impacts of flood, bushfire and landslide (SPP 1/03) expired on 1 September 2013. The Building Regulation 2006 has been amended to assist local governments make a designation of a natural flood hazard area (flood) under section 13(1)(a) for the purpose of triggering the Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part 3.5—Construction of buildings in flood hazard areas (MP 3.5). Under section 13(2) of the Regulation, a local government is now required to comply with the Interim policy for mitigating the adverse impacts of floods. This interim policy reflects the same policy position as the...
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Michael Kahler, one of the IPWEA Queensland State representatives on the IPWEA National Board has been elected as National Vice President. He joins Paul Di Iulio, National President, on the IPWEA Executive. As Vice president, Michael has also been appointed to be Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
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Two highly skilled technical water operators from the Gold Coast and Nanango have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at this year’s Queensland Water Industry Operator’s Association (WIOA) Conference held in Toowoomba last week. Brendon Schutz (Allconnex) was awarded the qldwater 2011 Queensland Operator of the Year – Civil Award, and Cameron Ansell (South Burnett Regional Council) the qldwater 2011 Queensland Young Operator of the Year Award . Dr Rob Fearon, CEO qldwater said the awards acknowledge the recipients’ individual contribution to urban water industry and reward innovation, civil expertise and...
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Women in Local Government Councillor Janet Davidson, Deputy President of ALGWA addressed the Women in Local Government breakfast at the LGMA National Conference in Cairns this week. Clr Davidson informed the breakfast that over 100 councils were registered for the program and that the first councils were soon to receive their Silver Accreditations. In the same week, Program Coordinator Karen Purser addressed a national conference on Government Recruitment and Retention. Karen detailed the business case for gender equity, and drew attention to the changing nature of leadership required if councils are to become agile organisations, able to respond...
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Just in case you are going to the 2016 Olympics, here is what you will see. " Solar City Tower ", built atop the island of Cotonduba will be the welcome symbol to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It will be seen by the game visitors and participants as they arrive by air or water. The tower, captures solar energy. It will supply energy for all of the Olympic city, as well as also for part of Rio . It pumps up water from the ocean to create what appears like a water fall and this fall stimulates turbines that produce energy during the night. It will also hold the Olympic flame. The Tower possesses an amphitheatre,...
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Qld State Gov have released the technical planning Guideline for Safe Transport Infrastructure at Schools. #roadsafety The Guideline is intended to be a reference tool for designers/planners and approving authorities, particularly local governments, in providing adequate infrastructure when new schools are planned and when existing schools are upgraded. This should ensure greater consistency in infrastructure provision at all new schools. Previously the Department of Education and Training applied its own set of guidelines for state schools. These were approved by the Minister for Education and Training under a Community Infrastructure...
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According to the new National Guide to Public Works & Services Safety 2011, staying vigilant with regards to risk management, hazard perception and traffic control are vital to effective daily operations. Similarly, hazards that can present a high risk of injury or illness need to be prioritised for action to eliminate, control, or reduce the risk. Legislation requires all employers to approach their OHS risks in a systematic manner based on recognised principles. This year's Guide looks at the common dangers and simple steps that should be taken to avoid unnecessary risk or injury, thus ensuring a safe working environment. Please see detailed media...
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