CEO's column: IPWEA continues to deliver in 2016

By intouch posted 24-02-2016 12:03


2016 has started with a real zest and renewed focus. Victoria is finding ways to adjust to their new rate capping environment; NSW is assessing the council merger propositions; and NZ is developing its training program for meeting the NIU’s 30 Year Infrastructure Plan.

The 76% approval rating that we received for the new inspire magazine was encouraging, together with the feedback suggestions for enhancements. Thank you to those who took the time to respond.

Over 55% of members are keen to receive the magazine in a digital only format. The next edition of inspire (hitting desks mid-June) will remain a print version and we will engage with our corporate partners to obtain their views of moving to digital. If you would like to profile your business in the next edition of Inspire, please contact Alex from Mahlab Media on (02) 9556 9116.

While the biggest reason for inspire’s success was “to keep members informed of industry developments” (88%) the second key area (68%) which members valued was “the inclusion of more technical reports and case studies.” This was validated with last month’s in-depth Intouch article on the Brisbane airport which received one of the highest click through rates of any recent article. You can look forward to more like this. If you have a technical paper or case study project that you would like us to feature, contact Emily Ditchburn at

Along with rolling out a major upgrade to our website this year, we are also launching a series of new programs. These include: Introduction to Asset Management 101, Asset Management for Councillors, Roads Assessment How To Series, launch of the National Leadership Series of Key Note Speakers sponsored by TehnologyOne, plus two national conferences at the end of the year (Sustainability and Public Lighting) – we have a strong value proposition for members.

Our highly regarded Professional Certificate in Asset Management course (an on-line, 12-week course) has now graduated more than 240 students over the last four years. The next course commences 15 March – so if your need to upgrade your skills in this increasingly competitive job market, then contact our office on 02 8267 3003 promptly.

The most important pre-announcement and new initiative for 2016 will be the IPWEA Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) program. This is a new IPWEA sector within asset management which will be formally announced in coming months.

Our SLSC consortium partners, Next Energy and Strategic Lighting Partners have provided the international knowledge based leadership for the program. Two major submissions have already been made to each of the Australian and New Zealand governments. The new program will be governed by the SLSC Council with support from the SLSC Reference Group and broader SLSC Forum. Both Australian and New Zealand governments/agencies have committed to supporting the program.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of IPWEA, feel free to call me on
2 8267 3012
02 8267 3012. Until next time.

Robert Fuller
Chief Executive Officer
IPWEA Australasia



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