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Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum 8-9 March 2018 Wellington IPWEA NZ in association with KPMG invites you to attend the Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum. Infrastructure Management is critical to our communities, to inform what infrastructure is needed to deliver the activities that our communities need, at the desired level of service; and then how that infrastructure is funded and how it is delivered. For New Zealand, a step change is needed, to deliver the right infrastructure, in an affordable manner. And how we deliver on the National Infrastructure Plan as well as to our local communities.  Infrastructure ...
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By Iain Rabbitts, Water and Wastewater Manager, Harrison Grierson Funding of safe drinking water is not expensive. Not when compared to the contamination of water at Havelock North which made 5500 people sick and possibly killed three others. It’s particularly inexpensive when we think on a national level. It’s a national problem, which should be approached nationally – not parochially and on a scheme-by-scheme basis.  We need to stop worrying about how the 250 residents of Punakaiki are going to provide infrastructure for 500,000 visitors and start thinking how New Zealand can pay for it.  The real news of the Havelock North Stage 2 Report is that ...
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Funding   Funding of safe drinking water is not expensive.  Not when compared to the contamination of water at Havelock North which made 5,500 people sick and possibly killed three others. It’s especially not expensive when we think on a national level.  It’s a national problem, which should be approached nationally - not parochially and on a scheme by scheme basis.  We need to stop worrying about how the 250 residents of Punakaiki are going to provide infrastructure for 500,000 visitors and start thinking how New Zealand can pay for it.  Stage 2 report The real news of the Havelock North Stage 2 Report is that the authors think that far more than 700,000 ...
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Australia faces rising water bills, higher taxes or a decline in service quality unless it takes steps to reform its urban water, a new report warns. According to the Infrastructure Australia report, water bills could more than double by 2040 if no action is taken, making a typical residential water and sewage bill in excess of $2500 in today’s money. The report recommendations include privatising urban water assets and moving to a national regulator. Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive Philip Davies says while other forms of infrastructure have moved away from a system where governments own, regulate, and set policies, urban water has been left in ...
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The Federal Government has released a major report ranking the performance of Australia’s 22 largest cities against a suite of metrics.   The National Cities Performance Framework compares cities across a number of key measures: jobs and skills, infrastructure and investment, liveability and sustainability, innovation and digital opportunities, governance, planning and regulation, and housing. The government says the report and associated online dashboard, which features detailed comparisons of cities, provides data to help all levels of government, industry and the community make the best policy and investment decisions for Australia’s future, including ...
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Western Australia is set to receive a $44.2 million cash injection from the Federal Government for its Regional Road Safety Package, to be rolled out over the next four years. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding would help to tackle dangerous roads across the state by investing in road widening, shoulder sealing, new overtaking lanes, intersection improvements and other safety upgrades. “The 16 individual projects will include improvements to major regional routes such as the South West Highway, Boyanup-Capel Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway,” ...
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With a $3000 investment, a little bit of patience and a lot of ingenuity, the City of Launceston has revolutionised its approach to the spatial and investigations area. After reviewing the needs of its spatial and investigations unit and the customers they serve, the City purchased a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone with survey-grade GPS about a year ago. Cory Robson, the City’s Spatial and Investigations Manager, says the drone has now become the team’s go-to tool for GIS mapping, surveys, inspections of hard-to-reach assets and high-resolution images. “It’s amazing – the benefit compared to the cost is unreal,” Robson says. He says the drone almost paid ...
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Can there be such a thing as keeping children ‘too safe’? Absolutely – and councils shouldn’t be scared to play their part by introducing a little risk into playgrounds. Numerous studies have shown that attempts to eliminate risk from playgrounds are ultimately damaging children. The key, experts say, is to encourage ‘good’ risk and eliminate ‘bad’ risk. Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Columbia, is just one of the multitude of voices calling for more ‘risky’ play. In an article for The Conversation titled ‘Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play’, Brussoni says engaging in play with an appropriate level ...
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Although condition assessments are an important part of managing parks, there’s another, arguably more vital test that many park managers are yet to master: performance assessment.   Look at a park from a user’s perspective, and what may have appeared to be a perfectly functional asset could become less appealing. According to Brian Milne, Director of park consultants Xyst and IPWEA trainer, the fact that a park or asset is still in very good physical condition doesn’t mean it will automatically meet the user’s needs. The park may contain an older-style playground that no longer appeals to children, be poorly located, or lack aesthetically pleasing elements ...
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The New Zealand Government has been urged to implement the water supply reforms recommended by the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry. Following a widespread outbreak of gastroenteritis in August 2016, testing confirmed the presence of E. coli in the Havelock North water supply. By 21 August 2016, there were 168 confirmed cases and 355 suspected cases of illness, with estimates that more than 4500 people had been affected. The contamination led to the government launching an inquiry to determine the cause, whether all parties in drinking water supply chain met their obligations, and what needed to be done to prevent an outbreak reoccurring. The second ...
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People in towns and communities across Australia use council-owned infrastructure – pools, libraries, children’s playgrounds, youth drop-in centres, museums, and health clinics – every day of the year. These community assets enhance amenity and enrich people’s lives and experiences. They foster social interaction and help encourage participation in sporting, recreational and cultural endeavours. Most of these facilities are relatively new, but many were built decades ago and now require significant maintenance and or upgrading if they are to continue to meet community needs. Additionally, councils need to build new facilities to cater to growing populations ...
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By Murray Erbs, Chair NAMS.AU  Asset management maturity is a great tool to help an organisation understand where it is on the asset management journey. It helps those involved to understand their strengths and weaknesses and helps to define an improvement plan. I have always advocated starting the journey by undertaking a self-assessment using the characteristics outlined in the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) . Later on, you may wish to have an external auditor review the organisation. There are, however, a number of common traps for beginners when assessing asset management maturity.  1. Thinking that a poor maturity reflects ...
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The Federal Government’s Department of Environment and Energy (on behalf of the COAG Energy Council’s Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program) has recently concluded a round-Australia capital city street lighting workshop program. The objectives of the workshops was to advance the recommendations of IPWEA's SLSC Roadmap, published in late 2016. Concluding in Sydney, the workshops have engaged DNSPs (electricity distribution providers), state government agencies, road authorities and leading councils to have frank and meaningful discussions about the transition to energy efficient street lighting in Australia. The workshops were well attended and demonstrated ...
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How annoying it is when operational staff use the excuse “It’s not my fault, it's fleet’s!”?  We supply the vehicle and, more often than not, the operations department provides the drivers/operator. The reality is that although fleet usually own the asset, we do not have any input on the day-to-day management of the asset and often only see the asset when maintenance is required. So why is it when a traffic infringement for overloading or unsecured load is enforced the driver says “It’s not my fault, it's fleet’s”? How is it our fault that the driver did not secure or cover the load, especially when fleet provides tie down points, ratchet straps, knowledge, ...
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Telematics provider Smartrak has announced their new strategic partnership with mobile inspection provider Whip Around. The partnership begins a collaboration between the companies as they continue to expand their presence in the Australasian market. The complementary relationship between Smartrak's TrakWise Fleet and TrakSafe Health and Safety solutions, and Whip Around's inspection platform ensures that Smartrak customers will now have a single partner that can provide an end-to-end solution. Troy O'Connor, CEO of Smartrak stated: "Whip Around provides a robust and mature solution that will be immediately available to our customers, delivering a product ...
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Fleet software specialist Chevin has reported a significant increase in requests for mobility related features, with demand coming from existing customers, tenders and through inbound enquiries. Mobility functionalities – including pool car planners, rental booking functions, journey planning and business trip expense submission tools – have all seen a big increase in demand over the past 12-months, explains Jackie Kirk, Regional Sales Manager for Asia Pacific.  “This is evidence that fleets are taking on more responsibilities surrounding transportation as a whole and our software, FleetWave, is increasingly used for managing more than just company vehicles," Kirk ...
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IPWEA visits the Philippines

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IPWEA was thrilled to receive an invitation from the Philippines to participate in an Equipment Management conference in Manilla. Toribio Noel L. Ilao, Director of the Philippines Bureau of Equipment, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) invited IPWEA Fleet Council Chairman, Steven Colliver and Deputy Chairman, Andrew Railz to visit the Philippines and present at the Bureau of Equipment (BOE), Equipment Management Division (EMD) Conference in Manilla on 9 and 10 November. The event was an opportunity to bring the central office and regional staff together and acknowledge the efforts and celebrate the successes of the BOE. It was also a platform ...
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Independent from executive officer liability under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), RMS NSW now requires Chain of Responsibility Management Plans (COR MP) for councils they engage.  The HVNL ignores contract terms such as “comply with all laws” and use contact terms as evidence of breach of the HVNL. RMS NSW has elected to require COR MPs so that parties being funded by RMS NSW provide assurance that the work will be undertaken safely. The RMS NSW requirement for COR is consistent with the other funding conditions from RMS, for management plans across environment and safety and for mine (quarry) activities. The fines under the Heavy Vehicle National ...
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The increasing emphasis on vehicle standards and maintenance in chain of responsibility means fleet managers need to be proactive in their risk management strategies. Here are five ways to manage maintenance failure risk: 1. Maintaining detailed records Whether repairs and maintenance are conducted in-house or by external contractors, good recording and monitoring systems need to be in place. This is to ensure that repair and maintenance times are controlled, performance standards are met and that accurate records of each repair are kept. Apart from monitoring cost and performance, detailed records of servicing and repair and maintenance, are essential ...
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Robert Wilson, Manager IPWEA FLEET  We all know the benefits of proactively looking after our health. For example, by having a routine check-up with our doctor, we can identify areas that need attention before they become bigger problems. In a similar way, it is important to periodically review our fleet management systems. By doing a fleet management 'health check' we are: Being proactive Identifying gaps before an issue occurs Working to continuously improve our operation Demonstrating to management that we are actively managing the fleet IPWEA FLEET has developed two tools to help fleet practitioners keep their systems healthy. ...
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