The Foundation has been in existence for over 30 years. It was established for the express purpose of providing opportunities for engineers working in local government in Victoria to enhance their technical and managerial skills. This is achieved by annually allocating awards and grants to research for a wide range of internal and overseas study topics.
A major focus of the awards is a group attendance at the American Public Works Association Annual Congress followed by individual study tours within USA and UK. These tours are usually three to four weeks duration. Other awards are available for short term study visits and short courses within Australia.
The Foundation is very aware of the benefits to the individual and to the local government industry derived from such study tours, in particular the advantages of overseas exposure.
To recognise the major contribution of municipal engineers, the Foundation also seeks nominations for the Cedric Tuxen Medal for outstanding service to Local Government Engineering and the Leonard Cheffers Excellence Award for an outstanding engineering contribution to Local Government. The former relates to the career of the nominee, and the latter to a significant construction or research project developed and overseen by the particular engineer.
Further details on the awards program are available from the MEFV web site.
For any further information on any aspect of the the Foundation, please visit the website or contact the Secretary, Merv Paton