Issue 11 - 17 May

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

To make it easier for you to register for our events, I’m pleased to announce that the convenience of online registration and payment is now available!

IPWEA (Vic) has utilised the online registration functionality used by our Australasian Division and established a PayPal account to ensure the security of payment details. The first event available for online registration is our Landfill Management Workshop in Cheltenham on 24 May, so please register online if you’re planning to be there (see http://www.ipwea.org/victoria/events/vicevents/upcomingevents).

Please note that registration is still available via ‘phone, fax or email as usual.

Special thanks to our Administration Manager Mandy Van Den Nouwland for her good work in setting up this new member service.

Looking ahead, we hope to be able to provide members with the added convenience of automatic CPD record-keeping within their member account. This feature is available within our Member Information System but has not yet been activated, so stay tuned!

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)
Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic


IPWEA VIC news

Engineering Salary Survey

Professionals Australia’s annual engineering salary survey is now open.

The survey is the most comprehensive annual survey of engineer employment and remuneration undertaken in Australia. The information you provide will help benchmark Australian engineering salaries and by completing the survey, you’ll be the first to receive the 2017 Summary Report when it becomes available.

The survey will close on 19 May and all responses will be anonymous.
Footy-tipping

The IPWEA (Vic) footy-tipping competition is up and running with 32 participants this year, but we don’t know who they all are!

If you’re part of the comp, please send your competition nickname to our organiser Ross Goyne via ross@rjgconsulting.com.au so we can identify you.

We’d hate to be unable to acknowledge a good effort or a win!

Member Surveys

Thanks to all the members who responded to our recent Workshop and CPD surveys.

Your views are critical as we strive to tailor our events to your needs.

2017 Public Works Conference

Thanks again to everyone who attended our recent Public Works Conference.

Planning is under way for the next one so we’ll announce the date soon. In the meantime, papers from this year’s Conference are available from

2017 IPWEAVic Conference Presentations

Membership Renewal

Please note that membership renewal invoices will be issued in July this year to align the invoice date with the year-of-membership.

Let us know if this presents a problem for you in any way.

Leadership Programs

Our 2017 Leadership Programs have commenced but there’s still time to take advantage of our 3-Session prices if you don’t have time for all six:

  • Engineering Program – $1,425 (members) & $1,650 (non-members)
  • Management Program – $1,980 (members) & $2,310 (non-members)

    Our 2015 and 2016 Program graduates are also encouraged to register for the new Session 6 which will be presented in September. Prices are as follows:

  • Engineering Program Session 6 – Community Engagement for Service Planning

    $395.00 (members) & $460.00 (non-members)

  • Management Program Session 6 – Change and Innovation towards 2050

$550.00 (members) & $640.00 (non-members)

All details and dates are available from https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/IPWEA/562afde2-5970-4b88-9249-9f83032a81b7/UploadedImages/pdfs/Leadership_Program_2017.pdf

Employment Opportunities

Indigo Shire has a full-time position available for a Development and Plant Engineer at its Beechworth location. Details are available from http://www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au/jobs

A full time permanent position also exists for the role of Manager, Horticulture within the Infrastructure Directorate at Monash City Council. Information is available from http://services.monash.vic.gov.au/jobadverts/Manager-Horticulture-April2017.htm
Regional Groups

IPWEA (Victoria) members wishing to meet other members and colleagues are encouraged to attend our regular Regional Group meetings.

Details of the Regional Groups, our Group Chairs and the meetings are available from http://www.ipwea.org/victoria/communities/regionalgroups.

We look forward to seeing you at your next Regional Group meeting!


IPWEA Awards

The Keith H Woods Medal recognises an outstanding engineer in public works who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership, and contribution to both the industry and IPWEA over some significant number of years and is worthy of the highest industry commendation.  This is the most prestigious award presented by IPWEA and recipients can only be nominated by their peers.

The award is made in honour of Keith H Wood AM, a founder of the Australian Local Government Engineer’s Association which later became the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia, now the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).

Nominations close on 31 May 2017 and a Nomination Form is available from K H Wood Medal Call for Nominations.pdf

The Public Works Leadership Medal has been created to recognise the performance of an individual IPWEA and/or Engineers Australia member for leadership in the delivery of public works excellence over the two-year period preceding the IPWEA International Public Works Conference in one or more of the following areas:

  • The administration and management of a significant infrastructure project or service that has had a major positive impact on a local government and/or extended community.
  • The administration and management of a program of works or services that collectively has had a major positive impact on a local government and/or extended community.
  • Service in an appointed (non-elected) position on a board and or commission charged with the oversight of policy development and/or review of public works or infrastructure issues.

Nominations close on 31 May 2017 and a Nomination Form is available from Public Works Medal EA.pdf




YIPWEA

YIPWEA news

One of our objectives is to create opportunities for informal interaction between our early-career and late-career members. The recent YIPWEA Lawn Bowls Challenge was well-supported by a broad cross-section of members who met and mingled over beer and pizza to the benefit of all involved.

Our next initiative will only cost you the price of a coffee...watch this space!

If you’re a student or a member aged below 35 and you’d like to get involved with our YIPWEA Members Group, contact Stuart via stu@morphum.com.
 

Other News

National Works and Engineering Conference

The 24th annual NWEC will be presented in Bendigo on 31 August – 1 September 2017 and a terrific program of speakers and exhibitors is taking shape so save the dates!

The National Works Officers Association and the Conference organising Committee are also calling for applications for the NW&EC Institute-International Study Tour Award from practising Works Officers/Supervisors who have had three years minimum experience in a supervisory capacity.

More information is available from http://www.mwoa.com.au/awards/International_study_2017.pdf

IPWEA VIC LinkedIn

The IPWEA Victoria LinkedIn page is updated daily with content curated for public works professionals... follow and share it today!


Upcoming Events

Landfill Management Workshops

Our Landfill Management Workshops are well under way with events staged in Ballarat and Shepparton featuring some great presentations, a lively panel discussion and lots of opportunities for questions.

The next Workshop is in Cheltenham on 24 May followed by the final one in Lardner (near Warragul) on 14 June, so book early to secure a seat!

Register now

IPWEA Awards

The Keith H Woods Medal recognises an outstanding engineer in public works who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership, and contribution to both the industry and IPWEA over some significant number of years and is worthy of the highest industry commendation.  This is the most prestigious award presented by IPWEA and recipients can only be nominated by their peers.

The award is made in honour of Keith H Wood AM, a founder of the Australian Local Government Engineer’s Association which later became the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia, now the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).

Nominations close on 31 May 2017 and a Nomination Form is available from K H Wood Medal Call for Nominations.pdf

The Public Works Leadership Medal has been created to recognise the performance of an individual IPWEA and/or Engineers Australia member for leadership in the delivery of public works excellence over the two-year period preceding the IPWEA International Public Works Conference in one or more of the following areas:

  • The administration and management of a significant infrastructure project or service that has had a major positive impact on a local government and/or extended community.
  • The administration and management of a program of works or services that collectively has had a major positive impact on a local government and/or extended community.
  • Service in an appointed (non-elected) position on a board and or commission charged with the oversight of policy development and/or review of public works or infrastructure issues.

Nominations close 31 May 2017 and a Nomination Form is available here.

SENG Conference

The Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) – a technical society of Engineers Australia – will be holding its biennial national conference in Melbourne on 18-19 October 2017.

The title of the conference is 'Engineering Sustainable Cities' and the venue will be the new Engineers Australia Innovation Hub, level 31, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The conference will focus on urban and regional sustainability and be structured around two parallel streams with the following themes:

•   Sustainable Infrastructure for a net-zero GHG economy.

•   Resilience and community capacity building.

The organising committee is accepting registrations and inviting people with expertise in relevant subject areas wishing to give a presentation at the conference to submit abstracts on or before 4th June.

Further details on the conference program, and procedures for paper submission are available on the conference website.