Issue 15 - 26th July

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

I’m pleased to announce that five nominations have been received for the three available positions on the IPWEA (Victoria) Board of Directors. Our Constitution requires us now to conduct a vote and for your convenience we’ve decided to manage it electronically.

All financial members will be sent an email on 11 August with links to the Candidate’s Statements and voting instructions. The poll will close at 5pm on 12 September and the results will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on 12 October.

I encourage you to exercise your voting rights as an IPWEA member and I wish all the candidates good luck...I look forward to welcoming three of them to the Board!

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)


The IPWEA’s 2017 International Public Works Conference in sunny Perth is only weeks away, so it’s time to register if you haven’t already.

Anyone who attended the 2015 IPWC will remember the exceptional quality of speakers, functions and networking opportunities it offered and I have no doubt that the IPWC 2017 will be just as inspiring. Information about the Conference is available from

I look forward to seeing you there as part of our largest Victorian IPWC delegation yet!

Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic


2017 Public Works Conference DATE CHANGE!


They say a change is as good as a holiday, so we’re breaking with recent tradition and having our annual Conference on 10-11 May 2018 at the magnificent Arts Centre Melbourne!

It’s a wonderful venue in a terrific location and our Awards Dinner will be something special, so please save the date and stay tuned for further information.

Engineering Excellence Awards

Best of luck to our recent IPWEA (Vic) Engineering Excellence Award winners in their quest for an IPWEA Excellence Award. The IPWEA Awards will be presented at the International Public Works Conference in Perth on 23 August (for information about the Conference, see

Our new-look 2018 Awards will be launched at the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria’s Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Rydges Melbourne on 4 August 2017. IPWEA members are encouraged to attend so please register using the Registration Form.
Leadership Programs

Our 2017 Leadership Programs have both begun 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
    (members) & $460.00 (non-members)

  • Management Program Session 6 – Change and Innovation towards 2050
    (members) & $640.00 (non-members)

View Session details and dates

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

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



We have recently had our annual planning meeting, and have got a range of exciting events lined up for the next 12 months. As well as the highly anticipated annual Lawn Bowls challenge, we will also be focusing on organising a range of informative (and social!) site tours and networking opportunities. Watch this space for updates!

To assist with ensuring these events meet the needs of our members, we will be sending out a Pulse Survey in the next couple of weeks. We really appreciate getting your feedback and ideas, so keep an eye out for it in your Inbox.

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

Upcoming Events

MEFV Scholarship Awards Luncheon

This year marks 51 years that the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria (MEFV) has provided scholarship awards to support the development of public works engineers in Victoria through the provision of opportunities to attend training courses and conferences and by awarding scholarships for national and international study tours.

To date, over 175 engineers from Victorian councils have benefited by travelling overseas on local government research programs.

To recognise the recipients of Scholarship Awards in 2017 a Luncheon will be held at Rydges Hotel on Friday 4th August 2017.  Full details are provided in the Scholarship Awards Brochure and Registration Form.

This event provides a great opportunity to network, hear from prominent guest speakers and get advice on future award programs...don’t miss it!

Regional Workshops

Our next series of Regional Workshops on Integrated Water Management is taking shape with events to be held in Colac, Maryborough, Narre Warren and Traralgon later in the year...stay tuned for Workshop details.

The series will be launched at a Leadership Breakfast on 15 September, so save the date and keep an eye out for the flyer!

National Works and Engineering Conference

The 24th NWEC will be presented in Bendigo on 31 August – 1 September 2017 and a terrific program of speakers and exhibitors has now been finalised!

The Conference program and a Registration Form are available from

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 with three years minimum experience in a supervisory capacity. More information is available from


Our 2017 AGM will be held at 5:00pm on 12 October, preceded by an Infrastructure Innovation seminar and followed by our annual Presentation Dinner...don’t miss these important professional development, governance and recognition events.

SENG Conference

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

The title of the conference is 'Engineering Sustainable Cities' and the venue will be the new Engineers Australia Innovation Hub on 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.

Further details about the conference program are available from the conference website.

Engineering Heritage Weekend

The 2017 Engineering Heritage Weekend will be held in Mildura on 14-15 October, immediately after the Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference (see so save the dates!

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