Issue 3 - 25 January

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

Happy New Year to all my IPWEA friends and colleagues!

I hope 2017 brings you every success as we embark on another year of striving to keep our communities (and our elected representatives) safe and satisfied…it’s an ongoing challenge!

We have big plans for the year with a range of personal and professional development events including:

  • Workshop Series 3 – Landfill Lifecycle Management (coming soon…stay tuned!)
  • Workshop Series 4 – Water Sensitive Urban Design
  • Engineering Leadership Program
  • Management Leadership Program
  • National Works and Engineering Conference (on 31 Aug – 1 the date!)
  • Public Works Conference on 30-31 March with a focus on Service Planning, Asset Creation, Infrastructure Management and Leadership

Information will be available from our website as the year unfolds and updates will be provided through this intouch newsletter. Please check that your fellow members are receiving intouch and if not, ask them to alert so we can work out why.

Finally, nominations for our 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards close on 17 February and I encourage you all to consider entering. Winners will be announced at our Awards Dinner on 30 March and – for the first time – all Victorian award winners will automatically be entered for IPWEA’s Australasian Awards to be announced in August!

I look forward to seeing you soon…in the meantime, best wishes for the year ahead.

Ossie Martinz


Engineering Excellence Awards
Nominations for the 2017 IPWEA (Vic) Excellence Awards close on 17 February so if you’ve recently completed an award-worthy project, enter it now and be eligible for an Australasian Award as well! Download entry form
Leadership Programs - Engineering and Management

When surveyed, everyone (repeat, everyone) who completed our 2016 Engineering or Management Leadership Programs said that they would recommend it to a colleague... and we’ve added an extra session to each Program so now they’re better than ever!

A course brochure will be available soon, so make 2017 the year to develop your career.

Event registration and payment

Online event registration and payment via PayPal will soon be possible for those who prefer to transact this way...details will be provided in our event promotions as available.

Regional Groups

Members wishing to get more involved with IPWEA (Victoria) are encouraged to join their local Regional Group. Details of all Groups and Group Chairs are available from

We look forward to seeing you at the next Regional Group meeting.

Other News

MEFV Study Tour

The Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria is making an overseas study tour scholarship award available to selected engineers working within local government in Victoria to participate in a group focused tour during 2017.

The study tour is to the United States of America and Canada and is available to engineers to travel in a group tour of up to three weeks and to attend the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exhibition (PWX) in Orlando, Florida from 27th to 30th August 2017.  Each scholarship provides $10,000 to cover travel, accommodation and congress registration. Read more

AAPA Knowledge Series Breakfast

Following joint AAPA, industry and VicRoads workshops about forward-moving aggregate spreading on spray sealing works, VicRoads has indicated its intention to facilitate the introduction of forward-moving aggregate spreading operations from 1 July 2022.

This will have a significant impact on industry and local government. The AAPA is presenting a Knowledge Series Breakfast at 7:00am on Wednesday 8 February to outline this initiative including a presentation by Peter Todd, VicRoads Deputy Chief Executive. 

The Breakfast will be held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn with costs as follows:

  • Members – $45.00 
  • Non-Members – $55.00
  • Students – $35.00 

Online registration is not available for this AAPA VIC Branch State Executive, Rick Hattam on 0405 503 650 or for details.



The YIPWEA (Vic) Committee is hitting the ground running in the new year with some exciting events in the planning. One of our big focuses for 2017 will be to continue our growth into regional Victoria, following feedback from our member survey last year. We would love to hear from our regional YIPWEA members on any events or activities that could be run in their area.

We would also like to put a big thank-you out to Julian Farrugia, our immediate-past YIPWEA (Vic) Chair, who is stepping down from the committee after a huge contribution over the past few years. His passion and commitment to YIPWEA (Vic) is unrivalled and he will be sorely missed.

As a result, we are looking for a couple more young professionals (including students or graduates) to join us on the committee and help us to continue the exciting growth of YIPWEA across Victoria. There is only a small time commitment involved and a great networking opportunity for young professionals looking to further their career prospects. If interested, please contact Stuart Joyce ( for further details.


Upcoming Events

Leadership Breakfast (Landfill Lifecycle Management) | 24 Feb 2017

Our first Leadership Breakfast for 2017 is a must for anyone responsible for the establishment, management or remediation of a landfill site.

Landfill Lifecycle Management Liability Reduction, Cost Containment and Risk Control.

An introduction to the management of landfill sites:
Design > Construction > Compliance > Closure > Rehabilitation

Including a focus on:

Leachate, Landfill Gas & Odour Management

Don’t miss this presentation of vital information for public works professionals!

Register now

IPWEA Vic Public Works Conference 2017 | 30 - 31 Mar 2017

Our 2017 Conference program is confirmed we’re excited!

With speakers addressing Service Planning, Asset Creation, Infrastructure Management and Leadership, it promises to provide exposure to end-to-end, best-practice public works practices and opportunities for networking with colleagues and sector providers.

Register now

View all upcoming VIC events