Issue 8 - 4 April

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

Thanks to everyone who supported our fantastic Public Works Conference last week!

Delegates enjoyed presentations by a host of speakers from across the public works spectrum and took the opportunity to network with colleagues and a range of sector providers. One of many highlights was our Young Member’s closing session with its focus on the challenge of designing buildings, infrastructure and communities for 2050.

Congratulations to all our Award winners who I’m pleased to acknowledge below:

Engineering Excellence Awards

  • Capital Project Award (under $2m value)

    Pyrenees Shire Council Landsborough Community Precinct

  • Capital Project Award (over $2m value)

    Moorabool City Council – Darley Early Years Hub & Multi-Purpose Pavilion

  • Innovative Practice/Service Delivery Award

    Manningham City Council – Bolin Bolin Billabong Water Management Project

    Yarra Ranges City Council – Changing Places Facility (Commendation)

  • Young Engineer/Technician of the Year Award

    Stuart Joyce

    Ned Talbot (Commendation)

  • Engineer/Technician of the Year Award

Vicki Shelton

Emeritus Membership Award

Warren Roberts

Cedric Tuxen Medal

Geoff Barrow

My thanks go to our 2017 Conference Committee for their hard work to stage another successful event and to all our members who attended.

Your support is much appreciated, particularly when a number of private Conferences are being promoted to the sector. Proceeds from our Conference support your IPWEA (Vic) – proceeds from private Conferences support the event organisers.

Planning for our 2018 Conference will begin soon, so if you have any ideas please contact our CEO via

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)

Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic


Member Survey

Following our successful Contract Management, Road Code & Landfill Lifecycle Workshops, we’re planning our next series on the topic of Integrated Water Management.

The series will be presented in late 2017 and we want to deliver the most informative, practical and useful content we can. To help us do this, please complete our 5-minute online survey at

Please submit your response by 15 April 2017.

Leadership Programs

The Engineering Program has been created to develop the technical skills of public works practitioners in supervisory or co-ordination roles, whilst the Management Program has been created to develop the business skills of public works practitioners in or seeking management roles.

Each Program comprises six, full-day face-to-face sessions at locations around Melbourne and runs from April to September 2017, concluding with a Certificate Presentation Dinner on 12 October 2017.

Everyone surveyed after the 2016 Programs said they would recommend them to a colleague, so don’t miss these opportunities to enhance your skills for the ‘whole role’ of the contemporary engineer...see for more information.

Start dates are as follows, so register now to avoid missing the first session:

  • Engineering Program – Wednesday 10th May
  • Management Program – Wednesday 19 April
Registration of Engineers

At a recent Victorian Civil Construction Industry Association event attended by our Vice-President and CEO, Parliamentary Secretary Daniel Mulino indicated that legislation requiring the registration of engineers was likely to go before Parliament later this year.

Our expectation is that it will mirror legislation currently in place in Queensland and stipulate continuing professional development as a pre-requisite for registration renewal.

A mandatory registration requirement will impact many of our members and we encourage you to be as prepared as possible for its introduction.

We’ll update you via this newsletter as more information becomes available. In the meantime, a copy of our September 2016 submission to the Dept of Treasury and Finance is available from

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!

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 KH Wood Medal Call for Nomination.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



The inaugural YIPWEA (Vic) Lawn Bowls Challenge has been run and won with a good time had by all present. Who won, you ask?

The IPWEA (Vic) Board team of Matthew Hill, Phil Jeffrey, Stephen Robertson and Maurice Stabb (pictured below right watching a play-off for the minor placings).

The trophy was presented by YIPWEA (Vic) Chair Stuart Joyce at our Awards Dinner last week and the event looks certain to become a fixture on our calendar, so keep an eye out for the next one!


Other News

National Works and Engineering Conference

The 24th annual National Works and Engineering Conference will be presented in Bendigo on 31 August – 1 September this year and a terrific program of speakers and exhibitors is taking the date!


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