State Conference

It is my great pleasure to invite you to register for our 2019 State Conference “Challenges & Solutions”.

The Conference Theme – Challenges & Solutions – will focus on the various challenges facing the Public Works industry as we strive to be at the forefront of new technologies and trends, and may offer some solutions to issues being faced by those at the coalface - you and your colleagues.

The State Conference also offers the opportunity to create and strengthen relationships between people and organisations.

The Program includes full and engaging days of keynote speakers, concurrent technical presentations that cover a wide range of public works and services and includes numerous networking opportunities. The event will help busy professionals identify ideas for future focus, collect knowledge and practical measures that can be applied straight away to make a real difference in the workplace.

It is well known that one of the most important benefits derived from attending conferences is what we learn from our colleagues in one on one interaction, and this will always remain a focus of the conference committee.

Peter Woronzow, Managing Director, Main Roads WA will be providing future visions for projects happening around WA; Peter Damen, CEO, Level 5 Design will be providing a strategic overview to prepare us for autonomous & connected vehicles; Iain Cameron, Chair, Road Safety Council will provide an update on the Towards Zero project; and Ian Barker, Infrastructure Planning Manager, Perth Airport will provide details on the new Direct Factory Outlet and upgrades happening at the Perth Airport.

Presentations from your colleagues from across a range of industries will embrace the theme of Challenges & Solutions and will outline what has impacted them and their organisations.

Young IPWEA has invited Engineers Australia to do a presentation about the benefits of having Graduate Engineers within the workplace and how we can help them start or further advance with the careers through work placements.

As always, in addition to the educational component of the conference, the program includes numerous social and networking activities, including a speed networking session, the Networking Dinner on Thursday evening and the Gala Dinner on Friday evening, and an opportunity to speak with exhibitors from a range of industries. A number of exhibitors have new products available and we encourage you to visit all the stands over the course of the conference.

The State Conference also includes the presentation of the IPWEA Excellence Awards at the Gala Dinner on Friday evening, and we encourage you to attend the dinner and celebrate in the industry's successes.

MC Gerry Gannon is back again by popular demand and his strong personal interest in public works engineering, ability to ask the right questions and spontaneous wit will ensure an entertaining Conference and keep everyone on their toes.

The State Conference also provides opportunities for grants from the Public Works Engineering Foundation for financially-constrained members, especially those from regional and remote local governments. Please see the website ( for details, or contact

Keynote Presenters include:  Peter Woronzow, Managing Director, Main Roads WA; Peter Damen, CEO, Level5Design; Iain Cameron, Chair, Road Safety Council; Ian BarkerInfrastructure Planning Manager, Perth Airport.

The program can be seen here: Program. A downloadable version will be available in early 2019. 

The Sponsorship Package can be viewed on the Sponsorship Page, or can be downloaded here.

Please contact our Office & Events Manager, Cathy Higgs, on (08) 9321 5740 or should you require any further information.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Kimberly Brosztl
Deputy President & 2018 Conference Committee Chair