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NZ Transport Minister Phil Twyford has released the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure and services to create jobs,” Twyford says.  “Our focus is jobs, and the GPS is ...
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Sixteen Sydney metropolitan councils have joined forces to recycle nearly 100 million glass containers per year into local roads, through the largest local government-led procurement of recycled road-making materials in NSW history. A request for tender (RFT) released last week by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) – on behalf of 15 councils representing over 2.1 million people – aims to initiate a new age of road-making ...
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A new plan recently adopted by Victoria’s Hobsons Bay City Council will improve air quality, reduce ground temperature, enhance liveability and provide more shade on buildings and open spaces. The Urban Forest Strategy sets the path to increase the city’s tree canopy to 30 per cent by 2040, which will start with the planting of more than 50,000 trees in the next five years and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community. The ...
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The Federal Government has doubled its financial investment in the Wyangala and Dungowan Dam projects in New South Wales. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced an extra $283.5 million in funding for the two projects, bringing the government’s total contribution to $567 million. The additional cash investment for the two projects, from the 2020-21 Budget, is ...
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Using ground-breaking technology, researchers at IITB-Monash Research Academy are set to help authorities in India save lives and communities at risk of extreme flooding and other natural disasters.  New research by PhD student in engineering, Kesav Unnithan, is using readily available satellite data to identify the presence of surface water across India and create a flood mapping tool that can help authorities warn communities of imminent ...
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By Gosia Kaszubska   Researchers have shown how industries could work together to recycle cigarette butts into bricks, in a step-by-step implementation plan for saving energy and solving a global littering problem. Over six trillion cigarettes are produced each year globally, resulting in 1.2 million tonnes of toxic waste dumped into the environment. RMIT University researchers have previously shown fired-clay bricks with 1 per cent ...
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The Board of IPWEA SA is excited about finally being able to hold our Conference and Excellence Awards at the Convention Centre Adelaide on 13 November 2020. After a challenging year globally with the pandemic it will be fantastic to get back to face to face engagement across the industry and with our members. The Conference Theme is “ Public Works in the Circular Economy ” and is such a relevant theme that will provide delegates with insights, ...
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Abel Farrell | Senior Project Lead, Acting Coordinator Project Management Warrnambool City Council Vic Member | 4 Years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I became a member as a professional obligation, mainly for undertaking training courses. What are the benefits for your role/career? I didn’t realise at the time of joining, but the benefits I have enjoyed include; access to training courses and forums that are specific to ...
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​ Our recent Engineers Registration Act webinar raised several queries around the need for people managing engineering staff, projects or information to be registered. Based on Guidelines published by Consumer Affairs Victoria, a professional engineering service must be performed by a registered professional engineer unless the person providing the service is acting under the supervision of a registered engineer or working to a prescriptive ...
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Young IPWEA Inspiring Speakers event hits the mark On Wednesday February 12th, around 30 young engineering professionals turned up at a central wellington bar for YIPWEA's ( Young IPWEA ) inaugural Inspiring Speakers Event for 2020. We were extremely fortunate to secure the likes of Dr Jo Cribb and Hon Min James Shaw, who took time out of their busy work and family schedules to offer advice and inspiration to our YIPWEA members regarding setting ...
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No one wants to think about it, but death is a part of life. Once you’re gone, your family will have to go on without you. The good news is that you can help them deal with the financial side even after your passing. Death is one of the least popular topics of conversation. And it is also among the most unpleasant. It represents the end, after all, and no one likes to think about the end of their life. But there are situations in which one ...
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By David Jenkins The $1.8 billion funding boost for local government road and community projects announced recently is an effective way to accelerate delivery of much-needed infrastructure to regional Australia. Of the three levels of government in Australia, it is local government that is closest to our communities and best-placed to understand local project needs and priorities. However, there remains a balance between building new infrastructure ...
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North and north-west Queensland communities will benefit from more than $10 million to repair, rebuild and reinforce infrastructure damaged by the 2019 monsoon trough. The 12 projects represent the final tranche to be approved through the Australian and Queensland governments’ $134.5 million infrastructure package. A total of 35 councils and two state agencies will share funding to deliver 139 projects that build regional resilience throughout ...
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Free Wi-Fi is now available across the entire Launceston city centre , with locals already making good use of high-speed internet. Delivered under the Launceston City Deal, the project has significantly expanded public access to the city’s free Wi-Fi network. Popular recreation spots like Riverbend Park, the Cataract Gorge and Waverley Lake were among the last areas connected to what is now Tasmania’s largest local government-managed public ...
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Applications for the third round of the NSW Climate Change Fund’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grants are now open. Individual councils and regional groups of councils in NSW can apply for grants of between $30,000 and $120,000 from a pool of $605,000. Collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies, community groups and other organisations is encouraged. Projects can ...
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It’s an alarming statistic: 20 million tonnes of construction materials end up in landfill each year – comprising almost half of Australia’s total waste. But what if there was a way to stop that waste from being produced in the first place? University of South Australia PhD student Gabriela Dias Guimaraes intends to do just that by developing a computer framework that helps designers, architects and engineers to take waste into consideration ...
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By Pablo Guillen (Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney), Miguel Loyola (PhD Candidate, Business School, University of Sydney) and Ursa Komac (Senior Lecturer, Architectural Design and Technology, Western Sydney University) Walking and cycling are in the spotlight given the need to keep fit, get about and keep a social distance from others during the pandemic. We have pop-up cycleways, enlarged footpaths and even ...
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​​​ By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Managing Fleet Performance Performance Measures and their Development Performance management is essential for the ongoing management and improvement of plant and vehicle fleets. In essence, performance management is a cyclical process that requires the identification and understanding of objectives, the collection of relevant data, interpretation of information, decision making and management interventions. ...
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​ By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA FLEET Adopts Virtual Fleet Management Workshop for 2020 We’ve written and talked a lot about the impacts of COVID-19 over recent months, primarily in relation to the effects on plant and vehicle fleet management. But it’s also interesting to think about how we have adapted more generally to the situation we find ourselves in. We’ve experienced social distancing, elbow shakes, facemasks, tele-parties, ...
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​The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Chris Campbell, Fleet/Asset Manager – The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, Darwin, Northern Territory. The businesses operate in Aboriginal Communities throughout the Northern Territory and the Cape / Islands of Far North Queensland. FI : How did you get started in fleet ...
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