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Famously outspoken former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has warned that Australia is too complacent about water, energy and waste and is hamstrung by poor government decision-making.    Speaking at IPWEA’s Asset Management Congress in Canberra in an often entertaining, frequently blunt presentation, Kennett pulled no punches when discussing Australia’s lack of long-term infrastructure planning. “We have sat back on our backsides since the second ...
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What do you have to do to ensure everything is planned? I ask for new requirements and replacement details for plant and equipment four months prior to the new financial year to ensure all requests are considered and funding is directed appropriately. I will even personally contact those I know will be problem children. Somehow, they still can’t remember this! Even with all this communication the system still fails. Come the new financial year ...
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In recent issues of FLEET intouch we have discussed various activities that are critical to effective fleet management. In this issue we discuss the very important area of fuel management. Fuel supplies need active management because; fuel is a high cost driver for the fleet, high fuel usage can be an indicator of poor vehicle and driver performance and we need to ensure fuel is not wasted or pilfered. It is essential that arrangements and ...
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First published in Fleet Auto News July 09, 2018 When the Stinger was launched in 2017, the last of the Holden Commodore V8 Police cars were being delivered. A replacement would be needed for the locally built pursuit vehicles in all jurisdictions. In NSW the police have chosen the BMW 5 Series. Though drivers in Queensland take note, from this week you run the risk of feeling the sting of Queensland Police’s latest road safety weapon, the ...
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In the June 2018 issue of FLEET intouch e-news I wrote about succession planning and how important it is that organisations plan for the departure of skilled and experienced workers. Hand in glove with succession planning is the professional development of staff to prepare them to take on future roles. Do you identify and list professional development requirements for the people in your team? If so, do you follow up to make sure the actions ...
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The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently released the Exempt car benefits and exempt residual benefits: compliance approach to determining private use of vehicle s compliance guide to assist in determining fringe benefit tax (FBT) exemptions related to cars. According to the ATO’s website, you can use this guideline to help when: You allow employees limited private use of an eligible vehicle that: - Adds no more than 2km to their trip ...
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Proactive driver training strategies can result in significant benefits for your company, including lower fleet-related costs, and a good reputation for helping to reduce accidents, injuries and save lives. Representing your company and acting as the face of customer service, employees are your most important assets. In particular, those who drive – whether company or personal vehicles – as part of their day-to-day role, play a key role in how ...
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Do you have some great suggestions to improve our flagship biennial conference coming up in August next year in Hobart? The conference committee has planning well underway, but we want to make sure that we deliver the topics, speakers, content, format, social, entertainment and excitement that you expect from a world-class event that is the IPWC. So, tell us your creative ideas, your suggestions for improvements, and anything else that you think ...
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As much as we focus upon Australia and New Zealand as our core IPWEA business, we must actively engage with the global asset and fleet management community.   As the peak industry body in the AM sector, IPWEA receives delegations from around the world looking at how we do things. Just as importantly, we must go to other countries to appreciate and understand their operating environments. This is what responsible leadership is all about. At the ...
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This article first appeared in the August edition of inspire magazine. Read the original and more here.  inspire  spoke to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack about infrastructure investment and regional development in Australia ahead of his appearance at IPWEA’s Asset Management Congress. inspire: What are your priorities as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, particularly with ...
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By Chelsea Wallis.  Human intervention is at the heart of the Venetian legend, earning the mythological status it retains today thanks to residents pursuing the knowledge to master nature. Not all of these efforts have been positive in the long-term. Venice is now sinking at a rate of about 2mm per year, with climate change threatening ever higher, more frequent tides upon the already fragile World Heritage Site. Today’s interventions are ...
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It would look at home on the set of an Alien movie, but this intricate piece of infrastructure has a far more down-to-earth purpose. It’s the world’s first 3D printed steel bridge, and it will soon provide a path for pedestrians across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam’s famous red-light district. Created by a consortium of mathematicians, IoT specialists and engineers working with Amsterdam-based startup MX3D, the bridge spans 12.2m, ...
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Auckland is a city on the move, with upward population growth forecasts amplifying urgency for infrastructure building, a big collection of major developments underway and plans in place for hosting two prestige international events in 2021. More than 50 major downtown projects will proceed over the next decade, according to the council. And at the harbour, preparations are underway to build the infrastructure for the 36th America’s Cup. As ...
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This article was first published in APWA Reporter, the journal of the American Public Works Association. By Helen Horwitz, Principal HLH Communications, Albuquerque, New Mexico Late last year, the American Public Works Association conducted an online survey asking members to name the single most important technology for public works professionals in 2018. Almost 900 members responded, and from the answers, APWA gathered considerable data, ...
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Glen Searle , University of Sydney The knowledge economy has concentrated skilled people in large cities such as Melbourne. This has meant such cities take most of Australia’s jobs, leading to what has been dubbed 'agglomeration economies' – where knowledge and production flow easily between firms and people as they cluster near one another. Australia’s population clock has ticked over to 25 million, and it’s easy to see why most of this ...
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This article was first published in APWA Reporter, the journal of the American Public Works Association.  By Joanne Zhang, P.E., CCM, City of Los Angeles Civil Engineer, 2017 Jennings Randolph International Fellow.  In August 2017, I gave a talk at the IPWEA conference and met with professionals around Australia as a Jennings Randolph International Fellow, an award that supports conference attendance and a public works study tour overseas. ...
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Although engineers remain in high demand, new Seek data reveals the average advertised engineering salary is lower than it was five years ago.  According to Seek, the average advertised salary for engineering roles was $116,108 in the 12 months to 30 June 2018, which was 6.91% lower than five years ago ($146,596). That means engineering roles in Australia have seen one of the greatest advertised salary decreases, second only to mining, resources ...
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Infrastructure Australia has released 11 decision-making principles that outgoing Chief Executive Philip Davies says will set a new benchmark for transparency and accountability around infrastructure projects.  Davies, who is leaving at the end of the month as his three-year contract draws to a close, has challenged governments to stop putting politics ahead of sound road and rail planning or risk increased congestion in Australia's capital cities. ...
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Although Australia still has a long way to go before BIM is mandated on a national scale, motivated state and local departments, a private sector keen to stay globally relevant and the growth of institutional BIM education all point to it playing a major role in the country’s future infrastructure. Goran Gelic and Alexander McLeod from McCullough Robertson Lawyers spoke to intouch about recent developments in the Building Information Modelling ...
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With the least amount of public open space available to any metro municipality in Victoria, Glen Eira City Council needed to get creative. Mark Judge, the council’s Group Manager Projects and Infrastructure, explains why finding more recreational space for the community was essential. “We've got increasing population growth and activity centres that are being developed that are going to bring more people in, so the importance of having open space ...
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