Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2014
6 Public Works Professional September-October 2014 Sustainability in public works has come a long way since IPWEA's last Sustainability in Public Works Conference in 2008, according to new IPWEA President Michael Kahler in his opening address at this year's event. "There's a big focus in the industry in translating policy into implementable solutions," he told delegates, who had travelled from across Australia and New Zealand to attend the event. PICK 'N' MIX The conference was held at the Twin Towns Club & Resort in Tweed Heads/ Coolangatta on the border of NSW and Queensland. Attendees could choose from a choice of four streams across the course of the three-day event that ran from 27--29 July 2014. Organisers were keen to ensure that each session provided attendees with practical takeaways that they could implement in their own councils. Delegates needed to look no further than the Sustainable Solutions in Public Works Award winners for inspiration (see box). Canada Bay Council and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government were named winners of the Climate Change Resilience Category. Their Climate Change Adaption Best Practice Guidelines, which were presented on during the conference, were the hot topic of the event. Presenters repeatedly came back to the importance of having solid case studies to refer to when implementing your own projects. The manual provides more than 60 case studies to allow councils to adopt a pragmatic approach in addressing climate change within the context of their local government area. GOING UNDER IPWEA Sustainability Director Stephen Lees, who led many sessions at the conference, undertook a number of inter views during the event to raise awareness of the importance of taking a more sustainable approach to public works projects. On Radio National with presenter James Carleton, he discussed making the switch to LED street lighting. However, the conference was not all hard work. Delegates were blessed with glorious sunshine during the entire event. The awards gala dinner provided a highlight, too. Entertainment came in the form of hypnotist Anthony Laffan. A number of game delegates went up on stage to take part in the show. POST-CONFERENCE ACTION POINTS In the fnal session of the last day, conference delegates came together with speakers to create a list of post- conference action points to take away and implement in their councils. The discussion was informed by fndings of the pre-conference Sustainability Roundtable (in the May-Jun 2014 edition of PWPro) and Insight Report, but mainly drew upon sustainability solutions presented at the conference. Debate during the session was lively. A list of eight action points came from the conversation and was distributed to delegates as the session closed. A key action point included having sustainability as a topic in every meeting. It is clear that adopting a sustainable mindset across public works projects is the future. ••• IPWEA NEWS INA SUSTAINABLE STATE OF MIND Adopting a sustainable mindset when implementing public works projects was placed under the microscope at IPWEA's Sustainability in Public Works Conference 2014. Delegates needed to look no further than the Sustainable Solutions in Public Works Award winners for inspiration.
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