Inspire : Public Works Mar Apr 2015
11 |Victoria | There has been a lot happening in Victoria. In December last year our CEO Dr Anne Gibbs resigned to pursue other opportunities. Bruce Douglas has capably taken on an interim role as Acting CEO until the position is lled. Our focus remains on delivering our current business plan and items such as advocacy, submissions, the implementation of the membership strategy and our strategy to tackle de-engineering and skills loss within the industry are at the forefront. Member engagement continues with the development of our new Local Government Engineering Leadership Program, which will consist of ve training days on a monthly basis between April and August 2015. Successful participants will graduate with a certi cate to be presented at our annual AGM dinner in October. In December, an Engineering Forum was held with the State Premier and Treasurer that was attended by some 30 senior engineers from business and leaders of a number of professional bodies. We look forward to further continued involvement in assisting with re-establishment of capacity within the civil construction and public works sectors. | Western Australia | Last year ended with the Governor signing o on 'Local Government Reform', which will signi cantly change the face of the Perth's Metropolitan Region. It has, however, brought to an end a very tedious, tiresome and energy-sapping journey we've had to undertake -- a process marked by a total lack of clarity and transparency, numerous back ips and errors that could have been avoided if only there had been inclusiveness and open communication. What the new face of local government will look like in Metropolitan Perth is yet to be seen. There will, of course, be signi cant changes -- in terms of policies, procedures and processes being merged between di erent entities. There will be changes in people, positions and portfolios when administrative and operational structures are brought together. There will also be changes to rates and service provisions -- despite the state government's assurances that there will not be any added burdens on communities in the short-term. There have already been cutbacks in training allocations as a result of the state government's austerity drive. Our State Conference is coming up in March and we are hoping it will attract good numbers because it is a really well-designed event. We've substantially reduced the registration fees so that as many people as possible can attend. Having prepared ourselves to do the hard yards, we will also be careful in the way we view the opportunities and rise up to the challenges for the coming year. |New Zealand | To help support the great work by IPWEA NZ members and others, here in 'Middle Earth' there is an ELF group, or Engineering Leadership Forum. ELF members include IPWEA NZ, IPENZ (professional engineers), Water NZ, Civil Contractors NZ, ACENZ (consulting engineers), CAE (Centre for Advanced Engineering), IITP (IT professionals), EEA (electricity engineers) and CCANZ (cement and concrete). I recently joined other ELF representatives and met our Building and Housing Minister to discuss proposed Building Act amendments around earthquake prone buildings (EPBs) -- many of which are 'public works'. We advocated for several things, including a risk-based approach focused on life safety, rather than building strength. ELF also noted that the Health and Safety Reform Act, with signi cant new responsibilities for managers and directors, is driving owners to strengthen EPBs (o en beyond the proposed 34 per cent minimum) -- with further economic consequences. The proposed EPB challenges are large; ve years for councils to assess all non-residential buildings and 15 years for owners to x or demolish -- a er which councils assume responsibility and recover costs. It is already prudent that councils have a CPEng Structural Engineer on their team, but most don't. Combine this with current di culties getting timely structural advice and this massive new workload looming, I see another signi cant capability gap developing, which the industry must address. Contact Bruce Douglas, Acting CEO, IPWEAvic, +61 4 5778 5159, firstname.lastname@example.org www.ipwea.org/vic Contact John Ambrose, Executive Manager, IPWEA WA, +61 8 9321 5306, email@example.com www.ipwea.asn.au Contact Mike Connolly, Chief Executive, IPWEA NZ, +64 27 544 3944, firstname.lastname@example.org www.ipwea.org/nz Ross Goyne IPWEA VIC PRESIDENT Doug Pearson IPWEA WA PRESIDENT Braden Austin IPWEA NZ PRESIDENT |NOTICEBOARD | NSW » 11 March Regional Forum, Orana (North West), Wellington or Dubbo » 13 March Regional Forum, New England/ North West, Glenn Ines or Iverell » 23 March Regional Forum, South West, Narrandera Queensland »12--13March CQ Branch Conference, Biloela »11May Abstracts due for IPWEAQ Conference, Mackay Tasmania » June TBA Technical Session, Hobart » 28 August AGM, Launceston South Australia »Feb--Apr General meeting and Corporate Partner Appreciation Event dates to be nalised » May Annual State Conference and Excellence Awards. Victoria »25--26March IPWEA Victoria Public Works Conference, Melbourne » Apr -- Aug (Five Sessions) Local Government Engineering Leadership Program 2015 Western Australia »11--13March Local 2015 WA State Conference: Solutions beyond boundaries, Fremantle New Zealand » 12 March Land Development Engineering Group Forum, Auckland »25--26March RIMS Forum, Auckland »30--31March IPWEA NZ Local Government Forum, Wellington "Member engagement continues with the development of our new Local Government Engineering Leadership Program ... "
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