Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2012
6 Public Works Professional September-October 2012 | From the President | |From theCEO| OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I HAVE HAD THE great pleasure of representing the IPWEA overseas at the IFME World Congress in Helsinki, Finland and the INGENIUM Conference in Rotor ua, New Zealand. There is no doubt the IPWEA is a signifcant, highly respected player on the world stage. The IFME Congress also gave me the opportunity to catch up with the participants of the National Study Tour and the Victorian Study Tour. In discussions with them, it was evident that the tours were an outstanding success. I would like to congratulate Ross Moody and Claude Cullino for their diligent efforts to organise these tours, and for being great tour leaders. It was also great to see the camaraderie established between our members and the members of INGENIUM. I know we all engage in a huge amount of banter with our friends from across the ditch, however it's pleasing to note that, when we are abroad, the ANZAC spirit is alive and well. While Chris Champion and I were in Rotorua, we met with the INGENIUM Board to discuss how we can work more collaboratively together. Our association with INGENIUM to develop the International Infrastructure Management Manual has been extremely benefcial. By exploring ways to work together even more closely, we may fnd another 'gold nugget' that makes us an even better organisation. While at the INGENIUM Conference, I provided an update of the IPWEA's activities and there was genuine excitement and amazement in how far our organisation has come over the past few years. It made me very proud to be the President of this wonderful organisation. I would like to thank each and every staff member at both the national and state level for collectively making the IPWEA an unbelievable success story. Paul Di Iulio, National President, IPWEA IPWEA HAD AN EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG YEAR in 2011/12. All our communications are undergoing a major revamp. Not only are you holding the second edition of our new-look magazine, the IPWEA has also launched two e-newsletters specifcally targeted to the Asset and Fleet Communities of Practice. Furthermore, the IPWEA developed the fve online and interactive Communities of Practice portals, which have proved very popular since their launch late last year. Not to be outdone, the IPWEA smartphone app was released in July. The fourth-edition International Infrastructure Management Manual was another important release during 2011/12, proving that the IPWEA is providing continued global leadership in asset management. Practice notes were published for stor mwater drainage and long-term fnancial planning, which was developed in association with the Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government (ACELG). The Institute is the lead agency for ACELG in its capacity-building program. There is a particular emphasis on asset management and infrastr ucture fnancial planning. A key role has been facilitating a nationally consistent approach to infrastructure management and planning through the Local Government Reform Fund. The IPWEA is a lead player in international developments. Peter Way and the Australian delegation are having a major infuence in the direction of the new International Standard on Asset Management. I have recently been appointed to convene gNAMS, the global network for asset management societies. The IPWEA is delivering asset management workshops in a number of Canadian provinces and feet workshops for the Hong Kong Police. Furthermore, the IPWEA has commenced a push into sustainability issues with the appointment of Dr Stephen Lees as National Director Sustainability. We are currently developing a national strategy that will seek to embed a practical approach to sustainability. We are now focused on delivering our next top 10 strategic tasks for the coming year. Chris Champion, CEO, IPWEA There is no doubt the IPWEA is a significant, highly respected player on the world stage. We are now focused on delivering our next top 10 strategic tasks for the coming year.
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