Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2013
8 Public Works Professional February 2013 IPWEA NEWS New ACELG Director indicates continued support for public works The new Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), Roberta Ryan, has endorsed the "critical" role that public works professionals play within local government. "Local government engineers have always been very important to their community, but they have become increasingly important in recent years," Associate Professor Ryan said. "The work that engineers undertake, such as asset management, infrastructure development and responses to climate change, are all increasingly important issues for the community. Engineers are critical for local government to respond to these issues." Ryan replaced Professor Graham Sansom as the Director of both the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and the UTS Centre for Local Government. She has more than 30 years' experience in local government, public policy development and research analysis. Prior to this appointment, she served as a Director of Urbis, a public policy and urban planning consultancy frm. She also taught a social science and policy course at the University of NSW and Macquarie University in Sydney. Ryan said ACELG would continue to support the IPWEA's efforts to alleviate the skills shortage facing the public works industry. “I sense we underestimate the signifcance that young people place on making a difference," she said. "We can do a lot to promote local government as a great opportunity to work with local communities. You are in no better place to make a difference. The IPWEA and ACELG are doing a lot together and will continue to position the industry as a great career path." ACELG Chairperson Margaret Reynolds said she was delighted to welcome Ryan to the position. "The ACELG Board and I are very much looking forward to working with Roberta on the next phase of ACELG's work in enhancing professionalism in Australian local government," she said. "Roberta's combined industry and research background will be invaluable to the role of Director." UTS's Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research Professor Atilla Brungs added: "The depth of Roberta's industry work, allied with her proven expertise in applied policy research, will assure the continuance of the high quality of work produced by ACELG and UTS-CLG." Sansom retired from both positions in August. "Graham has made an outstanding contribution to local government and UTS over his distinguished career," Brungs said. Reynolds added: "The ACELG Board and I will dearly miss Graham, but he has left an extremely strong foundation for us to build upon over the coming years." Glowing reports of NZ study tour The participants of the IPWEA Asset Management Study Tour to New Zealand in November last year judged the experience a great success. The tour ran from 18-23 November and included attendance at the 2012 NAMS NZ International Asset Management Conference. It was organised by IPWEA NAMS.AU in partnership with NAMS NZ. Tour leader and NAMS.AU Chair Peter Way said the conference was very thought-provoking and highlighted the common challenges facing both Australia and New Zealand. "New Zealand is considering the direction it should follow for asset management in the future, including the potential impacts of things such as the new ISO Standards for asset management," he said. Following the conference, the tour visited the NZ Offce of the Auditor General, Auckland Council, the NZ Transport Agency and Hamilton City Council, among others. “There was a signifcant focus on the Auckland 'Supercity' concept and how it is amalgamating all the asset management tasks from what were previously eight separate councils and are now one larger body," Way said. "The group was impressed with the sophistication of much of the Auckland approach to this challenge. Interestingly, Auckland City is aspiring to the rank of number one most-liveable city in the world in the future." Way said the group obser ved four main lessons over the course of the tour – specifcally the management of the organisation, staff, fnances, and data.
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