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15 assets, or creating a priority schedule for footpaths in parks and reserves. "Soon I knew the Baw Baw territory pretty well and put my hand up to join." Shortly after that his manager urged him to join IPWEA, which became for him the perfect environment to gain a holistic view of public works engineering and swap ideas with contemporaries further afeld. He began helping administer the Gippsland Regional Group of IPWEA and is now its Convener. He's also notched up some coveted gongs along the way. For instance, in 2011 IPWEAvic bestowed the Young Public Works Engineer of the Year Award on him for his solution on how to balance development with the preser vation of rare fauna and fora. Then later that year he picked up a National Emerging Leader Award at the IPWEA National Conference in Canberra. In fact, it was at the Canberra event that he learnt a fedging under 35s network had just been started by IPWEA WA's Division. "I thought it was a great idea because it allowed younger members to discuss and analyse - in their own contemporary terms - all the good stuff they were absorbing via mainstream IPWEA," says Pitts. Similar thoughts about that parallel universe were occurring to other young members in other states, and it wasn't long before WA's original innovation was being fast-tracked towards a "national" destiny. The rest is history -- the Young IPWEA network was launched nationally at the start of this year and young members are signing up fast to take advantage of a program comprising social events, technical tours, professional speakers and more. Kurt Pitts has willingly taken on the Chair of Young IPWEAvic as yet another role in his busy life. But don't hold back in contacting him! "I know what it's like to be a young engineer with a limited number of contemporaries of your own age to bounce ideas off," he says. "That's precisely why we formed Young IPWEA.” ••• Kurt Pitts is contactable on: Kurt.Pitts@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au At uni you can head in a certain engineering direction, but then you get a taste of local government and become smitten. CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION Have your say on this story. Visit http://goo.gl/1CSe0 to comment on this article.
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