Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2013
4 Public Works Professional July-August 2013 | From the President | |From theCEO| THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SIGNIFICANT AND exciting developments at the IPWEA in the past few weeks, and there is no doubt the upcoming Darwin Conference theme 'explore new territory' applies to the Institute generally. NEW DIVISION IN THE ANZAC SPIRIT I recently attended the last INGENIUM Conference in New Zealand, where the ANZAC spirit was well and truly alive. At their AGM on 13 June, INGENIUM agreed to become a Division of IPWEA and renamed themselves IPWEA NZ. Their inclusion now takes our membership base to well over 3300 and provides us with many new opportunities to work more collaboratively with our colleagues from 'across the ditch'. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the IPWEA Board and the INGENIUM Board on their collective vision, enthusiasm, commitment and 'I-can't-see-why-not' attitude in ensuring this development was more than just a good idea. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the support and encouragement from our members in making this happen. There is no doubt with the inclusion of IPWEA NZ into the IPWEA family we will be a stronger association with greater opportunities. There will be more on this exciting new development in future editions of the magazine. OUR NEW NAME With the establishment of a Division in New Zealand, the National Board has taken the opportunity to slightly alter our name to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia. With our friends joining us from across the Tasman, this was an excellent opportunity to broaden our name to not only include Public Works Professionals from New Zealand, but also explore new ter ritory through Asia for the beneft of the IPWEA. EXPLORE NEW TERRITORY IN THE TOP END The conference in Dar win, NT is fast approaching, so if you haven't registered I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible. It's shaping up to be a fantastic event with an excellent technical program, world-class keynote speakers and an outstanding social program. Better still, your attendance will create a fnancial beneft to your State Division, as all divisions will be benefting from any proft made at the conference. So take up the opportunity to join fellow public works professionals from around the world to 'explore new territory' in Darwin. Paul Di Iulio, President, IPWEA Australasia THE IPWEA BOARD HAS ADOPTED A SHARP focus on strategic outcomes. Each year it identifes Key Strategic Actions that it closely monitors at each Board meeting. This focus has provided important deliverables during the past 12 months. Here are our top 10: 1. Young IPWEA has been established as a new national network for under-35s. It will now also extend across the Tasman with our New Zealand colleagues joining with IPWEA. 2. Sustainability is an issue for our generation, and IPWEA intends to take a lead for public works. We have done our early research to adopt a national strategy on a number of fronts. Watch out for more developments in 2014. 3. ASSET & FLEET were launched as two new national e-newsletters for IPWEA. These are providing regular professional ways to keep our IPWEA network well informed. 4. ISO 55000. IPWEA has been a major player in guiding the development of this new International Standard in Asset Management through our NAMS.AU Chair Peter Way. 5. Across the board, IPWEA is playing a stronger role in the development of government policy, particularly on the infrastructure fnancial planning and indicators front. 6. An upgraded IPWEA App has been launched that has been optimised for tablets and iPads. Watch this space for more features that will integrate our major events and conferences into the App. 7. IPWEA NZ is our new Division from across the Tasman with the merging of INGENIUM with the IPWEA family. (See above for more news of this, plus the next edition of this magazine.) 8. IPWEA is providing global leadership in asset management and other felds. We continue to deliver workshops in Canada and Hong Kong. There is also wider interest in our work in Asia that we will continue to explore. 9. Darwin is building up to be the public works event for 2013 with much planning already in place. Be sure to get your registrations in ASAP. 10. Governance is high on the Board's agenda, and sound systems and approaches are continually being developed and implemented. IPWEA will continue to ...Inform ...Connect ... Represent ...and Lead in the coming year. Exciting times! Chris Champion, CEO, IPWEA Australasia With the inclusion of IPWEA NZ we will be a stronger association with greater opportunities. Sustainability is an issue for our generation and IPWEA intends to take a lead for public works.
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