Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2014
5 | From the President | |FromtheCEO| WELL, AS THEY SAY, ALL GOOD THINGS MUST come to end! It has been my absolute honour and privilege to be the President of this magnifcent association for the past two and a half years. I would never have imagined that when I joined the IPWEA in the early 1990s it would be such a long and deep journey -- one that will never end, to be honest. I am extremely lucky to have been given the responsibility of leading the wonderful men and women of the public works industry in Australia, and more recently New Zealand, a responsibility that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Together, we have achieved so much in the past few years, and for me probably the fve most memorable achievements are: • The establishment of Young IPWEA and the way it has been embraced by members across the Divisions. The enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and quality of our young people is truly amazing; • The expansion of IPWEA to now include New Zealand as a Division; • The changing of our name to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia -- the start of bigger and better things for IPWEA; • A unifed membership fee model across all of the Divisions; • The 2013 Darwin Conference – we really did explore new territory! I have also been lucky enough to travel around the Divisions and meet some great people that I can now call friends. When you travel around, you really get to appreciate what a huge impact public works has on our local communities. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the unbelievably innovative and supportive Board (past and present) that I have had the pleasure to lead. We have made enormous progress and there is no doubt it would not have been possible without their wisdom and also the enormous efforts of the IPWEA staff, led by the incredible Chris Champion. In closing, I would like to wish the incoming President and the Board all the best for the future and to say to all the members of this great Institute, thank you for your support and for giving me the opportunity to be your President! PublIC Works ProfEssIoNAls shoulD bE considering sustainability in everyday planning and delivery of the services we provide to our communities. It is our responsibility to consider the impacts of our decisions into the long term. To bring together the latest developments in sustainability, IPWEA is holding its Sustainability in Public Works 2014 Conference in Tweed heads/ Coolangatta on the New south Wales/Queensland border, 27–29 July 2014. The conference will showcase practical innovations that help make local communities and infrastr ucture more sustainable and more resilient. It will include -- but not be limited to -- considerations of the impacts of climate change, while the latest developments in more energy- effcient street lighting are an example of the wider issues being presented. This is the ideal opportunity for you to showcase your project, approach, tool or other innovation by presenting a paper to the conference on topics from any of the conference's three sub-themes: • sustainable infrastr ucture; • sustainable communities; • responding to climate change. Entries are also invited for the 2014 IPWEA Sustainable Solutions in Public Works Awards, to be held in conjunction with the conference to showcase and celebrate the latest sustainability and climate change innovations and success stories. The conference will feature two full days of presentations, panel discussions, networking and an optional half-day feld tour. It aims to help busy professionals make sense of current sustainability and climate change developments, and generate ideas, useable knowledge and practical measures that can be applied to make a real difference. Diarise your attendance at the IPWEA 2014 sustainability in Public Works Conference now from 27–29 July 2014. Visit w ww.ipwea.org/sustain2014 for award guidelines and submission details. for any queries please contact IPWEA's Director of Sustainability Dr Stephen Lees at email@example.com or phone him on 0412 264 187. A fnal note to thank Paul Di Iulio for his signifcant leadership of the board and the Institute over the past two years as IPWEA President. There have been some major milestones for IPWEA, and Paul has been an absolute key player in bringing everyone together to realise many of these changes. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Paul and wish him all the best for his next challenge! Together we have achieved so much in the past few years. This is the ideal opportunity for you to showcase your project, approach, tool or other innovation.
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