Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2014
4 Public Works Professional July-August 2014 | From the President | |From theCEO| The Australasian Board members were privileged to attend the IPWEA New Zealand Division conference in Auckland in June. This was a signiﬁcant event in IPWEA’s history with the conference being the ﬁrst to occur in New Zealand under the IPWEA banner. The New Zealand Division, with 900 members, now makes up around 27 per cent of our current total membership, which is around 3300. The conference, hosted over three days, was of a very high standard, with thought-provoking keynote sessions, high quality technical session presentations and two outstanding conference dinners enjoyed by all. Our Young IPWEA representatives Kim Sedgwick and Renee Murphy did a great job presenting during the keynote session on the ﬁnal day. They were very well received with strong interest shown by a number of delegates in Young IPWEA, and follow up conversations occurring with Renee on how their organisations and young professionals can be involved. Find out more about the event on page 6. As our IPWEA Best Paper winner from the Dar win Conference, Dwayne Honor earned the opportunity to present his paper Bundaberg Floods – The Science behind the Story in Auckland. Dwayne presented very well and there was strong interest in his paper. The Australasian Board met during the course of the conference and it was the last meeting for our past president Paul Di Iulio and board member John Truman. Paul and John have both made signiﬁcant contributions to IPWEA during their terms as national board directors and national presidents. I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to them for their dedication and commitment and wish them well in the future. It is essential that IPWEA and the Board continue to look forward in a strategic sense to set our path for the next three years and beyond. Part of that process is taking stock of what we have achieved and scanning our environment going forward. IPWEA has made some great progress over the past year including: • The successful merge to create a new IPWEA NZ Division (40 per cent overnight increase in membership; NZ is now our largest Division) • The changing of our name to now be Australasia • Establishment of Young IPWEA • A very successful Dar win Conference • A single membership model and fee structure adopted across all Divisions – a major initiative and achievement for all • IPWEA Membership ‘Join Now’ available online at www.ipwea.org/join includes taking credit card payments • Development and launch of IPWEA’s ﬁrst online certiﬁcated course being the Professional Certiﬁcate in Asset Management Planning – including three registrations from Canada. • ISO 55000 Supplement to IIMM and associated webinars delivered • Submissions to Productivity Commission Inquiries (Public Infrastructure; Disaster Funding) Our Strategic Plan for 2014-17 is now adopted to further guide IPWEA. There are some exciting things on the action list for the coming year and beyond. Watch out for new initiatives including targeted strategies for young professionals and women in public works, a new mentor match scheme, many new publications, publications to be made available in digital format, the next round of our new online Professional Certiﬁcate in Asset Management Planning, and a major website refresh about to go live. By the time this edition hits desks, our Sustainability in Public Works conference will be underway. IPWEA intends to expand our work in this important area. And a must is to plan your attendance at the IPWEA International Public Works Conference to be held in Rotorua 7-11 June 2015. This will be another combined event with the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME). We have already heard of strong contingents coming from the Scandinavian countries. If you haven’t already, time to join IPWEA at www.ipwea.org/join This was a significant event in IPWEA's history ... Watch out for new initiatives for young professionals and women in public works.
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