Inspire : Public Works May Jun 2013
6 Public Works Professional May-June 2013 | From the President | |From theCEO| I WANT TO FOCUS ON WORK BEING DONE on the National Standard drawings, and two successful recent State Conferences. But I also direct you to an article in this issue about August's National Conference in Dar win, and urge you to register for this fantastic event. You will have seen emails from your State Divisions about our aim to collate the wide range of drawings across Australia into one easily accessible location. It will provide 3 levels of drawings: National, State and Regional/Local (those that apply to a particular Council or region). Please upload your drawings at https://www.eiseverywhere. com/eselect/52871 and follow the prompts (PDF format please). It's easy, but if you need more infor mation, contact your helpful State offce. I attended the WA State Conference, another outstanding event, and congratulate Tom Stacey and his Organising Committee on its success. The Conference theme was 'From Good to Great to Exceptional' and the WA Division is certainly on its way towards being 'Exceptional'. I also congratulate Stephen Bell on being elected the new WA State President, and Doug Pearson who was elected Vice President. I look for ward to their continued great work in WA and in building a strong relationship with National. I also congratulate Anthony Vuleta and acknowledge the huge contribution he made during his two-year Presidential term. His effort, enthusiasm and dedication were very evident and one of the driving forces behind WA's resurgence. I was also fortunate to attend the Victorian State Conference - another excellent event, and I congratulate Vicky Shelton (State President), Mark Varmalis (Conference Chairman) and the Oragnising Committee on their exciting program. The Conference included a presentation of the IPWEA (Vic) Excellence Awards, and it was good to see such excellent projects recognised. Just as special was recognition of the important inﬂuence public works professionals have on our country. I congratulate David Eltringham who was awarded 2013 IPWEA (Vic) Engineer of the Year Award and Ross Goyne on his prestigious MEF (Vic) Engineering Excellence Award for the signifcant contribution he’s made to Public Works over many years. So often we marvel at how good a new project is, but seldom do we reﬂect on the people behind those successes. This was an opportunity to do so! Paul Di Iulio, IPWEA National President IPWEA IS A FOUNDING ESTABLISHMENT PARTNER of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Gover nment (ACELG). The Australian Government contributed $8 million to establish it. Its mandate is to enhance professionalism and skills in local gover nment, showcase innovation and best practice, and facilitate a better-informed policy debate. Our National President, Paul Di Iulio, represents IPWEA on the Board of ACELG. I also attend Board meetings as a technical and program adviser, and am impressed by the vacuum ACELG flls with regard to practical research and policy papers. Local government is a disparate sector made of 560 or so Councils Australia-wide. Until ACELG was established, there had been no central research body to help coordinate and address our needs. The Centre has been very effective in establishing many new contacts and networks across the sector. It's not easy to start from nothing, but an evaluation and sur vey recently undertaken has been very positive. The mission of ACELG is to: • Build on existing LG programs & networks • Encourage innovation and best practice. • Foster good governance & strategic leadership • Support action to improve local government workforce capability to address skill shortages and attract and retain skilled staff • Promote new and improved training and development programs, and • Stimulate and inform debate on key issues for local government in coming decades. ACELG has six program areas including Research & Policy Foresight, Innovation & Better Practice, Gover nance & Strategic Leadership, Organisation Capacity Building, Rural-remote & Indigenous Local Government and Workforce development. IPWEA is the lead agency for ACELG's Organisation Capacity Building, with emphasis on infrastr ucture asset management and fnancial planning. ACELG is supporting the development of a number of IPWEA Practice Notes including the Long Term Financial Planning Practice Note available as a PDF download at www.ipwea.org.au/PracticeNotes. Registrations to attend the 2013 national Local Gover nment Researchers Forum are now open. It will be held at the University of Adelaide on 6-7 June, and is a unique opportunity for local government researchers and practitioners to hear about the sector's latest research and discuss implications for policy and practice. I encourage you to visit the ACELG website at www.acelg.org.au and add it to your list of resources. Chris Champion, National CEO, IPWEA We often marvel at new projects, but seldom reflect on the people behind them. ACELG has been very e ective in establishing many new contacts and networks across the sector.
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