Inspire : Public Works Professional Sept - Oct 2013
5 | From the President | |From theCEO| THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE 2013 IPWEA International Public Works Conference in Darwin was an outstanding success. With more than 580 Delegates and 70 accompanying partners, the 650 people that made the trek to Darwin ensured this was not only one of the biggest conferences we have ever had, but also one of the best! The technical program was amazing with six concurrent streams infor ming us on the latest information and best practice on Asset Management, Waste Management, Parks Management, Stormwater Management, Environmental Management, Tree Management, Urban Renewal and Sustainability from Australia and around the world. In addition, the keynote speakers Paul Porteous, Kim Seeling Smith and Carol Boyle were world class and thought provoking. Coupling this with the range of interesting Technical Tours rounded off an unbelievable conference that truly lived up to the theme of "Explore New Territory"! It wasn't all work and no play. The Social Program was outstanding, starting on Sunday night with the Welcome Reception at Crocosaur us Cove sponsored by Technology One, the Experience Darwin Dinner on the amazing lawns of Sky City Dar win sponsored by COMPLETE, and the Wednesday night's sensational Gala Dinner, thanks to Platinum sponsor, Komatsu. A conference like this doesn't happen without a signifcant amount of work and I would sincerely like to thank the organising committee of Chris Champion, Ross Moody, Martyn Glover and Jo O'Brien for their outstanding contribution over many months to ensure its success. I would also like to thank and congratulate Merilyn Dayman and Rhiannon Clarke, from All Occasional Management, for making the conference a success. No task was too diffcult for these two amazing individuals and their continuous commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to this conference was truly unbelievable. To be honest, seeing so many people from the IPWEA family in one place at one time was one of my proudest moments as President. We had representatives from every Division, including New Zealand, and delegates from around the world who made the long trip to Darwin to be with us. In closing I would like to thank each and every one of you who attended the Darwin conference, as your attendance made it the success it was! Paul Di Iulio, President, IPWEA VALE DAVID ABBOTT, IPWEA PRESIDENT 2005--2007. Our friend and colleague Dave Abbott passed away on 18 June 2013 leaving a strong legacy after signifcant contributions to our profession over his outstanding career. Dave was recognised as an IPWEA Emeritus Member in 2009, which is the highest award that the Institute can bestow on a member. Dave rose through the industry from his early days as a carpenter and joiner, to building foreman and clerk of works, health and building sur veyor, then obtaining his honours degree in civil engineering. His impressive career included Shire Health and Building Sur veyor at Sutherland Council, City Engineer at Campbelltown Council (NSW) and City Engineer at Wollongong Council (NSW). He then returned to Sutherland Council as the Director of Engineering. Dave was always keen to give back to his profession and was for many years on the Board of IPWEA in NSW and later the National Board, including National President from 2005 to 2007. He was also the IPWEA representative on the National Engineering Registration Board from 2000 to 2013. Dave was a very familiar and friendly face to many. I personally very much enjoyed my time with Dave and he continued to contribute long after leaving the Board. Dave leaves behind his lovely wife Gladys and their children and grandchildren, about whom he talked fondly and often. The following poem, "Success" (1905) by Bessie Anderson Stanley was read at Dave's farewell ser vice and aptly describes his contribution and success in life. He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; Who has enjoyed the tr ust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; Who has flled his niche and accomplished the task; Who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; Whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. Vale David Vivian Abbott. Chris Champion, CEO, IPWEA Seeing so many people from the IPWEA family was one of my proudest moments as President. David Abbott was always keen to give back to his profession.
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