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No one wants to think about it, but death is a part of life. Once you’re gone, your family will have to go on without you. The good news is that you can help them deal with the financial side even after your passing. Death is one of the least popular topics of conversation. And it is also among the most unpleasant. It represents the end, after all, and no one likes to think about the end of their life. But there are situations in which one should consider and account for every possibility. If you have a family, you may want to think about what will happen to them after you pass away. While it is hard, it is also a very responsible thing to do. Your ...
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By David Jenkins The $1.8 billion funding boost for local government road and community projects announced recently is an effective way to accelerate delivery of much-needed infrastructure to regional Australia. Of the three levels of government in Australia, it is local government that is closest to our communities and best-placed to understand local project needs and priorities. However, there remains a balance between building new infrastructure in response to changing circumstances and ensuring existing built assets are ready for tomorrow’s challenges. Maintaining currency and confidence in infrastructure planning is a key focus of IPWEA. Steve ...
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North and north-west Queensland communities will benefit from more than $10 million to repair, rebuild and reinforce infrastructure damaged by the 2019 monsoon trough. The 12 projects represent the final tranche to be approved through the Australian and Queensland governments’ $134.5 million infrastructure package. A total of 35 councils and two state agencies will share funding to deliver 139 projects that build regional resilience throughout Queensland. Planned projects include the construction of causeways in Cook, Lockhart River Aboriginal and Mareeba Shire Councils and the stabilisation and sealing of a section of the Richmond to Winton Road. ...
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Free Wi-Fi is now available across the entire Launceston city centre , with locals already making good use of high-speed internet. Delivered under the Launceston City Deal, the project has significantly expanded public access to the city’s free Wi-Fi network. Popular recreation spots like Riverbend Park, the Cataract Gorge and Waverley Lake were among the last areas connected to what is now Tasmania’s largest local government-managed public Wi-Fi network. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge says the City Deal project put Launceston ahead of many major cities across Australia. “Fifty new wireless access points ...
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Applications for the third round of the NSW Climate Change Fund’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grants are now open. Individual councils and regional groups of councils in NSW can apply for grants of between $30,000 and $120,000 from a pool of $605,000. Collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies, community groups and other organisations is encouraged. Projects can last for a maximum of 12 months. A partnership between LGNSW and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), the IRCC program provides funding to address climate change risks and vulnerabilities ...
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It’s an alarming statistic: 20 million tonnes of construction materials end up in landfill each year – comprising almost half of Australia’s total waste. But what if there was a way to stop that waste from being produced in the first place? University of South Australia PhD student Gabriela Dias Guimaraes intends to do just that by developing a computer framework that helps designers, architects and engineers to take waste into consideration at every step of a project. The doctoral candidate from  UniSA Creative  won the judge’s vote and $3000 at the UniSA Three Minute Thesis (3MT ® ) virtual final, presented in partnership with The Bob Hawke Prime ...
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By Pablo Guillen (Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney), Miguel Loyola (PhD Candidate, Business School, University of Sydney) and Ursa Komac (Senior Lecturer, Architectural Design and Technology, Western Sydney University) Walking and cycling are in the spotlight given the need to keep fit, get about and keep a social distance from others during the pandemic. We have pop-up cycleways, enlarged footpaths and even whole streets closed to traffic. But even if the new cycleways stay in place after the COVID-19 crisis, we’ll still be far from being as bicycle-friendly as Copenhagen or Amsterdam, over in Europe. CBDs and city ...
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​​​ By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Managing Fleet Performance Performance Measures and their Development Performance management is essential for the ongoing management and improvement of plant and vehicle fleets. In essence, performance management is a cyclical process that requires the identification and understanding of objectives, the collection of relevant data, interpretation of information, decision making and management interventions. Management guru Peter Drucker said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” This applies to a broad range of pursuits. In athletics, runners measure their times to monitor performance and as a basis ...
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​ By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA FLEET Adopts Virtual Fleet Management Workshop for 2020 We’ve written and talked a lot about the impacts of COVID-19 over recent months, primarily in relation to the effects on plant and vehicle fleet management. But it’s also interesting to think about how we have adapted more generally to the situation we find ourselves in. We’ve experienced social distancing, elbow shakes, facemasks, tele-parties, more people walking and cycling to avoid public transport and more. If you live in Melbourne, you even have to be inside by the 8:00pm curfew – something I haven’t experienced since I was twelve! And while ...
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​The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Chris Campbell, Fleet/Asset Manager – The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, Darwin, Northern Territory. The businesses operate in Aboriginal Communities throughout the Northern Territory and the Cape / Islands of Far North Queensland. FI : How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? CC: This is my first real role concentrating solely on fleet, I have been at ALPA for over 3 years now, however previous to this I was a Branch Manager ...
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Tasmania Chain of Responsibility webinar 14 October 2020 IPWEA, in conjunction with logistic risk experts Latus Risk, present a webinar to address your obligations under Chain of Responsibility legislation. Find out more 2020 Online Fleet Management Training 15 October - 17 November 2020 The program outlines the key principles and knowledge involved in procuring and managing plant and vehicles. The 6 units are delivered separately to enable participants in the Fleet Management Certificate to complete the assessment questions for each unit before proceeding to the next unit. Participants are able to ask questions during the sessions. ...
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​​ Our recent Engineers Registration Act Update webinar outlined several documents released for comment by Consumer Affairs Victoria that provide useful explanations of professional engineering services, direct supervision, areas of engineering and prescriptive standards. Draft Regulations and a Code of Conduct are also available for review. The webinar was attended by almost 100 people but if you missed it, a recording is available from www.ipwea.org/victoria/engineers-registration-act . The CAV documents are available from here and submissions are due by 7 October so don’t miss the opportunity to have your say. We’re keen to hear from you and welcome ...
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​ Vicki Shelton | Senior Advisor Infrastructure Assets, City of Greater Geelong Vic Member | 12 Years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? To further increase my networks and support the public works community. What are the benefits for your role/career? The overseas study tour in 2008 to American PWX New Orleans really set me on my way to being involved in IPWEA. Serving on the board and attaining the roles of Vice President and President has expanded my knowledge and supported me in my role as Manager Engineering Services at the City of Greater Geelong and now as Senior Advisor Infrastructure Assets. I have also been recognised by my peers ...
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By The Electric Vehicle Council The Electric Vehicle Council has launched the State of Electric Vehicles 2020 report, which provides an annual snapshot of the electric vehicle landscape in Australia. The key findings are as follows: Sales accelerated rapidly: In 2019, 6,718 electric vehicles were sold, up 200% from 2,216 in 2018. In the first half of 2020, sales remained steady with 3,226 electric vehicles sold. Shifting consumer sentiment: A survey of 2,902 Australians for the State of EVs 2020 shows that 56% of respondents would now consider purchasing an electric vehicle as their next vehicle. Charging ahead: There are now 1,950 standard charging ...
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​ Just when you think we finally have service scheduling nailed down By: Anonymous Fleet Manager After many years of refining, modifying and justifying service intervals and regimes those Europeans come up with technology that now has the truck telling us when it needs to be serviced. So, how do we determine service intervals for something that has none?  As we all go through a defined process – when birthing a new asset that includes service intervals – we are now scratching our heads as to how to schedule the work and ensure due diligence when servicing these items. Do we just schedule on time or do we wait for the truck to tell us? As ...
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Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan - Craig Hoey, Manager Road Safety Branch, Department of State Growth Craig presented an update on the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy and funding opportunities for local government as part of the Safer Rural Roads Program.  Grant funding submissions will be opening towards the end of the year with a draft target of October 2020.  Further advice will be provided to councils on the program when the timeframe is confirmed. The Road Safety Branch of the Department of State Growth will also be conducting webinars to support councils with a focus on application support, and technical project support.  If you would ...
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Opinion by Jacqueline Balston, Director of Sustainability and David Jenkins, CEO IPWEA Australasia It is sobering to realise that over the past 100 years, humans have burned approximately 1,800 billion barrels of oil, 377 billion tonnes of coal, 150,000 billion m 3 of gas 1 and cut down 46 per cent of all trees on earth 2 . As a result, 1.5 trillion tonnes of CO 2 have been released into the atmosphere since 1751 3 and levels are now higher than at any other time in the past 800,000 years - and rising rapidly. Added to the CO 2 are the emissions of other greenhouse gasses including methane and nitrous oxide. Most of us are now well aware of the ...
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Victorian infrastructure projects that use recycled materials and create local jobs are being boosted by $2.6 million in Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants. Local Victorian governments are expected to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, presenting a significant opportunity to increase their use of recycled materials. Sustainability Victoria has launched a new funding program on behalf of the Victorian Government. The new  Sustainable Infrastructure Fund  will increase the use of priority recycled materials – glass, paper, cardboard, plastics and rubber – in infrastructure projects. Up to $2.6 million ...
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The NSW Government and the NRMA plan to deliver at least 20 additional electric vehicle fast chargers to the existing regional network along NSW’s major highways. The first two charging stations will be installed in Wagga Wagga and Yass this month to complete the rollout of charging stations on both the Sturt and Hume highways. A map showing all of NRMA’s fast charging stations can be found at the NRMA website . Electric vehicle drivers will be no more than 150 kilometres from a charging station once the regional network is completed by the end of 2020. This will allow people to travel to Broken Hill, Moree and Bourke, and link up to major routes ...
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Blacktown City Council is running an electric garbage truck trial in an effort to reduce noise and emissions associated with street cleaning and waste collection. “Earlier this year, Council committed to a target of zero-net emissions by 2030 for our operational electricity, fuel and gas use,” says Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale. The trial vehicle is a Hino FE truck fitted with an SAE electric motor and battery, both manufactured in Australia, that comes complete with a 10 cubic metre rear loading waste compactor. “This electric truck creates just 17 per cent of the carbon dioxide emissions that a similar diesel truck would produce,” says Bleasdale. ...
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