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Background Over the past 156 years, Furphy Foundry has grown from an agricultural implement maker, to a diversified foundry and manufacturing company - specialising in Urban Design Products, Street and Park Furniture and Outdoor Structures. We manufacture and sell Picnic Settings, Seats, Benches, Litter Receptacles, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountains, Bollards, Tree Furniture, Park Shelters, Custom Products and lots more. With a wide range of original Furphy Foundry designs to choose from - and the ability to modify or create custom products - the expert team at Furphy Foundry can help provide the right urban design products for any Australian public environment. ...
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Source: The Conversation [By Adam Cooper, Lecturer in Policy Research and Practice, UCL] The coronavirus outbreak has shone a bright light on the use of experts and scientific advice. In the UK the prime minister, Boris Johnson, is flanked by his chief scientist and chief medical officer when giving updates about his response to the outbreak – emphasising that it is  driven by scientific advice . Similarly, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has urged people to “ trust in science ” while Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has referred to “ consensus among experts ”.  But the question I have is where are the engineers in ...
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Source:  Australian Government   -   www .minister.in fras tructure.gov.au Regional communities across  Victoria ,  New South Wales  and  Queensland  will benefit from the boost of up to $13.3 billion in Gross Regional Product over the next 50 years off the back of  Inland Rail ’s construction, according to a new report released by the  Australian Government . The in-depth study by  EY  demonstrates the potential for complementary industry investment alongside the  rail  line to generate billions in added value for regional communities over the first 50 years of operation. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport ...
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The Australian Water Association (AWA) has announced the   postponement  of its annual conference and exhibition, Ozwater’20, originally scheduled for May 5 to 7 in Adelaide.  AWA is considering a range of alternative strategies for Ozwater’20 – due to be themed around ‘Thirst for Action’– including the potential for a virtual event featuring videos, webinars and podcasts. State-based water utilities around the country are also responding to the COVID-19 crisis. TasWater CEO Michael Brewster released a statement on March 18 assuring the community that “there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted by treated water or through the sewerage ...
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Source: Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Communities affected by the recent bushfires will be assessed as a priority under Round Five of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round Seven of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the two funding rounds, worth a combined $300 million, would help councils continue to upgrade and replace bridges that have been damaged, or are deteriorating, along with improving key heavy vehicle infrastructure. “It’s been an incredibly ...
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Source: LGNSW Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to postpone the state’s council elections until September 2021, arguing it will provide some certainty to Australian communities during the extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic. LGNSW President Linda Scott was grateful the Government had acted swiftly because she felt there had never been a more important time for visionary local leadership that offers hope and guidance for each part of NSW. “In light of the Minister’s decision to delay local elections because of the COVID-19 crisis, I know all elected councillors will continue to work across political boundaries ...
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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the global economy. In a matter of weeks, nationwide lockdowns have closed businesses and resulted in drastic job losses. Employers in Australia and New Zealand are now operating with remote workforces, as staff work from home where possible in order to follow social distancing rules. As economic growth slows, and normal life is suspended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, individuals and organisations must decide where to invest valuable time and resources over the next six months. A key area of investment is training and development. Government stimulus in the form of infrastructure projects ...
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We (all 6 billion of us) currently find ourselves in a world suddenly very different to our 'normal', calling us to be 'agile' at a whole new level. As Dr Paul Wood states in his COVID-19 Resilience Video Series - our "least least least least!" favourite thing, as humans, is uncertainty.  And here we are plunged into it like never before.  And yet - isn't uncertainty the only certainty in life?  This time presents us with a challenge that may prove to be a gift in hindsight, showing us what we are truly capable of at a collective level. We cannot choose our circumstances, but our great freedom, has always been that we can choose how we respond. ...
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Compliant preventative maintenance is not optional By: Anonymous Fleet Manager  I can’t say this any clearer! Preventative Maintenance is not optional! Preventative maintenance is performed for a variety of reasons, the main ones being to ensure reliability, safety, compliance with manufacturers' requirements and state and federal legislation. Although we rely on the knowledge and experience of the technicians in our workshops to provide input into our PM programs, the primary drivers of the PM program must be manufacturer's recommendations, industry best practice and internal policy and procedure. So, if your procedures state that batteries are ...
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​ The Swinburne Diploma of Leadership & Management is being offered in conjunction with the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA). The Diploma provides essential leadership and management skills and is contextualised to support and build the skills of those operating in the fleet and automotive industries. Click here for more informatio
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​ The Fleet Council met prior to the fleet conference in March to conduct annual strategic planning for IPWEA FLEET. A range of subjects were discussed including the year in review, FM Certificate, Fleet Health Checks, Workshop Series, CORSaMS, and other important agenda items.  The group discussed how the above initiatives fit within the Strategic Plan to best serve IPWEA FLEET members. Needless to say, it was agreed that several initiatives are to be reworked due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus. The Fleet Council was particularly concerned with how the unprecedented situation is rapidly unfolding and its impact on the fleet industry. ...
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​ Fleet Management Certificate . The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is a recognised industry qualification addressing key principles and practices to effectively and efficiently manage a fleet. It you are involved in the management, maintenance, procurement and end use of plant, equipment and fleet vehicles, then this self-study course may provide great value to you and your organisation.   Online Fleet Management Training . This program helps anyone working with plant or fleet that wish to enhance their skills. Scheduled sessions are held in a collaborative environment that include Managers, Procurement Officers, Maintenance Personnel and others ...
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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 Anne Fitzgerald, Fleet Manager – Lismore City Council, NSW. FI : How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? AF : I first started as a Project Officer for Commercial Services, where part of my job was procurement of fleet items in the Fleet Replacement Plan. When the previous Fleet Manager resigned, I was seconded to the position for around nine months and was successful in applying for the position full time in July 2018. I had previously been ...
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It’s a Wrap – IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference 2020 By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Given the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, it may be that the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference 2020, run over the 16 th to 18 th March in Brisbane, was one of the last such events run anywhere for some time. The 2020 conference delivered a forward-looking program addressing the current environment fleet managers operate in and looking towards the challenges and opportunities of the future. The opening keynote address by Dennis Walsh from Transport and Main Roads Queensland delivered an outstanding overview of where we are currently with technology ...
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​By Robert Wilson, Director IPWEA FLEET Good planning is essential to business performance. Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”. This is certainly true in a fleet management context, yet planning often gets overlooked, or is just outright avoided.   There is a seemingly endless list of reasons why planning can’t be done. Classic examples include; “We’re too busy” and “Why plan – things always change”. In fact, these two excuses are reasons to ensure good planning is in place! Planning leads to prioritisation, reduces duplication of effort and supports efficiency. Good plans help you be less busy. A changing environment is ...
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In these uncertain times, it’s never been more important to put the interests of our community first. As an organisation committed to bringing training and education to our members, our fundamental priority is to minimise disruption and maintain those services in a safe and secure way. To ensure continuity of all professional development programs and training, we’re working hard behind the scenes to bring our scheduled face-to-face training into an online webinar format. Access to these online programs will be announced over the coming days – so please help us to keep in touch with you by staying abreast of our regular emails and communications. Please feel ...
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​The visibility of road markings is critical day or night, rain or shine. All road authorities and agencies in Australia, New Zealand and the world over are working the ‘Towards Zero’ (fatalities) target, it is of the utmost importance to understand the root cause of the problem to be able to address it in the most efficient manner. And by efficient we mean the right product for the right conditions that will bring tangible results (reduced crashes and deaths), with minimum disruption to the road network and be cost effective. It’s easy to see pavement markings on a bright, sunny day. But what about at night? During a rainstorm when water covers the roads? ...
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The Council of Australian Governments decision last week to progressively ban the export of plastic, paper, tyres and glass waste from July 2020 represents an historic change for the environment and the recycling industry. The COAG ban signals a once in a generation transformation of the recycling industry that could generate $1.5 billion in economic activity over the next 20 years and more than 2000 jobs. The ban is the result of months of consultation with industry, state and local governments, and it represents a fundamental change that recognises waste as resource instead of a problem. Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management ...
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A new Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) is a unique collaborative research opportunity to support regional communities facing mine closures, says the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. The CSIRO will bring expertise across environment, mining technology, systems integration, and data processing and management into the new CRC on Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME). The $29.5 million funding announcement for the CRC by federal Science Minister Karen Andrews MP is part of a total 10-year investment of $135.4 million to support the successful transition of mining communities to form sustainable community and development opportunities. ...
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IPWEA representatives were on the panel that advised the Federal Government on crash location dangers in the quest for a dramatically reduced state road toll. Funding has been announced this week to fix intersections at 147 locations. The Black Spot Program has been funded with $50.6 million for road repairs and redesigns during 2020-2021 in an announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack. “By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes ...
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