Technical Panels

Asset Management Panel

The purpose of the Asset Management Panel is to enhance the collective asset management knowledge and expertise of the IPWEA membership and, by liaising with organisations with similar ideas and responsibilities, use that knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the IPWEA membership, the government and public works industry and the community.

Objectives of the Asset Management Panel

  • To develop IPWEA policy on asset management matters of relevance

  • To raise government awareness (at all levels) of the IPWEA position on asset management issues including providing recommendations for government inquiries or when specific action may be required

  • To increase awareness of asset management practice amongst IPWEA membership, council staff, councillors, external practitioners and the community

  • To enhance expertise in asset management practice amongst IPWEA Membership, council staff, councillors and external practitioners.

Members of the Asset Management Panel

Paul Gallagher - Nambucca Shire Council (Chair)
Kylie Kerr - Moree Shire Council
John Maretich - Port Stephens Shire Council
Geoffrey Paton - Blayney Shire Council
Matt Sorenson - Kyogle Council
Megan Finnie - Northern Beaches Council
Chris Best - Bega Valley Shire Council
Stewart McLeod OAM - Retired
Francine Binns - IPWEA NSW and ACT

Innovation Panel

The purpose of the Innovation Panel is to ask Industry Leaders, Experts, Stakeholders and Young IPWEA to share challenges, issues, worries, experience and knowledge to find out what the Future Needs of the IPWEA NSW and its members are likely to be, going forward.

Objectives of the Innovation Panel

  • To be actively aware of developments in Technology and Innovation including the impact of Disruptive Technologies on behalf of members.

  • To investigate such matters as new construction equipment, software, AI, Machine Learning, new systems and management processes.

  • To disseminate this information to the membership by way of promoting Training, Conferences, e mail and blogs/vlogs.

  • To communicate advances in Technology and Innovation with third parties such as Industry and Government.

Members of the Innovation Panel

Bill Woodcock - COMPLETE Urban (Chair)
Joshua Devitt - CSU Engineering
Francine Binns - IPWEA NSW and ACT
Aidan Coates - IPWEA NSW and ACT
Tim McCarthy - Morrison Low
Nathan Skelly - Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Roger Hadgraft - University of Technology Sydney
Michelle Whitehurst - Sutherland Shire Council
George Bounassif - Ku-ring-gai Council
Grant Baker - Blayney Shire Council
Megan Schlotjes - Northern Beaches Council

Project Management Panel

The purpose of the Infrastructure Project Management Panel is to make a significant and measurable contribution to improve infrastructure project management awareness, knowledge and expertise in NSW. This may be achieved by asking Industry Leaders, Experts, Stakeholders and Young IPWEA to share challenges, issues, worries, experience and knowledge to discuss critical project planning matters faced by IPWEA NSW and its members on previous, present and future projects.

Objectives of the Project Management Panel

  • To develop IPWEA NSW policy on infrastructure project management matters of relevance

  • To raise government awareness (at all levels) of the IPWEA NSW position on infrastructure project management issues including providing recommendations for government inquiries or when specific action may be required

  • To increase awareness of infrastructure project management practice amongst IPWEA NSW membership, council staff, councillors, external practitioners and the community

  • To enhance expertise in infrastructure project management practice amongst IPWEA NSW membership, council staff, councillors and external practitioners

  • Develop the knowledge and skillset of the IPWEA NSW members in infrastructure project management techniques by creating an environment and conditions in which to achieve a particular goal or objective in a controlled manner by offering training in leadership, effective communication, negotiation, conflict management, planning and problem solving

  • Development of relevant tools, guidelines and training

Members of the Infrastructure Project Management Panel

Joshua Devitt - Charles Sturt University (Chair)
Austin Morris - Riverina Water County Council
Francine Binns - IPWEA NSW and ACT
Richard Jane - Forbes Shire Council
Simon Boulton - NSW Public Works
Robert Staples - Robert Staples & Associates
Tim Mackney - Tweed Shire Council
Ben Webb - City of Canterbury Bankstown Council
Chris Brown - Wollongong City Council
Aidan Coates - IPWEA NSW and ACT

Road Safety Panel

The Road Safety Panel contributes, within the state-wide strategy, to making New South Wales roads the safest in the world. The goal of the panel is to enhance the collective road safety knowledge and expertise of the IPWEA membership and, by liaising with organisations with similar ideals and responsibilities, use that knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the IPWEA membership, the local government industry and the community.

Objectives of the Road Safety Panel

  • To develop IPWEA policy on road safety matters of relevance

  • To raise government awareness (at all levels) of the IPWEA position on road safety issues including providing recommendations for government inquiries or when specific action may be required

  • To increase awareness of road safety practice amongst IPWEA membership, council staff, road safety practitioners and the community

  • To enhance expertise in road safety practice amongst IPWEA membership, council staff, councillors and road safety practitioners

Members of the Road Safety Panel

Joshua Devitt - Roads & Transport Directorate
Grant Baker - IPWEA NSW and ACT President
Francine Binns - IPWEA NSW and ACT
Gary Woodman - Warren Shire Council
Will Barton - Hawkesbury City Council
Paul Yannoulatos - Taylor Thomson Whitting
Joseph Le - Centre for Road Safety -TfNSW
David McTiernan - ARRB GroupMelanie Suitor - Parkes Shire Council
Adam Mularczyk - Central Coast Council
Oleg Sannikov - TEF Consulting
David Niven - Fairfield City Council
Melanie Suitor - Parkes Shire Council
Robert Toynton - NSW Police Force
Rachel Palermo - Liverpool City Council
Rex Wightley - Department of Planning and Environment
Amy Beutel - Gwydir Shire Council
Fiona Frost - Blacktown City Council

Development Engineering Panel

The purpose of the Development Engineering Panel is to assist in the delivery of the Annual Development Engineering Forum and potentially assist in the area of stormwater, Water Sensitive Urban Design, open spaces as well as Development Engineering.

Objectives of the Development Engineering Panel

  • Promote what DVEs do and their importance to LGNSW and Councils

  • Assist with communicating the importance of DVE in the assessment of DAs and subsequent
    gifting of asset to Councils

  • Contribute and ensure DVE is included in any cadetship programmes and career pathways

  • Contribute to DVEs in the refinement of Council’s specifications (in particular AUS-SPEC #1) and
    DCPs

  • Contribute to the IPWEA NSW Development Engineering forums by providing key industry topics
    and speakers

  • Communicate and promote DVE in IPWEA NSW events/conferences and professional
    development opportunities and innovation.

Members of the Development Engineering Panel

Bill Woodcock - Complete Urban
Craig Hopfe - The Hills Shire Council
Musarrat Khan - Dubbo Regional Council
Geoff Fowler OAM - Subject Matter Consultant
Keith Davies - Subject Matter Consultant
Giuseppe Rizzo - Griffith City Council
Jack Bond - Murray River Council
Francine Binns - IPWEA NSW and ACT
Joshua Devitt - Charles Sturt University
Aidan Coates - IPWEA NSW and ACT
Robert Barbuto - Northern Beaches Council
Dirk Jol - Coonamble Shire Council

Women in Public Works Panel

The purpose of the Women in Public Works Panel is to engage the IPWEA NSW and ACT (IPWEA) members and stakeholders in working towards equality for women in the public works industry. Its intention is to entice women into this industry as a preferred professional career in addressing the public works sector skills and capacity shortcomings. It will be responsible in identifying emerging issues and suggest project specific initiatives with relevant objectives, outcomes and timeframes to meet its purpose.

Objectives of the Women in Public Works Panel

  • Find ways to promote the public works industry to women particular post-graduate and young professionals

  • Create equal opportunities for women in the public works industry, local and state government.

  • Boost the number of skilled women in the public works industry by developing educational programs

  • Design formal and informal networks within IPWEA community to support women to build relationships and increase workplace opportunities

  • Ensure women in the public works industry are safe, secure and know how to lead through any type of adversity

  • Design formal and informal mentoring opportunities within IPWEA community to increase women’s confidence, interpersonal skills and professional development.

Members of the Women in Public Works Panel

Francine Binns - IPWEA Chief Executive Officer
Megan Finnie - IPWEA Board Director
Amanda McKernan - IPWEA Board Director
Ann Morris - IPWEA Learning and Development Consultant

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