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  • 2016 State Conference “Networks
  • 9 – 11 March 2016 Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle.

2016 IPWEA State Conference

  • The IPWEA-WA Conference is the leading public works engineering event on the Western Australian calendar and it is attended by participants from all areas of public works - especially local government. It provides a great opportunity to promote your organisation and yourself to about 300 or more delegates who will be attending this 3-day event.
  • The Conference Theme – Networks – revolves around the concepts of connecting people, networking opportunities, communications, and the “people” side of things, as well as incorporating the scope of work within the public works sector e.g. the roads networks, the transport networks etc. 

  • I invite you to register for our 2016 State Conference, themed “Networks”.
  • “Networks” revolves around creating and nurturing relationships between people and organisations. This is what public work professionals envisage is the future for the industry – in terms of the quality and effectiveness of services that the sector, as a whole, provides to metro, regional and outback communities.
  • ‘Networks’ is also about a future built upon the commitment of our members to quality, all round best practices and cost-efficiencies – as expectations mount and Change occurs all across the public works space throughout Western Australia. 
  • With the changing economic footprint of our State, we know that:       
  • Budgets will be undergoing serious scrutiny – aimed at deriving increased value and savings every step of the way;
  • Time is becoming a premium for people at all levels – with additional and, often, different work responsibilities being directed at our members;
  • Job re-alignments and broader responsibilities for all levels of employment; 
  • The obvious need to do things differently, and in more efficient and effective ways; and,
  • Public Works – as a whole – becoming shades different from what it looks like right now, with greater emphasis on
  • Asset Management – with frameworks put in place to better- maintain infrastructure, roads and transport networks;
  • Managing Stormwater Systems through more creative Urban Design works;
  • Innovative Waste Management strategies – e.g. the new billion dollar showcase recycling plant; and,
  • Leadership – how public works professionals can identify themselves in relation to managing new ideas and creative thinking in the workplace and beyond. 
  • To facilitate as many IPWEA Members and others to attend the conference, we have;
  • re-designed the programme;
  • focused on technical skills and knowledge enhancement areas;
  • kept the registration fee competitive;
  • provided opportunities for grants from the Public Works Engineering Foundation for financially-constrained members – especially from regional and remote local governments; and,
  • organised all this with high quality standards in mind. 
  • Let me, therefore, encourage you to register for this Conference. Training and development is such an integral part of one’s personal and professional growth – and access opportunities to adapt and become part of the Change that is occurring all across the sector.    
  • We hope you will be part of “Networks” and convey our very best wishes to you and yours for 2016.
  • Keynote presenters include:   Kieran Kinsella, CEO, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority; Dr Helena Popovic, Medical Doctor, Brain Specialist, International Speaker & Best Selling Author; Peter Kenyon, Director, Bank of Ideas; David Kaesehagan, Company Managing Director, Ecoscape; and Maxine Murray, Chair, PerthALIVE.

  • The final program is now available and can be seen by clicking hereAlternatively you can download a printable copy of the Program and the Registration Form.
    Registrations are now open. 

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  • Contact our Conference Coordinator, Cathy Higgs, on 9321 5740 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  should you require any further information.
  • Ian Daniels
    Chair – 2016 Conference Committee