Hobart International Public Works Conference*

IPWEA presents two conferences in one 25-29 August, 2019

The IPWEA International Conference is the must attend event for public works professionals and this year will head to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and the hub of some of Australia’s most significant natural, cultural and historic heritage.

With 130 presentations in six concurrent streams and five plenary sessions the Conference is the premier public works event held in Australasia and also delivers the largest conference on public works infrastructure asset management.

Featuring industry expert keynote speakers and thought-provoking panel discussions, this is a conference offering something for everybody involved with public works including elected members who have the important role of stewardship of the community’s assets.

The future of engineering education will feature in a keynote presentation by Professor Euan Lindsay from Charles Sturt University (CSU). A report commissioned by global leader in engineering education and research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has identified CSU as one of the top four emerging engineering courses in the world and has described the CSU degree as ‘completely rethinking what engineering educating should look like’.

Management by Millennials will be the focus of a panel that will consider the scenario of the rapidly retiring baby boomer workforce and the new wave of millennial managers and the question…what changes to workplaces, structures and decision making can we expect?

Mike Ritchie, Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group will address the future of waste in challenging times.

Mike will speak from a background as a senior executive in the waste industry for over 25 years with Visy, SITA and Waste Service New South Wales.

Peter Welling, Managing Director of Serco Citizen Services has a passion for designing, leading and executing large and complex citizen service transformations.  

Peter’s keynote address will demonstrate how improved customer satisfaction, better policy outcomes, increased productivity; as well as robust cost control can be achieved through sustainable people and change management outcomes.

The final keynote session will consider the application of the circular economy in public works.

In 2017, two sisters, Jaine and Ashleigh Morris, Co-founded Australia’s first circular economy pilot project, The Circular Experiment, where they worked with over 100 diverse stakeholders to implement six circular economy principles in a city street in Queensland.

Together they created an environment built on trust that helped disparate businesses agree and implement a plan that worked to drive economic growth, improve environmental performance and create social capital.

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