2014 Overseas Study Tour Scholarships

MEF Victoria awarded five scholarships to engineers working in Victorian municipalities to participate in an overseas study tour in 2014.

Ebony Perrin was the recipient of the scholarship jointly funded by the Foundation and the City of Boroondara as a tribute to the late David Powell, Trustee of the Foundation and Director of Environment and Infrastructure, City of Boroondara. This scholarship was available to a young engineer applicant from a rural council within Victoria.

The scholarships provided for the selected recipients to attend the APWA Congress in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 17th to 20th August 2014 followed by a further two weeks study on an itinerary prepared by the study tour group that included USA, Canada and UK.   The study tour reports by the successful recipients on their topic of study are available as shown against their names.

Chris Hastie, General Manager, Built & Natural Environment, Wellington Shire Council  Report – Chris Hastie – Impacts of Climate Change on Local Infrastructure

Ebony Perrin, Environment Services Team Leader, Moyne Shire Council  Report – Ebony Perrin – Climate Change Adaption Projects

Daniel Przychodzki, Team Leader – Transport, City of Greater Dandenong  Report – Daniel Przychodzki – Utilising Existing Infrastructure to Encourage Active and Sustainable Transport

Alison Leighton, Manager Infrastructure Strategy, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council  Report – Alison Leighton – Innovations in Public Works Engineering – An International Perspective

Rick Kwasek, Manager Public Spaces & Capital Works, City of Stonnington  Report – Rick Kwasek – Streets as Public Spaces

(Scholarship Recipients – L to R – Rick, Ebony, Daniel, Alison and Chris)

Scholarship Recipients

2013 Overseas Study Tour Scholarships

The Foundation selected five members to participate in an overseas study tour in 2013. The awardees travelled to USA to attend the APWA Congress in Chicago, IL, from 25th to 28th August which was followed by a further two weeks study on an itinerary prepared by the study tour group that included USA, Canada and UK.

The successful applicants awarded scholarships were –

Brett Martini, Manager Engineering & Public Space, City of Greater Bendigo Report – Brett Martini – Infrastructure to Support Active Transport

Trevor Dando, Building Projects Coordinator, Bass Coast Shire Council  Report – Trevor Dando – Facility Management Strategies for Managing Ageing and Diverse Property Portfolios – Low Res

Ossie Martinz, Director Infrastructure Services, City of Monash Report – Ossie Martinz – Community Connections with the Lifecycle of Assets

Samantha Krull, Manager Major Projects, Wyndham City Council Report – Samantha Krull – Rethinking Organisational Approach to Project Management

Steven White, Director Infrastructure Services, Bayside City Council Report – Steven White – Project Planning and Governance in Local Government

Each member is preparing a report on their topic of study which will be published on this website as they become available.

2013 IPWEA International Public Works Conference

The Foundation provided three scholarship to engineers from rural councils in Victoria to attend the IPWEA International Public Works Conference in Darwin from 11th to 16th August 2013. Details of the scholarship recipients and their feedback from the conference follows:

Robert Ladd, Manager Engineering, Waste Operations and Contracts, Pyrenees Shire CouncilIPWEA Conference Report – Robert Ladd

Kurt Pitts, A/Team Leader Infrastructure Services, Baw Baw Shire CouncilIPWEA Conference Report – Kurt Pitts

Philip Elms, Works Engineer, South Gippsland Shire CouncilIPWEA Conference Report – Philip Elms

20th (2013) National Works & Engineering Conference

Two scholarships were provided by the Foundation to cover registration for the National Works & Engineering Conference in Bendigo on 26th and 27th September 2013. Successful recipients were:

Beth Bilston, Rural City of Wangaratta


2012 Overseas Study Tour Scholarships

Three participants were selected to undertake an overseas study tour to Europe to attend the IFME World Congress in Helsinki, Finland in June 2012 and then to undertake further research on a series of topics at other cities in Europe over a two week period.

Reports by the study tour participants are shown below:

Oliver Vido, Manager Infrastructure Services, Greater Dandenong City Council Social Media and Other Communication Tools

Simon Thomas, General Manager City Works, Stonnington City Council Asset Management and Liveability

Cohen Van der Velde, Infrastructure Projects Manager, Bass Coast Shire Council Planning and Delivery of Capital Works (High Res – 29kb)

Planning and Deliver of Capital Works Report (Low Res – 2kb)

Three additional scholarship recipients were selected to participate in an overseas study tour to USA and Canada which included attendance at the APWA National Congress in Anahiem, California in August 2012, followed by a further two weeks of research. Following are details of the participants and reports on their topic of study:

Glenn Deaker, Manager Operations, Central Goldfields Shire Council Asset Management – Construction-Maintenance of Infrastructure

Vito Albicini, General Manager Assets, Frankston City Council Achieving Service Outcomes for Communities through good Practice in the Design and Creation of Public Infrastructure

David Elson, Manager Asset Planning, Boroondara City Council Observations on the use of technology in asset management