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2024 MEFV Overseas Study Tour

For over 60 years the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria (MEFV) has been supporting the development of leaders across our sector through overseas study tour scholarship awards.

The Foundation is pleased to advise that two recipients have been selected to undertake a study tour to USA and Canada in 2024 to include the American Pubic Works Congress (PWX) in Atlanta, GA from 8th to 11th September 2024.  The scholarships have been awarded to –

Trent Daisley, , Coordinator Civil Design, Hume City Council

Faina Levin, Circular Economy Strategic Lead, Boroondara City Council

Recognition of Victorian Municipal leaders

Cedric Tuxton Medal for engineering excellence

To recognise the major contribution of public works professionals, the Foundation seeks on a bi-annual basis nominations for the MEF Victoria Municipal Engineering Excellence Award (the Cedric Tuxen Medal) for an outstanding engineering contribution to local government. The award can relate to the career of the nominee or to a significant construction or research project developed and overseen by the particular engineer.  The successful awardee for 2023 is Vito Albicini, Director Assets & Development, Murrindindi Shire Council.

MEFV Chairman Warren Roberts presenting Vito Albicini with the 2023 Cedric Tuxen Medal
MEFV Chairman Warren Roberts presenting Vito Albicini with the 2023 Cedric Tuxen Medal

Keith Wood Award

In 2012 the Foundation established the Keith Wood Excellence Award to recognise the contribution made to the Foundation and local government engineering throughout Australia by past Chairman Keith H. Wood AM. The Award is to be presented on an occasional basis to a selected recipient of an Overseas Study Tour who has produced a report of exceptional quality.

Scholarships for conference attendance

Annually the MEFV provides scholrships tto attend the IPWEA Vic annual conference and the Municipal Works Association annual conference.

To make an application please contact The IPWEA Vic CEO David Hallett at

Subsidies for IPWEA Foundation courses

The MEFV is providing subsidies for $450 towards towards each unit of the IPWEA Vic Founations Leadership course. To make an application please contact The IPWEA Vic CEO David Hallett at

The study tour is a career changing opportunity to provide a fascinating perspective of how public works is approached in a completely different context. I encourage everyone to seek out the chance to forge more industry connections and bring back learnings to benefit the local public works community

Daniel Kelabora
2018 Overseas Study Tour - PWX Congress, Kansas City, Missouri

An invaluable opportunity for anyone looking to learn what other cities/government agencies are doing to deliver public works – as there’s often no need to ‘reinvent the wheel’! I encourage anyone looking to build their knowledge and meet great people along the way to participate.

Frank Vassilacos
2017 Overseas Study Tour – PWX Congress Orlando, Florida

I encourage you to apply for the scholarship for the study tour. Your field of interest is likely to be of wider interest to the sector and what you bring back will benefit our communities here. On a personal level you’ll find the preparation for the tour challenging and during your expedition you’ll have a great time and make bonds with your team mates that will last and be very strong.

Tony McGann
2019 Oversea Study Tour – PWX Congress, Seattle, Washington

The Municipal Engineering Foundation (Victoria)’s study tour is a wonderful experience that broadens the horizons of engineers and local government practitioners alike. The opportunity to share your experiences, learn from others, and see the important work that engineers are doing across the world is a once in a lifetime experience. Participating in the study tour provides myriad of benefits for both the participant and their organisation.

Lachlan Johnson
2019 Overseas Study Tour – PWX Congress Seattle, Washington

This is an opportunity of a lifetime. This is a highly recommended opportunity for those looking to expand their skills as a leader in the public works sector.

Simon Kinsey
2015 Overseas Study Tour – PWX Congress Phoenix, Arizona

I was fortunate to be selected for the 2016 MEFV study tour to USA and Canada.  From the moment I was selected, the support from MEFV and our tour host was outstanding.  The experience of the tour was pivotal to my career through professional development and growth, forging new relationships and exposure to broader networks.  I strongly encourage you to apply to be part of the unique opportunity offered by a MEFV study tour!

Debbie Leeson-Rabie
2016 Overseas Study Tour – PWX Congress Minneapolis, Minnesota
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