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CIVENEX Over 60 years of success

IPWEA’s 112 years of Achievement

Civenex has been organised since 1955 by IPWEA (NSW).

In 1905 an Association was formed under the shadow of the Shires Act which transferred works of a local government nature from the Roads and Bridges Section on the Public Works Department to Councils. The section ceased to exist as from the 1st January, 1907 and many engineers in the section became Council Engineers.

The Association in 1905 included engineers from authorities which carried out and controlled amenities for the public and included the engineer to the City of Sydney, the Chief Engineer, Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board and the Engineer in Chief, Public Works Department. Membership increased as appointments were made to Councils and in this period, George A Taylor, was a dynamic person and a visionary. He had set a goal that Australia should have an Association covering professional engineers in Australasia. He used his position as Secretary to bring this about. The first major change came in 1909, when the inaugural engineering exhibition was held in Exhibition Park (near Central Railway).

A meeting of members and other Engineers including representatives from New Zealand decided to widen the membership and adopt a new name. “The Institute of Local Government Engineers of Australasia” was formed and its membership included engineers from all States and New Zealand. As this association came to represent all professional engineers in Australasia, its name again changed to “The Institution of Engineers Australia” in 1919 and the Institute became a branch within the new Institution.

In 1920, the name changed to the “The Association of Local Government Engineers of New South Wales” and it was registered as a trade union. In 1990, it was decided to separate the professional and industrial areas of the association and the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia was formed. The IMEA began the process of becoming a truly national organisation with the NSW Division as the largest group. The IMEA was recognised as the leading local government organisation representing the technical professions providing a full range of services to its members and to the local government industry.

In 1999 the IMEA resolved to further expand its membership and range of services and to reflect this change became the “Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia”. The change of name reflects the new direction the organisation is taking as a response to ongoing changes in local government engineering practice.

Increasingly, engineers are working as part of multi-disciplinary teams, rather than working within traditional departments. Public works and services for all levels of government are being provided by consultants, contractors, suppliers of goods, services and machinery as well as those directly employed by government.

After almost a century of development, the new look IPWEA continues to foster the achievements of its members for the benefit of communities throughout Australia.

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