2019-2020: Lessons Learned while Recovering from Disasters - Virtual Event 

Wednesday 11th November 2020
9:30am - 1:00pm

Listen to Local Government practitioners as they guide you through disaster recovery, disaster management, building resilience and lessons learned.


Meet Your Host

Paul Gallagher 
IPWEA NSW Board Director
& Asset Management Panel Chair

Paul is currently employed as the Assistant General Manager Engineering Services with the Nambucca Valley Council.  

Paul commenced duties within Local Government in 1988 with Newcastle City Council as a Survey Chainman within the survey    section and progressed his career across the positions of Engineering Assistant, Works Engineer, Operations Manager, Deputy  Director of Works to Director and my present position at Nambucca. 

Paul completed the Graduate Diploma in Local Government Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management through the  UTS and he is currently doing the Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning through the IPWEA. 

Outside of the work arena Paul has interjected himself into the local community that he resides in having been a Cub Scout and  Group Leader within the Scout movement, a radio presenter and committee member of 2WAR (Coonamble) and 2HOT FM (Cobar)  and an active member of the School Parent and Citizens, Lions, Rotary and Apex clubs.


Hear From Our Speakers

Trevor Dando, Manager - Works & Services, Shoalhaven City Council 

 

 

The Reality of Reconstruction after a major Disaster Event  

In the summer of 2019/20 the Corrowan fire burnt for 74 days across some 500,000 hectares of Shoalhaven City Council's municipal area which equated to 82% of its land mass. During that time many of it's major public assets were either damaged or totally destroyed.

The presentation will address how the Shoalhaven City Council were able to mobilise so quickly, both during and after the fires passed,  to ensure that the major assets lost and damaged were reconstructed in line within a self-imposed six month timeframe.

The presentation will explore the different construction and procurement methods utilised, along with case studies, as well as the highs and lows of dealing with State and Federal governments during the response and recovery phases of the natural disaster event.

 
Read More About Trevor Dando 

Trevor has beeen with Shoalhaven City Council since November 2019 and ceratianly had a baptism of fire in his new role as Works & Services Manager. He has more than 30 years of experince in civil engineering both in the private sector as well as local government for the last 13 years. The Currowan fire certainly put into practice the skillsets learned in his Advanced Diploma of Emergency Management which he obtained in 2014.

 

Sarah Wylie, 
Senior Program Manager, Public Works Advisory

What a Mess: Cleaning up after the 2019/20 NSW Bushfires

In 2020 Public Works Advisory was appointed by NSW Government to co-ordinate the immediate clean-up of the NSW Bushfires.

This presentation will address the following topics:

  • Unprecedented Scale of the Event
  • Building Inspection Assessments undertaken by PWA's Engineering Emergency Managers
  • Waste Calculations and data accuracy
  • The waste disposal challenge (including large volumes of Asbestos)
  • Mobilising Resources from across the State
  • NSW Gov Decision to appoint a Managing Contractor
  • Clean-up Statistics
  • Future event planning
 
Read More About Sarah Wylie

Sarah gained her Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Newcastle and has since been involved in the delivery of projects and programs across Regional NSW.  Through her experience as an Area Manager for a multi-national construction company, Sarah developed her knowledge in organisational systems, line management and concrete technology.  

 

For the past 10 years, Sarah has been a senior member of, and now leads, the Public Works Advisory (PWA) New England Team to deliver infrastructure for the people of NSW with services from business case to delivery through to project completion.  Key roles include Project Director for a $22M Water Monitoring Strategy, key member of the PWA Engineering Emergency Management team and most recently Director, 2020 Bushfire Clean-up Program.

 
Read More About Phil Beddoe

Phil is a Civil/Environmental Engineer and Senior Project Manager with PWA and has over 20 years’ experience in project and construction/contract management of small and large scale multi-disciplinary engineering projects for Local and State Government agencies.

Phil has successfully delivered high value outcomes to external clients including the $71m West Dapto access link (Karrara Bridge plus Fowlers Road extension), Cordeaux Road Upgrade (including bridge, roadworks and shared path), Bulli Pass Landslide Barrier, Mt Ousley Dewatering System Upgrade, Yass Dam Major Augmentation Project and other Water and Sewerage projects including Currarong and Tabourie Sewerage Schemes. Phil is also a senior member of PWAs Engineering Emergency Management group providing emergency response and advice under the State’s emergency management arrangements.

Phil’s role during the 2019/20 Bushfire Clean-up program was as the Program Manager for the Southern Region overseeing clean up contract works for over 2200 properties and managing a group of PWA Site Auditors responsible for reviewing the on ground implementation of the works.

Phil Beddoe, 
Senior Program Manager, Public Works Advisory
Daniel Carneiro,
Senior Coordinator - Asset Integration, City of Ryde

 

Asset Planning post COVID-19: how the pandemic will affect local government infrastructure

The global pandemic saw new restrictions implemented rapidly with governments left to play catch-up.  

Which of the temporary adjustments will local government need to embed in future asset planning?  

We will discuss not only from the view of a council asset manager but also consider the role local government will need to play in economic development stimulation.  

The effects of COVID-19 will touch multiple facets of local government asset planners, which includes transport, precinct activation, community spaces, recreational equipment and children’s playgrounds.

Emergency response case studies from around the world and here in Australia will be analysed to present a picture of which measures will be expected by the community to feel safe, and which ones will be needed to allow a return to normalcy.  

 
 Read More About Daniel Carneiro

Daniel is a qualified Civil Engineer with experience in project management, asset management, and business improvement areas. His current position Senior Coordinator – Asset Integration, responsible for the review and delivery of a new asset management framework and an integrated asset management solution.  Daniel hold a degree in Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineer and is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration. 

Daniel started of a student engineer at Ryde and has since held different role in various parts of the organisation while gaining valuable skills in each role. He holds a real passion in promoting young professionals in local government and has successfully managed to implement an undergraduate program at Ryde, in partnership with Macquarie University. The program is aimed at promoting local government as a potential choice for young professionals looking to develop and learn. 

 
 Read More About Nathan Pratt

Nathan is an Urban Economist and is the elected President of Economic Development Network NSW since 2017 – present. He holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (USyd), Masters of Applied Finance (Newcastle), Graduate Diploma in Economics (UNE) and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing (UTS), and has 12 years experience as an economic development practitioner in a local government context.   

Nathan has held senior economic development roles at City of Sydney, City of Parramatta, City of Ryde and Strathfield Council. During his career he has prepared and implemented economic development strategies, evaluation frameworks, feasibility studies, business consultation projects as well as one of the few successful affordable housing policies in NSW. 

Nathan has been an invited guest lecturer and tutor on economic development at Sydney University and Western Sydney University respectively. 
 

Nathan Pratt, Director, NDP Economic Development

 

 

Paul Gallagher,
Assistant General Manager Engineering Services, Nambucca Valley Council 

Local Government Engineering - Isn't just the three 'R's’ Drought-Fires-Floods and COVID 

When you consider emergency management is not a full time position within Councils structure, the Act requires that a person is appointed by Council as a Local Emergency Management Officer (LEMO who must have the authority of Council to co-ordinate the use of Council's resources for emergency management purposes and generally sits with senior management within Council. The Royal Commission into the NSW fires has posed the question of throwing a greater emphasis onto LG as the lead agency. With respect to what is a part time activity that we as Engineer do, since the November fires, emergency management has almost become full time occupation for me. The community often expects Local Council to have the answers. With the experience of these fires, Council has realised that it doesn't have capacity to deal with the disaster’s social response and recovery, hence Council created a Bushfire Recovery Coordinator position to continue the  recovery work with our community. The logistics of helping people to recover, whether through understanding processes, accessing information, connecting with service providers, is high and extends over a long period of time. 

 
Read More About Paul Gallagher 

Paul is currently employed as the Assistant General Manager Engineering Services with the Nambucca Valley Council.  

Paul commenced duties within Local Government in 1988 with Newcastle City Council as a Survey Chainman within the survey section and progressed his career across the positions of Engineering Assistant, Works Engineer, Operations Manager, Deputy Director of Works to Director and my present position at Nambucca. 

Paul completed the Graduate Diploma in Local Government Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management through the UTS and he is currently doing the Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning through the IPWEA. 

Outside of the work arena Paul has interjected himself into the local community that he resides in having been a Cub Scout and Group Leader within the Scout movement, a radio presenter and committee member of 2WAR (Coonamble) and 2HOT FM (Cobar) and an active member of the School Parent and Citizens, Lions, Rotary and Apex clubs and held the executive position of the NSW/ACT Apex State President and was elected as the Apex National President leading the Association of Apex through major change and restructure. 


Key Event Information

Platform: Held virtually using an online webinar platform

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2020

Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm 


What you will get as a Virtual attendee 

  • Full access to all sessions/presentations 
  • Connect with presenters, sponsors and attendees
  • Engage in discussions and ask questions

2019-2020: Lessons Learned while Recovering from Disasters Prices 

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