Managing Sealed and Unsealed Local Roads Workshop - Forster 20 February 2020

7:30am Thursday, 20 February 2020
3:30pm Thursday, 20 February 2020
PD Workshops
Forster Chambers, Midcoast Council
4 Breese Parade
Forster, New South Wales 2428

IPWEA (NSW) Professional Development Workshop: 

Managing Sealed and Unsealed Local Roads Workshop


This workshop will address the new AUS-SPEC Rural Roads Specification System. It will highlight the new documents developed for the design, construction and maintenance of sealed and unsealed roads for low volume traffic. New reference documents like the Design reference and checklists, Construction reference and Schedules, TECHguides, TECHreports and TECHnotes will be discussed to support rural councils to develop their own specifications inhouse. 


It will explain how these documents can be implemented at the council level, so that the rural councils can design, construct and maintain their road network. Manage the council gravel pits, improve locally available materials effectively and efficiently.


Regional and rural councils will find the new Rural Roads Specification System very useful to document the design, construction and maintenance of their road network. Using the appropriate information in this specification system and implementing various techniques recommended will significantly improve the structural integrity, safety and performance of sealed and unsealed roads and assist councils to better serve their communities.




Gain an in-depth knowledge of the local government specification system.

Get a succinct overview of the new rural roads specification system.

Understand how to implement the technical specifications in rural councils.

Understand how the specifications and the reference documents can assist Councils to effectively manage and maintain their road network.

Use better techniques to manage their gravels pits, improve the performance of locally available materials and use various other methods to prolong the life of sealed and unsealed road network.


Better understanding of the local government specification system using SPECbuilder, specification compiler.

Implement better techniques to effectively design, construction and maintain council road assets.

Make informed decisions whether to seal an unsealed road.

Bridge the gap where there is lack of in-house engineering capability and implement improved practices across the asset life cycle.

Significantly improve the structural integrity, safety and performance of sealed and unsealed roads.




Mick Savage, Roads & Transport Directorate Manager, IPWEA NSW Division

Mick Savage has been IPWEA’s Manager, Roads and Transport Directorate, since October 2004. He graduated as a Civil Engineer from UNSW in 1975 and commenced his professional career at Griffith City Council. Mick has worked in Local Government for more than 40 years, including 27 years with Randwick City Council.

His local government career has included chapters with responsibilities in road and pavement design, contract and specification preparation, traffic engineering, road construction and maintenance (including maintenance of recreation facilities), street and sports field lighting and project management

Mick holds Masters Degrees in Engineering Science, and Commerce with major professional interests being asset management, financial reporting and transport planning.



Nandini Mehta - AUS-SPEC Manager at NATSPEC


Nandini has been AUS-SPEC Manager at NATSPEC, for more than 10 years, managing and updating the national local government specifications for life cycle management of assets. She is a civil/structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry in Australia and has worked on many prestigious projects overseas.

She has developed various new reference documents and technical specifications for roads, buildings, parks and public utilities and has expertise in the construction and maintenance of built environment. Nandini has been responsible for developing the new AUS-SPEC Rural Roads package with input from Austroads, ARRB, Councils, IPWEA and the Roads Directorate. She has presented at various IPWEA international and State conferences, is a member of the NAMS Consultants Supporter Group of IPWEA and has contributed towards the publication of various Practice Notes.

TIMES: Please register at the Workshop by  7.15 am. The program will commence promptly at 7.30 am and finishes at 3.30pm 


ACCOMMODATION: Overnight accommodation is not provided for Delegates. You will need to organize your own accommodation if require.

WHAT TO BRING: Notebook and pens (Course Workbooks provided). 

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

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