Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria

The Foundation has been in existence since 1966 and was established for the express purpose of providing opportunities for engineers/public works professionals working in local government in Victoria to enhance their technical and managerial skills. This is achieved by annually awarding scholarships for research on a wide range of local and overseas study topics.

A major focus of the scholarship awards is a group attendance at the American Public Works Association Annual Congress followed by individual study tours within USA, Canada, Europe or UK. These tours are usually of three to four weeks duration. Other awards are available for short term study visits and short courses within Australia.

The Foundation is very aware of the benefits to the individual and to the local government industry derived from such study tours, in particular the advantages of overseas exposure.

To recognise the major contribution of municipal engineers, the Foundation also 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.

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.

Further details on the awards program are available from the Foundation and the Awards section of this web site.

For a full report on activities of the Foundation during 2016 and 2017, please refer to the reports by Warren Roberts, Chairman of the Foundation.   Chairmans Annual Report – 2016   MEFV Chairmans Annual Report – 2017

2018 Overseas Study Tour

Applications are now invited for the 2018 Overseas Study Tour to USA and Canada with a closing date of 9th February 2018.  Full details are available from the Awards page.

2017 Overseas Study Tour 

Participants in the MEFV 2017 Overseas Study Tour to USA and Canada have completed their tour to visit municipalities in USA and Canada to pursue their topic of study and to attend the PWX Congress in Orlando, Florida from 27th to 30th August 2017.  See the Awards Section for full details of the study tour group.

History of the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation, the History of the Foundation from 1996 to 2016 was recently compiled by past Chairman of the Foundation and IPWEA Emeritus Member, Robin Nuttall OAM.  In addition to fascinating insights into the development of the Foundation, the document records details of engineers granted scholarships and awards.  A History of the Municipal Engineering Foundation

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Presenting Robin Nuttall OAM, the author of the History with the first copy printed (left to right –  Warren Roberts (Chairman), Robin and Merv Paton (Secretary)

Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria 2017 Scholarship Awards Luncheon

At a Scholarship Awards Luncheon held at the Rydges Hotel on 4th August 2017, the three participants in the 2017 Overseas Study tour to USA and Canada were presented.  The occasion also marked 51 years since the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria first provided scholarships awards to support the development of public works engineers in Victoria through the provision of opportunities to attend training courses/conferences and by awarding scholarships for national and international study tours.

The Scholarship Awards Luncheon was proudly sponsored by Urban Maintenance Systems

For any further information on any aspect of the Foundation, please contact the Secretary, Merv Paton  at