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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sep 2011
6 Project Manager • NEWS Sydney Uni launches PM degree ‘GREEN’ LIGHT FOR GAS PLANT The Federal Government has approved the construction of a $12 billion gas plant in Darwin under strict environmental conditions. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke gave Japanese company INPEX the go-ahead to build a gas field facility about 800km from Darwin, and a pipeline from there to a processing facility in the NT capital. Mr Burke said there will be significant economic benefits from the project, but INPEX must follow environmental guidelines including dredging to ensure dolphins, dugongs and turtles are protected as well as managing about 2000 hectares of vegetation and a marine habitat. “There’s environmental work that they have to carry out – there’s some strict conditions that I’ve imposed – but there’s no doubt the investment can go ahead.” Northern Territor y Chief Minister Paul Henderson said the project could mean thousands of new jobs for the Territory. “This is a multibillion-dollar, vital industry for Australia and the world.” The University of Sydney will offer a specialised undergraduate project management degree in 2012 – the Bachelor of Project Management. The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has welcomed the university initiative as a means of strengthening the project management profession. “ This is a significant step in raising the profile of project management as career of choice rather than accidental occupation,” said Sheryle Moon, AIPM CEO. “ The degree will also provide prospective project managers with a strong educational foundation prior to entering the workforce.” Industry players agree, claiming the course will help address the growing skills shortage. “Organisations are realising that on-the- job training alone for project managers is no longer sustainable,” said Tony Costantino, Executive Director of Lend Lease’s project management and construction business in Australia. “There is increasing demand in many sectors for formally trained project managers with an existing understanding of the fundamental project management methodologies and concepts. The new undergraduate degree will help the industry meet this need.” Professor Liaquat Hossain, Director of the Project Management Program, says the degree is unique to Australia. “It focuses on developing critical thinking capability and offers graduates transferable skills that can be applied across a wide range of sectors and industries.” Professor Liaquat Hossain, Director of the PM Program University of Sydney campus The NSW Government has introduced legislation to repeal the controversial Part 3A provision of the Environmental and Planning Assessment Act. Part 3A gave the Planning Minister consent authority for major projects deemed to be of state or regional significance. Around half of the state’s projects already assessed under Part 3A will now be returned to local councils, with developments worth more than $20 million decided by joint regional planning panels, announced Planning Minister Brad Hazzard. “The NSW Government has honoured its pre-election commitment to repeal Labor ’s THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT ONLY GETS INVOLVED IN PROJECTS OF GENUINE STATE SIGNIFICANCE Councils regain authority on major projects destructive Part 3A legislation, which led to the stench of corruption in planning NSW,” he said in a statement. “The new system will ensure the government only gets involved in projects of genuine state significance and returns everything else to local government.” Projects deemed ‘state significant’ include major port and wharf facilities, mines, water supply works and major health and education projects, which will be decided by the existing Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) or, in non- controversial cases, by senior officers at the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. THINKSTOCK
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