CCF Regional Chapter Forum - Port Fairy

Join us for our upcoming CCF Victoria Regional Chapter Dinner in Port Fairy! This is a great opportunity to network with contractors and suppliers in your local area! This dinner event will include discussions on key issues currently facing the civil construction industry, as well as presentations on CCF’s latest advocacy work and new initiatives, designed to benefit the civil construction industry. If you are registered, please save the date, and if you haven’t registered yet, please make sure you do to not miss this vital industry forum that will be relevant to all civil companies in the Port Fairy region!

Event Host: Annie Kessell
Client Services Officer – West, CCF Victoria


Guest Speakers:

Simon Perrin
Branch Manager Asset Creation – Wannon Water

Simon will present on Wannon Waters Zero Harm philosophy and the $40M Warrnambool STP Upgrade project, which is currently out to tender. Simon is happy to take any questions on Wannon Waters capital programme, upcoming projects or our approach to safety and procurement.

Simon Perrin graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1997 after completing a degree in Civil Engineering. In the subsequent 25 years Simon has worked solely within the water industry for contractors, water authorities and consultants. Simon has been with Wannon Water for the past 9 years. His current role of Branch Manager Asset Creation, which includes a team of 11 Project Managers and Engineers, has responsibility for Wannon Waters $30M/yr capital programme as well as Wannon Waters portfolio of dams and dam safety programme.

Pete Bergmark
Group Leader, Operations & Emergency Management – WorkSafe

Pete started with WorkSafe as an Inspector 4 years ago and was recently been appointed as Group Leader for the WorkSafe Warrnambool office. He is very passionate about workplace safety and in particular providing workplaces with practical information and advice with regards to improving workplace safety systems.

Prior to starting with WorkSafe, Pete worked for 13 years in the mineral sands / mining industry and prior to that worked in the plumbing Industry for 7 years. He is a South West Victoria local having grown up and still living near Hamilton with his wife and 2 children.

During his presentation, Pete will focus on the following…

  • WorkSafe’s current focus areas for the construction industry.
  • Statistics/incidents driving our focus.
  • Common hazards/risks and reasonably practicable control measures.

Edith Farrell
Director Infrastructure and Environment – Moyne Shire Council

Edith has over 25 years of experience in Local Government in a diverse range of roles in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.  Edith and her family relocated to the local area 7 years ago when she took on the role of Director Community Services at Glenelg Shire Council.

Her career in local government has included responsibility for broad areas including corporate planning, governance, community engagement, policy development, digital business transformation, in addition to the complete range of community services.

She held the Director Community Services portfolio at Glenelg for approximately 5 years (from 2014 – 2019) which included responsibility for Aged and Disability Services, Family and Youth Services, Community Development and Recreation Services, Corporate Planning and Engagement, Library Services, Arts and Cultural Services, in addition to Tourism and Events.

She then took on the role of Director Assets at Glenelg Shire Council from 2019 – 2021.  As the Director Assets she led a multi-disciplinary team across nine portfolio areas which included; Portland Airport & Casterton Airfield Management, Local Port of Portland Management, Engineering Operations Unit, Assest Management , Works Unit – depots, Project Planning and Facilities Unit – Capital Works program, Waste Services and transfer stations, Environment and Sustainability Services, Quarry Management and Aquatic Services Management (Portland Leisure Centre and the regional outdoor pools across the Shire).

Since 2021 Edith has held the role of Director Infrastructure and Environment at Moyne Shire Council.  This role encompasses responsibility for Engineering and Works, Assets and Contracts, Environment and Waste, Port of Port Fairy, Procurement services, Capital Works program delivery and Project Management, Quarry’s and Landfills.



In light of the current global pandemic situation, CCF Victoria has taken preventative measures in order to ensure the safety of our delegates, partners and members of staff thus reducing the risk of spreading the virus. As such, and to be able to attend our event, we will require for you to adhere to the following measures:

  • Do not attend if you are displaying signs/symptoms of COVID-19 (these typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath).
  • Upon arrival you will need to present a confirmation of your vaccination status.
  • You are required to wear a mask in confined areas (e.g. lifts).
  • There are hand sanitising stations around the building. Please use these regularly.
  • You are certain that you have not been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of COVID-19.

We will continue to monitor the situation and official updates on government guidance with respect to Covid-19 and as a result, please bear in mind that our event may be affected by this and could be postponed or cancelled.