The 2017 CQ Branch conference held in Yeppoon, 23-25 March, hosted by the Livingstone Shire Council (LSC) was one of our most successful branch events to date despite the threat of Cyclone Debbie. 150 delegates and sponsors ensured it was an event to remember although Debbie was successful in cancelling the golf day.
The first day started with the Technical Tour which, despite the torrential rain, took delegates to The Keppel Kracken, Wreck Point Lookout and the Centenary of ANZAC. Those who braved the elements on tour were joined at the Emu Park RSL by IPWEAQ Partners, Supporters and staff for a Welcome BBQ.
The following day marked the official conference opening with Livingstone Shire Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Graham Scott leading a strong program with key learnings. Councillor Graham’s presentation emphasised the importance of cultural change, particularly culture that is embedded in systems and processes. The mayor, Councillor Bill Ludwig delivered the first keynote presentation, 'Teamwork and Quality of Subsidy Applications'. Ten technical papers were delivered throughout the day including, 'Limitation of Liability Clauses in Contracts" (Jason de Lacy, McCullough Robertson), 'Panorama Drive - a Royalties for the Region Project' (Phil McKone, LSC, Craig Jepson, Jespson Consulting and David Cugola, Siris & Associates). Greg Janes of Calibre Consulting delivered a paper on Yeppoon's multi storey car park. A presentation on precast concrete bridges by Stephen Farrington, Humes and Guy Johnson, VEC Civil Engineering concluded the program.
A popular paper and runner-up for Best Paper award was Queensland Water Directorate's Dr Rob Fearon who delivered a paper on 'The History of Urine'. Well done Dr Rob Fearon for not only making the topic interesting but presenting it in such an entertaining way.
The Best Paper was awarded to
Celisa Faulkner for her account of Gladstone's economic growth and
subsequent decline, 'Boom went Development in the Gladstone Region'.
Celisa reflected on the efforts of council’s development and
operational teams, highlighted a number of interesting statistics,
opportunities and challenges, and explored the aftermath of the boom.
The conference was wrapped up with a highly enjoyable dinner with local actors from the Footlights Theatre Restaurant entertaining us onsite at the Yeppoon Town Hall. Mayor Bill Ludwig aka Billy the Mountain also stepped in as DJ for a memorable Karaoke session which some delegates continued at the local Strand Hotel after the event.
The conference brought together delegates from local and state government, consulting engineers and contractors and trade suppliers.
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Thank you to all who attended and a special thank you to our gracious hosts, Livingstone Shire Council and chief organiser, Phil McKone who did an exceptional job. A special thank you once again to our valued sponsors and Partners for their continued support of IPWEAQ.
This year, Central Queensland will be hosting the inaugural IPWEAQ Western Roads Symposium which is proudly hosted by Longreach Regional Council and supported by TMR. The symposium will be held 6-7 September 2017.
Planning for the 2017 Technical Forum is progressing, to be hosted once again by Hastings Deering in Rockhampton late November. We will be calling for papers in August.
The CQ Branch conference for 2018 will be held in Barcaldine hosted by George Bourne and Associates.
Looking forward to seeing you at the state conference in Townsville in October and at the CQ Technical Forum in November!
CQ Branch President