The 2017 CQ Branch conference to be held in Yeppoon, 23-25 March is just a couple of weeks away so if you have not as yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. Our branch conferences are not just a source of CPD hours, they’re critical opportunities for our members to network and discuss issues and solutions with peers.
The theme for this year’s conference hosted by Livingstone Shire Council, is ‘services, resources, lifestyle'. The conference starts Thursday 23 March 2017 with a technical tour and a welcome BBQ at the Emu Park Centenary of ANZAC Commemorative project. This project is to be delivered over the centenary years of WWI (2014-2018) and will include a reflective memorial boardwalk dedicated to those who fought and died in WWI. The entire precinct once completed will recount, preserve and honour our wartime heritage and those who created it through service and sacrifice.
The Assistant Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, Glen Butcher (MP Gladstone) will open the conference which will include a CQ branch meeting.
We have a full program on Friday 24 March offering up to five hours of CPD (including the technical tour). There are however no CPD hours available on Saturday 25 March when delegates can register for the traditional morning of golf or the ‘first time offered’ pistol shooting!
Another first for a CQ Branch conference will be the recording of all technical papers which will be uploaded to the new IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre. The podcasts will be accompanied by the presenter’s PowerPoint presentation. The Knowledge Centre is accessible only to IPWEAQ members so please be sure to maintain your membership to access this vital new resource.
Those of you who attended our CQ Branch Technical Forum at Hastings Deering last October will no doubt recall a presentation from Celisa Faulkner who offered us a perspective on what it is like for women in engineering trying to balance family with career aspirations. We’re pleased to have Celisa’s presentation from the Forum in the International Women’s Day (IWD) feature in this issue of Engineering for Public Works.
And also in the IWD feature is another member of our branch, and IPWEAQ Ambassador, Jessica Kahl who has just delivered four Dream Big events in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay and Bundaberg aimed at encouraging high school girls into engineering. See the photos of the events on our website and Jessica’s report also in the March journal.
Members interested in joining the CQ Branch committee can complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form on this page. Branch committees comprise up to five members including the Branch President with portfolios available for each member. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic members with new ideas on how best to service members in Central Queensland. In the event we receive more EOIs than positions available, the CQ Branch Committee will fill a vacancy by matching an applicant with a particular portfolio and/or other branch initiative to be progressed. We are also able to co-opt other members from time to time for a particular project.
We look forward to seeing you all in Yeppoon, 23-25 March 2017!
CQ Branch President