Celisa Faulkner (Branch President & Key Contacts)
Murray Donald (Vice President & Key Contacts)
Civil Engineering Advisor
Lorna Oliver (Professional Development)
Principal Planner, TMR
Ashleigh Tomkins (YIPWEAQ, Membership & Excellence Awards)
Senior Engineer, Asset Management, Gladstone Regional Council
I have been welcomed as the new Branch President for the CQ Branch and I have certainly hit the ground running. The IPWEAQ state conference in Townsville was a great success with many presentations that made you question, ponder and rethink your ways. I entered my first IPWEAQ Board meeting the day after the conference with nerves and caution however I was impressed and appreciative of the collaboration that existed with some great outcomes and actions achieved. There is certainly new energy and drive on the Board and I am excited to be a part of it.
A special thanks to Craig Murrell, the outgoing CQ Branch President. It will be great though to still work with Craig on the Board since he stepped in as our new Vice President. Thanks also to outgoing committee members: Michael Prior, Paul Keech and Stephen Mow - your contribution has been much appreciated. The previous committee worked hard for our branch and created opportunities for all our members to network, share and learn. Thank you. I am pleased to be working alongside our new committee members: Murray Donald, Phil McKone, Lorna Oliver and Ashleigh Tomkins and look forward to the next two years building on the work of the previous committee under Craig’s direction.
The committee has already shown their brilliant colours with a successful CQ Technical Forum held in Rockhampton held 24 November 2017 at Hasting Deerings, our long-time supporter of the Forum. It was pleasing to see a number of young and/or first time presenters.
A highlight this year was a presentation on the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act by Alex Power of McCullough Robertson which clearly deciphered the true impact of the incoming Act. I recommend anyone in the building construction industry take a moment to read this presentation in the IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre.
We also enjoyed presentations featuring some impressive engineering projects including the Panorama Drive Project (Yeppoon), Quay Street Upgrade (Rockhampton) and Nine Mile Culvert Floodway (Rockhampton). Jessica Kahl opened our minds to the world of digitisation and the direction local government needs to face. Watching the transformation unfold will be exciting.
There was a lot of interest at the Forum regarding the RPEQ process and assessment through IPWEAQ. Ross Guppy gave, IPWEAQ’s Director, Technical Products delivered an excellent presentation which generated a lot of positive feedback from those who had successfully achieved RPEQ through this path.
The release of the fourth edition (2016) of QUDM was also a hot topic throughout the day and I am happy to report that IPWEAQ has scheduled a number of QUDM Workshops in CQ early next year including:
The CQ Branch is registering a team (or teams for a healthy competition) for the MS Swimathon in Rockhampton on Saturday 17 March 2018. We welcome all abilities including walking and dog paddling. IPWEAQ team polo shirts and caps will be supplied. Please register online.
Plans are now well underway for the CQ Branch Conference to be held in Barcaldine, 14-16 June 2018. Barcaldine has turned it on for us in the past and we expect 2018 to be no different. We are very proud to be working with our conference hosts, George Bourne and Associates.
I wish you a great Christmas with friends and family, and look forward to a wonderful year ahead. Stay safe.
CQ Branch President