Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Celisa Faulkner

CQ Branch President

Engineer - Networks

Gladstone Regional Council
Mobile 0429 607 880

CQ Branch Committee

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

Councils in the CQ Branch

Banana Shire Council, Barcaldine Regional Council, Blackall-Tamboo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Diamantina Shire Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Gladstone Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Longreach Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.

Branch Scholarships

CQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held on the Gold Coast, 10-12 October 2018 for a branch scholarship. For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.

CQ Branch President's Report
March 2018

2018 is promising to proceed at an uncompromising pace and it will be a struggle for all of us to maintain a healthy work-life balance. And in addition to ‘work’ and ‘real life’, there is continuing professional development.

To become an RPEQ and to maintain it, we must complete 150 hours of CPD over a three year period. That’s not insignificant. This year also, IPWEAQ commences the compulsory audits of RPEQs including CPD. If you registered for an IPWEAQ course, this will already be recorded in the system but otherwise, you’ll need to provide evidence of your completed CPD hours. The CQ Branch conference in Barcaldine in June will offer up to nine CPD hours and the annual conference in Townsville offered 22 CPD hours. If you were not able to attend the conference, you can still purchase the proceedings and listen to the podcasts in your own time. Before you are tapped on the shoulder for an audit, be sure you have completed the 150 hours CPD and your records are up-to-date.

There are number of courses being delivered in CQ over the next few months including:

Managing Risks on Lower Order Roads (CPD hours: 7)

Bundaberg - 13 March 2018

Barcaldine - 27 March 2018

Grants and Funding Workshop (CPD hours: 6)

Rockhampton - 23 March 2018    

Queensland Urban Drainage Manual Workshop (CPD hours: 7)

Gladstone - 2 May 2018

Rockhampton - 1 May 2018

Bundaberg - 23 May 2018

Ashleigh Tomkins joined me last month at the Strategic Planning Day where we contributed our ideas for the future IPWEAQ. There were several other Young IPWEAQs in attendance, and we appreciated having a strong voice and having a sense of ownership of the organisation we’ll lead in the next decade or two then pass on to those still in high school making a decision on a career in engineering and hopefully public works.

Our Young IPWEAQ Chair and IPWEAQ Ambassador, Jessica Kahl will be rolling out the Dream Big project this year starting in Rockhampton, 19 March followed by Gladstone, 30 April, Bundaberg, 28 May and Mackay on 25 June. The Dream Big project is designed to provide female students in Years 10 to 12 with an opportunity to develop their understanding of what it is to be an engineer and the rewarding job prospects on offer. The activities are based on current engineering units and are aimed at developing skills in leadership and teamwork to identify innovative capabilities.

It is hoped that programs like Jessica’s Dream Big, which is proudly supported by IPWEAQ, will help bring more females into our sector – engineering for public works offers a rewarding career for those keen to make a genuine contribution to the betterment of our communities.

Plans are now well underway for the CQ Branch conference to be held in Barcaldine, 14-16 June 2018. The Call for Papers closes 22 March – submit an abstract online via the conference website. Thank you once again to our hosts, George Bourne and Associates!

SWQ Branch conference

Goondiwindi, 15-16 March 2018

NQ Branch conference

Cairns, 18-20 April 2018

Barcaldine, 14-16 June 2018

IPWEAQ state conference

Gold Coast, 10-12 October 2018

MS Queensland Swimathon
Saturday 17 March 2018

If you would like to participate in this swimathon to help raise funds for the President's Charity, MS Queensland, please complete the form below. An IPWEAQ team polo shirt and cap will be provided for all participants. Non-members welcome.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the CQ Branch MSQ Swimathon in Rockhampton, 17 March 2018. We will revert to you shortly.

Celisa Faulkner
CQ Branch President
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CQ Branch conference, Yeppoon, 23-25 March 2017 conference wrap-up

See photos

Branch President's Report
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And if you’re looking to contribute further to another good cause, MS Queensland (the President’s Charity) is holding a swimathon in Rockhampton on Saturday 17 March 2018. You do not need to be an Olympic athlete to participate – if you have a board and can kick, you are qualified for our team. This is a wider IPWEAQ family event so please invite your family members and friends. IPWEAQ team polo shirts and caps will be supplied. You can register via the website on the President’s Charity page.

Celisa Faulkner

CQ Branch President