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CQ Branch President's Report
Our annual CQ Branch Technical Forum was held again in
Rockhampton, 13-14 October 2016 with thanks again to our hosts, Hastings
Deering. The Forum started with golf and drinks at Rockhampton’s legendary
Criterion Hotel. The program this year included presentations from two CQ
University (CQU) engineering students to further our program of supporting and
encouraging recent graduates and final year students. Alex Chapman delivered a
presentation on stormwater quality improvement for the Reddan Street drain and
Lachlan McMurtrie provided delegates with an update on the Rockhampton
Riverbank Revitalisation Project.
Celisa Faulkner of the Gladstone Regional Council offered us her personal perspective on what it is like for women in engineering balancing family and career aspirations. We are very proud of Celisa who is a member of the CQ Branch committee and has since been appointed IPWEAQ’s Chair of the Young IPWEAQ program which was announced at the state conference. You will notice an inaugural report from Celisa as Chair on page 21 of the December issue of Engineering for Public Works. Celisa was also nominated for ‘Woman in Engineering’ at the recent excellence awards.
The CQ Branch continued to lead the way with another announcement at the state conference for a new role, ‘IPWEAQ Ambassador’ awarded to Jessica Kahl, a final year engineering student at CQU.
Jessica was chosen by CQU as its inaugural recipient under IPWEAQ’s new University Outreach Program. Five universities across Queensland were invited to participate with the recipient receiving a complimentary registration and travel to the state conference held in Brisbane 8-10 November 2016. Jessica impressed with her keenness and exemplary conduct, energy and ambition honouring the terms of the scholarship and exceeding what was expected of her. And as a result, this role was created to ensure Jessica continued her involvement. Jessica’s report on her conference experience is on page 23 of the journal. We are hoping to discover other younger engineering students and recent graduates to appoint as ambassadors.
And last but certainly not least of the accolades for the CQ branch – Paul Keech, Director of Engineering Services at Gladstone Regional Council was chosen as Engineer of the Year at the 2016 excellence awards. Congratulations, Paul!
You will notice throughout this report the constant reference to ‘new’ and ‘inaugural’ which is a reflection of IPWEAQ’s growth and vision for the future. There are a lot of new initiatives to be rolled out in 2017 so be prepared to see these words repeated throughout the year. It is an exciting time to be involved as we forge a new, stronger presence.
CQ Branch President's Report continued ...
You will shortly receive a Call for Papers for the next CQ Branch conference to be held in Yeppoon, 23-25 March 2017 so please be sure to submit an abstract for your projects and case studies and register early. I look forward to seeing you then.
And a very merry Christmas to you and your family.
CQ Branch President