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
Dileigh Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd
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.
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:
Bundaberg - 13 March 2018
Barcaldine - 27 March 2018
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!
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.
CQ Branch President