Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Craig Murrell

Branch President

M1 Consulting 

0427 896 333


CQ Branch Committee

Celisa Faulkner (incoming President & Key Contacts)

Engineer - Network Operations, Gladstone Regional Council


Murray Donald (Vice President & Key Contacts)

Civil Engineering Advisor

Lorna Oliver (Professional Development)

Principal Planner, TMR 

Philip McKone (Branch Events, NAMS-Q)

Manager Infrastructure Planning & Design, Livingstone Shire Council


Ashleigh Tomkins (YIPWEAQ, Membership & Excellence Awards)

Senior Engineer, Asset Management, Gladstone Regional Council

Committee members (2015-2017)

Paul Keech (Vice-President)

Director Engineering Services, Gladstone Regional Council

Michael Prior

Manager Infrastructure Operations, Livingstone Shire Council 

Stephen Mow

Works Manager, Banana Regional Council

CQ Branch President's Report
September 2017

The 2017 CQ Tech Forum is shaping up to be another great event. This year, we’re kicking off (pardon the pun) with barefoot bowls Thursday afternoon, 23 November at the Rockhampton Bowls Club, Victoria Parade. This will be followed by the welcome function and BBQ sponsored by our loyal supporters, McMurtrie.

We are pleased to have Hastings Deering as our hosts again this year with a full technical program all day Friday. Saturday morning will offer an opportunity for those who might not have fared well in the ‘social’ bowls to recover some pride in the golf.

Please save the date now for 23-25 November to be sure you have an opportunity to attend a valuable networking opportunity and earn up to six CPD hours. We also extend an invitation to colleagues from other IPWEAQ branches who may be in CQ at the time.

A Call for Papers has been issued. If you missed it and would like to present a paper, please contact Phil McKone with copy to myself and Celisa. Contact details are on the CQ Branch page on the website. And please take a moment to consider the ten reasons why you should present a paper at an IPWEAQ event.

The biennial call for nominations for branch committees has been concluded and we are pleased to have two new members joining the CQ Branch committee: Ashleigh Tomkins and Phil McKone. Celisa Faulkner will step into the role of CQ Branch President – our first female branch president – effective from the AGM in October.

Your incoming branch committee, which has already started working for you is:

  • Celisa Faulkner, Gladstone Regional Council 
  • Lorna Oliver, TMR 
  • Phil McKone, Livingstone Shire Council 
  • Ashleigh Tomkins, Gladstone Regional Council 
  • Murray Donald, Civil Engineering advisor

I would also like to thank our outgoing committee members, Michael Prior, Stephen Mow and Paul Keech for their valuable contribution to our branch for the past two years.

If you have any ideas on events, technical products or services that would improve your membership experience, assist you in your career or enhance your level of expertise, please do not hesitate to contact any of us – your committee members, myself or our friendly staff in the Brisbane office. We have a unique organisation with a strong sense of community and we would like to ensure we are providing you with all the resources and networking opportunities you may need.

This edition of Engineering for Public Works is my last as your branch president as I will be stepping into the role of IPWEAQ Vice President effective from the AGM in October. 

SEQ Branch Technical Series 

commencing July 2017

Townsville, 24-26 October 2017

SWQ Branch conference

Goondiwindi, 15-16 March 2018

NQ Branch conference

Cairns, 18-20 April 2018

CQ Branch conference

Barcaldine, 14-16 June 2018

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

See photos

Branch Scholarships

CQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ state conference to be held in Townsville, 24-26 October 2017 may apply for a branch scholarship. For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.

Branch President's Report continued/...

IPWEAQ has rolled out a number of new initiatives over the last couple of years and I am especially pleased with the new Knowledge Centre which developed from a suggestion from the CQ Branch committee. The Knowledge Centre has rapidly become a valuable resource for our sector with approximately 1,200 visits since it was launched in April. This is a perfect example of the vital role of our branch committees which come up with the ideas for our staff in Brisbane to then develop and implement for you. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh, Dave and our IPWEAQ and qldwater teams for their contribution to the growth of our institute and the sector.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as your branch president and look forward to contributing further as your Vice President. I encourage you to get involved whether it is on technical working groups, branch committees or attending events where you can share your experiences with others.

I look forward to seeing you at the state conference in Townsville, 24-26 October which is shaping up to be another great event.

Craig Murrell

CQ Branch President