Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Cairns coup

Two days, 150 people and 23 technical papers – the NQ Branch Conference 'Towards Tomorrow Together' held at the Hilton in Cairns in April certainly qualifies as a triumph!

In a program packed with papers by leading public works professionals and other industry thought leaders, the majority of councils in North Queensland were in attendance and knowledge and experiences were shared amongst peers. 

Hosts Cairns Regional Council and our incredible sponsors and exhibitors all contributed to make this such an enriching and enjoyable event.

We’d also like to send a special thanks to the conference dinner sponsor, consulting engineering firm Flanagan Consulting, for what was an amazing underwater experience at Aqua Luna and our best conference dinner ever.

All the materials associated with the conference can be found in the Knowledge Centre.

More big ideas to be found in the Knowledge Centre

We are continuing to add ‘big idea’ articles to the Knowledge Centre which may be of interest to our members. This month you can find two pieces from The Conversation

Our Favourite Cities offers four different perspectives by urban planners on cities in Mozambique, Cuba, Japan and The Netherlands. 

While How do forensic engineers investigate bridge collapses, like the one in Miami? covers the investigation by forensic engineers in the US to find out how and why the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed, killing six people, and crucially, how to prevent similar tragedies taking place in future. 

Also new to the Knowledge Centre this month are the materials delivered at the IPWEAQ North Queensland conference. There are three collections including the audio podcasts of the presentations, the PowerPoint slides that accompanied them and a collection of selected photographs of the conference and the associated social events. 

It’s time to renew your membership

Renew now to secure your membership for the 2018-19 financial year. PLUS if you renew before 30 June 2018, you will go into the draw to win a free registration (worth $1,500) to the IPWEAQ Annual Conference.

The IPWEAQ Annual Conference  is a must for public works professionals and this year it will be held at The Marriott Surfers Paradise from 10–12 October.

As a valued member, you receive discounts of between 20-40% off the standard rate on all IPWEAQ training, conferences and technical products. Attending just one course will offer you a discount greater than the price of your annual membership.

Keep an eye on your inbox for your membership renewals email and renew via our online membership portal, over the phone, or set up a direct debit.

For assistance and enquiries, please contact our Membership Manager Katrina Strathearn on 07 3632 6807 or Katrina.Strathearn@ipweaq.com

The great debate: age-old questions

Controversial? Most certainly! The best debate topics always are. Some of the Great Debate topics under consideration for the 2018 IPWEAQ annual conference at the Gold Coast this October include: 

  • Older, more experienced engineers should be mentored by younger engineers
  • Younger engineers don’t have the skills to cope when technology fails
  • Communications amongst project teams via email is better than face-to-face
  • Millennials/Gen Y are more work ready than older generations
  • Tradition has no place in a modern workforce

Have your say – vote now for your preferred topic for the final session of the conference program.

You can also listen to last year’s Great Debate ‘Smart cities are not that smart’ in the IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre.

Invitation to comment: management of gravel pits


You are invited to review the draft NATSPEC Construction TECHreport TR08 on the Management of Council Gravel Pits in Country Areas.

There are different laws regarding Council quarries in different States and thus AUS-SPEC wishes to get a State by State review to create a national TECHreport.

The drafts are available here and you can direct your feedback to Ross Guppy, IPWEAQ’s Director, Technical Products for consolidation.

People on the move at TMR 

We’re pleased to congratulate Julie Mitchell on her new role as Deputy Director-General in the Policy, Planning and Investment Division of Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

Julie joined TMR as a graduate engineer in 1985 and in June 2011 was appointed as the first female Chief Engineer. After eight years in the role of Chief Engineer and more than 30 years in professional public sector leadership, Julie is well-qualified for this new challenge.

You can read more about Julie’s remarkable career in the Engineering for Public Works journal International Women’s Day feature.

As Julie is moving on, John Oppes will be the Acting Chief Engineer. John’s substantive role is the Deputy Chief Engineer for the Road Operations directorate.

We’d like to congratulate both Julie and John on their recent appointments and wish them every success in their new roles.

IPWEAQ welcomes anyone actively involved in the delivery of public works and services in Queensland. But why should you become a member? The benefits of membership include: 
  • Regular updates on developments and issues impacting your career through our quarterly e-journal, Engineering for Public Works and e-newsletter, Connect
  • Discounts for our must-attend conferences and events
  • Discounts for our highly-regarded professional development program
  • Discounts on IPWEAQs leading-edge technical products and publications
  • Access to industry-specific content in our Knowledge Centre
  • We represent your interests to government ensuring your voice is heard.
  • Opportunities to contribute to our renowned technical Working Groups which deliver solutions that benefit Queensland communities.

South Roads Symposium

Toowoomba, 29-31 May 2018

Registrations closing soon 

Don't miss out on our Southern Roads Symposium, run in conjunction with the Toowoomba Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

The extensive technical program includes the following:

Site visit

Toowoomba Second  Range Crossing

Modelling of heavy vehicle

transport on low volume roads

Stephen McFallan – CSIRO

Case Study: Forgotten best practices

for unsealed roads

Markham Parker - GHD

Premature failures of granular pavements due to lack of

moisture control

Jothi (Rama) Ramanujam - TMR

The Southern Roads Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced technical experts and network with others who are facing the same challenges.

Contact Craig Moss for details.

CQ Branch Conference

Barcaldine, 14-16 June 2018

Registrations now open

This year's CQ branch conference, hosted by George Bourne & Associates will showcase a number of projects including a Technical Tour at the Barcaldine Solar Farm

The program also includes what promises to be a unique and memorable dinner at the Tree of Knowledge Memorial.

Accommodation and public transport options are limited. Don't miss out. Register and book now!

Please contact Craig Moss for details.

SEQ Tech Tour

Komatsu, Wacol Facility Tour 

20 June 2018


IPWEAQ Annual Conference 

Gold Coast, 10-12 October 2018
Early bird registration

The Mayor of Gold Coast City, Councillor Tom Tate will officially open the conference at the Marriott, Surfers Paradise on 11 October 2018. 

However as usual, the conference program will commence the previous day with technical tours and a welcome function. The technical tours on offer will highlight some of the innovation implemented for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Details on the conference program will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please contact Craig Moss for more information. 

Professional Development Update

IPWEAQ offers a comprehensive range of professional development programs that are both innovative and market leading. 

Our workshops offer you:

  • Practical learning that is relevant to our sector
  • Experienced facilitators that are subject matter experts
  • Interactive sessions that draw knowledge and experience from facilitators and attendees.

Queensland Urban Drainage Manual Workshop 

(CPD hours: 7)

Rockhampton, 15 May 2018
Bundaberg, 23 May 2018

Erosion and Sediment Control Level 2, Intermediate Training

(CPD hours: 8)

Brisbane, 13 June 2018

Erosion and Sediment Control Level 3, Advanced Training 

(CPD hours: 16)

Brisbane, 19-21 June 2018

Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design Course 

Brisbane, 21 June 2018 

Please register via the shopping cart in the IPWEAQ portal.  

Or contact our Director, Professional Development Craig Moss to discuss your needs.