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CQ Branch Conference -

Barcaldine brought it!

Known as the Garden City of the West and with a population of just 1,500 people, this small country town hosted our amazingly successful CQ Branch Conference in June. 

Held across 2.5 days and with a program jam packed with interesting tech tours, presentations and unique social functions, our Barcaldine Conference is certainly one that will be remembered for years to come. 

We had 15 partners and exhibitors make the long trek 100kms east of Longreach to join us to display their latest innovations and products and even had a live demo from one of our partners, Delnorth.

We had a great turn out of graduate engineers with 18 in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation from Hayley Ovenden and Ben Ash on ‘Graduate Engineers Out West’.

At the end of the second day our delegates got their golf on all in the name of fun, with our pre-dinner charity chipping contest to raise much needed funds for MS Queensland.

The conference dinner was a unique social event, hosted at the historical Barcaldine Radio Theatre, near the amazing Tree of Knowledge monument, and followed by a screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’.  Thank you to McCullough Robertson Lawyers – who hosted our dinner and movie event as our ‘Back to Barky’ sponsors as they have historical roots in the town.

We would like to also thank our hosts and Barcaldine community stalwarts George Bourne and Associates for your tremendous support in bringing our event to your beautiful town.

All CQ Conference materials can be found in the IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre.

Native Title and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage news

IPWEAQ’s Information Resource Manager, Mark Lamont, was pleased to participate in a day-long seminar on Native Title and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage law in Emerald last month. 

Hosted by Central Highlands Regional Council in Emerald, the seminar included presentations from Oliver Gilkerson and Deanna Cartledge form Gilkerson Legal, and James McNamara from the National Native Title Tribunal.

IPWEAQ is are currently developing a Native Title/Cultural Heritage portal to assist councils in ensuing infrastructure and other public works projects are undertake is compliance with the Native Title Act (1993) and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act (2003). The opportunity to attend the seminar and learn from experts in the area was invaluable.

Equally important though, was the chance to interact with the council officers who are tasked with completing Native Tile and Cultural Heritage assessments and to hear from them first hand, the sorts of problems they encounter, so that the portal can be tailored to meet those real-world needs.

It was a great day and highlighted the need for open communication channels with council to keep them informed on the development of the portal. To this end, we have sent a request for contact details of councils’ Native Title/Cultural Heritage officers.

We are planning to launch the protype of the Native Title/Cultural Heritage portal at the IPWEAQ 2018 annual conference in October.

Simply superb – Southern Roads Symposium!

Sunshine, blue skies and discussing lower order roads made for an amazing event in beautiful Toowoomba. 

The 3 day Southern Roads Symposium (SRS) in May was attended by over 160 delegates.

Run in partnership with Toowoomba Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), the SRS was held at the stunning Empire Theatre.

We had 20 presentations from subject matter experts on topics as wide and varied as Applications of Geosynthetics, Lime stabilisation and Seal Design and methods to name a few. Our exhibition space was in the beautiful Empire Theatre Church – a very unique venue for our exhibitors – and was very well attended by our delegates.

The site visit on Day 1 saw our delegates take part of a tour of the Toowoomba second range crossing and was followed by our welcome function at The Annex – where the canapes, drinks and service were excellent.

Our Symposium dinner on day 2 was held in the Armitage Centre at the Empire Theatre. The share plates and entertainment were a hit – a big thank you to our dinner sponsor, the Proterra Group.

We would also like to thank our delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and partners for helping us make our SRS the great success it was. A special thanks to both the Toowoomba Regional Council and TMR for their contributions as well.

All materials from the SRS are available in the IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre.

Infrastructure Priority List update

Infrastructure Australia calls for submissions for the Infrastructure Priority List update to identify infrastructure concerns and opportunities of national significance.

While the IPL is a live document and is open to submissions at any time, to be considered for the next IPL publication update in February 2019, submissions must be received before 31 August 2018.

The Assessment Framework provides information on the process including outlining submission stages and instructing how to complete each template.

Please contact the Project Advisory team via email iplsubmissions@infrastructure.gov.au or call 02 8114 1900 for more information.

Exciting opportunities for senior public works professionals

The City of Darwin is looking for a dynamic, collaborative, inspiring and inspired local government professional as their next General Manager Engineering and City Services.

The Southern Downs Regional Council are looking for a lateral thinker who can drive change and lead from the front as their next Director - Infrastructure Services.

More information on both of these exciting roles can be found on the McArthur website.

Changes to Portable Traffic Control Device requirements

From 1 July 2018, there will be an incremental change to the requirements for the use of PTCD, to further ensure that traffic controllers using STOP/SLOW bats are rarely deployed in high risk situations.

A factsheet outlining changes to Portable Traffic Control Device requirements can be found on the TMR website.

Please direct any enquiries regarding Portable Traffic Control Devices and these changes to the TMR Traffic Engineering team via email trafficengineering.support@tmr.qld.gov.au

Post installation inspections of concrete pipes

Post Installation Inspection (PII) has been gaining traction across America as it helps provide proof of proper installation and pipeline integrity before the structure is accepted. You can watch this short video from American Concrete Pipe Association to find out more about PII.

IPWEAQ annual conference

The Marriott, Surfers Paradise

10-12 October 2018

Early-bird registrations are now open! 

Join Queensland's leading authority on public works at IPWEAQ’s annual conference to be held at the Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018. 

Michael Pascoe is back as MC and the program includes a broad range of papers from industry thought leaders and public works professionals plus the Buddy Program and Futures Challenge for emerging engineering professionals. And so much more…

Don’t miss out on early bird registration until 31 July 2018.

IPWEAQ Excellence Awards 2018
People and projects
Nominations are now open!

IPWEAQ's annual awards program celebrates the projects delivered for Queensland communities and the people who deliver them.

2018 project and people nominees and winners will be presented at the gala awards ceremony and dinner to be held at the Marriott Resort, Surfers Paradise at our annual conference in October.

Winners are also featured in our Commerative Book and in our journal, Engineering for Public Works

If you were involved in or know a project worthy of nomination or would like to see one of your colleagues be recognised as the shining star they are, please ensure you submit your nomination by 5pm Friday 27 July, 2018. The nomination process is completely online this year. Please visit the PROJECT nomination portal or PEOPLE nomination portal to start the nomination process.

Information on both people and project award categories can be found here.

qldwater SWQ conference

Gold Coast

5-6 September 2018

Registrations are now open!


The focus of the qldwater  Annual Forum is on creating an environment with regulators and other decision makers which enables innovation, encouraging members to trial new ideas and deliver the most efficient and cost-effective outcomes for customers.  

A full program outline is available on the event website or for further information,

please contact Diana Kislitsyna if you have any questions.

Road Safety Audit Refresher Workshop

(6 CPD hours)


23 August 2018

Road Safety Audit Workshop

(16 CPD hours)


21-22 August 2018


13 September 2018 


11-13 September 2018

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