Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Bruce Gardiner

NQ Branch President

General Manager Infrastructure Services 

Cairns City Council 

07 4044 8220 


NQ Branch Committee 

Glenda Kirk (Vice-President & Key Contacts)

Contracts and Project Management Officer, Mareeba Shire Council

Natasha Murray (NAMS-Q & Membership)
Senior Transport Engineer, Cairns Regional Council

Sandra Burke (Professional Development & Branch Events)
District Director (Far North) Program Delivery & Operations, TMR 

Hari Boppudi (YIPWEQ)
Director of Engineering, Flinders Shire Council

Danny Lynch

General Manager Infrastructure Planning, Assets & Fleet, Townsville City Council

Neil Allen
Director Infrastructure Services, Townsville City Council

Bill Cuthbertson

Director, WTC Consulting

Councils in the NQ Branch

Aurukun Shire Council, Barcoo Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, Croydon Shire Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Flinders Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Mackay Regional Council, Mareeba Shire Council, McKinlay Shire Council, Mornington Shire Council, Mount Isa City Council, Richmond Shire Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Torres Shire Regional Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Whitsunday Regional Council, Winton Shire Council.

NQ Branch President's Report
March 2018

The NQ Branch committee is now in full planning mode for the annual NQ Branch conference to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 18 to 20 April. The theme this year is ‘Together Towards Tomorrow’ and the program is shaping up nicely. The conference will kick off as usual with a welcome function Wednesday evening 18 April at Trinity Inlet on the water’s edge at Cairns Wharf Café. The conference program commences Thursday morning with the official opening by the mayor of Cairns, Bob Manning followed by a keynote presentation from Brendan Moon, CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) on Reform of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements – a topic that will be of interest to all North Queensland councils.

Other papers to be delivered include an update on the exciting $380 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm being constructed on 2,400 hectares of private land on the Atherton Tablelands. The project will see 53 wind turbines with towers standing up to a massive 90 metres and turbine blades 57 metres long. The project will produce up to 180.5 megawatts or about one third of the power needs of Far North Queensland.

Registrations are now open online for members at $250 plus GST and non-members at $350 plus GST. Or join IPWEAQ this month to receive four months’ membership complimentary (March 2018 to June 2019)!

And if you’re a keen swimmer or paddler or even if you’re not, please join our team for the MS Queensland swimathon in Cairns, Friday 20 April 2018. Family and friends most welcome! Register your interest on the form on our website.

There are several professional development courses scheduled for delivery in the north over the coming months including:

Grants and Funding Workshop (CPD hours: 6)

Cairns - 19 March 2018

Townsville - 20 March 2018

Mackay - 21 March 2018

Managing Risks on Lower Order Roads (CPD hours: 7)

Cloncurry - 11 April 2018

Mackay - 9 May 2018

Queensland Urban Drainage Manual Workshop (CPD hours:7)

Townsville - 6 March 2018

Cairns - 7 March 2018

Mackay - 4 May 2018

Road Safety Audit (CPD hours: 16) 

Townsville – 20-21 March 2018

Road Safety Audit Refresher (CPD hours: 6)

Townsville - 22 March 2018

Erosion and Sediment Control Level 2 - Intermediate Training (CPD hours: 8)

Townsville - 17 October 2018

Darwin - 5 November 2018

Erosion and Sediment Control Level 3 - Advanced Training (CPD hours: 16)

Darwin - 6-8 November 2018

Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design Course 

Darwin - 8 November 2018

Thank you to 137 delegates, exhibitors and sponsors for making the NQ Branch Conference in Cairns a huge success. 

See photos and the conference wrap-up.

Congratultions Joshua Flanders! IPWEAQ's new Ambassador

Josh Flanders, a graduate engineer with Cairns Regional Council, impressed IPWEAQ with his maturity, capabilities as a spokesperson and presenter, and with his leadership potential.

Thank you to our exhibitors for donating prizes for the President's Charity conference raffle. We raised $400 for MS Queensland!

Branch President's Report
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Please be sure to register early to guarantee your place for your preferred course. To maintain your RPEQ or to qualify for registration, you must attain 150 years of CPD over a three year period. This is not an insignificant amount compared to other professions so be sure to devote at least 50 hours per year.

I look forward to seeing you at the Conference in April!

Bruce Gardiner

NQ Branch President

Branch Scholarships

NQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018 may apply for a branch scholarship. For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.

Celebrate NQ projects and the people who deliver them:

Nominate your council's projects and people for the 2018 IPWEAQ excellence awards!

Nominate for the quarterly Member Profile in the journal, Engineering for Public Works. And nominate a YIPWEAQ member for the Emerging Leaders series.