It is less than five months to
the IPWEAQ state conference to be held in the north of the state this year. It
is challenging for us to get together given the distances we must travel so
this is an excellent opportunity for NQ Branch members to connect. Last year, eight
of our 25 branch councils were represented at the state conference in Brisbane
and we are hoping to see more this year in Townsville, 24-26 October. If you
need to submit a letter to your employer or council to support your conference registration,
there is a
template on the conference website.
The mayor of Townsville, Councillor Jenny Hill will open the conference and our MC this year is internationally-renowned business and leadership authority, Alan Patching. Alan was the Chief Executive Officer of the entity which owned Sydney's Olympic Stadium. He was also project director on the $280m redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Alan credits his business success to a lifelong interest and study of human behaviour and we are looking forward to Alan’s insights throughout the conference and how this understanding might help us in our roles. Alan will also deliver keynote presentations on how to influence decision-makers and achieving and maintaining relevance and sustainability.
The topic for the Great Debate this year - the final session of the conference program - will be 'smart cities are not that smart'. I will be arguing for the affirmative team together with Andrew Ryan, Director Infrastructure Services, Sunshine Coast Council and Renn Niemann, a Partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers. You can listen to last year's debate, ‘women make better engineers than men' (which was won by the affirmative team), in the new IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre – sign in via the new IPWEAQ member portal.
Early bird registrations for the 2017 state conference close 30 June 2017. The program (with up to 16 CPD hours) will be available online mid-June. Any NQ Branch members who had intended submitting an abstract for the conference should contact Craig Moss as soon as possible.
With the state conference in our branch this year, the next NQ Branch conference will be held in Cairns, 18-20 April 2018. A Call for Papers will be issued in November and registrations open in February 2018.
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If you would like to join the NQ Branch committee, Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open until 19 June 2018. We are looking for enthusiastic members with energy and commitment who want to actively contribute to the future vision of the institute. Branch committees are an important regional, strategic and technical extension of the IPWEAQ Board and ideally, should include representation from various councils, women and U35s. Please complete the form on the website to express your interest.
I look forward to welcoming you to Townsville in October as we host our colleagues from across the state at the premier gathering of those involved in the public works sector in Queensland.
NQ Branch President