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
General Manager Infrastructure Planning, Assets & Fleet, Townsville City Council
Director Infrastructure Services, Townsville City Council
Director, WTC Consulting
James Stewart (2015-2017)
Executive Manager Engineering Services, Hinchinbrook Shire Council
By now, all our hard working engineers would have had their capital works and maintenance program budgets signed off by their respective councils/boards and are now beavering away at the fun stuff – designing, building and maintaining infrastructure for our communities.
While we all love building the ‘shiny new things’ (as do our politicians!), we also need to remain focussed on the renewal of our ever-increasing and ever-aging asset base. As engineers, we need to be more adept at collecting and using asset data to better inform decision making in our resource-strapped environment. Our own IPWEAQ water directorate, qldwater is working on an infrastructure cliff project in conjunction with LGAQ to collate and analyse existing asset information and data (and identify gaps) with a focus on buried infrastructure. A high-level assessment of the scale and timing of the infrastructure deficit, if it is to occur, will be undertaken and the gathered data will inform modelling to examine the issue across regional Queensland. The results will inform advocacy and planning.
I am very pleased to announce our incoming NQ Branch committee who will take office following the AGM in Townsville, 26 October 2017. We received an unprecedented number of nominations (eight) for four positions however our expanded branch committee has been endorsed by the IPWEAQ Board. We welcome those who wish to make a contribution to our community:
NQ Branch committee (2017-2019)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing branch committee member, James Stewart (Hinchinbrook Shire Council) who played a valuable role in the organisation of our successful branch conference in Lucinda last year.
Planning is underway for our NQ Branch conference to be held in Cairns, 18-20 April 2018. A Call for Papers will be issued in December however if you are interested in presenting a paper, please contact Amanda Mikeleit or Craig Moss at your earliest convenience. And please take a moment to consider the ten reasons why you should present a paper at an IPWEAQ event.
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 2017
Branch President's Report continued/...
Next up though is the state conference to be held in Townsville, 24-26 October 2017. Please be sure to register early for another excellent opportunity to gain valuable CPD hours and to network with your peers from across the state. Last year, the state conference began with the hugely successful IPWEAQ Bingo and we have another unique networking opportunity for you this year at the welcome function at the Watermark Townsville. The final session of the conference this year – The Great Debate is ‘smart cities are not that smart’ and I’ll be arguing for the affirmative team.
We have a strong sense of community at IPWEAQ which is obvious when we gather each year at the premier event for those working in the public works sector in Queensland. I look forward to welcoming you as we host our colleagues from across the state.
NQ Branch President