It’s hard to believe we are already into March and it won’t be long therefore before we are hosting the 2017 IPWEAQ state conference in Townsville. The last state conference held in our branch was in Cairns in 2013.
Councillor Jenny Hill, Townsville’s first female mayor, featured in the International Women’s Day (IWD) feature of this issue of our journal, is expected to open the conference on Wednesday 25 October 2017. And early-bird pre-program registrations are now open so please register early. Cancellations are available up to a month prior to the event and registrations are also transferrable if for some reason you are not able to attend as planned.
For those members who weren’t able to attend the successful state conference in Brisbane in November 2016, the podcasts of that event are now available by subscription. If you were a paid delegate at the conference, access to the podcasts is included in your conference registration. Just login to the new Knowledge Centre with your usual IPWEAQ username and password.
IPWEAQ Partner, McCullough Robertson recently held a Construction Workshop in Townsville which NQ Branch members were invited to attend. This is a popular workshop that has been well-attended in Brisbane for the past several years and we appreciate McCullough Robertson bringing the workshop (and valuable CPD hours) north for the benefit of our members.
Our next NQ Branch conference was scheduled for August 2017 however, with the state conference in our region just a few weeks later, our branch conference will be held instead in the early part of 2018. We will advise the date and location by April 2017.
You will also note an article in the March issue of the journal in the IWD feature from our NQ Branch member, Natasha Murray who won the Best Paper award at the Lucinda conference, August 2016. Natasha is keen to be involved in a program to encourage high school girls to consider engineering in the public works sector as a career.
There are a few NQ branch members still in the running for the inaugural IPWEAQ Grand Slam award with the next two branch conferences held this month in Dalby (2-3 March 2017) and Yeppoon (23-25 March 2017). I will be in Yeppoon later this month and hope to see you then.
NQ Branch President