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
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.
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:
Cairns - 19 March 2018
Townsville - 20 March 2018
Mackay - 21 March 2018
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
Townsville – 20-21 March 2018
Townsville - 22 March 2018
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
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.
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!
NQ Branch President