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SEQ Branch Committee

Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President)

Land Development Engineer, Redland City Council

Craig Young (NAMS-Q)

Manager Civil Asset Management, Sunshine Coast Council

Jessica Kahl (YIPWEAQ Chair)

IPWEAQ Ambassador, Aurecon

Linda Ziebell (TMR)

Senior Engineer. TMR

Weena Lokuge
Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland 

Casey Lee
Senior Civil Engineering Design Supervisor, Logan City Council

Michael Pattinson
Road Construction Program Leader, Logan City Council

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SEQ Branch President's Report
June 2017, Murray Erbs (IPP)

2017 has been an exciting year for me. I retired from my position at Redland City after a 40-year career including 30 years in local government across three states and five councils. As is often the case, I’m busier than ever but still positively managing my work/life balance.

The SEQ Branch continued to keep me busy leading up to the branch conference held at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre, 9-10 May. The program began on Tuesday 9 May with a technical tour of the Logan Metro Sports Park, currently under construction and consistent with the conference theme, 'Building on Smart Solutions'.

The conference was officially opened following the Tech Tour with a welcome address from Logan City Council mayor, Councillor Luke Smith. This followed a keynote presentation, 'Technology and Transport - from horse and cart to smart places (learnings from the IPWEA International Study tour)' from Andrew Ryan, Director Infrastructure Services, Sunshine Coast Council and recipient of the 2016 International Study Tour scholarship.

The Wednesday morning program was opened by Silvio Trinca, Director Road & Water Infrastructure, Logan City Council. Silvio discussed the use of smart technology for flood management and how this was utilised in recent floods in Logan. It was great to see two of our most senior SEQ engineers taking the time to present. I would also like to express my appreciation to fellow IPWEAQ Board members and Foundation trustees for attending the branch conference.

The second day the program was split into four streams on adaptation, technology, assets and operations. Presentations delivered in the streams included papers from local councils, TMR, the AARB Group and IPWEAQ Partners: McCullough Robertson, Fulton Hogan and Lion Systems. 

Professor Jean Palutikof, Director National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) closed the conference program with a presentation on ‘Solutions for climate change in a rapidly changing world’.

Thank you to all those who attended the SEQ Branch conference in Logan including our dedicated Partners and exhibitors for their valued ongoing support of IPWEAQ. A special thanks also to our sponsors, Logan City Council, C-M Concrete and EJ Australia.

I will be stepping down from the position of SEQ Branch President and from 1 July, step into the shoes of Peter Way PSM as Chair of the NAMS Council. I consider it a great honour to have been offered Peter’s role following his retirement and aim to continue the advocacy of asset management to the public works sector. 

SEQ Branch Technical Series 

commencing July 2017

IPWEAQ state conference

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 2018

SEQ Branch conference, Logan, 9-10 May 2017 conference wrap-up. See Photos.

Branch Scholarships

SEQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ state conference to be held in Townsville, 24-26 October 2017 may apply for a branch scholarship. For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.

Branch President's Report continued/...

Peter and John Howard (who is also standing down) are leaving IPWEA with an outstanding reputation and international recognition as leaders in the management of public works infrastructure.

I would like to thank all SEQ branch members for their trust and support over the last four years during my time as your branch president. As mentioned above, I am seeking a more reasonable balance between work and life and the part-time role of Chair of NAMS allows me to stay in touch with the sector, the institute and our members. The NAMS Council has a roadmap for reviewing and further developing the suite of tools that assist practitioners in their roles. Advocating for asset management is another comprehensive topic I will talk about at another time. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at the 2017 IPWEAQ state conference in Townsville, 24-26 October.

Murray Erbs

SEQ Branch President (to June 2017)