The SEQ Branch recently held its first meeting and Technical Tour for 2017 at the new $14 million 14 hectare Humes factory in Ipswich. Members enjoyed learning about the man behind the company - Walter Humes who revolutionised centrifugal pipes manufacturing processes back in early 1900s. See photos of the factory tour on our website. Australian developed manufacturing techniques produce some of the best precast products in the world and we are most grateful to Humes for hosting our meeting and technical tour.
As mentioned in my previous report, a review is currently underway for Complete Streets however we have since expanded that review to include its predecessor publication, Queensland Streets in response to the feedback you provided to Ross Guppy, IPWEAQ Director, Technical Products. We will now look at both documents in tandem. If you would like to be involved in this review, please contact myself or Ross Guppy. CPD hours are available for your contribution to professional and technical working groups.
CPD hours are also available for the preparation and presentation of technical papers at our various branch and state conferences. The Call for Papers is now open for the SEQ Branch conference in Logan, 9-10 May 2017 and I invite you to submit an abstract before 7 April. The theme for the Logan conference is 'building on smart solutions'. If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to submit a supporting article and PowerPoint presentation (templates are now available) which will be uploaded to the new IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre. Members will be able to search by author’s name to find all articles and presentations made by you at IPWEAQ events plus articles you may have had published in our journal. This is beneficial to your professional profile.
I am currently on the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) End User Reference Group (EURG) representing IPWEAQ as a Queensland End User in the development of CoastAdapt. This is a tool/framework that provides coastal managers with support and knowledge for actions to adapt to climate change and sea-level rise. Information is delivered in an innovative way for ease of use at three levels: ‘skimmers’, ‘waders’ and ‘divers’. Many of the tools that have been developed are able to be used for both coastal and inland climate change adaptation consultation and strategy development. Please take the time to view at coastadapt.com.au.
Registrations for the Logan conference are also now open. Contenders for the inaugural IPWEAQ Grand Slam award (delegates who have attended the Lucinda, Brisbane, Dalby and Yeppoon conferences) will receive a complimentary registration to the Logan conference and we will be presenting the inaugural winner with their award.
Branch President's Report continued ...
As many of you may know, I recently retired from my role at Redland City Council after 6 years with the council. I look forward in the short-term to devoting more time to IPWEAQ and various other professional and community projects. For those of you attending the CQ Branch conference in Yeppoon, 23-25 March, I look forward to seeing you there and I will be happy to receive and consider your suggestions for the Complete Streets and Queensland Streets reviews.
SEQ BRANCH PRESIDENT