Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President, Key Contacts, Branch Events)
Land Development Engineer, Redland City Council
Craig Young (NAMS-Q, Membership)
Manager Civil Asset Management, Sunshine Coast Council
Jessica Kahl (YIPWEAQ)
IPWEAQ Ambassador, Aurecon
Sophia Andary (YIPWEAQ, Knowledge Centre & Journal)
Civil Designer, Infrastructure Services Department, Ipswich City Council
Weena Lokuge (Knowledge Centre & Journal)
Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland
Casey Lee (Excellence Awards & Professional Development)
Senior Civil Engineering Design Supervisor, Logan City Council
Road Construction Program Leader, Logan City Council
Christmas is just around the corner and as we exchange and express our best wishes to our family, friends, work colleagues, our mates in the industry and every person on earth, we will be telling stories about 2017 and just like all past years it went very fast.
We have had a number of successful events in 2017 but the best one for me was the IPWEAQ state conference at Townsville. The conference was great in all aspects including technical content with a very rich program, and a well organised event. With a variety of papers and streams to choose from and a high number of delegates, sponsors and exhibitors, there were ample opportunities for learning, networking, and catching up with friends and mates.
As the SEQ Branch President, I was pleased to see one of councils, the City of the Gold Coast take centre stage at the 2017 IPWEAQ excellence awards gala ceremony winning multiple awards. The winning projects showcased innovation and value for money. I encourage all councils in the SEQ corner to follow suit and participate in the 2018 IPWEAQ excellence awards with nominations opening early in 2018 which, given how fast this year has passed, will be with us all too soon.
While congratulating Alton Twine, Director City Infrastructure on their successes, we discussed an opportunity for members in the SEQ Branch to attend a technical tour to the award-winning Sarawak project early in 2018. It is obviously a busy time for the City of the Gold as they work day and night preparing their amazing city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The City of Gold Coast are also our hosts for the 2018 IPWEAQ state conference to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018. Anyone who has attended our recent IPWEAQ state conferences will assure you that this a premier event not to be missed. And we’ll be celebrating the success of the Commonwealth Games with our colleagues.
Just like the rest of you, I am extremely busy at work at this time of the year, with long hours required just to keep things moving as we try to reduce the impact of the holidays on capital works delivery. In fact, the entire year has been much the same with key vacancies from two of my direct reports impacting on my team.
Our new SEQ Branch committee will get together before Christmas to draft the plan for 2018 which will include technical, social and networking events.
On behalf of the SEQ Branch committee and members, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
SEQ Branch President
SEQ Branch Technical Series
Alex Fraser Facility Tour
22 February 2018, 12:00 noon
1512 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach