Angela Fry (Branch President, Excellence Awards & Branch Events)
Manager, Toowoomba & South West Region, GHD
Ashlee Adams (YIPWEAQ & Membership)
Principal Project Manager, Toowoomba Regional Council
Andrew Johnson (Professional Development & Key Contacts)
Works Manager, Somerset Regional Council
District Director (Darling Downs), TMR
Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council
Balonne Shire Council, Bulloo Shire Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Murweh Shire Council, Paroo Shire Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council
Thank you to the Goondiwindi
Regional Council, our hosts for the 2018 SWQ Branch conference! The 139
delegates in attendance will confirm it was an exceptional event in every
respect from the program and presentations, the organisation, the exhibition
and the opportunities for networking with and sharing of ideas with our
The Best Paper award was presented to Joseph Marstella from TMR for his paper on the Safety and Freight on the New England Highway - Darling Downs District's strategic approach. Joseph will now present his paper at the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018.
As part of our ongoing dialogue regarding the long term financial sustainability of councils, Jan Xanthopoulo from the Queensland Treasury Corporation presented a paper on the linking of asset management to long term financial sustainability.
And as part of our role informing the outcome of the NDRRA Funding Reforms, we enjoyed a presentation from Jimmy Scott and Kieran Dibb and from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
Our delegates and sponsors raised $4,865 for the President’s Charity with thanks to SMK Consultants for sponsoring the charity auction. Winning bidders included Sean Rice from Proterra, Councillor Carol Taylor, Deputy Mayor, Toowoomba Regional Council and Carl Bacon from WDRC and Richard Holliday from Orion Solar. Goondiwindi mayor, Councillor Graeme Scheu not only opened our conference and participated throughout but also conducted our auction.
Thank you to all our Partners, exhibitors and sponsors including GenEng Solutions, Hunter H20, Shepherd Services, the Proterra Group and of course SMK Consultants.
IPWEAQ has also just concluded another successful event, the Southern Roads Symposium held in Toowoomba, 29-31 May which saw 160 delegates gather to discuss the use of locally resourced materials in the construction, maintenance and operations of southern roads. Thank you to the Toowoomba Regional Council and TMR, our partners for this event.
Coming up next is the IPWEAQ annual conference and excellence awards to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018. The SWQ Branch committee would like to see a SWQ branch entry nominated for an excellence award in each of the 11 project categories (including two water awards) and the four ‘people’ categories. Please take a moment to review your recent projects and consider a nomination – even if you don’t win, the excellence awards ceremony is a great opportunity to profile the work you do and the people you work with.
Finally, the Call for Papers for the IPWEAQ annual conference will open shortly. Aside from Joseph Marstella, we would like to see a strong contingent of SWQ branch members in the conference program including some of our younger, graduate engineers. While it is nice to hear about the big success stories, we also need to hear about the challenges and how we’ve overcome difficult situations.
I look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast!
SWQ Branch President