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
The SWQ Branch committee has been busy preparing for our annual branch conference to be held in Goondiwindi 15-16 March. This is the first conference in the IPWEAQ program for 2018 and we invite our members to set the standard high for other branches to follow. Last year, the CQ Branch took the prize with 149 delegates and seven sponsors.
A great deal of care and attention has been paid to developing a program that is relevant, local and topical. We appreciate the importance of CPD hours (6.5 hours available) and can assure you that at $30 per hour ($15 per hour for Young IPWEAQ), the SWQ Branch conference represents great value for the commitment of your valuable time.
We will also be continuing the discussion started in Townsville on local government sustainability with a presentation from Jan Xanthopoulo from Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) on linking asset management to long term financial sustainability.
We’re very pleased to announce our sponsors for this year’s conference: the welcome lunch is sponsored by Hunter H20, Day 1 afternoon tea is sponsored by Shepherd Services, our conference dinner at O'Shea's Royal Hotel is sponsored by Proterra Group and GenEng are sponsoring our morning tea on Day 2. Thank you all for your support!
Goondiwindi is a great location and Goondiwindi Regional Council will certainly deliver a professional venue with well-known country hospitality. Be sure to register online and join us for a couple of days of sharing, learning and fun.
We have a small branch committee of four but we are enthusiastic, committed and passionate about bringing the best public works outcomes to our region.
All four of us attended the recent IPWEAQ Strategic Planning Day with other branch committee members and IPWEAQ staff. It was a day of identifying and discussing what has worked well in the past, what challenges we faced and what our organisation will look like in the future. Our branch focused attention on how best to represent and communicate with our members and I’ll be utilising our SWQ Branch specific portal in the Knowledge Centre as much as possible.
The SWQ Branch committee is also in the process of developing our Branch Annual Program for 2018-2019 ie what we would like to deliver for SWQ members in the coming financial year including tech forums and tours, awards/scholarships, honorary memberships, fundraising initiatives to support the President’s Charity (MS Queensland) and Professional Development programs. Once drafted, we’ll upload this to the SWQ Branch portal and invite your feedback.
Following Goondiwindi, our next major event will be the roads symposium of southern Queensland, hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council and supported by TMR, 29-31 May 2018. This event will explore the use of locally available materials in the construction, maintenance and operations of our road assets specifically in this region. This symposium follows on from the successful Western Roads Symposium held in Longreach, August 2017.
Finally, in this International Women’s Day issue of Engineering for Public Works, I am proud to have had a wonderful career to date in this male dominated industry. A lot has changed in the last 20 years but we still have a long way to go to achieve gender parity – more than 200 years according to a 2017 report by the World Economic Forum. None of my colleagues – male or female – believe this is satisfactory so please take the time to consider how you can make changes around you to improve on this prediction. #PressForProgress
SWQ Branch President