Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Stephen Hegedus

Branch President

Senior Asset Engineer
Shepherd Services

0417 076 345 stephen@shepherdservices.com.au 

SWQ Branch committee

Angela Fry (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

Dereck Sanderson
District Director (Darling Downs), TMR

SWQ Branch President's Report
September 2017

At the state conference in Townsville in October, I will be chairing the inaugural meeting of the NAMS-Q Advisory Group which comprises the following members:

  • Joe Bannan, IPWEAQ President, Brisbane City Council
  • Murray Erbs, IPWEA NAMS Chair
  • Phil McKone, Livingstone Shire Council (CQ Branch representative)
  • Kylie Munn, GHD (SWQ Branch representative)
  • Natasha Murray, Cairns Regional Council (NQ Branch representative)
  • Craig Young, Sunshine Coast Council (SEQ Branch representative)
  • Mark de Hayr, MDEH Services
  • Justin Fischer, Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • John Keen, Lockyer Valley Regional Council

The aim of the Group is to provide leadership and advocacy in the sustainable management of public works infrastructure, community assets and services across Queensland. And given the recent reports from the Queensland Audit Office (QAO), the importance of asset management in the long-term sustainability of local councils is gaining the attention it deserves.

At a branch level, I will be stepping down as the SWQ Branch President effective from the AGM in Townsville in October and I wish Angela Fry well as she steps into the role. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the various branch committee members I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past four years, with a special mention to Matt Sullivan, who was a great Vice President and Treasury. I hope to see a strong contingent from the SWQ Branch in Townsville at the state conference and excellence awards ceremony. Last year, SWQ Branch councils did exceptionally well with some of the top project and people awards and we’re hoping for a good result again this year. We’ll celebrate in typical SWQ Branch style so don’t miss it!

As soon as the state conference is concluded, attention will turn to our conference to be held in Goondiwindi, 15-16 March 2018. A Call for Papers will be issued in November and I encourage members to submit an abstract for the program. Please also share your ideas for speakers, workshops etc.

There are a number of benefits to you personally and professionally in preparing and presenting papers at our conferences for example, writing an abstract (up to 500 words) helps you develop the necessary skills to write concisely for your key stakeholders.

See you in Townsville, 24-26 October!

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

SWQ Branch conference

Dalby, 2-3 March 2017. See conference album and conference wrap-up

Branch Scholarships

SWQ 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.