Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Celisa Faulkner

Branch President

Engineer, Networks

Gladstone Regional Council

0429 607 880

CQ Branch Committee

Adam Doherty (Vice President)


Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Stuart Grallelis

Senior Structural Engineer

Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Benjamin Ash (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer 

George Bourne & Associates

Murray Donald


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CQ Branch President's Report
March 2020

Firstly, congratulations to Mackay Regional Council, second best drinking water in the entire world (but only beaten by one point so possibly the best)! Mackay‚Äôs Water Treatment Manager, Stuart Boyd and Director of Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure, Jason Devitt travelled to the USA with water samples for judging with 100 other water samples from across the globe. 

Top five placegetters in the municipal water category at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting were:

Gold: Mission Springs Water District, Desert Hot Springs, California

Silver: Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Bronze: Quebec Canada

4th: Santa Ana, California

5th: South West Water Authority, North Dakota

Congratulations also to Graeme Wills who was recently awarded Emeritus membership. Graeme was CQ Branch President from 2011- 2015 and has played an active role in IPWEAQ for many years. Congratulations from all of us, Graeme!

Thank you to Adam Doherty, Director, Dileigh Consulting Engineers who has taken on the role of CQ Branch Vice-President. If you would like to join our committee, please don't hesitate to contact me. Being a branch committee member is not an administrative or organisational role; our branch committees assist with the development of strategic initiatives which respond to the needs of our teams working in each region. Note you do not need to be an engineer!

Our Technical Day at Hastings Deering in Rockhampton will return this year with dates to be confirmed for October. Please mark your diaries now.

But unfortunately I'm sorry to announce that our CQ Branch conference for 2020 has been cancelled owing to current conditions. The published program will remain largely unchanged so you can plan early to obtain permission to attend.

In the meantime, we will have another opportunity to get together at the Annual Conference in Cairns, 10-12 November. If you would like to present at Annual, the Call for Papers will be open next month. I hope to see you then!

Celisa Faulkner

CQ Branch President

Celisa Faulkner & Adam Doherty

Graeme Wills

Benjamin Ash

IPWEAQ Ambassador, CQ

Graduate Engineer at George Bourne & Associates based in Barcaldine. Benjamin presented a paper at the CQ Branch conference, Graduate Engineers out West. Visit our globally recognised Knowledge Centre and search for Ben to view his presentation. Find out more about Ben in our Next Generation Profile on page 58 of our December 2018 Journal Issue.