Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Celisa Faulkner

Branch President

Engineer, Networks

Gladstone Regional Council

0429 607 880

CQ Branch Committee

Celisa Faulkner (Branch President)

Manager, Asset Planning 

Gladstone Regional Council 

Murray Donald (Vice President)

Civil Engineering Advisor

Lorna Oliver 

Manager (Technical Services)

Department of Transport and main Roads

Ashleigh Tomkins (YIPWEAQ)

Senior Engineer, Asset Management, Gladstone Regional Council

Adam Doherty


Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Stuart Grallelis

Senior Structural Engineer

Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Seth Docherty (YIPWEAQ)

Graduate Engineer

Harrison Infrastructure Group

Benjamin Ash (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer 

George Bourne & Associates

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CQ Branch President's Report, March 2019

Planning is underway for #CQ19 to be held in Rockhampton, 22-24 May 2019. The Call for Papers is open now and closes 13 March. Don’t miss this opportunity to record up to 45 CPD hours for preparing and presenting a paper at a conference.

The conference will commence Wednesday 22 May at 6:30pm with a Welcome function. The Tech Tour is scheduled for Thursday afternoon leading into our conference dinner. We’ll conclude the official program with lunch on Friday and social golf on offer Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately owing to the change to the dates for our conference, the General Meeting of members to decide on our new corporate structure and supporting constitution will now be held in Brisbane, 6 June. However, you can still ‘attend’ by proxy to be sure your vote is recorded. Proxy forms are available for download from the website.

We encourage our YIPWEAQ members to submit an abstract as we would like to include at least two of our younger professionals in the program. Please contact Craig Moss, our Director Professional Services if you require any assistance with a topic.

IPWEAQ has a keen desire to involve our younger professionals in our community. We offer considerable discounts to members under age 35 including a 40% discount on their annual membership subscription, a 50% discount on branch conference registrations and a 20% discount on the IPWEAQ annual conference registration. Additionally, there are opportunities for YIPWEAQ members to present papers and receive complimentary conference registrations. See the 10 Reasons for Presenting a Paper at an IPWEAQ Conference.

There are two features in our quarterly e-journal, Engineering for Public Works aimed at raising the profile of our up-and-coming members: Emerging Leaders and Next Generation.

Previous ‘emerging leaders’ have won Young Engineer of the Year, been awarded an international study tour scholarship and become an IPWEAQ Board member.

Our CQ-based IPWEAQ Ambassador, Benjamin Ash is featured in this issue in ‘Next Generation’ – impressive students or recent graduates. Congratulations, Ben!

And to further focus our attention on the future, IPWEAQ recently appointed a new Director, People & Capability, Nadia Marks whose role is to connect us with universities to help the understanding of what it is to be an engineer in the public works sector and to assist with the development and career progression of our recent graduates. Nadia’s goal is to ensure our sector has the capabilities it needs to deliver infrastructure projects and services to our communities well into the future. Welcome, Nadia!

And finally, for those of you needing to complete CPD hours, we are holding a Queensland Urban Drainage Manual Workshop in Rockhampton, 16 June with up to 7 CPD hours available.

Celisa Faulkner

CQ Branch President


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.