Celisa Faulkner (Branch President)
Murray Donald (Vice President)
Civil Engineering Advisor
Manager (Technical Services), TMR
Ashleigh Tomkins (YIPWEAQ)
Senior Engineer, Asset Management, Gladstone Regional Council
Dileigh Consulting Engineers
Senior Structural Engineer
Dileigh Consulting Engineers
Seth Docherty (YIPWEAQ)
Harrison Infrastructure Group
Banana Shire Council, Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcoo Shire Council, Blackall-Tamboo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Diamantina Shire Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Gladstone Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Longreach Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Winton Shire Council, Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.
I am delighted to confirm the location and dates for the 2019 CQ Branch Conference – Rockhampton, 7-9 May 2019. Thank you to our hosts, Rockhampton Regional Council! Planning is underway with further details on venue and the Call for Papers to be released early in the New Year but I can announce that golf is back on the agenda for Saturday 9 May 2019 and is unlikely to be washed out by a cyclone.
This conference will be additionally special as we will be hosting a General Meeting of members to decide on our new corporate structure and supporting constitution. The IPWEAQ Board has devoted considerable time reviewing every clause in the new constitution keeping paramount in our minds, our independence and future sustainability. We need to appeal to newer generations and be ready for whatever comes our way. I encourage you to take the time to read the new constitution (on our website) and to submit any query you might have, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, so we can be sure your views are taken into consideration. This new constitution will govern our Institute for years to come. And under our new structure, the authority to make decisions on the rules that govern our Institute will belong to its members.
A huge congratulations to the team at Bundaberg Regional Council, winners of the 2018 IPWEAQ excellence award in the Projects over $10 million category for their new multi-use sports and community centre (Multiplex). Congratulations, Bundy!
If you didn’t make it to #IPWEAQ18 on the Gold Coast, be sure to make a diary note for #IPWEAQ19 on 24-26 October 2019. The conference will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre which forms part of the Brisbane Showgrounds and has a long and revered history etched into Queensland’s social heritage.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of two more (Young) IPWEAQ Ambassadors including Ben Ash from George Bourne & Associates. Many of you will recall Ben’s capable presentation at the Barcaldine conference in June and he features also in the annual conference video highlights. Madison Stahlhut won the 2018 Futures Challenge and joins Ben and our current Ambassadors, Jessica Kahl and Joshua Flanders. Our Ambassador program is a part of our overall program to attract newer generations and to nurture those who have the potential to become future leaders of our Institute.
And more great announcements – I am very pleased to welcome two new members to the CQ Branch Committee: Stuart Grallelis, Senior Structural Engineer, Dileigh Consulting Engineers and a YIPWEAQ member, Seth Docherty, a Graduate Engineer with HIG. Welcome Stuart and Seth! I look forward to your thoughts and ideas on progressing our branch.
Would you like to host a satellite breakfast for the 2019 President’s Breakfast on Friday 8 February 2019? You just need a room with a laptop (or two) with a camera and Internet to receive the live stream, and arrange breakfast which could be as simple as McDonalds! The keynote presentation is by our 2018 Engineer of the Year, Alton Twine.
Thanks to everyone for supporting IPWEAQ and your branch over the past year. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in person or via live streaming for the President’s Breakfast in February.
CQ Branch President
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Chip for Charity at the 2018 CQ Branch conference!