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

Adam Doherty


Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Stuart Grallelis

Senior Structural Engineer

Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Benjamin Ash (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer 

George Bourne & Associates

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CQ Branch President's Report, September 2019

I am delighted to be continuing on as your CQ Branch President for another term and thank you for your support over the past two years! Joining me on our CQ Branch committee are Adam Doherty, Stuart Grallelis, Seth Docherty, Ashleigh Tomkins and our IPWEAQ Ambassador, Benjamin Ash. We welcome your suggestions on activities and events for our branch.

I hope you will join us at the 2019 IPWEAQ Annual Conference in Brisbane, 22-24 October which is sure to be another memorable event. Each year for the past few years, the conference has grown in stature with a record 485 delegates in 2018. More importantly, it is the comraderie, the socialising, the special conference features and valuable CPD hours – 16 including the Tech Tours of which there are four to choose from.

Special features this year include:

  • The Great Debate: Rural/regional engineers are more adaptable than their city counterparts. Be there to support Ben Ash as he joins the affirmative team to take on those city slickers!
  • Futures Challenge for final year civil engineering students, with CQ represented by Benjamin Chappell from CQUniversity. Be sure to be there to support Benjamin as he competes against JCU, SCU and USQ.
  • Design Thinking Session (CASE Workshop) for U35 delegates.
  • Masterclass for women in public works engineering – Diversity as a superpower facilitated by Dr Jillian Kenny.

We have several speakers in the Annual Conference program from CQ including:

  • Scenic Highway, Statue Bay – Cyclone Marcia Reconstruction Project by our 2019 CQ Branch conference Best Paper award winner, Dan Toon, Livingstone Shire Council
  • Understanding and optimising disinfection performance in a water supply network, Neels Kloppers, Gladstone Regional Council | Roger Crozier, Stantec

  • Transforming business operations and gaining efficiency in record time: Implementing a mobility solution at Gympie Water, Robert Stone, Gympie Regional Council | James Esson, Assetic
  • A Council’s transformational journey to allow improved asset management, Anna Scott, Gladstone Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council takes a new approach to road service delivery, Justin Kronk, North Burnett Regional Council and Darren Shepherd, Shepherd Services.
Please be there to support the team from CQ as they present to delegates, and be there to support our region’s projects as they compete for the prestigious IPWEAQ awards for excellence in public works engineering!

And if you are unable to make it to the Annual Conference this year, please be sure to send your Proxy vote for the critical Annual General Meeting when we will meet to (hopefully) adopt our new constitution. Please contact Leigh Cunningham to receive your Proxy Form.

The CQ Tech Forum will return this year in November.

And finally, I’m sure we have plenty of fit healthy engineers and technical officers in CQ and I invite you to nominate a bike ride for us to get TEAM IPWEAQ happening in our branch. It does not need to be a formalised ride; we can create our own. TEAM IPWEAQ bike jerseys available for all participants and they look great on everyone!

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.