Celisa Faulkner (Branch President & Key Contacts)
Murray Donald (Vice President & Key Contacts)
Civil Engineering Advisor
Lorna Oliver (Professional Development)
Manager (Technical Services), TMR
Ashleigh Tomkins (YIPWEAQ, Membership & Excellence Awards)
Senior Engineer, Asset Management, Gladstone Regional Council
Dileigh Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd
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.
getting ready for the CQ Branch conference to be held in Barcaldine, 13-15 June
2018! I am really pleased to be taking our conference west again as there is a
lot to learn and share in this part of our region. Our sincere appreciation to
our gracious hosts and dedicated IPWEAQ Supporter, George Bourne and Associates and thanks
also to the Barcaldine Regional Council for their continuing support and
official welcome by the mayor, Councillor Rob Chandler.
We have a great opportunity to earn valuable CPD hours through an impressive technical program including a Technical Tour of the Barcaldine Solar Farm and TMR geotechnical laboratory. And of course, as is key for IPWEAQ conferences, we’ll be catching up with mates and making new ones at our social events including dinner and a movie outback-style hosted by McCullough Robertson who will be celebrating the return of the firm to their Barcaldine origins.
The program kicks off with our keynote speaker, Simon Rea from The Lightning Group on behavioural profiling which is not to be missed. I am really very proud of the program we have compiled for you with high calibre presentations on roads, water, contract management, stormwater, new products and everything in between. Please join us in Barcaldine and don't forget to bring your graduates and younger professionals. As we all know, these events are invaluable as we embark on our careers and forge long-lasting friendships.
On other news, I would like to warmly welcome Adam Doherty from Dileigh Consulting Engineers who has joined the CQ Branch committee. It is a pleasure to have Adam onboard! Adam and Dileigh Consulting Engineers have been long-time supporters of IPWEAQ. ‘Many hands make light work' so if you would also like to join our branch committee, please let me know. I am a working mum juggling my progressing career and family but being on an IPWEAQ committee has allowed me to develop my business and leadership skills in a low stress environment which I feel is really going to help me in the long run. Not to mention how good it feels giving back. It can help you too!
We are currently investigating some exciting opportunities for the CQ Branch including how we can better connect with you through technology as our time is becoming more and more valuable. If you also have some ideas please don't hesitate to let us know. In the near future, the CQ Branch will be trialling the livestreaming of a PD event and we look forward to your participation in this trial and your feedback.
Our next PD
event in CQ is the QUDM
workshop in Gladstone on 25 July 2018. Be sure to register early. And if
you still have a budget to spend on training before the end of the financial
year, be sure to contact Craig Moss to discuss a Professional Development package tailored to your
council’s needs and budget.
Both the SWQ and NQ branches had 130+ delegates in attendance at their recent branch conferences so I’m certain that we can beat that! I hope to see you all in Barcaldine!
Take care and be safe!
CQ Branch President
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Chip for Charity at the CQ Branch conference!