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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

Adam Doherty (Vice President)


Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Benjamin Ash (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer

George Bourne & Associates

Greg Abbotts

Technical Officer

Livingstone Shire Council

Ryan Grayson

Development Engineer

Gladstone Regional Council

Jason Hoolihan

Manager Infrastructure

Central Highlands Regional Council

Garth Kath

RPEQ Engineer & Associate

George Bourne & Associates

Arvind Jess Layug

Technical Officer/Project Superintendent

Rockhampton Regional Council

Leonard Strub

Development Engineer

Bundaberg Regional Council

Thomas Wager

Graduate Engineer

AECOM Australia

CQ Branch Presidents Report
December 2020

Well that is it for another year and one that will be remembered for the challenges it presented to us in local government including cordoning off our public spaces and managing teams remotely.

And while we were forced to cancel our CQ Branch conference in Maryborough earlier this year, the IPWEAQ Annual Conference rolled into November and against all odds, delivered an exceptional event.

440 people were in attendance at the gala awards ceremony and dinner to witness the presentation of awards for excellence with four recipients from CQ including:

  • Central Highlands Regional Council – winner, Innovation award for the Emerald Airport Runway Rehabilitation and Overlay Project
  • Isaac Regional Council – joint winner, Environment & Sustainability for their Water & Waste Directorate IMS
  • Remote Area Planning and Development Water and Sewerage Alliance (RAPADWSA), joint winner, Environment & Sustainability for RAPADWSA Sewerage Treatment Plant Regulatory Investigation Project
  • Central Highlands Regional Council, Highly Commended, Projects under $1 million for the Nogoa River Trail.

Please take a moment to review the projects and people nominated, and winners, in the 2020 Commemorative Book [link inserted]. And congratulations to all nominees representing CQ – we hope to see more CQ projects featured in next year’s awards program.

Trevor Dean, Executive Manager Engineering & Technical Services, Fraser Coast council, IPWEAQ Board member and CQ Branch committee member, joined the negative (and winning) team for this year’s Great Debate to dispel the myth that engineers are introverts and disconnected from the world around them. The Debate was livestreamed and is available in the IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre. Be sure to check it out!

Conference delegates can now access the Conference Proceedings [link inserted] in the Knowledge Centre which includes the audio/visual recording, the PPT presentation and conference paper (if supplied) of all keynote and plenary presentations, all presentations delivered across all four streams (including the three streams you couldn’t attend), the Great Debate, Futures Challenge and panel session plus photographic evidence of the great time we all had at #IPWEAQ20.

And if you were unable to attend, you can still participate belatedly by subscribing to the Conference Proceedings [link inserted] which offers 22.5 CPD hours at just $26 per hour for members ($40 per hour for non-members)

Next up, Christmas in less than 20 days, the President’s Breakfast (join via livestream) 5 February, and then we reconvene in Maryborough 20-21 April for the CQ Branch Conference. The Call for Papers will be released early in 2021 so please submit your projects, successes and failures so we can all learn for all our experiences.

Thanks to you all for supporting IPWEAQ and your CQ 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 to kick off another successful year.

Celisa Faulkner
CQ Branch President

Presentations from CQ Branch at #IPWEAQ20

Scott Cramer, Mackay Regional Council| James Esson, Assetic

Transforming business operations: Implementing an efficient mobile solution at Mackay Regional Council

Sean Robinson, Isaac Regional Council

Managing the impact of large resource projects on remote local government transport infrastructure

Chris Campbell, Central Highlands Regional Council

From Data to Information to Decision-Making

Darren Shepherd, Shepherd | Carmen Smith, Gladstone Regional Council

Gladstone Regional Council Gets Mobile with Online Works Program