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

Stuart Grallelis

Senior Structural Engineer

Dileigh Consulting Engineers

Benjamin Ash (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer 

George Bourne & Associates

Murray Donald


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CQ Branch President's Report, December 2019

What a fantastic year for the CQ Branch including our record-breaking conference in Rockhampton in May. And congratulations to our winners at the 2019 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards including:

Trevor Harvey who was presented with the President’s Award for his services to IPWEAQ’s business unit, the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater). Trevor first joined the qldwater TRG as a councillor in 2005 and has attended the most qldwater meetings and events of any representative. He also served as its Chair from 2013-2014.

And I was very proud for Gladstone Regional Council to receive a Highly Commended for Projects $1 - $2 million for the Kirkwood Road and Lavender Boulevard Intersection Upgrade.

Our IPWEAQ Ambassador in CQ, Ben Ash (George Bourne & Associates) did us proud in the 2019 IPWEAQ Great Debate with the Affirmative team receiving 86% of the votes as they argued that rural and regional engineers are more adaptable than engineers in the city. Ben came well prepared with props including a shovel, umbrella and high-viz jacket to demonstrate just how adaptable engineers in regional areas can be. Well done, Ben!

I am delighted to confirm the location and dates for the 2020 CQ Branch Conference – please join us in Maryborough, 30 April to 1 May 2020! And thank you to the Fraser Coast Regional Council for hosting. Your support is most appreciated.

Would you like to join the CQ Branch committee? If so, please complete the form below. I look forward to welcoming you together with committee members Stuart Grallelis, Adam Docherty and Ben Ash.

Coming up early in the New Year is the annual President’s Breakfast and I invite councils and consultancies in CQ to register to host a breakfast, 7-9am on Friday 7 February 2020. You just need a room with a laptop (or two) with a camera and Internet to receive the live stream from Brisbane. And breakfast could be as simple as McDonalds! The keynote presentation will be by Marie Gales, our 2019 Engineer of the Year and the first female engineer to win the award. We’ll also hear from Noosa Council, winners of the 2019 Project of the Year for the Noosa Park Road Boardwalk.

The 2020 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards will also be launched at the President’s Breakfast and I encourage all of you to submit your projects – at the very least, we would like to see them featured in the Commemorative Book for prosperity.

The President’s Breakfast will also see the launch of Craig Murrell’s President’s Charity, Rural Aid so it is a packed morning and an opportunity to get together with colleagues across the state.

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.

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.