March 2016 issue
Welcome to the first issue of Engineering for Public Works, our new journal featuring more technical articles, reports from your branch presidents as well as our state president, Joe Bannan and updates on what’s happening in public works across Queensland. Our next issue to be published in June is on the theme ‘Connecting Queensland’ - in a physical sense with roads, bridges and trains and in a personal sense ie bringing our members together at our branch and state conferences.
The State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) released by the state government 13 March 2016 aims to connect Queensland by addressing our state’s infrastructure needs. It includes the prioritisation of projects to respond to the challenges currently facing Queensland and our members. With New South Wales infrastructure development accelerating, we need to ensure we do not lose IPWEAQ members to our southern neighbours and risk not having engineers and skilled workers readily available to deliver public works projects in Queensland in the short and longer term.
In conjunction with the SIP, the 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan confirms the high priority of a number of Queensland infrastructure projects including the Cross River Rail (CRR) project which aims to transform Brisbane into Australia’s third internationally competitive city and to support critical freight networks.
Proposed by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), the CRR will extend from Bowen Hills to Salisbury via the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD), Woolloongabba, Dutton Park and Yeerongpilly.
Other projects of higher priority include the Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea to Darra), the Port of Brisbane dedicated freight rail connection, reservation of the corridor for the East Coast High Speed Rail (Brisbane to Melbourne), Mount Isa to Townsville rail corridor upgrade, Gladstone Port land and sea access upgrade, Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure development and the connection of gas suppliers to eastern gas markets. I’m also personally pleased to see the Cunningham Highway will receive an upgrade.
Members are invited to submit articles for our ‘Connecting Queensland’ issue with up to 45 CPD points available depending on preparation time and length of the article. I look forward to discussing your ideas, feedback and future themes for Engineering for Public Works at our joint SEQ and SWQ Branch Conference to be held at The J in Noosa 28-29 April 2016.
Finally, we would like to welcome Sharon Wright to our team. Sharon is responsible for marketing and PR and is the editor of our journal. She joins a strong, experienced executive team including Carlie Sargent (Member Services), Julie Mitchell (Professional Development) and Ross Guppy (Technical Products) together with Tom Brooke, our administrative assistant. We all look forward to hearing from you. See you in Noosa!