Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

2018 Great Debate

Tradition has no place in a modern workplace.
Winners: Negative Team

Team for the Affirmative:

Ged Brennan, Managing Director, GenEng Solutions

Jimmy ScottGeneral Manager, Operations, QRA

Cate Fennell, Cadet Engineer, Parkes Shire Council

Team for the Negative:

Matthew Brennan, Civil Engineer, 

George Bourne & Associates Consulting Engineers

Kym Murphy, Regional Director | Downs South West Region, Program Delivery And Operations Branch | Infrastructure Management and Delivery Division | TMR

Mark Lamont, Director, Information & Resources, IPWEAQ

2017 Great Debate

Smart cities are not that smart

Winners: Negative Team

Team for the Affirmative
Bruce Gardiner, General Manager Infrastructure Services, Cairns Regional Council
Sandra Burke, District Director (FNQ), Program Delivery & Operations
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Ren Niemann, Partner, McCullough Robertson

Team for the Negative: 
Jenny Hill, Mayor, City of Townsville
Andrew Ryan, Principal, Sabre Management Solutions
Alton TwineDirector City Infrastructure
City of Gold Coast

2016 Great Debate

Women make better engineers than men

Winners: Affirmative Team

Team for the Affirmative: 
Angela Fry, Principal Project Manager, GHD
Stephen Hegedus, Senior Asset Manager, Shepherd Services
Gavin Blakey, Principal Engineer, Strategic Asset Management | Asset Management Branch, Brisbane City Council

Team for the Negative
Julie Mitchell, Chief Engineer, TMR Dawson Wilkie, IPWEAQ Past President, Director all.PM
Gerhard Joubert, General Manager Infrastructure & Utilities, Central Highlands Regional Council

2019 Great Debate Topic

Rural (public works) engineers are more adaptable than their city counterparts

Would you like to participate in the 2019 Great Debate?

Thanks for your interest in the 2019 Great Debate! We will revert to you shortly!

Leigh Cunningham
Chief Executive Officer
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The IPWEAQ Great Debate was launched at the 2016 annual conference in Brisbane with the topic, ‘women make better engineers than men’. This inaugural debate was highly successful and has become a key part of the annual conference, bringing the event to a close on the third day.

The debate is intended to be entertaining and lighthearted but it also offers an opportunity to address key, niggling or divisive issues. Political correctness should be observed at all times.

Delegates vote for the winner using the conference app.

Enquiries please contact:

Leigh Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer