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IPWEAQ Annual Conference, 12-14 October

We are just six weeks away from the IPWEAQ Annual Conference in Cairns, 12-14 October! We know you've had a cracker of a year, so be sure to join us and 540+ delegates to connect, share, network and celebrate!

There are 12 streams this year including asset management, road projects and stormwater management. See the full program with an excellence awards gala dinner on Day 1 and a tropical-themed social on Day 2. Earn up to 17.25 CPD hours.

Dr Richard Harris SC OAM, 2019 Australian of the Year will deliver a keynote presentation about his experiences with the 2018 Thailand Cave Rescue.

Art Exhibition, 23 November 

We invite you to view the IPWEAQ Aboriginal art collection at our facilities in Eagle Farm, 23 November. 

Our 44-piece collection is from artists in the Northern Territory and northern western Australia. An art exhibition guide book will be provided.

Join us for a self-guided tour with champagne on arrival and light canapes and drinks. The event is complimentary but please register your attendance. 

Milestone Memberships

Thank you for your contributions to IPWEAQ and to our sector!

15 Years

Tyrone Gerada, City of Gold Coast

10 Years

Steve Mahini, Roseland Engineering Pty Ltd

Lorna Oliver, Department of Transport & Main Roads

Philip De Guzman, ATC Engineers & Project Managers

5 Years

Richard Lewis, George Bourne & Associates

Roger Naidoo, Longreach Regional Council

Eric Swart, Swart & Associates Quantity Surveyors 

Justin Crick, Consultant

Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater)

Visit https://www.qldwater.com.au/ to view the qldwater blog and industry focused newsletters and e-flashes.

Connecting local buyers to local suppliers 

From 1 August, Local Buy will transition to Active Arrangements increasing visibility for suppliers to buyers from local government, government-owned corporations, NFPs, statutory bodies and universities, who use Local Buy’s arrangements to streamline their procurement process.

Buyers will benefit from increased compliance rigour and easy to navigate arrangements, so they can easily discover more local suppliers. Access the Local Buy portal.

BPEQ Newsletter

Read the latest BPEQ NewsletterIssue 81 August 2021

  • Direct supervision: elements and responsibilities
  • Start as you mean to go on

  • An engineer's world


Upcoming PD Opportunities

Public Works TV (PW-TV)Register Online

Pedestrian and Cycle Network Improvement Plan - Bli Bli State School Precinct, Date TBC

Best Practice Installation of FRC & SRC Pipes, Date TBC

Professional Development 

16 September - Sprayed Bitumen, Emerald

21-22 September - Unsealed Local Roads, Brisbane

28 September - Sprayed Bitumen, Darwin

For more information, contact Tammi.Petre@ipweaq.com 

Public Works Professionals Orientation

This two-day intensive, 23-24 November, provides an understanding of the industry to support new professionals joining the public works sector at any stage of their career. 

Designed in consultation with industry, you'll gain big-picture context and essential knowledge to help you competently navigate the sector.  

Save the date - registrations will open soon! See testimonials from previous delegates.

Join IPWEAQ This Month!

Join IPWEAQ this month to receive a complimentary mini-conference on your preferred topic, valued at $200. Earn up to 1.5 CPD hours.

For further enquiries, contact Melissa.Bradley@ipweaq.com

Statue Bay - Cyclone Marcia Reconstruction Works

Engineers keep us safe and this month we celebrate engineering projects which help keep Queensland communities safe.

In February 2015, Cyclone Marcia caused severe damage to the steep escarpment above the coastal Scenic Highway at Statue Bay. The $25 million reconstruction by Livingstone Shire Council involved constructing a mechanically stabilised embankment with ocean protection wall and stabilising the cliff face with 15m soil nails and shotcrete surfacing. This damage-prone road has been transformed into an expansive, safe multi-user thoroughfare.

This project was nominated for a 2019 Excellence Award and is featured for September in the Every Community Needs an Engineer calendar.

We welcome articles, media releases, reports, videos and products or projects that recognise safety for IPWEAQ's globally recognised Knowledge Centre. Please send content to our Member & Services Coordinator, Melissa Bradley.

GDA2020 Transformation Project

Geoscience Australia and the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) have released the new Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 (GDA2020) to address tectonic plate shifts since the last update in the mid-1990s.

GDA2020 will ensure latitude and longitude coordinates are better aligned with global satellite positioning systems and enable spatial data to be seamlessly and accurately transferred between organisations.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is updating their spatial data and systems to support GDA2020 by 1 December 2021. Although GDA2020 will become TMR's standard datum, GDA94 will continue to be supported. The impacts of moving to the new system should be minimal.

To ensure industry is supported through this change, the project team welcomes your feedback by 17 September 2021. Your feedback will help TMR better understand potential issues and minimise any risks during the transition. For more information, visit the ICSM GDA2020 website.

Room Hire Facilities

IPWEAQ Socials

The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane: 7 November 2021

Join Team IPWEAQ or donate today to support our President's Charity, Rural Aid Australia.

Career Opportunities

Asset Management Officer, Noosa Council 

Project Engineer, Cloncurry Shire Council

Manager Engineering, Cloncurry Shire Council

Manager Strategic Assets, Tablelands Regional Council 

Team Manager Asset Strategy & Compliance, City of Townsville 

Technical Officer - Plant and Fleet, Mackay Regional Council 

Technical Officer - Traffic, Sunshine Coast Council

Treatment Engineer Wastewater, Redland City Council 

Development Engineer, Cairns Regional Council

Principal Engineer (Pavement Rehabilitation), Department of Transport and Main Roads

Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Planning Manager, Bundaberg Regional Council
Civil Planning Team Leader, Bundaberg Regional Council
Director Technical Services, Aurukun Shire Council
Strategic Transport Analyst, City of Gold Coast
Principal Traffic Modeller, City of Gold Coast
Civil Planning Team Leader, Bundaberg Regional Council
Delivery Coordinator, Noosa Council
Civil Works Ganger, Noosa Council