Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

#IPWEAQ19 Annual Conference

Royal International Convention Centre (RICC)

22 – 24 October 2019

We are delighted to officially launch the 2019 IPWEAQ Annual Conference program including keynote speakers:

Marita Cheng - 2012 Young Australian of the Year and women in technology advocate
Mick Colliss - Inaugural captain of Australia's Sudoku Team (sponsored by Shepherd)
David Bartlett - the 43rd Premier of Tasmania
Mr Tay Hengky - Director Physical Planning Infrastructure Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore


The Design Thinking Workshop on day one of the conference, focussed on equipping Emerging Professionals under 35 with design thinking tools using the CASE framework. And join us for the Welcome Lunch afterwards! Sponsored by Aurecon!

The Women in Public Works Engineering Master Class on day three, facilitated by Dr Jillian Kenny and providing relevant and authentic development strategies for women in public works engineering.

We are excited to bring you a diverse program with a range of different session types and specialty subject areas. Check out the full conference program for inspiration.


IPWEAQ is once again calling Members and Fellows to act as a conference buddy for our emerging professionals - introduce them to colleagues and guide them with decisions on what sessions and streams to attend based on their career aspirations.

If you would you like to be an #IPWEAQ19 Conference Buddy, please complete the form on our website.

Congrats Queenslanders and good luck in Hobart!

The IPWEA Australasia Awards for Excellence is held every two years, at which time winners from the past two IPWEAQ Excellence Awards are nominated for the Australasian awards. Winners of the awards will be announced at the Komatsu Grand Platinum Dinner on Wednesday 28 August. 

Check out the impressive list of Queensland finalists at the bottom of this page. Congratulations and good luck in Hobart! Queenslsander!
We’re thrilled to welcome global infrastructure, environmental and social development company Cardno to the IPWEAQ Partnership program!

We look forward to meeting the Cardno team at #IPWEAQ19 and welcoming them to the IPWEAQ community.
Student industry placements

Help build a collection of public works placement examples that can be shared by employers, universities and students. We are seeking examples from throughout Queensland of industry work placements, projects or work activities that would suit a student or recent graduate.

Submissions will be digitally hosted by IPWEAQ in a standardised and anonymous format. We aim to enable the sharing of ideas to help save time, create meaningful industry engagements for students and promote the variety of public works engineering activities.

For more information please contact Nadia Marks.

iMPACT compliance portals for native title and cultural heritage

Mark Lamont recently spoke to the Local Government Association Queensland about the implications of the Timber Creek case and how local councils can meet their obligations regarding native title and cultural heritage. You can hear the full podcast below >>>

IPWEAQ is also inviting local council’s to sign up for a two week trial of our native title and cultural heritage portals, iMPACT.

iMPACT helps users comply with the law and avoid acts that will impact on cultural heritage and native title including impairment and extinguishment. The portals establish a methodical, documented, robust process and establish that an appropriate level of thoroughness was applied in determining whether or not to proceed with works.

For more information or to register for the free trial, please contact Mark Lamont.

New model code for neighbourhood design 

IPWEAQ has welcomed the prospect of a new model code for neighbourhood design focussing on the development of healthier and more active communities.

The model code was released for public consultation by the Hon Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. We strongly encourage our members to participate in the community consultation process. As subject matter experts, the public works engineering community has valuable insight into ways in which the design and delivery of public works infrastructure can enhance the quality of life for Queensland communities.

Consultation on the proposed mandatory elements of the model code is open for six weeks and community consultation ends on 1 September 2019. For more information please see the Queensland Government creating healthy and active communities website.

Invitation to participate in our Technical Working Groups


We are inviting suitably experienced members interested in joining a new Working Group to revise and completely overhaul the current Supervisor’s Handbook. 

For more information on joining the Supervisor's Handbook, please contact Craig Moss.


We are also looking for 2-3 volunteers for three Asset Design As Constructed (ADAC) sub-groups: water and sewer, stormwater and transport, open space, and election and telecoms (including smart assets, CCTV and sensors). 

For more information on joining these Sub-group, please contact Mark Lamont.

News from BPEQ

You may also like to take a moment to catch up on the news from the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ)

The July e-news includes: A word from the Registrar, New Board members announced, Understanding direct supervision, Building assessments to be done by RPEQs, and Lydia Gentle: journey into leadership.

SWQ Branch Conference

20-22 February  2020


CQ Branch Conference

30 April – 1 May 2020


SEQ Branch Conference

28-29 May 2020


NQ Branch Conference

10-11 June 2020


Street Planning & Design Manual Consultation Workshop

25 October 2019

RICC, Brisbane

IPWEAQ in partnership with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning will be launching the highly anticipated Street Planning and Design Manual (SPDM) at this years' #IPWEAQ19 Annual Conference.

As a part of this event, a workshop is planned for Friday 25 October to provide an in-depth stakeholder briefing and to seek feedback as the start of the consultation process.

Delegates registered for this workshop will receive an information pack providing content that will allow for informed and productive discussion.

For more information, please contact Craig Moss.

qldwater Annual Forum

11-12 September 2019

Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre

The program for the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) Annual Forum has been released and registrations are now open. 

The event, hosted by Logan City Council, is at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports & Events Centre. It offers an opportunity to network with 80-100 water industry professionals, typically including 30+ councils/ utilities.

11 September is devoted to showcasing our hosts and includes a tour of the new Cedar Grove Environmental Centre.  The development will service the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area and includes a new STP (Biological Treatment Bioreactor), advanced odour control system and constructed wetlands. There will be a range of other Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance talks, the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test, a range of other fun activities and conference dinner. 

The second day is devoted to refining the qldwater industry roadmap.  Throughout the year at each event and our reference group meetings we have been collating feedback from members and stakeholders to inform our work plan, but also focussing on broader collaborative opportunities and developing policy recommendations to drive advocacy. These are based on 10 Key Priorities, including topics like Strategic Sector Investment, Harmonising Water Regulation, and Understanding and Exceeding Customer Expectations.

The full program outline is available now.

IPWEAQ Annual General Meeting with Special Resolutions, Thursday 24 October 2019 12:45pm

The Annual General Meeting with special resolutions to adopt a new company structure and constitution will be held Thursday 24 October in conjunction with the Annual Conference in Brisbane.

Thank you to the many members who have submitted a Proxy Form which is valid for this meeting (unless you attend in person). We also appreciate your valuable feedback and overwhelming support for the new corporate structure and constitution - you strongly support the new structure and constitution primarily because the right to determine the rules that will govern your Institute should vest with you and no other individual or organisation. This is our commitment to you.

The new constitution is available on our website. Please continue to send in your Proxy Forms so your vote can be recorded.

Best Public Works Project 2019 under $2.0m
Surfers Paradise Orchid Avenue Urilift Public Amenity, City of Gold Coast

Kowanyama Social Precincts, Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council

Best Public Works Project 2019 $2.0m - $5.0m
Sarawak Avenue Steel Footbridge Renewal, City of Gold Coast

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Toogoolawah to Moore), Somerset Regional Council

Best Public Works Project 2019 over $5.0m
Multi-use Sports and Community Centre, Bundaberg Regional Council

School of Arts building renewal, Cairns Regional Council

Blackwater Acquatic Centre, Central Highlands Regional Council

City Hall Auditorium & Annex Refurbishment, Toowoomba Regional Council

Excellence in Asset Management 2019

CCTV Wastewater Data Management, Gladstone Regional Council

Mount Pleasant No. 1 Reservoir Refurbishment, Mackay Regional Council

Excellence in Project Innovation 2019
GC2018 Travel Demand Management Program, City of Gold Coast

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sunshine Coast Council

Excellence in Water Project 2019
Burnett River Discharge Facility, Bundaberg Regional Council

Regional Outback Water Quality Infrastructure Program, George Bourne & Associates

Queensland Water Regional Alliances Program (QWRAP), Local Government Association of Queensland and Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Sun and Salt: Logan's water quality solution, Logan City Council

Mareeba Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, Mareeba Shire Council

WBBROC Joint Sewer Rehabilitation Program, Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC)

Excellence in Road Safety 2019
Speed Awareness Monitors, Brisbane City Council

Flooded Roads Smart Warning System, Logan City Council

Excellence in Environment & Sustainability 2019
QCoast2100, Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)

Young IPWEA Emerging Leader Award 2019

Aaron Meehan, South Burnett Regional Council

Hadyn O'Leary, Toowoomba Regional Council

Keith H Wood Medal NOMINEE

Graeme Preston