Glenda Kirk (Vice-President)
Contracts and Project Management Officer, Mareeba Shire Council
Natasha Murray (NAMS-Q)
Senior Transport Engineer, Cairns Regional Council
Sandra Burke (Professional Development & Branch Events)
District Director (Far North) Program Delivery & Operations, TMR
Hari Boppudi (YIPWEQ)
Director of Engineering, Flinders Shire Council
General Manager Infrastructure Planning, Assets & Fleet, Townsville City Council
Director Infrastructure Services, Townsville City Council
Aurukun Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, Croydon Shire Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Flinders Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Mackay Regional Council, Mareeba Shire Council, McKinlay Shire Council, Mornington Shire Council, Mount Isa City Council, Richmond Shire Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Torres Shire Regional Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Whitsunday Regional Council
Our regional branches are becoming quite sizeable with around 137 delegates this past year in SWQ, CQ and NQ. This makes it a little more challenging when choosing locations however, Craig Moss, our Director Professional Services is developing plans for greater engagement with our colleagues in remote areas.
Most of you are well aware that random RPEQ audits are in progress so please be sure you are keeping up with your annual quota (to attain or maintain) of 50 CPD hours. You don’t want to attempt 150 hours in one year at the last minute! Professional Development courses planned in the north and across the border include:
Erosion and Sediment Control, Level 2 Intermediate Training (up to 8 CPD hours) – Townsville, 17 October
Critical Risk Management (up to 7 CPD hours) – Townsville, 25 October
Managing Unsealed Roads (up to 16 CPD hours) – Cairns, 30- 31 October
Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design (up to 8 CPD hours) – Darwin, 8 November
Administration of Construction Contracts (up to 16 CPD hours) – Cairns, 21-22 November
Bridge Inspections Levels 1 & 2 (up to 18 CPD hours) – Darwin, 26-28 February 2019
If there’s any specific training required for your council, please contact Craig and he will tailor a program specifically for you and your team members.
And speaking of team members, this year’s excellence awards has a new category for the people awards – Team Member of the Year - to recognise anyone in your team who contributes to your projects. This includes supervisors, Works Officers and other support staff who are not engineers (managers and administrators).
If you haven’t done so as yet, please be sure to register as soon as possible for the 2018 IPWEAQ Annual Conference – this includes the annual excellence awards. Up to 16 CPD hours are available including participation in any of the four Technical Tours courtesy of our colleagues at the City of Gold Coast.
The NQ Branch will be well represented at the conference with presentations from:
Gary Everson, Cairns Regional Council - delivering his Best Paper award winning presentation on ‘technology – tried & tested'
Joshua Flanders (IPWEAQ’s new Ambassador) also from Cairns Regional Council - use of waste recycled glass in concrete as a partial cement and fine aggregate replacement
Justin Fischer and Anthony Folan, Cassowary Coast Regional Council – Flying Fish Point rock revetment, remediation and application of fish friendly features.
I look forward to catching up with you at the 2018 IPWEAQ Annual Conference and look forward to representing a strong contingent from the north.
NQ Branch President
Josh Flanders, a graduate engineer with Cairns Regional Council, impressed IPWEAQ with his maturity, capabilities as a spokesperson and presenter, and with his leadership potential.