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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Bruce Gardiner

Branch President

General Manager Infrastructure Services 

Cairns City Council 


b.gardiner@cairns.qld.gov.au

07 4044 8220 

NQ Branch Committee 

Bruce Gardiner (President)

General Manager Infrastructure Services

Cairns Regional Council


Glenda Kirk (Vice-President)

Contracts and Project Management Officer, Mareeba Shire Council


Natasha Murray (NAMS-Q)
Senior Transport Engineer, Cairns Regional Council


Hari Boppudi (YIPWEQ)

Director of Engineering, Flinders Shire Council


Danny Lynch

General Manager Infrastructure Planning, Assets & Fleet, Townsville City Council


Neil Allen
Director Infrastructure Services, Townsville City Council


Joshua Flanders (Ambassador)

Graduate - Civil Engineer

Cairns Regional Council 

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NQ Branch President's Report, March 2019

Our thoughts remain with our colleagues in Townsville who now have the challenge of repairing damaged infrastructure and affected services including road networks, dams, sewers and water pipes. We have set up a Forum on our website, Natural Disasters – Flood Recovery where you can post questions or ask for help.


Coming up in May, we have the Croydon Rural Roads Forum with 10 CPD hours on offer. This forum will discuss existing strategies and investigate alternative methods for those involved in road maintenance and rehabilitation and associated drainage issues in northern Queensland. You can register online now with registrations limited to 80.


In June, we’ll see the highly successful IPWEAQ roads symposia in Cairns with the inaugural Northern Roads Symposium. This follows on from the Western Roads Symposium (Longreach) and the Southern Roads Symposium (Toowoomba). No prizes for guessing where next for the roads symposia.


If you’re struggling to attain or maintain your CPD hours for RPEQ, we also have the following workshops scheduled:



The vast majority of the courses delivered by IPWEAQ are private courses delivered in-house, tailored for local conditions and for the audience and their skill level. Our training may also qualify for a funding subsidy through your RRTG under the Roads & Transport Alliance SCDF Fund.


We are also keen to deliver more courses in remote areas, so please do not hesitate to contact Craig Moss, Director, Professional Services to discuss particular areas of improvement you need to see in your region.


The 2019 Excellence Awards are now open and ready for your submissions. There is a new online platform this year to make it easier for you to make a submission and to obtain sign-off. There’s also a new category for projects under $1 million and we’re hoping to see a nominee from NQ in all 16 categories – people and projects – to be featured at this year’s awards ceremony and dinner. Nominations close 5 July.


Our colleagues in Central Queensland have also invited us to attend their conference to be held in Rockhampton, 22-24 May 1029. The Call for Papers is now open. UP to 45 CPD hours are available for preparing and presenting a paper at a conference. YIPWEAQ members are also encouraged to submit an abstract and if successful, your conference registration is complimentary.

Bruce Gardiner

NQ Branch President

Joshua Flanders

IPWEAQ Ambassador, NQ

Graduate - Civil Engineer Design Services at Cairns Regional Council. We met Josh at the NQ Branch conference in Cairns in April 2018 and were impressed with his ability to expertly navigate a media interview then competently delivered a paper on the use of waste recycled glass in concrete as a partial cement and fine aggregate replacement.