Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Glenda Kirk

Branch President

Director Infrastructure Services
Mareeba Shire Council

0438 686 191

NQ Branch Committee 

Natasha Murray (NAMS-Q)

Senior Transport Engineer, Cairns Regional Council

Hari Boppudi

Director of Engineering, Flinders Shire Council

Danny Lynch

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

Neil Allen

Endgame Projects

Justin Fischer
Manager Asset Engineering, Cassowary Coast Council

Joshua Flanders (Ambassador)

Graduate - Civil Engineer

Cairns Regional Council 

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NQ Branch President's Report, September 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the Northern Roads Symposium held in Cairns, 11-13 June which kicked off with a technical tour of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 4. A special thank you to Shepherd for their sponsorship of the event and to the 88 delegates who joined us to talk about lower order roads, marginal materials, design and innovative solutions, and the sharing of valuable learnings.

There are further opportunities to fulfil your ongoing professional development needs with the following courses being delivered in the north:

Managing Lower Order Roads
Darwin: 20 November

Bridge Inspection Workshop Levels one and two 
Cairns: 17-19 September 2019

Drainage for Road Design
Mackay: 27-28 November 2019

Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop Level Two

Townsville: 17 October 2019

Darwin: 11 November 2019

Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop Level Three

Darwin: 12-14 November 2019

Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design Workshop

Darwin: 14 November 2019

Judging for the 2019 excellence awards has been concluded and trophies are being engraved with the names of winners. Good luck to the councils and consultancies in our region and their team members nominated for individual awards – we hope to see more awards head to the north this year.

Earlier this year, IPWEAQ launched the Engineers for Disaster Relief program. If you are retired, or even if you are not, and would like to volunteer your time and expertise helping out following a natural disaster, please contact our CEO, Leigh Cunningham. We could certainly use your help in the north following floods and cyclones.

The current cover of the Supervisor’s Handbook features the restoration of the Kirrama Range Road project – winner of the 2015 excellence award for projects $5 to $10 million. This Handbook is due for a review with a Working Group being formed which requires representation from members from all branches. Please contact Craig Moss if you would like to participate in the review. Contributions to Working Groups earns CPD hours but offers an excellent opportunity for you to influence the content of this important publication. All contributors are recognised by IPWEAQ in the Annual Report and in the Acknowledgments of all our publications.

I hope to see many of you at the 2019 IPWEAQ Annual Conference in Brisbane next month. These events have grown exponentially over the past few years to the point that we now struggle to find venues to accommodate our expanding community. I am pleased that the Annual Conference will be held in Cairns next year. In the meantime, the NQ Branch conference will be held in Townsville in June 2020.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during my four years as the NQ Branch President and offer my best wishes to Glenda Kirk who will commence in the role from October.

Bruce Gardiner

Previous 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.