Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Bruce Gardiner

NQ Branch President

General Manager Infrastructure Services 

Cairns City Council 

07 4044 8220 


NQ Branch Committee 

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

Danny Lynch

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

Neil Allen
Director Infrastructure Services, Townsville City Council

Councils in the NQ Branch

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, Kowanyama Aboriginal 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

Branch Scholarships

NQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018 may apply for a branch scholarship. Please contact Leigh Cunningham.

NQ Branch President's Report
December 2018

It was great to see so many NQ Branch members at the Gold Coast for the 2018 IPWEAQ Annual Conference. We can confirm for you that it was an exceptional event.

Natasha Murray, NQ Branch Committee and Senior Transport Engineer - Infrastructure Services, Cairns Regional Council member took home one of the main awards on the night – Woman in Engineering. Congratulations, Natasha! This award was won by Glenda Kirk, Mareeba Shire Council in 2017 so we are obviously doing something right in the north. Can we go three in a row? If you’re working with an exceptional female engineer, be sure to nominate her when the awards open February 2019.

NQ also took home a swag of projects awards on the night including:

Projects under $2M – Winner: Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Kowanyama Social Precincts

Projects under $2M – Highly Commended: Cairns Regional Council, Centenary Lakes Nature Play

Asset Management – Winner: Mackay Regional Council, Mount Pleasant No.1 Reservoir Refurbishment

Environment & Sustainability (sponsored by Komatsu) – Highly Commended: Mareeba Shire Council, Mareeba Landfill Surface Waters Management Project

Projects $5 - $10M – Highly Commended: Cairns Regional Council, Lake Street Car Park Building

There can be no doubt that we are delivering amazing projects for our communities in the north. I would like to congratulate everyone involved with our winning projects but also to acknowledge everyone involved in the projects nominated in what was a very tight competition again this year. It was great to see the north featured so predominantly on the night.

The NQ Branch committee’s focus in 2019 will be on the Northern Roads Symposium to be held in Cairns in June (dates to be confirmed). This highly successful event has been delivered in Longreach and Toowoomba and we are looking forward to the expert technical content that is a feature of the symposium.

There are other opportunities for you to undertake CPD in 2019 including:

- Tender Administration (up to 14 CPD hours), Cairns, 20-21 February 2019

- Road Safety Audit Workshop (up to 16 CPD hours), Cairns, 2-3 April 2019

We are also continuing to expand our courses delivered in Darwin including:

- Bridge Inspection Workshop, Levels 1 & 2 (up to 18 CPD hours), Darwin, 26-28 February 2019

You can register online now for these courses.

Another opportunity for you to record 24 CPD hours is to subscribe to the 2018 IPWEAQ Annual Conference Proceedings. This is probably the most economical CPD available at just $25 per hour.

Branch President's Report
continued ...

This year’s Proceedings include videos of all the presentations including keynotes and all sessions delivered in all four streams. Having attending this year’s conference, I can assure you that the content is of a high quality, relevant and valuable. 

For the 2019 President’s Breakfast we will be holding a satellite breakfast in Townsville, with thanks to our hosts, GHD. If you would like to join GHD for breakfast streamed live to the main event in Brisbane, please be sure to contact Monica Robertson. Similarly, if you or your organisation would like to host a satellite breakfast in your town, please contact Monica.

2018 has flown by and I’d like to thank everyone for being involved with our branch over the past year. IPWEAQ had a record 2,000+ delegates attend its conferences, symposia and courses over the past year demonstrating that we are heavily engaged with our industry on a wider scale. Thanks to everyone for supporting IPWEAQ and your branch in the north over the past 12 months.

Bruce Gardiner

NQ Branch President

Congratultions Joshua Flanders! IPWEAQ's new Ambassador

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.

Thank you to 137 delegates, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2018 NQ Branch Conference in Cairns a huge success. 

See photos and the conference wrap-up.

Thank you to our exhibitors for donating prizes for the President's Charity conference raffle. We raised $400 for MS Queensland!