General Manager Infrastructure Services
Cairns City Council
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Bruce Gardiner (President)
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
General Manager Infrastructure Planning, Assets & Fleet, Townsville City Council
Joshua Flanders (Ambassador)
Graduate - Civil EngineerCairns Regional Council
Request to join the NQ Branch Committee
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:
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.
NQ Branch President