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Natasha Murray (Vice President)
Senior Transport Engineer, Cairns Regional Council
Director of Engineering, Flinders Shire Council
General Manager Infrastructure Planning, Assets & Fleet, Townsville City Council
Joshua Flanders (Ambassador)
Graduate - Civil EngineerCairns Regional Council
I am very pleased to welcome Victor Mills, Director Works & Building Services, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council who joins the NQ Branch committee. Welcome, Victor! We look forward to working with you.
We have 12 Aboriginal councils within the NQ Branch and we hope
to engage with all of them in a more meaningful way going forward. It is coming
up to RPEQ renewal time again later this month and as we all know, external CPD
audits conducted by an Assessment Entity or the BPEQ have been underway for the
past three years.
Now, however, by signing up to a CPD Scheme administered by an RPEQ Assessment Entity your CPD audits can be progressed internally. IPWEAQ now offers such a scheme.
The IPWEAQ assessment scheme requires the completion of 150 CPD hours over three years but ideally, 50 hours per year to ensure currency and keeping abreast of changes in technology and the sector. The following hours can be recorded:
You will no longer need to maintain and submit separate records of your CPD hours – everything is entered via the IPWEAQ portal. And attendance at all IPWEAQ courses and conferences are automatically recorded against your profile allowing easy tracking and verification of your CPD progress each year.
The team at IPWEAQ will alert you if you are at risk of not completing the requisite hours and/or any compulsory programs. Sign up to the new IPWEAQ CPD Scheme online and see more information on Page 4 of the journal.
To celebrate World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, IPWEAQ launched a photography competition, 'public works through the lens of an engineer'. A high volume of quality submissions offered us an insight into the daily lives and challenges of our engineers.
Congratulations to the winner from the NQ Branch, Gopan Mondal from Rio Tinto in Weipa! Gopan will receive a GoPro for his photo highlighting the challenges of bridge repairs in crocodile-infested waters. I am sorry to have to announce that the NQ Branch conference for 2020 has been cancelled due to new rules and policies on travel and gatherings.
Like everyone, we are hoping life is back to normal as soon as possible but we are at least fortunate to have the 2020 IPWEAQ Annual Conference in our region this year.
So please be sure to register early for Cairns, 10-12 November as we'll all no doubt be very keen to abandon social distancing rules.
NQ Branch President