Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Gary Boyle

NT Branch Chairman (Co-Chair)

Principal Engineer

Byrnes Consultants

NT Branch Committee

Peter McLinden (Co-Chair)

Director Member Services and Infrastructure
Local Government Association of the Northern Territory

Gary Boyle (Co-Chair)

Principal Engineer

Byrnes Consultants

Nadine Nilon

Director City Growth and Operations

City of Palmerston

Leigh Carnall 


Civiltech Solutions

Brendan Pearce

Director Infrastructure and Environment

Katherine Town Council 

Usman Siddique 


Northern Territory Government

Bernard O'Donnell 

Senior Project Manager Civil Design

Northern Territory Government

NT Branch Chairman's Report
December 2021

I am pleased to present this report on behalf of the NT Branch committee, as one of its two co-Chairs with Peter McLinden, LGANT.

We’re very excited to announce that preparations are now in progress for the inaugural NT Branch conference to be held at Rydges Palmerston, 26-27 May 2022. The Call for Papers will open early 2022 and I encourage practitioners in the Northern Territory to submit an abstract to share your projects, challenges, lessons learned and success stories for the benefit of other members of our community. We would be pleased to also welcome IPWEAQ members from other branches to the Territory ahead of the Annual Conference in 2023 which is planned for Darwin. 

We are delighted to welcome Litchfield Council as a subscriber of the Public Works Technical Subscription, the first of the NT councils to subscribe. The municipality of Litchfield covers 2,903 square kilometres and was created by the NT government, 6 September 1985. It has three departments: Infrastructure & Operations, Council Leadership and Community Inclusion and Business Excellence. Welcome, Litchfield Council to the IPWEAQ Community.

Our thanks, to Craig Moss and Tammi Petre for organising the first professional development programs delivered in the Territory: 

1. Managing Risk on Lower Order Roads 

2. Spayed bitumen - avoiding sticky situations and loose stone problems 

3. Supervisors workshop 

4. Erosion and Sediment Control 

And coming up in the new year: 

• Managing Risk on Lower Order Roads, Darwin, 16 February 

• Temporary Traffic Management Practice for Managers, Supervisors and Project Managers, TBC.

NT practitioners are also invited to nominate two representatives to join the Asset Management Steering Committee. Contact David Thompson, IPWEAQ’s Industry Engagement Manager if you would like to participate. The 2021 Asset Management Symposium set the benchmark for further industry engagement in 2022 with the focus of the Symposium being the practical application of best practice asset management. The Guidelines from the 2021 Asset Management Symposium are available to download from the IPWEAQ website and practitioners also encouraged to attend the next Symposium, 20-21 May 2022 in Brisbane.

With the harmonisation of temporary traffic management practices, I recommend the new Temporary Traffic Management Toolkit which saves duplication of effort saving time and costs for all councils and traffic management contractors servicing low volume roads (up to 250 vehicles per day). Contact Craig Moss to learn more about the toolkit and how it will assist your council.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our NT Branch committee for all their efforts since the Branch was established in May 2021. We’ve made a lot of progress in a short time, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the services and products that will benefit our councils and practitioners in the Northern Territory. Thank you: 

• Nadine Nilon, Director City Growth and Operations, City of Palmerston 

• Leigh Carnall, Director, Civiltech Solutions 

• Brendan Pearce, Director Infrastructure and Environment, Katherine Town Council 

• Usman Siddique, Engineer, Northern Territory Government 

• Bernard O’Donnell, Senior Project Manager Civil Design, Northern Territory Government 

• And to my co-Chair, Peter McLinden, Director Member Services and Infrastructure, LGANT

From all of us on the NT Branch committee, have a happy and safe Christmas and best wishes for the year ahead.

Gary Boyle
NT Branch co-Chair