Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Craig Murrell 


Wave International

Principal Civil Engineer (RPEQ)

March 2018 – Present

M1 Consulting

Director and Senior Civil Engineer (RPEQ) November 2013 – February 2018

Gladstone Regional Council

  • Manager, Technical Services, September 2011 – October 2013
  • Manager, Infrastructure Planning, October 2008 – September 2011
  • Special Projects Manager – Infrastructure Planning, May 2008 – October 2008 

Calliope Shire Council

Manager, Water Services

November 2002 – May 2008

Wagga Wagga City Council

  • Engineering Assets, Senior Engineer, January 2002 – November 2002
  • Waste Management, Asset and Services Engineer, May 1998 – January 2002

Forbes Shire Council

  • Asset and Urban Engineer, August 1996 – April 1998
  • Roads and Rural Engineer, June 1994 – August 1996

President's Report
March 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for my first IPWEAQ President’s Breakfast as your President. 

We had a record number of attendees – 115 on a rainy day in Brisbane with another 50+ members joining us from seven satellite breakfasts across the state hosted by Goondiwindi Regional Council, Gladstone Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council and OneEng.

We were delighted to have Derek Stringfellow join us for the President’s Breakfast. It was an honour to present Derek with a gift acknowledging his 50 years as a member. Derek was a founding member of IPWEAQ who together with Raymond Moore, TJ Abbiss, Geoff Wilmoth, K Crosthwaite, D Little and J Cronin formed the Steering Committee to establish the Local Government Engineers Association of Queensland.

We also celebrated four members who achieved a 40-year membership milestone: Councillor Robert Fredman, John Derbyshire, Michael Pickering and Chris Lawson. Since the President's Breakfast,195 delegates joined us in Stanthorpe for the SWQ Branch conference – a record number for a branch conference. I'm sure this momentum will continue when we reconvene in Townsville for the NQ Branch conference in June and at the rescheduled SEQ Branch conference in September.

Congratulations to two IPWEAQ members who were recently awarded Emeritus membership: John Derbyshire and Graeme Wills. This is the highest category of membership awarded to members who have made a major contribution to the Institute and to our sector. Congratulations John and Graeme – well deserved!

And we are delighted to welcome member #950, Edward McDermott, Assessment Engineer, Redland City Council. Our membership continues to grow exponentially each year and it is particularly pleasing to see the next generation becoming involved with our community.

Just a reminder that applications for Fellow membership are now open. The criteria is on our website and I encourage all eligible Members, particularly those of you who have contributed to IPWEAQ Working Groups, to apply online before 1 April.

The IPWEAQ Learning Hub goes live this month offering a 10-week program of soft-skill development for professionals at three stages of their careers: early, mid and the senior leadership program.

There are additional pathways for Men in Engineering and Women in Engineering with a focus on personal growth. More programs (technical and non-technical) are under development.

We also have a number of technical reviews in progress including the Queensland Urban Drainage Manual, Lower Order Road Design Guidelines and our Supervisor’s Handbook, and our Street Design Manual is progressing to the next phase ahead of publication in April.

As you can see, it is a very busy time at IPWEAQ with plenty happening over the next few months and we look forward to your further involvement in our activities.


Craig Murrell