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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
December 2020

2020 has been a remarkable year for IPWEAQ. In the midst of a pandemic, we relocated to our impressive new facilities in Eagle Farm, a sign of how far we’ve come in recent times. We also delivered a net profit of $125,377 while other membership organisations across Australia were delivering losses. In May, we reached a milestone 1,000 members, the first of the seven entities in the IPWEA Group to achieve this.

And our Annual Conference held in November this year was another successful event with 440 delegates gathering at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The COVID-19 Management Plan had no effect on our enjoyment of the event and gratitude for being able to gather again, although years from now, we will look back on the event photos and wonder why everyone was standing apart.

While COVID-19 presented us with challenges for this event, it also presented some unique opportunities for example, we were able to host a State of Origin game night on Wednesday 11 November and to commemorate Remembrance Day.

The excellence awards gala dinner and ceremony, held on the first night this year, again showcased what our people achieve for Queensland communities. When one chooses a career in public works, it is with a passion for making a difference.

And I was pleased to present the 2020 President’s Award to Dean Ostrofski from the City of Gold Coast for his many years (almost 20) contributing to the Standard Drawings Working Group. The IPWEAQ Standard Drawings, like all our technical solutions, are highly respected and have over the years contributed to the standing and reputation of the Institute. Contributions of members like Dean, leads to a far more significant outcome than just the quality and relevance of the Standards themselves. Dean continues on the Standard Drawings Working Group and has since joined the Survey Standards. He is also the Chair of the CAD Standards Working Group. Thank you, Dean, for your contributions to the Institute and to our sector – it is much appreciated.

We were delighted to welcome Ray Moore, President of IPWEAQ from 1974 to 1976 to the Annual Conference. Ray had some words of advice for us including, “if you make a mistake, don’t try to cover it up”. Ray also joined us at our offices in Eagle Farm to sit at the head of the table in the Moore Boardroom named in his honour. At 94, Ray continues to live independently in Toowoomba.

I have enjoyed my first year as the 25th IPWEAQ President and look forward to what should be a very busy year as we endeavour to secure our economy post-COVID with infrastructure development across the state.

The President’s Breakfast 5 February will launch our 2021 program which will be very hectic with four branch conferences between February and June, an Asset Management Symposium and a Rural Roads Forum. Several new courses are also under development for launch in the new year including a course for maximising the principles in the new Street Design Manual.

Enjoy Christmas and the New Year and I look forward to seeing many of you – in person and online – at the 2021 President’s Breakfast in February.

Craig Murrell