Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Raad Jarjees

Branch President

Program and Technical Services Manager, Infrastructure Services Department

Ipswich City Council

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SEQ Branch Committee

Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President)

Land Development Engineer, Redland City Council

Craig Young (NAMS-Q)

Manager Civil Asset Management, Sunshine Coast Council

Jessica Kahl (YIPWEAQ)

IPWEAQ Ambassador, Aurecon

Weena Lokuge

Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland 

Casey Lee
Senior Civil Engineering Design Supervisor, Logan City Council

Michael Pattinson
Road Construction Program Leader, Logan City Council

Chris Mantell (YIPWEAQ)

Senior Civil Engineer, Cardno

Adelaide Dadic

Program Coordinator, Ipswich City Council

Councils in the SEQ Branch

Brisbane City Council, Gympie Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council, Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redland City Council.

SEQ Branch President's Report
September 2018

Thanks to our Principal Partner Komatsu for hosting our most recent Technical Tour at their Wacol facility on 20 June 2018.

The Komatsu Wacol facility functions as a sales, service, assembly and remanufacturing site for mining and construction. With six main buildings across 61,000 square metres of land, it’s an impressive operation with mining and construction machine assembly, service workshop and remanufacturing functions, and a fully enclosed wash bay building, boiler-maker and track press shop, and an extensive paint-shop building.

Rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting, temperature controlling insulation and a bio-retention basin are all featured on site. And a particular highlight is Komatsu's Condition Monitoring Services' oil-testing laboratories.

October is around the corner and we will soon be descending to the gorgeous city of the Gold Coast for the state conference. I am waiting for this opportunity to learn and share experience and catch up with friends and colleagues about the latest trends in the industry.

As for me I have been away in Sweden for 5 weeks visiting family. It was a very warm summer and I enjoyed swimming in fresh water lakes in and around Gothenburg and also the beaches of the North Sea.

So much has changed in Europe since my last visit in 2015. Many things are going towards a smart city and in fact may be too smart, in that you pay for your car parking through an App or SMS. You also need an App to pay for your transport and sometimes for your food. Lots of places and even bank refusals to take cash and instead they use a system called Swish, to pay through your smart phone or mobile. That even includes paying for a honey jar outside a farm gate using Swish to a mobile number.

Climate change is apparent and clear when you see such hot dry summer that is causing forest fires in Sweden. So much has changed that most of Europe could not cope with the heat wave.

Branch President's Report 
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I also managed through my IPWEAQ contacts to meet with Göran Werner, Managing Director, Technical Services for the City of Molndals. We spent most of the day looking at their organisational structure, processes and infrastructure asset design, planning and construction.

In the afternoon we toured the town and inspected some roadworks, line marking and bike ways.

Raad Jarjees

SEQ Branch President

We invite our Partners to join with us in delivering Technical Tours for members in SEQ. Contact Craig Moss to arrange a tour of your facility.

Branch Scholarships

SEQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held on the Gold Coast, 10-12 October 2018 may apply for a branch scholarship. For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.