The Bridgeman Group
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Raad Jarjees (Branch President)
The Bridgeman Group
Jessica Kahl (Ambassador)
Principal Engineer, Heavy Vehicle Operational Policy
Department of Transport and Main Roads
McCullough Robertson Lawyers
University of Southern Queensland
Senior Civil Engineer
Qld Program Manager
Tonkin Consulting Pty Ltd
Project Director Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project
Sunshine Coast Council
Senior Civil Engineer/Registered Certifier
Barker Ryan Stewart
Principal Water and Wastewater Engineer
Redland City Council
SEQ Branch Presidents Report
This is my last SEQ Branch President Report as the time has come
to pass the baton to another member. I am pleased to announce that, at the AGM
in Cairns in October 2021, Jo O’Brien, Qld Program Manager for Tonkin
Consulting Pty Ltd will be sworn in as the SEQ Branch President, the first
female Branch President of the SEQ Branch, and the last Branch President
position to be filled by one of our female colleagues. Congratulations, Jo!
It is with some sadness that I step down as SEQ Branch President and IPWEAQ Board member after five years of service to the branch and to the Board. My highlights have been:
Jo will be joined on the IPWEAQ Board by Sarah Hausler who was recently re-elected by members for one of two At-Large positions after two prior years in that position. And with incoming President, Angela Fry and ongoing NQ Branch President, Glenda Kirk, the ratio of men to women on the Board will continue at 50:50 which is quite an achievement for a sector that is otherwise underrepresented by women.
As I step aside, I am delighted to welcome new SEQ Branch committee members:
There are three SEQ organisations nominated for the inaugural Employer of the Year awards: two for the Public Sector award (Department of Transport and Main Roads and Moreton Bay Regional Council) and Tonkin for the Private Sector award. We wish them the very best of luck.
There are quite a few CPD opportunities coming up in the SEQ but be sure to register early as numbers are still restricted. You can make your compliance life easy by utilising the IPWEAQ Track My CPD portal. The RPEQ Coordinator will monitor your progress towards completion of your 150 CPD hours and keep you informed if you are missing some hours in compulsory areas or falling behind with your CPD hours generally.
COVID-19 reared its head once again forcing the second cancellation of the IPWEAQ art exhibition which will now be held 23 November (in conjunction with the second Public Works Professionals Orientation Intensive). We hope it will be third time lucky, and it is a great time also with the year closing in, for branch members to get together for a few (Christmas) social drinks, networking while also enjoying IPWEAQ’s collection of Aboriginal art. Drinks and canapes are included but please be sure to register.
As this is my last report as the SEQ Branch President, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the SEQ Branch committee, Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President) in particular, for providing endless support over the years. I also would like to acknowledge our CEO, Leigh Cunningham, all Board members and staff for their hard work and genuine support of the organisation and to the profession. I wish you all the best and I trust the organisation will lead the industry and move upward and onward from strength to strength.
With the IPWEAQ Annual Conference now just a few weeks away, we have an opportunity to take stock of yet another busy year, regroup and finish the year on a high note after celebrating our sector’s successes at the annual awards ceremony and dinner. Don’t miss it!