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Raad Jarjees

Branch President

Program and Technical Services Manager, Infrastructure Services Department

Ipswich City Council


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SEQ Branch Committee

Raad Jarjees (President)

Program and Technical Services Manager, Ipswich City Council 

Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President)

Principal Integrated Transport Engineer, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Weena Lokuge 

Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland 

Larry Griffiths

Principal Engineer, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Michael Pattinson

Road Construction Program Leader, Logan City Council

Chris Mantell (YIPWEAQ)

Senior Civil Engineer, Cardno

Sarah Hausler

Senior Associate, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Jo O'Brien

QLD Program Manager


Jessica Kahl (Ambassador)

Civil Engineer, Aurecon

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SEQ Branch President's Report, December 2019

Last week we enjoyed our first SEQ Branch social function at the Ship Inn, Southbank. 40 members and staff joined us for a casual, fun night to wrap up yet another highly successful year. Our best-dressed Christmas outfit for the night was hotly contested with Tyrone Toole of the ARRB Group. taking out the prize but you judge for yourself! Thanks to everyone who came along for a great night of networking and celebration.

And speaking of celebrations, congratulations to the winners from the SEQ at the 2019 IPWEAQ Excellence awards including:

  • Noosa Council – Project of the Year for the Noosa Park Road Boardwalk. Congratulations to the team at Noosa for a project which rated greater than 96% by all judges. This project also won in the $5 - $10 million category.
  • Engineer of the Year – for the first time in our history, this award has been won by one of our female colleagues, Marie Gales at Brisbane City Council. Marie was in Singapore on the night and accepted the award via video link.
  • Brisbane City Council – winner, Road Safety (sponsored by Boral) for the Move Safe Brisbane Pedestrian Safety Review.
  • Brisbane City Council was also Highly Commended for Projects over $10 million for the Telegraph Road Stage 2 project.
  • City of Gold Coast won the CR Kennedy Innovation project for its Palm Beach Shoreline Project Environment & Sustainability
  • Logan City Council – the Asset Management award sponsored by Shepherd for the Ultimate Airtask – the Greenbank Reservoir Complex Renewal.
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Standard Drawings Suite - Fauna Movement Infrastructure was the winner in Innovation & Sustainability in Water (sponsored by Komatsu)
  • Tod Consulting, Sunshine Coast Council, Alder Constructions & Place Design Group winner Projects $2 - $5 million for the Mooloolaba Walk & Ride Bridge
  • Queensland Urban Utilities and Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure/Obayashi Corporation (AOJV) were the winners in Innovation & Sustainability in Water (sponsored by SLR Consulting) for the Kenmore Jindalee Cross-River Water and Sewer Pipeline

Our city engineers didn’t fare so well in the 2019 IPWEAQ Great Debate, ‘rural and regional engineers are more adaptable than their city counterparts’ which was taken out by the Affirmative team (Glenda Kirk, Ben Ash and Andrew Johnson) who managed to convince delegates of their adaptability. Our team comprising Joe Bannan, Jessica Kahl and Paul Wilson did however show plenty of enterprise in attempts to undermine their opposition.

It has been a highly successful year for IPWEAQ including another exceptional Annual Conference. On behalf of the SEQ Branch Committee, I would like to wish you all very happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you to a SEQ Branch event in 2020 including our Branch Conference in Caloundra in May!

Raad Jarjees

SEQ Branch President

Jessica Kahl

IPWEAQ Ambassador, SEQ

Civil Engineer at Aurecon based in Brisbane. Jess is our first Ambassador, nominated by CQ University to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 IPWEAQ conference in Brisbane. She impressed us with her commitment to making the most from the opportunity, engaging with speakers and delegates and regularly posting useful program updates on social media.