Glenda Kirk is North Queensland branch president of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ). She joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A….
What are your goals and expectations for your organisation and industry in 2021?
In 2021, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) will be launching its inaugural Every Community Needs an Engineer campaign with a 2021 calendar (cover pictured below). The calendar features 14 varied projects from across Queensland from the Beames Brook Bridge in Burketown to the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton to an artificial reef on the Gold Coast, and highlights the variety of projects delivered for our communities by public works engineers.
Despite COVID-19, we have had a successful year at IPWEAQ, being the first entity in the IPWEA Group to achieve 1000 members plus our relocation to new, expansive facilities in Eagle Farm in Brisbane available for training, meetings and functions. We are expecting another successful year in 2021 with the launch of a range of new technical solutions and training programs designed for our sector. We are also collaborating with NHVR and TMR on other initiatives that will benefit our sector to be launched in the new year.
The imminent infrastructure boom will keep our public works engineers very busy over the coming years. At our NQ Branch conference to be held in Townsville in June 2021, we expect to learn about a number of those projects.
Name one regulatory burden that could be changed to make your day easier.
New mandatory requirements for Temporary Traffic Management will make the application of best practices for worksites very difficult without incurring significant additional costs. The new Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management has become a mandatory standard and road managers must update operational procedures by 1 August 2021. Clear and workable guidelines partnered with financial assistance are needed to ensure practitioners are able to effectively transition in this short timeframe.
What is your best/worst Christmas cracker joke?
For Christmas last year I got given Sudoku toilet paper. It’s useless. You can only fill it in with number ones and number twos.