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Update from the Queensland Branch President September 2022

The QLD Gala Dinner

The last quarter has been a time of great opportunities for celebration, networking, and high-quality technical events, but also the sad news of the passing of one of the water industry greats. We, unfortunately, said goodbye to Mark Pascoe, who was an inspiration, sharing his immense knowledge and experience and always welcoming.

Last week we held the Queensland Branch’s premier event, the QLD AWA awards dinner. The winners were a closely guarded secret, so I was genuinely excited to see all of the winners announced and was grateful to present the awards. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists! It was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the high achievers of the Queensland water sector and continue building our networks.

We have held two great technical sessions since my last report. In July, Aurecon hosted a technical session featuring Peter Griffiths, who gave us a great insight into how everyone sometimes makes mistakes and we should learn from them. He reminded us that without mistakes, how do you learn and push ourselves to drive efficient and the best project outcomes? I couldn’t attend the August technical session, “The Untold Stories of Water Sector Resilience”, but this was successfully hosted by AECOM, with more than 50 people in attendance and guests joining from regional hubs in Townsville and Mackay.

We also held one of our very popular Women of Water networking events, and a summary of the importance of those events is featured in this issue of QLD Source.

Lastly, don’t miss out on registering for the combined North Queensland and Queensland conference to be held in Cairns in October. We have a great line-up of speakers, papers and events. This will be a great event to learn and be inspired.