Queensland President’s End of Year Address

End of year wrap from Queensland’s Division President, Colin Mitchell FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
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2020 has been a year like no other, and despite the challenges we have faced, our EA family of volunteers, members and staff have made some remarkable achievements.


This year we moved our Engineers Australia Queensland (EAQ) premises to a state-of-the-art member facility to act as the home for engineers locally. In this facility we proudly hosted the Brisbane Lord Mayoral Debate where we heard from the 3 candidates regarding their perspectives on contemporary engineering issues. 


Soon after, we moved into a virtual-only phase of meetings and events, providing opportunities for members to learn, connect and grow from any location.  I am very pleased that we were able to transition almost seamlessly to virtual platforms, allowing us to continue engaging effectively with our members around the state. From this experience, I have even described myself as the ‘Virtual President’ for this year.


In more recent months, as restrictions have eased, I have been fortunate to attend numerous events in person. A significant event was the unveiling of the National Engineering Heritage Marker onboard the HMAS Diamantina at the Queensland Maritime Museum in the presence of the Governor and as part of Victory in the Pacific 75th anniversary commemorations. Thank you to our hard-working Heritage Group for their foresight and dedication to provide the recognition that HMAS Diamantina deserves.


A second event of note was the Young Engineers Queensland Executive Breakfast which was highly successful this year with high-profile speakers, a diverse range of engineers and an audience of 300 attendees. We were pleased to welcome female students from Moreton Bay College, including my daughter Alana who has a keen interest in science and is even considering studying engineering!


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, members and staff for your dedication and support throughout 2020 to our community. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.