Engineers to visit city for sea change

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

MORE than 300 delegates will be in Gladstone in the next three days to attend the IPWEAQ Engineering Seachange state conference opening here today.

The co-ordinators have organised a busy schedule of bus shuttle services from various hotels and motels across Boyne-Tannum and Gladstone during the next three days to cater for the in-flux of visitors . Conference chairman and Calliope Shire Council's water and sewerage manager Craig Murrell said the conference had drawn delegates from councils throughout Queensland.

'With an estimated 200 rooms booked in Gladstone each night, I imagine it has made an impact on the local accommodation industry,' he said.

The Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (Queensland division) conference is being hosted by the four neighbouring councils of Calliope Shire, Gladstone City, Miriam Vale Shire and Banana Shire.

Subtitled 'refining lifestyle, industry and opportunity', the conference deals mainly with engineering and leadership issues within local governments.

Mr Murrell said as far as he was aware, this was the first IPWEAQ conference staged in Gladstone.

The conference will close on Thursday with the presentation of the IPWEAQ 2005 Excellence Awards.



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