IPWEA CQ Branch, in partnership with George Bourne and Associates held their branch conference in Barcaldine between the 13th and 15th June. The conference commenced with technical tours to the 78,400 panel solar farm and the Department of Main Roads Soils lab. The papers were diverse and interesting, including presentations from the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, and some of GBA’s young engineers, who have moved to the West and made Barcaldine their home. The 87 registered delegates and sponsors were once again treated to good western Queensland hospitality with catering from various local community groups.
The Barcaldine community has been fundraising for the past decade to raise funds to construct a facility for independent living for the our seniors who no longer need or want large homes. Fundraising activities have centred around catering for community events. Funds raised exceeded $1m in 2018, boosted by a significant contribution of $405,000 from the sale proceeds of the former Barcaldine Club. Barcaldine Regional Council gifted the land in Bauhinia Street for the construction of the facility which may ultimately comprise 7 x 2 bed detached, 10 x 2 bed duplex and 8 x 1 bed duplex units. The focal point of this essential community driven asset is a Community Centre comprising a recreation hall, offices and overnight accommodation. Long term plans also envisage a site for an intermediate care facility.
George Bourne and Associates has been a significant contributor to this project by providing in kind project management advice as well as a cash contribution to engage the project’s Architects. The firm’s Partners see this facility as underpinning the investment provided by other programs to support the ageing population and thereby enable our seniors to remain in this very close and supportive community.