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I always had a passion for engineering, in school I was always the only girl in my science and technology classes who actually found things interesting and fun. I definitely had some people tell me that I couldn’t be an engineer, however that just made me want to succeed even more! I couldn’t be happier with the choices I made to get where I am today!

Today I’m a Graduate Civil Engineer working for a Local Government organisation, a council. I work in the Public Works sector because I’m passionate about making a difference and contributing to the community in which I live.  Working for the Council also means that I get to work on a variety of projects, across a variety of areas and with all sorts of other professions. And in doing this, I get to shape the future of the built environment, the foundations of our societies and the future that generations to come will enjoy; and that is pretty inspirational.

Recently I joined Young IPWEA because I saw it as an opportunity to network, to meet people just like me with similar, but diverse experiences and to share those experiences and help each other with real-life matters.  It is a way to gain industry knowledge and learn about new ideas, apply new technologies and learn about professional development opportunities like the recent career development workshop at the IPWEA NSW State Conference. IPWEA is working to ensure engineering becomes more inclusive with more female engineers, more engineers from diverse backgrounds and we want to embrace engineers with disabilities. Young IPWEA can work together to transform the profile of our industry.

Latest News

  • 29 Jun

    National Cadet Engineering Program

    IPWEA NSW is recommending that the Australian Government play a role in incentivising Local Government to directly engage Cadet Engineers within Councils across Australia. The delivery and on-going stewardship of critical infrastructure will require qualified and skilled professional Engineers to...
  • 29 Jun

    Young IPWEA (NSW) Ambassador

    Cate Fennell, YIPWEA (NSW) Ambassador Email: Cate.Fennell@parkes.nsw.gov.au The YIPWEA NSW Committee would like to introduce our Ambassador, Cate Fennell. Cate is currently working as a Cadet Engineer in the Works Team at Parkes Shire Council, while studying at the University...
  • 29 Jun

    Minister Paul Fletcher MP announces...

    IPWEA NSW Emerging Technologies Conference was held for the 2nd year last week at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney. Hosted by Michael Pascoe, Finance Commentator, the program showcased new technologies within the public infrastructure sector. Minister Paul Fletcher MP opened the...
  • 29 Jun

    Local Roads Congress 2018

    The Roads and Transport Directorate in collaboration with Local Government NSW hosted the Local Roads Congress and Congress Dinner on Monday 4th June. Delegates who attended the event adopted a communique calling for the development of a sustainable and more...
  • 21 Mar

    Dream Big Project

    Pocket Sally joined the team from Dream Big Project / Movement on Monday 19th March 2018 at the CQ University in Rockhampton. The team and Pocket Sally inspired yound females to join Engineering and other STEM careers with lots of...
  • 09 Mar

    Ministers’ Women for Local Government...

    The number of empowering women gathered together at Parliament House to celebrate the Ministers’ Women in Local Government Awards 2018 was influential. Cate Fennell, Parkes Shire Council was awarded Highly Commended for the Women in a Non-Traditional Role – Rural...