News & Media

There are always plenty of things happening in our world of providing professional advisory services, conducting monitoring, preparing concept plans and discussing ideas with our clients to improve their operations to minimise impacts on the environment and to ensure compliance with environmental and statutory planning legislation.

To provide the best services we can it is important that we are connected to professional and business networks, to conservation groups, to industry representative groups and with the communities in which we work and live.

This page gives an insight into the types of things we are involved in that are newsworthy. We also communicate through various social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

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May 2017

Patrice Brown Appointed to Premier’s Business Advisory Council

Prominent Rockhampton businesswoman and entrepreneur, Patrice Brown has recently been appointed to the Queensland Premier’s Business Advisory Council.

Patrice is a Corporate Environmental Advisor with 30 years’ experience in environmental impact assessments and environmental management in a range of sectors.  In 2004, she successfully established CQG Consulting as one of regional Queensland’s leading environmental, planning and engineering consultancies, with staff in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Brisbane and Mackay.

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Article Courtesy of CQUniversity

March 2017

CQG Mobilised for Cyclone Debbie Disaster Recovery Waste Management

CQG Consulting’s (CQG) accredited team of disaster recovery waste management specialists are on standby to assist local governments across Queensland with post cyclone Debbie clean up.

The experienced team was commended for the expertise and essential support they provided local councils following Cyclone Marcia in 2015, working around the clock to strategically manage and implement disaster recovery waste management. To learn more about the services our dedicated team of specialists are on standby to provide, please contact 0419 760 411 or email us at or Mitch Crane at

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March 2017

Heavy Rainfall Blankets Qld – do you need assistance?

With hundreds of millimetres of rainfall blanketing the Queensland east coast CQG has been responding to multiple requests for rain event monitoring and sampling release waters.  Are you in need of assistance with monitoring your site waters,  responding to rain related incidents or developing systems for stormwater management?  Please contact us today for a quote.

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February 2017

Patrice Brown Catching Up With The Movers and Shakers

CQG’s Patrice Brown was out and about in the region this week catching up with the movers and shakers in Queensland while the State politicians were in CQ.

February 2017

Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership – Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2016 Release

CQG Consulting (a proud partner of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership) attended the release of the Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2016 on Wednesday 2 February 2017. CQG goes beyond consulting, we stand beside our clients and the government as financial members of Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health to help protect water quality in this region.

Full details of the Report Card can be found here on the partnerships website 

November 2016

Institute of Quarrying Australia – drone use and environmental compliance

Andrew Brown was the guest speaker at the Institute of Quarrying Australia dinner meeting held at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on the 10th November 2016.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drones and their potential applications in the quarrying industry was the hot topic. Andrew also gave some environmental compliance tips for those who attended the event.

November 2016

Asbestos Awareness Month

November is Asbestos Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and where asbestos materials could be found within your home or business.  Homeowners and tenants, do you know if your home contains asbestos?  Businesses and landlords, are you aware of your responsibilities when it comes to  managing asbestos?

 Find out more about asbestos at and You can also contact CQG for professional assistance from our certified asbestos assessors.

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November 2016

Capricornia Business Awards 2016

CQG Consulting were proud to be nominated in the local Capricornia Business Awards 2016 and would like to congratulate all the businesses that participated and won.

November 2016

2016 Telstra Queensland Entrepreneur Award Winner – Patrice Brown

Presentation at the 2016 Queensland Event from the 2016 Winner of the Queensland Entrepreneur Award, Patrice Brown.

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October 2016

Experts on the Ground and Sky

The article provided an opportunity for local business in the Gladstone region to showcase their staff.

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Article Courtesy of the Gladstone Observer

October 2016

Patrice Brown WINNER 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards – Queensland Entrepreneur Award

What a fantastic night at the Brisbane City Hall, where we celebrated exceptional Queensland business women.

Winners of the 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards are:

  • Entrepreneur Award: Patrice Brown from CQG Consulting
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award: Penelope Twemlow from Energy Skills Queensland
  • Public Sector and Academia Award: Inspector Virginia Nelson from Queensland Police Service
  • Corporate & Private Award: Tracey Vieira from Screen Queensland
  • Young Business Women’s Award: Pixie Weyand from The Lost Collective

And the 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year is… Tracey Vieira from Screen Queensland!

Congratulations to all the winners. We will see you at the National Awards next month.

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Article Courtesy of Telstra Business Women's Awards

October 2016

Dr Sam Gregory Attends Groundwater Course

CQG’s Dr Sam Gregory recently attended a groundwater course in Brisbane to enable him to deliver up-to-date advice and assessment of the interaction between contaminated sites with underlying groundwater and hydrology dynamics. Sam is a suitably qualified person in regards to conducting contaminated land investigations. His practical and technical skills and holistic approach to investigations and land remediation has resulted in the successful completion of a range of contaminated land projects.

October 2016

GEA Awards Recognise Industry Excellence

Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) has recognised three local individuals for their contributions to Gladstone industry with the presentation of the annual GEA Industry Awards.

At their annual Gala Dinner GEA presented the Forty Calis Memorial, the Wayne Peachey Memorial and the GEA Industry Hall of Fame awards.

GEA CEO Carli Homann said the awards each represented different values important to the success of the Gladstone supply chain.

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October 2016

VC and Alumnus Finalists in Telstra Business Women’s Awards

CQUniversity’s interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Winchester and alumnus Patrice Brown have both been announced as finalists in the Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards for Queensland.

Professor Hilary Winchester is Provost and Acting Vice-Chancellor at CQUniversity and champions widening participation in academia through the universities programs in regional Australia.

Professor Winchester is a finalist for the Public Sector and Academia Award.

Also named as a finalist in the Entrepreneur category, is CQUniversity alumnus and Rockhampton based entrepreneur, Patrice Brown, director of CQG Consulting.

Ms Brown graduated from CQUniversity in 1992 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chem) before going on to establish CQG Consulting.

As well as being known as a leading Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 25 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management, she is also a member of the Central Queensland University Council.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive, Media and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Pollard said that Queensland women are changing the way we do business, one brilliant business woman at a time.

“Now in their 22nd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards champion women from diverse industries, ensuring their achievements are given the recognition they deserve and continue to raise the profile of women in business,” Ms Pollard said.

“The 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards finalists demonstrate the unique combination of skills required for professional excellence: the courage to take risks, sound financial management, strong leadership skills and of course, sophisticated business acumen allowing them to thrive.”

Winners of the 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Brisbane City Hall on October 14.

September 2016

Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards

One of Queensland’s well known environmental practitioners Patrice (Purcell) Brown MEIANZ CEnvP is a proud finalist in the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the entrepreneur category.

With almost 30 years’ experience in environmental management and impact assessment, Patrice is an advocate for EIANZ, the CEnvP scheme and mentoring young professionals.

She is the company director of CQG Consulting, an environmental, planning and engineering consultancy she established over 13 years ago. Patrice is also a founding director/owner of two start-ups: Northern Ventures, a company that supports Aboriginal groups to achieve economic independence and Fortitude Infrastructure Development, a company formed to deliver green technologies. Patrice is also a director on the CQUniversity Council and the Gladstone Area Water Board and, with her siblings, runs their 2,800 hectare cattle property “Yatton” north of Marlborough.

Her early passion for education and success was encouraged by her parents the late John Purcell (OAM) and Miriam Croser who themselves took on and survived the challenges faced by many rural businesses including droughts, cattle prices, fuel costs and ever increasing legislative changes. Patrice presented to UNESCO during their mission to assess the management of the Great Barrier Reef and was one of 17 CEOs who accompanied the former Federal Minister for Trade, Andrew Robb on a trade mission to Canada last year.

Patrice and the other two entrepreneur finalists will find out on 14 October who will win this category for Queensland at a Gala Dinner event in Brisbane.

We wish Patrice the best of luck.

“Environmental practitioners have a critical role in Australia to ensure the incorporation of science and facts in decision making which can affect the sustainability of our natural environment and our economic future:

Patrice Brown Meianz cenvp

September 2016

CQG Sponsoring 13th Annual GEA Major Industry Conferences

This year CQG Consulting are proud to be sponsoring the 13th Annual Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) Major Industry Conference, Gala Dinner and Industry Awards.

The conference has become known as Central Queensland’s premier industry event and we would encourage you to attend to engage with market leaders and industry specialists, learn about future opportunities in the resources sector and promote your business to potential clients.

This year’s conference will deliver stimulating content from a line-up of high calibre speakers along with industry and economic experts including:

  • Craig James, Chief Economist for Commsec
  • Duncan Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer for Casper Energy
  • Amy Greene, Manager Economic Policy for Queensland Resources Council
  • Mike O’Brien, Project Director for Metro Mining
  • Tim Dwyer, Business Coach from Shirlaws Australia
  • Peter Trim, District Director (Fitzroy), Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Allan Brown, Cargo Handling Operations General Manager for Gladstone Ports Corporation
  • Mark Holmes, Chief Financial Officer, Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gladstone Area Water Board

To register simply visit GEA’s website at or contact GEA on 07 4972 9060. We look forward to seeing you there.

This award will be awarded to an entrepreneur/s who has displayed outstanding accomplishments.

September 2016

Director Patrice Brown nominated for Memorial Award

Our Company Director Patrice Brown has been nominated for the Forty Calis Memorial Award for the second year in a row, one of three awards introduced by Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) in 2011.

The Forty Calis Memorial Award, recognises the achievements of individuals who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit to gain business success in the engineering and support sector.

This award will be awarded to an entrepreneur/s who has displayed outstanding accomplishments.

June 2016

Reconciliation week at CQUniversity hosted by CQG’s Patrice Brown

From Mabo, Native Title, Recognition and Treaty to mention of war-time expansionism, sporting mateship and even the Eurovision Song Contest, this week’s Reconciliation Week forum at CQUniversity Rockhampton North was a heady brew of ideas.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, CQUni’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Chair in Indigenous Engagement, kicked off with an ‘Acknowledgement to Country’ and ‘Overview of Reconciliation’.

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May 2016

Rookwood Weir Business Case Stacks Up Already Says Gladstone Water Board

A state-owned statutory water board says it is confident the Federal Government will see the business case for investing in the Rookwood Weir in central Queensland.

The Coalition has pledged to invest up to $130 million for the project on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton, if the economic case stacks up.

Patrice Brown from the Gladstone Area Water Board said there had already been comprehensive analysis.

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Article Courtesy of ABC News

January 2015

Matt Eyles Celebrating the Release of a Comprehensive River Health Report

CQG’s Ecologist Matt Eyles celebrating the release of a comprehensive river health report for 2012-13 the Fitzroy Basin and the scores for drinking water for Rockhampton and Central Highlands Regional Councils with Fitzroy Partnership for River Health’s Executive Office Nathan Johnston– see for more information.

Water quality monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling and receiving environment monitoring programs are some of the services provided by CQG from our offices in Rockhampton, Emerald and Gladstone. We appreciate the great work Nathan and his team do to help provide the public and our clients with a complete picture on river health and assistance with management strategies to maintain the health of aquatic ecosystems.