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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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August 2018

Position Vacant – Finance Officer

CQG Consulting seeks a Bookkeeper / Finance Officer, with a minimum five years’ experiences to fill a vacancy within our Rockhampton Head Office.

Experience in the following is preferred:

  • Accounts payable, receivable and reconciliation
  • Payroll, BAS and taxation
  • Management reporting
  • Reckon / Xero
  • MS Excel and MS Office suit
  • Practice management software


The successful candidate will possess a high level of numeracy and demonstrated skills with MS Excel. You will have a commitment to data accuracy and timeliness and have a high degree of personal integrity, credibility, discretion and be comfortable in a team environment with high expectations. Your role is to not only maintain the financial systems of the business but to add value by implementing improvements that reduce waste and optimise profitability.

This is a permanent part-time position requiring daily attendance at CQG offices for up to 30 hours per week. Opportunity may exist to broaden the role to a full-time position in the future.

Please provide a written response addressing the above items and a copy of your CV to by COB Friday 15 September 2018.

August 2018

LAWMAC Newsletter August 2018

LAWMAC newsletter August 2018

The LAWMAC Newsletter for August 2018 has just been released! Find it here.

July 2018

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April 2018

Happy birthday CQG: 15 years on!

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March 2018

CQG joins Femeconomy!

CQG Consulting is proud to now be a part of Femeconomy.

Companies with female leaders are not only more profitable, which means more opportunity for everyone. But they are less likely to have a gender pay gap, which means more money for the whole family and more workplace flexibility, which helps women and men.


March 2018

Vegetation Management Update

On 8 March 2018, the Queensland Government introduced the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 to Parliament which proposes to deliver changes to the Vegetation Protection Management Act 1999 (Qld), Planning Act 2016 (Qld), Planning Regulation 2017 (Qld) and Water Act 2000 (Qld).

The Amendment Bill proposes to change some unregulated areas of vegetation (currently mapped as Category X on the Regulated Vegetation Management Maps) to regulated areas subject to an accepted development vegetation clearing code (proposed Categories R or C).

Areas shown as Category X on a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV) will continue to be exempt from vegetation management requirements on freehold, indigenous, agricultural and grazing leasehold land.


If the Bill becomes law, the following regulations will be made retrospectively effective from 8 March 2018:

  • Category C regulations proposed for high value regrowth on leasehold, freehold and indigenous land and occupational licences; and
  • Category R regulations proposed for regrowth riparian vegetation within 50 metres of a watercourse in the Burnett-Mary, Eastern Cape York and Fitzroy Great Barrier Reef catchments.


Additionally, the Amendment Bill will:

  • Amend the definition of high value regrowth to be vegetation that has not been cleared for 15 years;
  • Reintroduce provisions in the Water Act 2000 (Qld) to require landholders to obtain riverine protection permits for clearing vegetation in a watercourse;
  • Provide an option to landholders to request an area mapped as a Category X area to be converted to a Category A area, where the area contains remnant vegetation or high value regrowth vegetation on the ground;
  • Remove high value agriculture and irrigated high value agriculture as a relevant purpose under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld). This will remove the ability to apply for a development approval for clearing for high-value and irrigated high-value agriculture, and remove supporting provisions such as relevant purpose decision making criteria;
  • Provide enhanced compliance measures that will assist with enforcement of vegetation management laws consistent with other similar contemporary natural resource legislation; and
  • Support the implementation of the revised accepted development vegetation clearing codes (accepted development codes) including changes to area management plans.


The Bill will now go through the committee process, with a report due back in parliament by 23 April 2018.

February 2018

Marine Services Now Available!

CQG is now able to provide a range of marine services with commercially registered, trailer transportable vessels. The vessels are available for hire and come accompanied with a dual qualified master class 5 skipper and marine scientist. The vessels can access inland waterways and coastal environments between Townsville and the Gold Coast and carry Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Permits. For more information please email or  

December 2017

Registered Planner!

CQG’s Planning and Development Service Group Leader Peter Stanley has recently been admitted to the grade of Registered Planner in the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Admission to PIA’s highest grade of membership of Registered Planner is recognition that Peter has met PIA’s bench-marked competencies that define a level and breadth of skills vital to being a great planner.

Peter and his team of planners combine their strong technical expertise in planning with commercial acumen and reliable delivery, to deliver market leading planning and development solutions for our clients.

December 2017

CQG visits China

CQG’s Principal Planner Peter Stanley recently joined a delegation led by the Advance Rockhampton General Manager Tony Cullen and Senior Executive for Trade and Investment Young Beamish of the Rockhampton Regional Council to visit Huizhou in Guangdon Province, southern China.  The Council was invited by the Huizhou Municipal Government to send a delegation to join local businesses at the Huizhou Agriculture Expo.

The Council has identified a need to identify and support the development of investment ready agricultural projects and improve irrigation capacity in the region. Council believes that it is necessary for it to take a more direct and prominent role in bringing strategically important projects in priority areas to fruition.

CQG is currently working with the Council to define, assess and document the investment readiness of targeted sub-sectors in the region’s agricultural industry.  The delegation discussed partnership prospects between the two regions to develop horticultural projects, investment potential, and opportunities for information sharing.  The trip provided CQG with a valuable insight into the potential for investment in the region’s agricultural industry from China.

CQG congratulates the Rockhampton Regional Council on this initiative and is pleased to support the Council in its efforts to strengthen the region’s agricultural economy.

November 2017

Preparing for Cyclone Season

Cyclone season is almost upon us again.  It is timely to consider what you can do to prepare your waste operations.

CQG Consulting’s Principle Engineer, Andrew Brown, recently presented at the WasteQ conference in Mackay and told the story of the benefits realised by Mackay Regional Council and Rockhampton Regional Council in their engagement of local civil contractors to collect natural disaster generated wastes and the importance of robust data collection for natural disaster funding applications.


Some of the actions your teams can undertake in the lead up to the cyclone season include:

  • Checking and updating your Emergency Response Plan
  • Reducing your stockpiles of waste scrap
  • Checking and updating your contractor and equipment supply contact list
  • Ensuring your induction materials are in place
  • Having your internal Council contact lists updated, uploading on internal website and distributed internally
  • Check your emergency equipment – pumps, generators, signs, lights, trailers, PPE, etc
  • Ensure your signage at remote facilities clearly state what can be accepted and advise that asbestos and hazardous material are not be disposed of at the facility
  • Identify on a map your preferred temporary bin and green waste collection sites

If you need assistance with any of the above or setting up for NDRRA reporting contact the team at CQG at or 0419760411.  With staff in Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Brisbane and plenty of experience in the coordination of waste management and emergency planning, CQG’s team is readily available to assist.

November 2017

Calling all renovators – do you know if your home contains asbestos?

If you think your home may contain asbestos, contact CQG Consulting!

CQG Cap Stat – Asbestos Services


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October 2017

CQG – Aurizon Sustainability Report 2016/2017

CQG’s Company Director, Patrice Brown, recently participated in Aurizon’s Sustainability Reporting stakeholder workshop held in Brisbane as a business owner representative from Central Queensland.

The workshop was interactive and covered a range of matters.  See the full report in the following link and CQG’s comment on page 9.

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September 2017

CQG is back on the Podium!

Our founder and Company Director Patrice Brown won the Queensland State titles at the Brisbane City Hall for the Owner/Entrepreneur category in the Australian Leadership Awards for the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Under Patrice’s leadership our team is committed to leading the way through working with clients to find smarter ways to solve challenges and to influence where we can, sustainable economic developments.

We are proud of our  passion for regional Queensland, our inclusive culture and our team spirit that underpins how we do business.

Patrice will be traveling to Sydney in early October to represent Queensland Owners/Entrepreneurs in the National finals.

September 2017

Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference

CQG proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the 2017 Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference.

The 14th GEA Major Industry Conference is shaping up to be an important event for Central Queensland and now is the time to get your ticket to have direct access to project managers and CEOs with more than $500m+ in project tenders available. #CQSupplyChain #GladstoneAustraliasFuture

The conference is renowned as the event for obtaining the most current and in-depth information on project updates and supplier opportunities delivered directly from project managers and top procurement professionals.

Speakers at this year’s conference represent the region’s major industries, infrastructure providers and planners and leaders in the mineral processing and mining industry. The conference provides a forum for these proponents to showcase their project quantum, timeline and contacts.

With over $500M+ projects and tenders available, come and hear from industry professionals, CEOs and managers like Moreton Resources CEO Jason Elks (South Burnett Coal Project), Carbine Resources CEO Tony James (Mt Morgan Gold and Copper Project), Adani General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Business Development Muthuraj Guruswamy (Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project), Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O’Sullivan (East Shores Stage 1B Project), Gladstone Foundation Chair Tim Griffin with CQU Associate Professor Owen Nevin (Community Health Precinct Project), Gladstone Area Water Board chief operating officer John Tumbers ($35M worth of projects), Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, and special guest speaker and MC for the day, influential futurist and media commentator Dr Keith Suter with more speakers to be announced soon.

The 2017 GEA Major Industry Conference, Thursday, October 12, at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre – Presented by MIPEC.

To complement the day and to celebrate industry and business in Central Queensland, don’t forget to also purchase your tickets to the GEA Gala Dinner and Industry Awards night held on the evening of the conference.



September 2017

CQG meets Singapore!

CQG further strengthened our ties in Singapore as part of Townsville Enterprise’ Business Delegation in early September.

Meetings and functions with the High Commissioner, Austrade, TIQ, JCU and Singaporean companies wanting to do business in Queensland and with Queensland businesses in the ASEAN region was the key focus.

Our Company Director was thrilled to have had the opportunity to travel with other like minded entrepreneurial businesses as well as tour Singapore’s PSA port, one of the busiest container ports in the world!

September 2017

Lakes Creek Road Landfill

CQG’s Principal Engineer Andrew Brown discussing the progress of Lakes Creek Road Landfill “piggy back” project with Rockhampton Recycling and Waste Reduction (RRWR’s) Craig Dunglison.  Back filling on the existing landfill site will save ratepayers millions of dollars compared to alternatives.

Andrew was instrumental in this concept which has been driven by RRWR’s team.

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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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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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.