Mike Holeszko

Southern Downs: To B double or Not To B double
Mike Holeszko, Southern Downs Regional Council


Road infrastructure is a critical link to provide and grow sustainability for a rural inland Council. So how does a Council go about ensuring an aged road network will meet the current and future needs? It does so by inspired leadership and engaging with the community and other government instrumentalities. Using this feedback, Council can build the strategic program of works required to address the priorities.
Businesses need every advantage in being profitable and freight cost is a large component. To shift 1000t would take a semi 42 trips whereas a standard B Double would do it 28 trips.
Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) knows that sustainability is about growth both in new business, enhancing current businesses, and attracting a population to support this.
An aged rail network exists and while Council has made efforts to connect to the proposed inland rail network, it is more likely than in the short to medium term the transport of goods will be by road. The advent of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has and will make further inroads to local and Asian markets by the use of air freight.
Our Mayor Tracey Dobie decided the time was ripe to engage with companies and freighters to flesh out where SDRC needed to strategically focus within its road network. In this workshop she said “As a Council we are conscious that our horticultural, agricultural and livestock industries are growing and that greater and more frequent access will be required.”

Mike commenced with Queensland Department of Main Roads in 1985 and worked with them for 28 years in all facets of engineering within District operations.For the last 4 years I have been the Roads Maintenance Engineer for Southern Downs Regional Council.

Career highlights:

  • 20 years as an Registered Professional Engineer Queensland,
  • Being a mentor and coach for junior engineers
  • 2016/17 submitted and awarded 15 out of 15 Black Spot Projects for Southern Downs Regional Council.
  • Main Roads District Representative to Black Spot and Safer Roads Sooner State Technical Committee for 4 years,
  • Winner 2007 Roads Alliance Excellence Awards
  • Leadership Excellence Winner 2005 Roads Alliance Excellence Awards – “Innovation in joint purchasing and/or resource sharing”
  • Merit Award 2006 Main Roads Excellence Awards Business – Innovation and Improvement
  • Winner 2006 Australian Safer Communities Award – Pre disaster Winner 2006 Queensland Safer Communities Awards – Pre disaster Winner 2005 Queensland Road Safety Awards – State Government Initiatives
  • Winner Geoff Wilmoth Award 2004 and again 2017 – Best Paper IPWEAQ Conference
  • Personal Interests include: Grain feeding cattle, gardening, fishing, Sci-Fi movies, being in the great outdoors, and last but not least spending quality time with my family.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Disrupting the nation for better health outcomes

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is a thought leader in the NZ health space and is committed to influencing redesign of traditional health services, which he believes is not fit for purpose in an age of technology. Lance will share his story of the challenges he has overcome and risks he has taken to be considered a pioneer in the provision of digital health in New Zealand

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is an accomplished author, national and international speaker, role model and disruptive leader and innovator.  From a young boy labelled by society as a trouble maker, Lance developed into a passionate advocate for Māori health.  He is a pioneer for equal health care in his community and a champion for creating a fairer New Zealand.

In 2012, Lance and his wife Tracy established Navilluso Medical, a healthcare company committed to developing innovative ways to ensure appropriate and quality health care reached the right people in the right place at the right time.

Lance was New Zealander of the Year 2014 and also founded The MOKO Foundation, inspired by the opportunities that he himself had experienced in life.