2009 Media Releases
8 December 2009
Seven projects have been selected as outstanding examples of construction excellence to compete for the Australian Construction Achievement Award 2010. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner, hosted by Mr Wal King, President of the Australian Constructors Association and Professor Doug Hargreaves, National President of Engineers Australia, in Brisbane on 20 May 2010.
1 December 2009
The practical, theoretical and community achievements of 26 year-old professional electrical engineer Blake Harvey of Rockhampton, Queensland, have been rewarded by his selection as the Engineers Australia?s Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year 2009. He graduated from the Central Queensland University (CQU) in 2005 with a first class honours degree.
27 November 2009
Professor Doug Hargreaves has taken-up the leadership of Australia?s almost 90,000 strong peak professional engineering body as National President of Engineers Australia. He is the head of the School of Engineering Systems at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
26 November 2009
The Three Delta Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Vietnam?s Mekong Delta, managed by GHD, took out top honours of the Sir William Hudson Award for engineering excellence at the 2009 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (2009 AEEA) gala dinner at the Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra last night, Wednesday 25 November.
26 November 2009
At the 2009 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (2009 AEEA) gala dinner at the Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra last night, Wednesday 25 November, four members of Australia's engineering team were also honoured with individual awards.
23 November 2009
Reports that Snowy Hydro is to be excluded from bidding for New South Wales power assets is viewed by Engineers Australia as a disturbing setback.
16 November 2009
The exceptional achievements of Queensland?s current and past engineers were recognised and honoured at Engineers Australia?s Queensland Division annual Hawken Address in Brisbane on Friday 13 November 2009.
4 November 2009
The 175 years engineering and construction history of Adelaide has now been brought together in a guidebook that leads locals and visitors through the city?s streets in a fascinating insight to what we see or no longer see of the development of Adelaide.
26 October 2009
Final year RMIT Bachelor of Engineering Honours student Elizabeth Smolinska, was awarded the 2009 Rod McGee Medal at the Engineers Australia?s Civil College awards in Brisbane on Thursday 22 October.
26 October 2009
A challenge to a long accepted practice of retesting compacted fills sometime after they have been constructed, and using those tests to judge how well the fill was originally constructed, was awarded prestigious acknowledgment at the Engineers Australia?s Civil College awards dinner in Brisbane on Thursday 22 October.
23 October 2009
The excellence of the contribution to civil engineering across Australia and internationally by Chris Dann, was officially recognised at the presentation to him of the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year Award 2009 in Brisbane last night, Thursday 22 October.
5 October 2009
Professor Michael Dureau has been awarded highly prestigious recognition for his outstanding achievements and service in the chemical engineering profession in Australia and New Zealand, as well as for his passion for humanitarian issues and mentoring of young engineers.
3 October 2009
The overall engineering excellence of the seven-kilometre dual carriageway between Queensland?s Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales, won the R W Hawken Award for the most outstanding engineering achievement at the Engineers Australia Queensland Division Engineering Excellence Awards gala presentation dinner in Brisbane last night.
13 August 2009
ABC television journalist Michael Sexton has won the 2009 Engineers Australia Excellence in Journalism Award, conducted in collaboration with the National Press Club of Australia.
22 June 2009
The National Press Club of Australia is proud to announce the Engineers Australia Journalism Award for 2009 is now open and calls for last entries. Sponsored by Engineers Australia, the aim of the award is to widen understanding and raise the profile of Engineering as a profession, and encourage the media to acknowledge the role of engineering and its diversity in key areas such as education, the environment, health, infrastructure, security, research and development and trade.
10 June 2009
Engineers Australia has joined the community-wide congratulations to South Australian engineer Malcolm Kinnaird for being awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service through the development of public policy in defence procurement, infrastructure and energy sector, and to business.
27 May 2009
The release today of the Engineers Australia report, ?Engineering the Future of Australian Manufacturing?, sets out research and recommendations for an opportunity to develop Australia?s existing areas of competitive advantage through a partnership between the manufacturing sector and government, driven by a clearly articulated vision for the sector encapsulated in a National Manufacturing Policy.
19 May 2009
The contribution by engineers to the long history of significant tree plantings in Canberra was continued today by Engineers Australia becoming the first organisation to sponsor a forest of around 600 trees at the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens.
12 May 2009
Responding to the infrastructure announcements in the Federal Budget, Engineers Australia Chief Executive, Peter Taylor, noted that, ?Four years ago when I released the Engineers Australia?s national Infrastructure Report Cards, infrastructure was not in the vocabulary of any political party; now it is driving our future.
12 May 2009
Engineers Australia views the Federal Budget?s $4.5 billion Clean Energy Initiative will complement the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the expansion of the renewable energy target. The Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Peter Taylor, said, ?Direct action and leadership is needed to overcome the reluctance of private investors to be the first to adopt emerging renewable energy and carbon capture technologies.
12 May 2009
Engineers Australia has welcomed the budget commitment to enhance business investment in Research and Development (R&D) in Australia by replacing the R&D tax concession with a simplified R&D tax credit.
12 May 2009
Engineers Australia welcomes the announcement of $491 million over four years to uncap the number of university places from 2012. Australia desperately needs to increase its domestic engineering skills base but this is only part of the answer. ?Schoolroom solutions? are also needed to solve the ongoing engineering skills shortage.
8 May 2009
Melbourne?s EastLink project, delivered by Thiess and John Holland to ConnectEast through it?s agency SEITA, was declared Australia?s most outstanding example of construction excellence at the 2009 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) dinner in Sydney last night, Thursday 7 May.
5 May 2009
The excellent technical, managerial and leadership skills within the profession of electrical engineering by Simon Bartlett, the Chief Operating Officer for Powerlink Queensland, has been officially recognised with the announcement that he has been named as the National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year 2009.
28 April 2009
The International Monetary Fund and the Australian Government have recently said that infrastructure is the key to the way out of the current debilitating global financial crisis.
6 April 2009
The National Press Club of Australia is proud to announce the Engineers Australia Journalism Award for 2009 is now open. Sponsored by Engineers Australia, the aim of the award is to widen understanding and raise the profile of Engineering as a profession, and encourage the media to acknowledge the role of engineering and its diversity in key areas such as education, the environment, health, infrastructure, security, research and development and trade.
18 March 2009
Engineers Australia has reaffirmed that major impediments to the international provision of professional services continue to restrict such services that account for a significant proportion of Australia?s exports.
5 March 2009
Engineers Australia has welcomed the announcements by the Hon Julia Gillard setting out the first stages of the Federal Government?s reform package for Australia?s higher education system, but is looking for further clarification on the role of the proposed National Regulatory and Quality Agency.
26 February 2009
The excellence of the contributions and leadership of members of South Australia?s engineering team was recognised and honoured at the SA Division of Engineers Australia?s Sir Eric Neal Address Awards Dinner in Adelaide last night, 25 February.
26 February 2009
South Australian Professor Alex Grant awarded national award for information, technology and electronics engineering excellence
Professor Alex Grant, Director of the Institute of Telecommunications and Research at the University of South Australia, was awarded Engineers Australia?s prestigious Information, Technology and Electronics Engineering College?s 2008 IREE Neville Thiele Award, in Adelaide last night, Wednesday 25 February.
30 January 2009
While Engineers Australia is very supportive of proposals by the Federal Government to stimulate economic growth through infrastructure programs, it is not the time to compromise the longer-term national interest priorities that Infrastructure Australia was created to deliver.