Newcastle Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in Newcastle.

About Engineers Australia Newcastle

The Newcastle Division serves the engineering community from the Hawkesbury River, north to the Queensland border and west to Coonabarabran

The Newcastle Division is led collaboratively by Helen Link, Division General Manager and a Division Committee of 10 local Newcastle members.

The Newcastle Division’s strategic agenda includes contributing to supporting and initiating educational STEM programs for both students and teachers in high schools to broaden discussions around engineering, and shaping policy in the STEM area; including STEM events for primary school students and a mentoring program for tertiary students throughout the year.

We also run technical presentations, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions, workshops with webinar options to support our regional members.

Major Newcastle Division activities include the policy launches; engineering heritage endeavours; Engineering Games, Science & Engineering Challenges, Discover Engineering evenings and Girl’s Talk events; formally acknowledging engineers who have served the profession with Fellow status; and, recognising and rewarding outstanding local individual engineers and projects through our prestigious Awards Program.

Engineers Australia members benefit from access to world-class CPD and technical resources; career services; the recognition they receive on the National Engineering Register and via Chartered status; valuable networking opportunities; global mobility through our International Accords; entry into our Awards Program; leadership and advocacy opportunities; management and leadership achievements being recognised through the Engineering Executive (EngExec) post-nominal; and, access to an exclusive member rewards program, Ignite, among other benefits.

Start your membership today and enjoy the benefits of being part of a large engineering community in Newcastle and beyond.

The Newcastle Division covers the area in the lower Hunter from Newcastle, and five regional locations, where we host Country Groups. These groups are:

  • Central Coast Group (covering the area north from the Hawkesbury River to the lower Lake Macquarie area of the Hunter).
  • Mid North Coast Group (representing members from the areas of Foster, Taree, Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Kempsey).
  • Northern Group (covering the area of Tamworth, Armidale, west to Moree, south-west to Coonabarabran).
  • Northern Rivers Group (representing members from the areas of Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Grafton, Lismore, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads).

Newcastle Engineering Directory

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Newcastle EngMentor Program

The EngMentor scheme is intended to give Engineering students an idea of what the actual Engineering workplace scene is like and provide students with a contact in the industry who is a practising graduate Engineer and willing to assist them.

To participate in this program please complete a Mentor Registration Form and forward it to Louise Duncan at Engineers Australia Newcastle.

The people of Engineers Australia's Newcastle Division

Engineeers Australia Newcastle is governed by the Division Committee, which is responsible for the overall management of the Division in accordance with the Rules of Engineers Australia.

Emails to Division Committee can be sent to

The Division Committee members will be looking after portfolios in the areas shown below. Members are invited to send through any thoughts or comments that relate to any of these areas of interest.

All correspondence will be passed on to the committee member assigned that portfolio.

Please send your email

Name Position
Alice Howe President
Joe Townsend Deputy President
David Sparkes Immediate Past President
Michael van Koeverden Congress Representative (Division Committee Elect)
Karlie Collis Committee Member
Paul Reynolds Committee Member
Steve Arnold Committee Member
Frank Sammut Committee Member
Leon Fabrikanov Committee Member
Pierre Gouhier Committee Member
Helen Link Division Director
Louise Duncan Office Manager
Jo Papanicolaou Administration/Events Assistant

The Honour Board identifies Newcastle members who have achieved the status of National President.

1974 Wallace V McKensey
1999 Ian S Pedersen
2004 Douglas G Jones
2006 Peter D S Cockbain
2011 Mervyn C Lindsay

Newcastle Division’s Education Sub-Committee  have developed a unique program which they have delivered with great success to secondary school teachers in the 'Engineering Studies' field.  

From its inception in 2015, the Education Sub-Committee has been working with Engineering Studies teachers to create a program which assists in delivering the curriculum to senior high school students in a relevant manner. A number of seminars/workshops are held each term, with each one aligned to a module in the current year 11 and 12 syllabus, providing current industry information as well as practical application of aspects of engineering.

The sessions provide teachers with CPD opportunities, tangible resources and are a valuable link between our Engineering Studies teachers, industry and the Engineering profession.

Name Mobile Email
Michael van Koeverden 0431 400 933
Pierre Gouhier 0411 098 340
David Sparkes 0459 325 600
Paul Reynolds 0418 449 158
Barry Finlay 0419 627 132
Joe Townsend 0473 349 977
Michael Scott 0408 451 218
Aaron Bell 0423 710 791
Alice Howe 0428 168 354
Helen Link 0401 761 268

Facilities booking

The office of the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia is situated at Suite 3, Tonella Commercial Centre, 125 Bull Street, Newcastle West (entry via Dick Street).

The building offers a number of meeting room facilities, which you may wish to utilise. In particular our boardrooms and meeting room are very suitable for any mediation/arbitration meetings.

  • Auditorium - seats 100 theatre style. Also large boardroom style or classroom style.
  • 1 x Boardroom - 10 people seated comfortably around the table.
  • Meeting room - 6 people seated comfortably around the table.


A range of audiovisual equipment is available and presenters can choose from the following:

  • Overhead projector, electronic whiteboard and flip chart
  • Lectern microphone as well as lapel microphone
  • State of the art data projector - $165.00 hire fees applies

Hiring Rates (prices include GST)

Rooms Full Day (8 hrs) Half Day (4 hrs)
Auditorium $250 $150
Board Room $200 $120
Meeting Rooms $150 $90


Room hire includes carafes of water and glasses on tables. A range of local caterers can been contacted for all occasions, from sandwiches to buffet meals. Please contact us to request information on catering arrangements.

Engineers Australia can supply continuous tea/coffee/biscuits at a cost of $5.00 per person


For after business hours functions, security will be organised by our staff at an additional cost.

Our experienced staff will be able to assist you with any enquiries you may have. For further information or if you would like to make a booking, please call Jo at our office on (02) 4911 7310 or email: Office hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Newcastle Groups

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Newcastle 2017 program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

The AEEA is the premier event for the profession. The night promotes industry excellence across engineering projects and engineering professionals.

For information on the AEEA Newcastle Awards 2017 contact division office 02 4911 7310

Engineers Australia's Individual Awards are designed to recognise the outstanding achievements of those engineers who demonstrate innovation and a commitment to the community.

Individual Awards are given to an individual responsible for engineering achievement who has demonstrated outstanding engineering skills. These awards provide the opportunity for entrants to be recognised among their peers and industry.

Entries to the Newcastle Division awards for 2017 are now open. Winners are then invited to compete at the national level.

The full of categories and full entry guidelines are available here

If you require further information please contact the division office 02 4911 7310

Winners of Individual Awards will be announced at the 2017 Newcastle Division Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner to be held on Friday 16 September.

Are you a Young Engineer who has something to say on a topic related to Engineering?

Then put your public speaking skills to the test and enter the 2015 Ian Henderson Award.

The Award is a public speaking competition for Young Engineers based on the merit of the presentation of a paper on a subject related to engineering. This may be a social comment, technical, historical or a biographical paper. It could be based on a project, a technical visit or industrial case study.

To be eligible to enter you must be either a current student or graduate member (up to six years after graduation) of Engineers Australia and be under the age of 35 as at 31st December 2015.

Each entrant will be required to deliver a 15 minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes of question time.

The winner of the Award will be announced at the Presentation Evening to be held in the Auditorium of Engineers Australia on Tuesday 15th December 2015 from 5.30pm. The winner will receive a cash prize of $600 and a framed certificate.

The award perpetuates the memory of Mr I F G Henderson who was employed by BHP Company Ltd for over 45 years and whose final appointment was Manager, Systems and Data Processing.

Mr Henderson was closely associated with the Newcastle Division for many years until his death in 1975, and was particularly interested in graduate and student activities. He was Chairman of Newcastle Division in 1966 and a Councillor of the Institution in 1974.

Entries to the Ian Henderson Award will open during September.

The Engineering Excellence Awards for 2015 took place on Friday 29th May with 16 finalist projects in the running. Four Excellence Awards were presented along with four Highly Commended achievements and one Regional Award.

The overall winner of the GHD Award was the "Solar GRANEX® Co-Generation Plant at the Wallsend Public Pool: A Low-Cost Green Energy Solution,' entered by University of Newcastle and partners.

Other acknowledgements at the event were: Prof Rob Melchers who was recognised on becoming an Honourary Fellow; and a number of devoted members and volunteers who were recognised through the dedication of a Pin Oak Tree in their name at the National Arboretum.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners. The field of finalists really did showcase the amazing engineering being carried out right here in Newcastle Division.

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased through AJM Photography at:

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Gallery Name: Engineering Awards 2015
Access Code: Engineering

Engineering Excellence Award Winners:

UGL FlexiCurve Bogie Family

Entered by UGL
Excellence Award sponsored by NSW Roads & Maritime Services

The FlexiCurve bogie is UGL’s premium locomotive bogie, providing significant benefits in locomotive performance, reliability and maintainability. FlexiCurve is an innovative, yaw-relaxed, self-steering design with significant benefits over traditional bogie designs. UGL has designed FlexiCurve as a family of bogies for application over a range of track gauges and locomotive mass; positioning it as a product for the global rail market.

Solar GRANEX® Co-Generation Plant at the Wallsend Public Pool: A Low-Cost Green Energy Solution

Entered by University of Newcastle and partners

This project involved the design; construction, commissioning and field trials of a novel cogeneration plant for delivering low-cost and emission-free heat (»100 kWth) and power (»30 kWe) into the Wallsend Public Swimming Centre at Newcastle.

The project focused on direct solar thermal heating of an organic fluid cycled through the GRANEX® heat engine invented by Prof Moghtaderi and Dr Doroodchi of the University of Newcastle. The technology delivers higher performance efficiencies meanwhile lowering field cost.

The CS3 Continuity Test System - An Innovative Evolution in Electrical Testing Improving Safety for the Community

Entered by Safearth Consulting

The need to accurately analyse, test and maintain systems of our electricity networks is crucially important, considering we live within the earthing systems of our electricity networks.

Safearth's engineering excellence project provides an innovative evolution in electrical testing, improving safety for the community. It is the design, manufacture and sale of the CS3 Continuity Test System. CS3 will confirm integrity of earthing connections, to sub-milliohm precision, in the noisy environments of modern electrical facilities.

Arc Fault Venting - Simulation and Practice

Entered by Ampcontrol

Arc faults in electrical circuits present a hazard when internal pressurisation results in catastrophic failure of the enclosure housing. Venting is used to prevent enclosure failure.

Ampcontrol has developed a method of synthesising arc faults using energetic materials, providing a lower cost, fast turnaround and portable approach to repeatable testing. A novel low mass arc vent cover has been developed exploiting composite construction to facilitate high speed activation, enhancing the safety of personnel and equipment.

Overall Winner of the GHD Award:

Solar Granex Co-Generation Plant at the Wallsend Public Pool: A Low-Cost Green Energy Solution

Entered by University of Newcastle with partners: NIER, Granite Power, ARENA, Nepsolar, NCC, Newcastle Innovation, Yokogawa and Archer

Regional Award

Iluka Sewerage Scheme
Entered by NSW Public Works with Clarence Valley Council, NSW Office of Water and Sustainable Futures Australia

Planning for Iluka sewerage was challenged by community polarisation regarding reticulated sewerage and a very sensitive receiving environment. An affordable scheme was developed using an innovative community engagement process called “Dealing with our own Situation” which overcame these challenges.

Innovative procurement including contract “packaging”, “Early Tendering Involvement” and relationship contracting successfully overcame difficulties presented by latent conditions within budget. The scheme demonstrates an effective partnership of government agencies, local government, contractors and the community.

Highly Commended

* Centennial Newstan "Newstan Clean Water Plant and Water Management Scheme" - Entered by Centennial Coal & Hunter H2O

* Design and Manufacture of a Special Traffic Cone Dispensing Truck - Entered by NSW Roads and Maritime Services

* Minehunter Coastal Combat System Upgrade - Entered by Thales Australia

* Coal Washery Tailings Dewatering and Recycling - Entered by Rix’s Creek Pty Ltd as part of The Bloomfield Group

Full list of Finalists

Minehunter Coastal Combat System Upgrade - Thales Australia

UGL FlexiCurve Bogie Family – UGL

Design and Manufacture of a Special Traffic Cone Dispensing Truck - Roads and Maritime Services

Solar GRANEX® Co-Generation Plant at the Wallsend Public Pool: A Low-Cost Green Energy Solution - The University of Newcastle, NIER, Granite Power, ARENA, Nepsolar, NCC, Newcastle Innovation, Yokogawa, Archer

Liverpool Plains Regional Water Supply Scheme – strategy, investigations and concept design – GHD & Liverpool Plains Shire Council

Coffs Harbour Eastern Breakwater Remediation - NSW Trade & Investment - Crown Lands & NSW Public Works - Northern Region

Centennial Newstan "Newstan Clean Water Plant and Water Management Scheme" - Centennial Coal & Hunter H2O

Port Waratah Coal Services K4 Wharf Construction Joint Repairs - Port Waratah Coal Services, GHD & Freyssinet

Arc Fault Venting - Simulation and Practice - Ampcontrol

Additional Crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton (EIS and Concept Design) - Roads and Maritime Services – Infrastructure Project Development (Hunter & Northern)

Coal Washery Tailings Dewatering and Recycling - Rix’s Creek Pty Ltd as part of The Bloomfield Group

Maitland to Minimbah Third Track - delivered by the Hunter8 Alliance – ARTC & GHD

Creation of a Virtual Asset Model of Sydney’s Pyrmont Bridge – GHD & Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

The CS3 Continuity Test System - An Innovative Evolution in Electrical Testing Improving Safety for the Community - Safearth Consulting

Iluka Sewerage Scheme - NSW Public Works, Clarence Valley Council, NSW Office of Water & Sustainable Futures Australia

Newcastle Agri Terminal - Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd & Newcastle Agri Terminal Pty Ltd

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased through AJM Photography at:

(enter your email address & a password to gain access)

Gallery Name: Engineering Awards 2015
Access Code: Engineering

The next Engineering Excellence Awards for Newcastle Division is scheduled to take place in September 2016. For further information or details on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Helen Link on 02 4911 7310.

The Young Professional Engineer and the Professional Engineer of the Year for 2015 were announced at AEW/Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner on Friday, 7th August. Mr Tim Walton and Mr Neil Petherbridge were announced by David Stewart as winners of these awards respectively.

The winner of the Newcastle Division 2015 Young Professional Engineer of the Year: Tim Walton from Lindsay Dynan.

Tim’s strong analytical background, coupled with his passion for the design and implementation of water cycle management systems, has seen him acquire the skills and multi-disciplinary approach required of civil engineers in today’s environmentally focused development industry.

His broad experience in commercial, residential and industrial projects has seen him develop a variety of successful initiatives that have required the integration of urban hydrology, land use planning and life-cycle economics.

Tim prides himself on delivering design solutions that are cost effective, efficient and sustainable. He endeavours to ensure that what he is designing now will not adversely affect future generations, enhancing Lindsay Dynan’s position as a leading consulting engineering firm within the sustainability industry.

Comments from the judges in regards to Tim:

As a young engineer, Tim in his career to date has demonstrated high engineering competence and strong leadership and communication skills. As the Infrastructure Manager at Lindsay & Dynan he manages a team of engineers, some many years his senior.

Among many projects was his innovative and cost-effective solutions for designing and managing stormwater run-off into environmental catchments at Newcastle Airport. Tim is a volunteer and young engineer who has combined engineering with an extraordinary commitment to the well-being of people and the community.

In Peru his humanitarian work as an engineer involved planning and starting the construction of a much needed concrete water supply tank-stand in a community that relies on subsistence farming and fishing and where skills and resources were difficult to obtain.

He is Chair of Futurenet Newcastle Branch, involved with The Engineering Link Group which provides presentations to Year 10/11 students on the challenges of being an engineer, has completed his training for RedR Australia to work in disaster relief areas, and has worked with Engineers Without Borders.

The winner of the Newcastle Division 2015 Professional Engineer of the Year: Neil Petherbridge from Northrop.

Neil is the Northern NSW/QLD Regional Manager and a Director of Northrop Consulting Engineers. Neil joined Northrop prior to graduating from the University of Newcastle 1990. He opened the Newcastle Northrop office in 1992, which has grown to over 50 staff today. Passionate about the future of our industry,

Neil has provided countless hours of volunteer work with EA, the UoN and Property Council.

Neil is well respected for his expertise in the field of mine subsidence, evidenced by the fact that Neil is the only non-government representative on the NSW Premiers and Cabinet Working Party looking at Newcastle mine subsidence.

Comments from the judges in regards to Neil:

The judges were impressed with Neil’s innovative approach to his engineering work and his strong commitment to promoting engineering in the Property Council.

Neil has been recognised nationally for his work in resolving mines subsidence issues in Newcastle. These issues affect the economic viability of projects and highligh the structural design constraints the regulations impose.

Neil has for many years tutored at the University and mentored many young engineers. He is President of the Toronto Amateur Sailing Club and works as a volunteer with local charities such as Sailability. Neil believes in the strength of Engineers Australia’s voice and encourages us to promote that at every opportunity.

As winners at the Division level both Tim & Neil will go on to compete at the national awards with the winners to be announced in November at the Congress Dinner. Congratulations to both Tim & Neil.

Engineering Studies Teacher Program

Find all our teacher program resources and links to register for upcoming presentations on our Engineering Studies Teacher Program page.

Over the past few years Engineers Australia has worked with Engineering Studies teachers in the Newcastle area to develop an understanding of the needs of these teachers in the effective delivery of the Engineering Studies curriculum. 

We created a pilot program where we hosted a seminar/workshop/networking style forum in weeks 3 and 7 of each term that focuses on modules in the current year 11 and 12 syllabus providing current industry information as well as practical application of aspects of engineering.

Resources have now been developed in collaboration with the Engineering Studies teachers for use by the teachers. Teachers attend one and a half hour sessions twice per school term (face to face or webinar) to develop and improved understanding and appreciation of the field of engineering included in the resource materials.

Through the delivery of this course over the past three years, the content has been continuously improved, and the number schools engaged with our program has grown from six to seventy. Now that the course has been endorsed by NESA we will start to deliver the program across NSW.

We cover eight modules with two per term (during weeks 3 and 7).
The eight modules that are covered are:
Yr 11 Preliminary Modules
Engineering Fundamentals
Engineered Products
Braking Systems
Biomedical Engineering
Year 12 HSC Modules
Civil Structures
Personal & Public Transport
Telecommunications Engineering
Aeronautical Engineering

Contact Us

Office Location and Address

Suite 3, Tonella Commerical Centre
125 Bull Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302 (entry via Dick Street)

Phone: +61 2 4911 7310

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Staff Contacts

Helen Link General Manager
Louise Duncan Office Manager
Jo Papanicolaou Administration/Events Assistant


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