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

Download the Newcastle Engineering Directory

NSW Curriculum Review Submission


The NSW Government has launched the first comprehensive review of the entire school curriculum, from Kindergarten to Year 12, since 1989 to ensure the education system is preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Together with members of the Sydney Division Education Committee, we submitted a joint response to the NSW Curriculum Review. A copy of the response can be found here.

Many thanks to all involved including Paul Reynolds, Michael van Koeverden, David Sparkes, Barry Finlay, Pierre Gouhier, Joe Townsend, Frank Sammut, Adrian Page, Karlie Collis, Alice Howe, Robin King and Roger Hadgraft.


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.

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 [email protected]

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 to:[email protected]

Name Position
Joe Townsend President
Pierre Gouhier Deputy President
Alice Howe Immediate Past President
Michael van Koeverden Congress Representative (Division Committee Elect)
Karlie Collis Committee Member
Paul Reynolds Committee Member
David Sparkes Committee Member
Frank Sammut Committee Member
Leon Fabrikanov Committee Member
Lisa Hansberry Committee Member
Steve Adanthwaite Committee Member
Helen Link Division Director
Jane Dennis 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 [email protected]
Pierre Gouhier 0411 098 340 [email protected]
David Sparkes 0459 325 600 [email protected]
Paul Reynolds 0418 449 158 [email protected]
Barry Finlay 0419 627 132 [email protected]
Joe Townsend 0473 349 977 [email protected]
Michael Scott 0408 451 218 [email protected]
Aaron Bell 0423 710 791 [email protected]
Alice Howe 0428 168 354 [email protected]
Helen Link 0401 761 268 [email protected]

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 70 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


Carafes of water and glasses are provided with all room hire. Engineers Australia can supply continuous tea/coffee/biscuits at a cost of $5.00 per person. Additional catering at clients own care, please contact us for details of a range of local caterers.


Room hire outside of business hours will attract an additional fee - Security will be provided by an external security company at an additional charge as per their rate (minimum four hours).

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: [email protected] Office hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Newcastle Groups

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 Ian Henderson Award. 

The Award is based on the merit of a presentation 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 member or graduate member (up to six years after graduation) of Engineers Australia and be under the age of 35 as at 31 December 2019. 

Each Entrant will be required to deliver a 15 minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes question time. For more information and the Entry Form please see the Award Prospectus or contact our Office on 02 4911 7310

The winner of the Ian Henderson Award will receive a cash prize of $600 and a certificate. 

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
Jane Dennis Office Manager
Jo Papanicolaou Administration/Events Assistant

Re-Shaping The Hunter

The Hunter Region is barely recognisable. Over the past three decades the changes in its industrial base, significant developments in infrastructure and move to a more sophisticated workforce has seen a region previously reliant on its steel and coal emerge as a hub of innovation, collaboration, and structural change.

With the Port of Newcastle at its heart, and a thriving network of industrial, technological and service-based sectors, the Hunter has reinvented itself. Underpinning this revitalisation has been the innovation and dedication of the engineering sector. What was once traditionally focused on traditional engineering sectors such as civil, mechanical, structural and electrical, the engineering discipline now has even greater depth and contribution as it broadened its scope to work alongside the needs of a changing economy with a renewed focus toward innovation. In recognition of the engineering sectors contribution to the region, Members of the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia, Engineering Heritage Branch, are project managing the writing and publication of a book titled “Re-shaping The Hunter.”

Planned as a follow-up to the Institution’s previously released “Shaping The Hunter,” published in 1982, the book is a celebration of the work undertaken by the
Engineering sector in the development of the Hunter Region and will also serve as a historical reference of this challenging period of the region’s history.
The content will be an engaging narrative. Focusing on the re-emergence of the Hunter Region following the eventual full closure of the BHP Steelworks in

It will illustrate the re-focus and emergence of new skills and capabilities in the engineering sector and reference other economic contributors such as mining, the Port of Newcastle, manufacturing, education, and health and will include reference to the 1989 Newcastle earthquake and its effects on the engineering and construction sectors.

The book will further explore how globalisation, technological change, environmental concerns, and other factors have driven change. Ultimately, the book
will demonstrate how the engineers of today have been able to adapt, survive and thrive, just as their forebears have done.
The purpose of this publication would be to:

  • Illustrate the engineering sector’s vital contribution to the Hunter Region
  • Demonstrate the diversity and flexibility of the engineering sector
  • Present a case study of how a region can re-invent itself
  • Demonstrate the pathway the engineering profession can provide
  • Be used for continuous professional development within Engineers Australia membership and
  • University of Newcastle student-faculty
  • Give an insightful read and valuable contribution to the recording of the region’s history.
  • Representatives of the Hunter Region’s engineering and economic community have the opportunity to support this special publication as a sponsor or partner.

The publication
To be written by award-winning author Evan McHugh, with graphic design by Michelle Havenstein, the production quality of Reshaping the Hunter will reflect
the essential and historical nature of the publication.

Calling on his love of the Hunter Region and using his experience as the writer of over 19 books, Evan will shape the engineering history of the region into
a factual, illuminating, entertaining and historically valuable publication. Using the natural and built environments of the region as inspiration, experienced Graphic Designer Michelle Havenstein will design the full-colour glossy book in for visual appeal and enjoyable reading.

At a glance

  • Scheduled release date: late 2020
  • Book size: A4, 160 pages
  • Quality: softcover, perfect bound, gloss stock
  • Colour: full-colour publication throughout
  • RRP: $40

Please download our Sponsorship Prospectus to find out more information around the packages available. 






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