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Media coverage and releases.

Media Contact

Catherine Garrett
National Media Manager, Engineers Australia
cgarrett@engineersaustralia.org.au
T: 03 9321 1763 | M: 0467 003 866

Engineers Australia in the news

Engineers Australia's former National President Rolfe Hartley quoted extensively throughout a Canberra Times story on the announcement of the second stage of the preferred light rail route for the city. Rolfe Hartley said the Commonwealth Bridge presented no "insurmountable" engineering challenges.

"Commonwealth Avenue bridge is actually quite strong and certainly capable of taking a light rail system as is pretty much, although it might need additional reinforcing, but by the nature of the bridge it could do it," Mr Hartley told journalist Katie Burgess.

Opinion piece by Engineers Australia's SA General Manager Greg Parker is published in the Advertiser's Magazine, Boomer. The article discusses the challenges facing SA's ageing population and the infrastructure planning and roll out required to cope.

The fuel security Opinion piece by Engineers Australia's National Energy Security spokesman Neil Greet and Paul Barnes from Australian Strategic Policy Institute is discussed across the Macquarie radio network and Paul Barnes interviewed for Wake Up national program. 

Engineers Australia's Energy Security Spokesman Neil Greet writes an Opinion piece with Paul Barnes from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute published in The Australian online and hard copy  on the risky state of Australia's low liquid fuel supply and security and reliance on trade flows of fuel through the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. Australia currently has fuel reserves to last 43 days.  

Engineers Australia's CEO Peter McIntyre Opinion piece for Global day of the Engineer published in the Newcastle Herald and Ballarat Courier arguing a well rounded education is the best education and why STEM is important and not a 'buzz' word. 

Engineers Australia's General Manager Keely Quinn speaks to ABC Canberra Afternoons presenter Anna Vidot about all things engineering to celebrate Global Day of the Engineer. 

Engineers Australia's Newcastle President Alice Howe Opinion piece on gender disparity in the profession and what the organisation is doing to address it is published in the Newcastle Herald hard copy and online. 

Engineers Australia WA transport spokesman Brendan Marsh interviewed for ABC TV News, radio and online on the range of soils found on the Perth Airport tunnelling site leading to ground disturbances and delaying some tunnelling work. Brendan Marsh said this is to be expected, particularly at the start of the project.

Engineers Australia's General Manager ACT Keely Quinn interviewed for the Canberra Times / Fairfax publications calling on the ACT Government to get on with mandating registration of engineers following the introduction of a Mandatory Registration Bill for Engineers in the Victorian Parliament.

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Alesha Printz interviewed for SBS TV and online news story on international survey ranking the world's best train stations. Australia slipped down the rankings. Alesha Printz spoke of the need to upgrade ageing train station infrastructure and plan for massive population growth and huge increase in demand for public transport.   

Engineers Australia's Newcastle President Alice Howe speaks to ABC Radio breakfast program about the relaunch of the local Women In Engineering group and the important role Engineers Australia has in encouraging and keeping women engineers both in the profession and into engineering companies in the region.

Courier Mail story on skills shortage in Queensland references our latest vacancies data in a feature story on massive infrastructure spends and not enough engineers to design and build what’s required. Our latest vacancies stats for Queensland show a 36 % surge in demand for engineers.Syndicated across News Ltd publications.

Engineers Australia's National President Trish White interviewed for a Courier Mail feature story on International Women's Day which coincided with the release of a new report on rising rates of women apprentices in Queensland. The article mentioned Engineers Australia's Diversity policy. 

Engineers Australia's National President is quoted in the Courier Mail Editorial for International Women's Day, calling for industry action to 'cast a wide net ' and attract more women engineers to the profession. 

The Financial Review covers the presenting of the historic Victorian Engineers Registration Bill in the state parliament. Engineers Australia has been lobbying hard for this and Engineers Australia's Victorian President Alesha Printz and Registrar of Professional Standards at Engineers Australia Glen Crawley are interviewed for the story. Appeared in both hard copy of the paper and online.   

Engineers Australia National President Trish White joins Jon Faine in the ABC Melbourne studio for The Conversation Hour ahead of International Women's Day 2018. Talking about the need to change perceptions of the engineering profession to attract and keep more women in the industry.   

Engineers Australia's General Manager Keely Quinn interviewed for a Canberra Times story on dodgy building practice in the Territory and need for better building and design oversight as a matter of urgency and for community safety.

Engineers Australia Fellow John Macintosh speaks to ABC Canberra's Mornings program with Adam Shirley about the recent Canberra floods and the city's ageing infrastructure and population growth placing a strain on buildings and roads. Is the ACT's infrastructure set up to cope with inclement weather events? 

Engineers Australia's General Manager ACT Keely Quinn interviewed for ABC Breakfast Canberra on ACT job vacancies growth in civil and IT engineering and our continued push for a Chief Engineer for the Territory. 

Engineers Australia's General Manager Queensland Stacey Rawlings interviewed on ABC Drive Brisbane about latest job vacancies for the state, women and men in engineering pay disparity and graduate engineering numbers.

Engineers Australia's Queensland General Manager Stacey Rawlings is interviewed for a Courier Mail News Ltd story on our latest job vacancies statistics which show in Queensland, growth in engineering vacancies is running at more than four times the state's overall job vacancies rate.

Engineers Australia's statistics from our policy team in Canberra on the low levels of girls taking up science and maths subjects in Year 12 and the low percentage of qualified women engineers discussed on Channel 10's The Project Sunday night show and syndicated nationally for the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 

Engineers Australia GM ACT Keely Quinn is interviewed in the Fairfax Saturday papers asking why the ACT Government has still made no announcement about a register of engineers for the Territory to help regulate the industry and improve safety and oversight.

Engineers Australia General Manager WA Susan Kreemer Pickford interviewed in the Financial Review on the state government's announcement it will set up a new independent body Infrastructure WA. The agency would be responsible for creating a 20-year state infrastructure strategy. Susan Kreemer Pickford said a long-term infrastructure plan for the state was "overdue".

Engineers Australia Executive General Manager Brent Jackson interviewed on ABC Hobart Mornings program about our Government submission into infrastructure planning for regional cities. Issues covered in the interview included policy makers infrastructure planning and roll out lagging behind population and immigration growth

Engineers Australia’s SA Manager Greg Parker was interviewed on ABC radio SA and ABC News Radio about Engineers Australia’s calls for engineers to be registered in SA as the countdown to the March State Election is in full swing. 

Engineers Australia’s Chris Stoltz was interviewed across all Fairfax publications including The Age and SMH for reaction to a Supreme Court ruling that the Victorian Building Authority could not order builders to fix defects – that is unsafe cladding - once an occupancy permit or a certificate of final inspection had been completed.

ACT GM Keely Quinn was interviewed for a Canberra Times feature story on building safety, quoting our submission on the issue to the ACT Government 2 years ago. Building safety issues are now coming to light in the Territory and the journalist is asking why Engineers Australia's warnings weren't followed up.

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Chris Stoltz speaks to ABC TV News, The Age, SMH,  ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC Radio Adelaide, 3AW and syndicated Macquarie Network stations and Channel 10's The Project about balcony safety following a fatal balcony collapse in East Doncaster.

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Chris Stoltz who is advising the Victorian Government's new taskforce into fire safety cladding post Grenfell and Lacrosse  is interviewed for ABC Melbourne's Drive program with Raf Epstein about Brunswick Council issuing an immediate fire cladding removal from a local apartment building. Who pays?  

Engineers Australia Honorary Fellow John MacIntosh speaks to Channel 7 News Brisbane about the Wivanhoe Dam Inquiry and Queensland floods. 

Engineers Australia CEO Peter McIntyre interviewed for a Weekend Australian feature on bio-medical engineer Jacqui Savage and her world first sensor invention to accurately take the temperature of patients undergoing chemotherapy. 

Engineers Australia Honorary fellow John MacIntosh speaks to ABC Brisbane Breakfast host Steve Austin about flood dangers across the city and what lessons can be drawn from the past.

ACT Opposition leader Alistair Coe speaks to the ABC Canberra Breakfast show about the importance of our push for the appointment of an ACT Chief Engineer and how vital the role is. Questions why nothing has yet happened to that end.

Financial Review Opinion from Qantas Chairman Leigh Clifford on why Australia needs more engineers quoting our report into Australia's engineering skills shortage and the call for more students to take up STEM subjects needed for a career in engineering.  

WA General Manager Susan Kreemer Pickford interviewed for a feature story in Perth Now on our latest Vacancies data and promising WA stats 

Engineers Australia's Queensland Division manager Stacey Rawlings interviewed in a Courier Mail and Cairns Post story speaking about our latest Vacancies data showing strong growth for the state.  

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Chris Stoltz speaks to ABC Melbourne Breakfast about our Inventors Awards and the importance of engineering in society and the need to encourage more young people to consider getting into the profession. 

Financial Review covers our latest vacancies data for July-September showing strong engineering jobs growth in Victoria, WA and Queensland. Executive General Manager Brent Jackson and Victorian President Chris Stoltz are interviewed for the story,.  

Canberra Times story recapping our call for a register of engineers for the ACT to improve safety

Engineers Australia SA Division spokesman Greg Walters speaks to ABC Mornings David Bevan program about BHP jobs announcement for work on the Olympic Dam and the engineering jobs growth it will bring.

Engineers Australia's Canberra General Manager Keely Quinn gives a Canberra Times interview on the importance of an engineering register for the ACT and questions why the ACT Government is taking so long to act on this and the appointment of a Chief Engineer for the ACT.    

Engineers Australia Heritage Marker coverage for the Ryde Water Pumping station managed by Sydney Water. Coverage in the SMH, Daily Telegraph

Engineers Australia General Manager ACT Keely Quinn in a feature interview on ABC Canberra Breakfast about the delay in the appointment of a Chief Engineers for the Territory and the release of the May report into how female engineering and computer science students at the ANU feel excluded and subject to sexism. 

Engineers Australia Board member Trish White interviewed on live TV for News 24 coverage of AECOM decision to offer 12 weeks leave to fit with school holidays in order to encourage more women to work there. Our research shows just 12 % of working engineers in Australia are women. 

Engineers Australia's Chris Stoltz called for reaction on 3AW Breakfast program about AECOM decision to offer 12 weeks leave to encourage more women engineers to the company and keep them.  

Engineers Australia Board member Trish White interviewed for Fairfax story on AECOM decision to implement flexible work conditions offering parents 12 weeks leave to fit with school holidays. The move is aimed at encouraging and retaining more women engineers in the company's workforce.    

The Adelaide Advertiser runs an opinion piece from Engineers Australia Defence Spokesman Greg Walters on the importance of proper planning and engineering input as the Government rolls out its naval shipbuilding project in SA.

Energy Spokesman Chris Stoltz interviewed by ABC Canberra Drive program on Engineers Australia's reaction to the release of the Federal Government National Energy Guarantee

Defence Spokesman Greg Walters interviewed for ABC Adelaide news about the PwC report release by Defence Minister Christopher Pyne showing the  boom for jobs and SA economy from the Government's naval shipping project. Syndicated across the state and played on Radio National breakfast news bulletins 

Victorian president Chris Stoltz in a feature length interview across 3AW and 2GB on Labor announcement that it would ban the cladding linked to the Grenfell fire tragedy.  

Engineers Australia's Energy Expert Neil Greet interviewed by Chief Political Correspondent Chris Uhlmann for National 9 News online and TV story about fuel supply concerns for Australia given instability in the South China Sea. 

Engineers Australia Board member Trish White interviewed for Fairfax media story on Engineers Australia's announcement of a target to have women making-up 30 per cent of our leadership positions by 2020, including board members, managers, staff and volunteers.

Engineers Australia Fellow and mechanical engineer Geoffrey Hayes interviewed on ABC Canberra Breakfast show about challenges and strengths of electric four wheel drives.

Engineers Australia's Queensland General Manager Stacey Rawlings interviewed and quoted extensively for a Courier Mail story on engineering work picking up in Qld and the challenges of projects managing future labour wage stress. Our latest Vacancies data is also featured throughout the article.  

Engineers Australia's Infrastructure spokesman Chris Warnock interviewed for ABC online feature about Queensland Opposition calls for M1 Freeway duplication.

Engineers Australia's Executive General Manager Brent Jackson in front page Financial Review story on our vacancies data showing a jobs surge in construction and infrastructure engineering  

Engineers Australia’s Energy Spokesman Chris Stoltz interviewed on ABC Canberra Breakfast program about the release of the annual AEMO Report into electricity. The Report warns of risks to the grid and load shedding as coal fire plants shut.

Engineers Australia Energy spokesman Chris Stoltz interviewed across ABC NEWS 24 TV programs on the AEMO annual report into electricity which warns of energy power blackouts as summer looms and increased pressure on the grid from coal power plant closures.

ABC Radio Bendigo Breakfast program interviews Engineers Australia Fellow Deane Belfield on Greening Bendigo event about his bio waste digester project.

Victorian President Chris Stoltz interviewed in Herald Sun story on possibility of opening Hazelwood power station in the short term to get Victorian’s through summer without a power crisis.

Engineers Australia Infrastructure spokesman Chris Warnock in extended  4BC Drive Interview with Ben Davis  for reaction to the publicly released business case for the Brisbane Cross River Rail Project. This was a 9 minute discussion which was then edited and grabs used for radio news bulletins on 4BC Drive, Sydney’s 2UE and 2GB and Canberra’s 2CC.

Channel 7 Townsville news story on the engineering conference and water and energy planning. Engineers Australia mentions frequently throughout and QLD President interviewed

SA General Manager Greg Parker on ABC Adelaide news breakfast bulletins about Engineers Australia’s Vacancies report showing demand for engineers in SA has doubled in 2 years.

Australian Financial Review quotes us on 457 visas and shortage of STEM trained graduates

Daily Telegraph publishes an opinion piece by the Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel on the launch of the STARportal in partnership with Engineers Australia.

Win News Canberra covers the launch of Engineers Australia's STARportal STEM weblink

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Chris Stoltz on 3AW Drive with Tom Elliott responding to the latest energy report in Victoria showing gas and electricity prices have risen 200% in 15 years.  

Engineers Australia’s Infrastructure Spokesman QLD Chris Warnock on Infrastructure Australia report about Cross River Rail project – all News Ltd publications and Channel 9 news.

Engineers Australia Fellow Dr Therese Flapper on STEAM panel ABC Canberra

WA General Manager Susan Kreemer Pickford interviewed for STEM school story for the West Australian 

Engineers Australia's Victoria President Chris Stoltz speaks to Steve Price on 3AW and 2GB about fake certification of building products.

Daily Telegraph Page 1 coverage of Engineers Australia's submission to the Senate inquiry into fire safety cladding on buildings.

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Chris Stoltz interviewed on 3AW and 2GB on our Senate submission into fire safety cladding 

Engineers Australia's Victorian President Chris Stoltz interviewed on ABC Sydney's Breakfast program with Robbie Buck 

Chris Stoltz featured in a story on Grenfell on the flagship 730 Program and in an extensive radio discussion with ABC Drive Melbourne.

ABC Melbourne Drive interviews Chris Stoltz about cladding concerns at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne City. 

ABC 730 interviews Victorian President Chris Stoltz on Grenfell fire implications for Australia

Victorian President Chris Stoltz interviewed across radio, tv and print on London Grenfell building fire

Channel 9 live studio interview

3AW Breakfast interview and Herald Sun story interviewing Chris Stoltz amongst the highlights.

Chris Stoltz  on Channel 10, 9 and 7 evening national news bulletins on Grenfell fire.

ABC Online story interviewing Chris Stoltz on cladding fears in Australia post Grenfell and calls for an inquiry into building safety codes.

Chris Stoltz interviewed for Channel 10 news bulletin on Grenfell

 Engineers Australia’s  General Manager NSW Greg Ewing interviewed on ABC Newcastle Drive post the NSW Budget. This was an extensive 10 minute discussion with host Paul Bevan.

 Engineers Australia’s General Manager ACT Keely Quinn interviewed on ABC Canberra breakfast about the appointment of a Chief Engineer for the Territory.

Chris Stoltz interviewed for Sunday Herald Sun on Melbourne building fire cladding fears.

 Canberra Times covers Engineers Australia’s cochlear implant sculpture for the arboretum. Interviews Keely Quinn.

Engineers Australia’s Energy Spokesman Chris Stoltz interviewed on ABC Canberra Breakfast ahead of the release of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s report on Electricity Security

National online, radio and tv news ABC coverage of Engineers Australia research on mining vacancies jumping in WA. General Manager WA Susan Kreemer Pickford interviewed

Stacey Rawlings – GM Queensland interviewed in Courier Mail about state Budget reaction

Victorian President Chris Stoltz interviewed across radio, tv and print on London Grenfell building fire

Channel 9 live studio interview

3AW Breakfast interview and Herald Sun story interviewing Chris Stoltz amongst the highlights.

Chris Stoltz  on Channel 10, 9 and 7 evening national news bulletins on Grenfell fire.

Victorian President Chris Stoltz on extended ABC Melbourne Breakfast interview about shortage of Engineers and our The State of the Engineering Profession Report

Vic president Chris Stoltz interviewed on 3AW Breakfast about The State of the Engineering Profession Report Findings and the nation’s dire lack of students studying STEM

The Age, SMH, Canberra Times and Brisbane Times cover The State of the Engineering Profession in both online and hard copy. National president John McIntosh and Infrastructure spokesman Chris Warnock interviewed.

Engineers Australia’s Infrastructure Spokesman Qld’s Chris Warnock interviewed for The Age and all Fairfax publications on politicians needing to but out of the infrastructure planning process and problems with short political electoral cycle. 5 million potential reach

ABC Illawarra quotes our Engineers Make Things Happen report about shortage of engineers looming as low STEM uptake abnd over reliance on migrant engineers to fill the boom bust cycle work gaps.

Engineers Australia’s Water Engineering expert Qld’s John MacIntosh interviewed by the ABC for online and TV 7 pm  news bulletin ( story at 6.42 ) about expansion of the Wivenhoe Dam

Engineers Australia’s Water Engineering spokesman John MacIntosh in extended ABC Brisbane Mornings interview on floods and Wivenhoe Dam exapansion repercussions with Steve Austin

Engineers Australia’s Executive General Manager Brent Jackson interviewed for article in SMH and the Age on Federal Government announcement of abolishment of 457 visas. Brent Jackson also quoted extensively in the hard copy of Queensland’s Courier Mail paper on the 19/4/2017

Engineers Australia’s Victorian president Chris Stoltz interviewed and featured in lead story and political wrap of 457 visa announcement on leading ABC TV current affairs program 730.

The story also appeared on ABC Online 

Engineers Australia’s Executive General Manager Brent Jackson in feature interview with Financial Review on Federal Government’s announcement it will abolish 457 visas.

This story featured online and prominently in the hard copy of the paper on Friday 21/4/2017

Engineers Australia’s Victorian President Chris Stoltz in feature length interview on ABC Gippsland about re-engineering the La Trobe Valley, jobs, aero space centre and Hazelwood ramifications

Engineers Australia’s Victorian Vice President Peter Farley interviewed by The Australian’s Robert Gottliebson on energy. His whole energy policy printed in the online edition.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/energy-crisis-solutions-engineers-plan-for-power-shortages/news-story/1a4fd5a2d066b57b2684b3fdedac16a0

Executive General Manager Brent Jackson interviewed for a pre-Budget story in the Courier Mail. This story featured online and in the hard copy edition of the publication.

Engineers Australia’s Defence Spokesman Greg Walters interviewed on the Federal Government’s billion dollar infrastructure and naval ship plan by ABC Perth radio news.

Story ran across all ABC stations in WA. 

Engineers Australia Infrastructure spokesman John Wilson on Jon Faine ABC Melbourne  Mornings on the cost benefit analysis of infrastructure projects

Engineers Australia’s Infrastructure spokesman Chris Warnock on ABC NSW/Rural on implications of inland rail project and challenges with boom/bust nature of many BIG projects being underway.

Infrastructure Spokesman Chris Warnock on inland rail ABC online and jobs skills challenges

Fairfax covers world first trial results of PFC trapping chemical on concrete slabs where the toxic chemicals linked to cancer are hard to dispose of safely. Engineers Australia Fellow Grant Scott interviewed

Former Engineers Australia Newcastle President Michael van Koeverden speaks to 1223 ABC Newcastle about the girls in STEM event hosted by Engineers Australia and the importance of getting more girls interested in studying STEM subjects.

Extensive ABC Bendigo Breakfast Interview with Chris Stoltz on Bendigo Fellows event, STEM and Engineering.

Channel 9 TV news and WIN Bendigo cover engineering in Bendigo and Bendigo fellows lunch and interview President Chris Stoltz.

Engineers Australia General Manager of Canberra Keely Quinn on ABC Canberra Breakfast interview about the need for the appointment of an ACT Chief Engineer ahead of the ACT Budget. 

Engineers Australia’s General Manager Northern Mark Monaghan on ABC News Darwin about the recipients awarded 2 $5000 scholarships helping Indigenous and women into  engineering degrees at Charles Sturt University.

Engineers Australia’s Energy Spokesman Chris Stoltz interviewed on ABC Canberra Breakfast ahead of the release of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s report on Electricity Security

National online, radio and tv news ABC coverage of Engineers Australia research on mining vacancies jumping in WA. General Manager WA Susan Kreemer Pickford interviewed

Stacey Rawlings – GM Queensland interviewed in Courier Mail about state Budget reaction

Engineers Australia's Chris Stoltz talks energy security (link is external)

ABC Canberra, Dan Bourchier

Heritage Spokesman Owen Peake speaks about heritage value of Hazelwood Power Station (link is external)

ABC Online and Radio, Kellie Lazzaro and Nicole Asher

EA Electricity Spokesman Mark Lendich speaks to ABC Canberra about possible power blackouts as the territory swelters in 40 plus temperatures (link is external)

ABC Canberra, Laura Tchilinguirian

Chris Stoltz: South Australia’s power crisis highlights need for urgent action to fix national electricity system (link is external)

The Adelaide Advertiser, Chris Stoltz

Queensland Rail culture problems highlight opportunity for innovation (link is external)

Brisbane Times, Felicity Caldwell

Second Moreton Bay Rail Link report into signalling systems 'still confidential' (link is external)

Sydney Morning Herald, Tony Moore

Upgrade should ease rail woes (link is external)

Stock&Land, Andrew Miller

Discussion of The 'Feminisation' of Physics, CEO Stephen Durkin (link is external)

3AW Drive with Tom Elliott

Engineers Australia CEO Stephen Durkin on Vic Government compulsory coding classes for primary students (link is external)

Channel 9 News, Andrew Lund

Canberra man awarded national medal for recording engineering heritage (link is external)

Canberra Times, Michael Gorey

Biowaste, bio-digesters what are they and how can they make energy? Engineers Australia Fellow Grant Scott talks to Red Symons on ABC Melbourne Breakfast

Engineers Australia's Victoria President Chris Stoltz on Lacrosse apartment fire with Jon Faine ABC Melbourne Mornings

Building Queensland Infrastructure Pipeline report recommends 20 projects - Qld Infrastructure spokesman Chris Warnock (link is external)

Brisbane Times, Felicity Caldwell