An update from the Gold Coast Region

News and updates from the Gold Coast region.
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An update from the Gold Coast Region

Welcome to our latest Gold Coast update, I hope everyone is staying safe.

Since our last update, the Gold Coast Regional Committee has hosted two webinars: Decarbonising Australia’s Energy - Alternative Energy - Nuclear, Hydropower, Solar or Wind; and Geotechnical Engineering Challenges in Construction, Stablised Pavements and Acid Sulfate Soils, both of which were met with amazing attendance numbers.

We have recently had one of our committee participating in a roundtable discussion between Infrastructure Australia and Engineers Australia focusing on Place which is set to assist Infrastructure Australia in setting future policy.

While we have been really missing our face-to-face CPD events which we are looking to resume as soon as circumstance allow, there is an amazing amount of online CPD webinars available to our members. Additionally, you can view a host of recorded webinars from the national CPD Online platform amongst other content at

Our next Gold Coast-driven online event will be on the South East Queensland City Deal and Olympic Bid, so keep your eyes on the weekly CPD Online alert for when it will be scheduled.


Member Spotlight

Malcolm Tilgner | Gold Coast Regional Committee Member

Malcolm Tilgner undertakes dual roles for consulting engineers SMEC as Area Manager Gold Coast and State Sector Manager for IV and Construction Services. These roles require balancing the demands of establishing and developing new clients/business, delivering projects and managing and growing a strong and talented team.
Malcolm has over 20 years of wide-ranging engineering experience after graduating locally from Griffith University and has been with SMEC locally for over 10 years.

How long have you been a member of Engineers Australia?
I became a student member in 1996, various periods in the wilderness and then a Chartered member for the last 9 years. I have also been a member of the Gold Coast Regional Group Committee for three years.

What do you love most about being an engineer?
The variety it brings and the legacy you can leave. As a Civil Engineer, I’ve worked for contractors, clients and consultants and on projects ranging from natural waterway restoration, pipelines, water treatment plants, fibre optic cables, roads and light rail in both Australia and a short stint in the UK.

What’s been your most memorable moment as a professional engineer/technologist/associate?
I was the Independent Verifiers Representative on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 project which included leading a team to certify the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the 7km light rail system from the existing underground Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale integrating with the existing heavy rail station. This was a complex engineering challenge with a tight timeframe to allow the project to open successfully in advance of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

What are some of the biggest challenges facing your region?
The Gold Coast is a boarder community with an economy heavily reliant on the tourism industry. The current COVID-19 environment where the availability and movement of people across geographical boundaries is uncertain, is creating an economic challenge particularly relevant to our Region.

What are some new opportunities that are presenting themselves for the profession?
Significant disruption due to COVID-19 has led to new ways of doing business including proving that working from home is viable.


Local Project Update

Gold Coast Light Rail Extension

There have been a number of recent announcements regarding the Light Rail Extension with the confirmation of a business case now being planned for Stage 4 which would see Burleigh connected to the Coolangatta Airport. You can find out more information about the project and its status here and here.

Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive Upgrade

Works are well underway on the $34 million Sundale Bridge and Waterways Drive Upgrade which will increase network capacity and improve traffic flow along the popular route connecting Main Beach and Southport. You can find out more information about this project right here.



At a recent Gold Coast Regional Committee meeting, we set ourselves a challenge of generating two-minute videos showcasing Gold Coast or local relevant engineering topics. The responses were fabulous, varied and fun.

One of the first to be shown is our past Chair, Bill Service, who talks about the train tunnel at Ernest Junction – a piece of Queensland history that is right on our doorstep. Thanks, Bill, for a little piece of railway history.

Recently, a story about a group doing restoration on this tunnel was on the local Gold Coast news.


Congratulations and Recognition

We'd also like to extend our congratulations to a number of local members who have reached professional milestones this quarter.

Jwoo Ming Loh MIEAust CPEng
Toshi Kimura MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Ayub Ali MIEAust CPEng NER
Sagar Dhamala MIEAust CPEng NER
Stephen Smith MIEAust CPEng NER
John Ronaldson MIEAust CPEng NER
Alexander Rowlands MIEAust CPEng NER
Randal Engel MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Teck Kean Chin FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Phillip Wilde AMIEAust CEngA NER IntETn(Aus)
Simon Kealley AMIEAust CEngA NER
Blake Stephens MIEAust CPEng NER

Engineering Executive and Fellow:
Teck Kean Chin FIEAust CPEng NER
Sheila Fennell FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
David Ferguson AFIEAust CEngA NER IntETn(Aus)


We would also like to congratulate the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards finalists in our region.

HOTA Green Bridge, Brady Marine & Civil Pty Ltd & Georgiou Group Pty Ltd
The City of Gold Coast’s HOTA Green Bridge project involved the design and construction of a 130m-long, 5m-wide, 4-span Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge over Nerang River linking the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct to Chevron Island. The project is a JV between Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and Brady Marine & Civil Pty Ltd, creating 340 local jobs, lifting almost 500 tonnes of steel reinforcement and pouring 1382 cubic metres of concrete, to successfully construct the Voronoi inspired façade titled “40 Million Mornings”. 26 modules of 4mm thick anodised aluminium was used to successfully create the facade.

You can view all of the AEEA 2020 finalists here.


If you have a topic to present on or want to get more involved in the local engineering professional community, please get in contact with us. The committee meets regularly and always welcomes new members - please email [email protected] and we will be in contact with you.

Yours sincerely,
Rod Barry FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Chair, Gold Coast Regional Committee