An update from the Mackay Region

News, CPD and updates from the Mackay region.
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An update from the Mackay Region

We are very fortunate to live in Northern Queensland. The weather has been glorious and from my discussions with engineering colleagues in our region, we have been far less impacted by COVID-19 than the rest of the country. For most engineers, it seems to be business as normal, just without handshakes.

We were able to coordinate an informative webinar presentation by two innovative Aurizon engineers - Automating Rail Network Asset Management and Inspections via Machine Vision. A recorded version of the presentation should be available on the Engineers Australia website in due course.

Mackay committee has been working on arranging CPD events in coordination with the Engineers Australia Brisbane office, we hope that we might have the opportunity for a face-to-face event soon. Until then, I would encourage all members to view a host of recorded webinars from the national CPD Online platform amongst other content at 



Engineers Australia established the Australian Historic Engineering Plaquing Program in 1984 as a means of bringing public recognition to engineering works of historic or heritage significance and to the engineers who created them.

This program is now called the Engineering Heritage Recognition Program. The purpose of the Program is to encourage conservation of Australian engineering heritage and to raise community awareness of engineering and the benefits it provides.

More than 220 sites have now been recognised under this program.


Member Congratulations and Recognition

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


Anthony Deguara MIEAust CPEng NER
Abdul Hannan MIEAust CPEng
James Lloyd MIEAust CPEng NER
Dean Lowe MIEAust CPEng NER
Luke Murray TMIEAust CEngT NER

Engineering Executive and Fellow:

Craig Wainwright FIEAust CPEng EngExec APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

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

Mt Pleasant No 1 Reservior Refurbishment, GHD Pty Ltd

Mackay Regional Council provides drinking water for 120,000 people and one critical part of this system is the 18ML reservoir built in 1969, an important element of MRC’s water supply network. The reservoir deteriorated significantly and GHD’s award winning approach to externally post tension this reservoir meant that it could be retained and upgraded, reducing and delaying capital replacement expenditure for ratepayers. We remediated the 50-year-old reservoir and extended its life for another 50 plus years for half the cost of a new reservoir. This approach may address a key issue for aging reservoirs across the wider industry.

View all 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,

Peter Rosier FIEAust
Chair, Mackay Regional Committee