Postponed Event - Southern Regional Forum - 2020 Vision

Join fellow engineers in a day of open learning, recognition, and celebration of local developments aimed at bettering Southern Queensland.
Postponed Event - Southern Regional Forum - 2020 Vision

Please kindly note that this event has now been postponed. We will update the event page once we’ve got a new date lined up. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused and look forward to catching up with you at one of our other events soon.


The 2020 Southern Regional Forum will deliver the theme of ‘2020 Vision’ with guest speakers from a variety of disciplines that will cover topics spanning three major aspects of today’s society: Energy, Transport and Technology. 

The first of the regional forums for 2020, the Southern Regional Forum will cover a number of timely topics relevant to the happenings in Southern Queensland.

Engineers, as well as business executives, public servants and engineering students, are invited to attend.

The full day of hands-on learning will grant attendees up to 8 CPD hours.

A delicious and relaxed networking dinner will be held following the forum on Friday 27 March on the picturesque lagoon at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

The following morning, Saturday 28 March, join your peers for an interesting site tour (further details to be provided).



Forum Registration
  • Member Rate: $110.00 ($100.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $110.00 ($100.00 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $88 ($80 excl. GST)
  • Non Member Rate: $140 ($127.27 excl. GST)
Dinner Only Registration
  • All registration types: $65.00 ($59.09 excl. GST)
Site Tour - 28 March
  • All registration types: $20.00 ($18.18 excl. GST)


Official Forum Opening

Cr Tim Dwyer

As a resident of Caloundra since 1963, Cr Tim Dwyer has a deep knowledge, and is proud of, the City and its people. Cr Dwyer commenced his political career in 2000.  This is his fifth term in local government and Cr Dwyer is committed to serving the needs of his constituents and those of the wider community.

In this current term of Council, he holds the position of Deputy Mayor and the portfolio responsibility for Corporate Strategy and Finance, and Councillor Assisting on Economic Development and Innovation.



Renewable Energy Review & Outlook | Ruby Heard MIEAust CPEng NER, Alinga Energy Consulting

Ruby Heard is an electrical engineer and energy consultant from Melbourne, now based on the Sunshine Coast. After graduating from VU, she started a consulting role with Arup before transferring to San Francisco in 2015 where she began to specialise in complex solar arrays and microgrids, working predominantly with Google. In 2018, Ruby spent six months volunteering in Ethiopia through Engineers Without Borders, supporting the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) energy team. When she returned to Australia, she formed Alinga Energy Consulting to continue her work in the renewable energy and microgrid space with a focus on off-grid applications, remote indigenous communities and islands.


Student Presentation - Amamoor water use monitoring project using smart technology | Shaun Hayward


Sunshine Coast Airport’s (SCA) long term Masterplan 2040 | Steve Grant, General Manager of Infrastructure and Planning, Sunshine Coast Airport


Decarbonising our energy for transport | Stephanie Moroz, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), Principal, Davanz

Stephanie Moroz is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of product development experience in North America, Europe and Asia in companies ranging from high volume manufacturing to venture capital backed startups. She has particular expertise in hydrogen technologies, internal combustion engines and batteries: she previously lead the fuel cell integration for the Mercedes F-Cell vehicle, she developed engine systems to reduce pollution and fuel consumption, she has developed solid state hydrogen storage systems, and she was Chief Executive Officer at Nano-Nouvelle, developing high performance lithium ion battery materials for mobility, electronics and grid energy storage. In parallel to heading up consulting business Davanz, she also sits on a number of boards and committees and is an active Angel Investor.


Evidence-Based Innovation Driving Change | Joe Grobler, Principal Professional Leader, Future Transport Infrastructure, ARRB


Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project | Cameron Pahor, Senior Project Engineer, Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, John Holland

With over 15 years' experience in the Construction Industry working on several major projects across Queensland and New South Wales, Cameron is currently the lead landside Engineer on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project of which he has been a part from the Expression of Interest stage. 



Transition to a High DER Future - A DSNP Perspective | Daniel Eghbal, Manager Future Network Strategy, Energy Queensland

Daniel is the Manager Future Network Strategy at Energy Queensland and is a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Daniel holds his PhD in Electrical Engineering and hosts 17 years of industry and academic experience in leading research projects and supervising postgraduate students.

In his current role, Daniel leads a team that develops future network strategies to set direction and priorities for Energy Queensland networks including key capabilities to operate the grid with high penetration of Distributed Energy Resources. Daniel is a Fellow Member of Engineers Australia, Senior member of IEEE and Chair of IEEE Australia Council.


More presenters and topics to be announced; Please note that the program is subject to change.


Forum Dinner 

Join us from 7:00pm for pre-dinner drinks, before settling into a relaxed dinner with your colleagues old and new. 

*Dinner tickets are not included in the forum ticket pricing and need to be added as an additional item*


Keynote Speaker

Marie Gales FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Marie is an RPEQ, Chartered Engineer, Fellow and Engineering Executive with Engineers Australia, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an elected member of Engineers Australia Queensland Committee. With almost thirty years’ experience working as an Engineer and Planner in the transport environment, predominantly within local government and consultancy in Australia and internationally, Marie won this years’ IPWEAQ Engineer of the Year Excellence Award.

As Brisbane City Council’s Manager of Transport Planning and Operation, Marie is responsible for the long-term multimodal transport planning that supports the city, leading the delivery of the infrastructure, public and active transport programs through to the day to day operation and maintenance of the transport network.

Keynote Address

Topics: Engineering Success – All about people

Delivering successful projects is all about people and collaboration. True collaboration comes from a team that feels included, where all members can add to an outcome.

Marie shares stories of her 30 years’ experience on what it’s like to be diverse; the other; the different. She shares insights on how the language we choose can make the difference in inclusion and how, through feedback and conversation, we can all contribute to a more inclusive and creative industry.


Site Tour

Attendees will also have the opportunity on Saturday 28 March to take part in a site tour of Maroochydoore City Centre. 

The Maroochydore City Centre in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is the ideal location for companies seeking CBD offices in one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.

The new city centre will also be ‘smart’, with state-of-the-art technology providing digital solutions for street lighting, car parking, water, power and signage, and it will be serviced by Australia’s first underground vacuum system for automated waste collection. From 2020 it will also offer Australia’s fastest data connection to Asia from the East Coast via a new international subsea cable connecting directly to the site.


About the Regional Engineering Forums

The Engineers Australia Queensland Regional Engineering Forums are annual events held in three regional clusters across the state - Southern, Northern and Central.

For more information on the 2020 Regional Forums, please see below.


Southern Regional Forum

Northern Regional Forum

Central Regional Forum

2020 Vision

Friday 27 March 2020

 host location Sunshine Coast

Theme TBC

Thursday 14 May 2020

 host location Townsville

Theme TBC

 Thursday 8 October 2020

 host location Gladstone


Express Your Interest

Express Your Interest


The Southern Regional Forum is proudly supported by

27 / 03 / 2020 - 08:30 am to 04:30 pm
Registration Closes
25 / 03 / 2020 12:00 pm
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
270 Ocean Drive
Twin Waters
Dinner Only Registration
  • Member Rate: $65.00 ($59.09 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $65.00 ($59.09 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $65.00 ($59.09 excl. GST)
  • Non Member Rate: $65.00 ($59.09 excl. GST)
Site Tour - 28 March
  • Member Rate: $20.00 ($18.18 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $20.00 ($18.18 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $20.00 ($18.18 excl. GST)
  • Non Member Rate: $20.00 ($18.18 excl. GST)
Forum Registration
  • Member Rate: $110.00 ($100.00 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $110.00 ($100.00 excl. GST)
Engineers Australia, Queensland
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours