Engineers Australia to present infrastructure roadmap to Deputy PM

A local company has been awarded the multi-million-dollar contract to install half-a-million solar panels across 80 SA Water sites over the next two years.Engineers Australia (EA) will present the Deputy Prime Minister with member based recommendations for an evidence based infrastructure roadmap in April 2021.

Based on Engineers Australia’s submission to the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, the organisation was approached by Infrastructure Australia (IA) to assist them in the development of their 2021 plan for Australia’s infrastructure needs.

The 2019 submission made a number of recommendations around future policy decisions but most importantly noted that these decisions need to be underpinned by qualified technical experts.

Jonathan Russell, EA National Manager for Policy and Advocacy, said it is crucial for technical experts to be incorporated at all project stages, from planning through to maintenance and beyond.

“Fully understanding the technical requirements and considering the whole of life, financial and non-financial costs and benefits achieves better value from procurement. We were pleased that IA took on board this fundamental recommendation.”

EA Division General Managers put the call out to members to participate in online workshops and were overwhelmed with members’ willingness to lend their valuable expertise and time.

Over 120 members offered to provide their multi-disciplinary engineering expertise to workshops across infrastructure sectors such as: Industry, Innovation and Productivity; Sustainability and Resilience; Place; Water; Waste, Energy, Transport; Social Infrastructure, and; Telecommunications & Digital.

Recommendations from each roundtable will be compiled and fed into a final report. The first of these workshops was held in mid-August.

Engineers Australia’s lead for infrastructure policy, Sybilla Grady, said this is just one of many examples of how Engineers Australia members make a difference in the everyday lives of Australians.

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