August 2019 News: Mandatory engineers registration in Victoria

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Mandatory engineers registration has passed in Victoria.

On Tuesday evening, the Victorian Legislative Council (the Upper House) voted on and passed the Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019, which will introduce broad-based registration for engineers via the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019.

It will now be compulsory for Victorian civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire-safety engineers to be registered, according to Engineers Australia.

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CIMIC Group companies finalise $900m Cross River Rail RIS contract.

CIMIC Group companies CPB Contractors and UGL, along with their Unity Alliance partners, have reached contract award with the Queensland Government to deliver the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) package of the Cross River Rail project.

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Fulton Hogan is hoping to commence works next week to replace 300 meters of Lake Wendouree’s historic train tracks.

From Monday 2 September, approximately 300 metres of new track will be installed between Carlton Street and the junction leading to the Ballarat Tramway Museum.

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Work has started on the latest M1 upgrade at Oxenford interchange at a value of $25m, hoping to cut up to 40% off travel times.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade would provide additional turning lanes from the M1 to Hope Island and Tamborine-Oxenford roads.

“We’re widening the interchange, adding new lanes to reduce queueing and simplifying the sequence of lights to make it faster for motorists to get through the interchange and on and off the M1,” Mr Bailey said.

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Sydneysiders are watching history repeat itself with Tram testing continuing on the Sydney Metro project.

It’s hard to believe that Sydney’s extensive tram network was ripped up in the 1950s and ’60s.

It has taken four years, cost blowouts, legal disputes, construction delays and disruptions to businesses to make the trams run again.

Testing of light rail vehicles along George Street is in progree, with the first tram travelling the length of the street from Central Station to Circular Quay in daylight hours.

“The new network will move up to 13,500 commuters an hour during peak time, replacing the conga line of buses which used to sit in traffic on George Street” said Premier Gladys Berejiklian.


Qld construction activity 16% lower than in June quarter last year.

According to a report issued by the Department of Housing and Public Works in Marh 2019:

“In 2018-19, Queensland construction activity is forecast to decline by 5.0% to $46.3 billion. This is due to decreases of just under $1.1 billion in non-residential building, $690 million in engineering construction and $652 million in residential building.

In 2019-20, Queensland construction activity is forecast to grow by 2.7% to $47.5 billion due to an increase of $2.2 billion in engineering construction.

Queensland engineering construction activity (e.g. roads, water, sewerage and mines) increased by 10.5% to $21.2 billion in 2017-18. Following a small decline of 3.2% to $20.6 billion in 2018-19, engineering construction activity is forecast to increase by 10.7% to $22.8 billion in 2019-20, due to the commencement or continuation of major highway (e.g. Second Range Crossing, Toowoomba), rail (e.g. Cross River, central Brisbane) and mining projects (e.g. Byerwen Coal Project, Bowen Basin). ”

Source: © The State of Queensland – Department of Housing and Public Works 2009–2019


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New skills academy has been launched by ARTC to help train the next generation of engineers in the finer art of Rail construction.

The initiative, announced by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), is aimed at creating opportunities for communities along the Inland Rail route, which will link Brisbane and Melbourne via regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

The academy will partner with other expert organisations to deliver 20 undergraduate scholarships for courses at the University of Southern Queensland, Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education programs in primary and secondary schools.

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