The Final Word from the organising committee

The 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference is over, and the committee is wrapping up the loose ends for the final report.

The report contains all the feedback from the plenary sessions, the financials, and other feedback. Feel free to contact me or other members of the organising committee if you believe additional feedback it required.

The general feedback we received was that the “conference was undoubtedly an outstanding success and received high praise from all who attended.”

I was a novice at organising an Engineering Heritage Conference, but the committee members, the Sunraysia group committee, the Mildura Rural City Council, the EA conference secretariat, the EHA cohort and others all provided useful input and guided me in the right direction. The momentum grew, from the general idea that was presented at the Newcastle conference, to the final result. In between was a lot of hard work was undertaken by many.

We chose Mildura as the host city, at first this was challenged by some, but it proved to be a success. The friendliness of people impressed many, the local EA Sunraysia group were determined to highlight the benefits of the City, and the input from the Mildura Rural City Council was outstanding. Also, the price of local accommodation was not too expensive and the River Murray an attraction by itself.

The conference content evolved, learning from previous conferences with additional items added.

The Heritage Marking Ceremony was enhanced with international recognition from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the fifth in Australia, the first in Victoria.

The Paddle Steamer was a great start to the conference and the informal Barbeque at the end allowed many to mix the academic side with the social and networking aspect.

For those who stayed for the Engineering Country Weekend, the heritage and networking continued; a credit to the Sunraysia Group and IPWEA.

I was one of the fortunate to continue onto Steamtown in Peterborough SA for another Heritage Marking and then Port Augusta on Sunday 22nd for the centenary of the Trans Australia Railway (TAR)

I look forward to catching up with you all at the next conference and other heritage events.

Without your attendance, the conference would not have been a success

Thank you again to all those who contributed to putting the conference together, to make it attractive for delegates to attend.

Your sincerely,

David Le Lievre,

Chair of the organising committee,

19th Australian Engineering Heritage Conference


David Le Lievre

Conference Chair