• Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Stephen Durkin CEO of Engineers Australia

    Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Stephen Durkin CEO of Engineers Australia

  • Brett Heffernan and Vesna Strika

    Brett Heffernan and Vesna Strika

  • Helen Leayr and Executive Director of Master Builders ACT Kirk Coningham

    Helen Leayr and Executive Director of Master Builders ACT Kirk Coningham

  • Alan Thompson, Neil Greet, Robert Care and Jennifer Murray

    Alan Thompson, Neil Greet, Robert Care and Jennifer Murray

  • Certificates for the Parliament's Engineers now represented in the Freefall  Pin Oak Forest

    Certificates for the Parliament's Engineers now represented in the Freefall Pin Oak Forest

  • Rolfe Hartley, Stephen Durkin, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Chris Roberts

    Rolfe Hartley, Stephen Durkin, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Chris Roberts

  • Rolfe Hartley, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Keith Pitt MP and Chris Roberts

    Rolfe Hartley, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Keith Pitt MP and Chris Roberts

  • Patron Chris Roberts and Tolfe Hartley

    Patron Chris Roberts and Tolfe Hartley

  • Darren Chester

    Darren Chester

  • Patron of the "Freefall" project Chris Roberts.

    Patron of the "Freefall" project Chris Roberts.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss accepting the certificates for the trees planted for parliament's engineers

    Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss accepting the certificates for the trees planted for parliament's engineers

  • Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss

    Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss

  • Gabi Cusack, Elizabeth Judd and Annabelle Pegrum

    Gabi Cusack, Elizabeth Judd and Annabelle Pegrum

  • Lyn O'Connell, Vesna Strika and Secretary Department of Infrastructure Mike Mrdak

    Lyn O'Connell, Vesna Strika and Secretary Department of Infrastructure Mike Mrdak

  • Kirk Coningham and Ross Barrett

    Kirk Coningham and Ross Barrett

  • Stephen Durkin, Robert Care, Neil Greet and Malcolm Snow.

    Stephen Durkin, Robert Care, Neil Greet and Malcolm Snow.

  • Brent Jackson, Ben Leaver and Dio Wang

    Brent Jackson, Ben Leaver and Dio Wang

  • Michelle Landry and Chris Roberts

    Michelle Landry and Chris Roberts

  • Jocelyn Plovits, Brian Chu visiting Engineer from Edmonton Canada and Jennifer Murray

    Jocelyn Plovits, Brian Chu visiting Engineer from Edmonton Canada and Jennifer Murray

  • Des headland and Dio Wang (PUP)

    Des headland and Dio Wang (PUP)

  • Keith Pitt, Jane Prentice and Rolfe Hartley

    Keith Pitt, Jane Prentice and Rolfe Hartley

  • Chris Roberts and Rod Bligh

    Chris Roberts and Rod Bligh

  • Rolfe Hartley and Ross Barrett

    Rolfe Hartley and Ross Barrett

  • Rolfe Hartley and Kelvin Thompson

    Rolfe Hartley and Kelvin Thompson

Engineers Australia - Patrons and Parliamentarians

25 March 2015

In the final sitting week at Parliament House before the budget you get when you haven’t really got the one before it, the place was buzzing with events, happenings, launches, school groups and ordinary people.

Among those, with a luncheon launch, was the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minster Warren Truss of the patrons for the Engineers Australia campaign to fund and build the Freefall installation in the Engineers Australia Freefall Pin Oak Forest at the National Arboretum. One will be Professor Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel Prize Winner, who joined the announcement via video and the other Dr Chris Roberts, CEO and President of Cochlear Implants Ltd. Two inspiring Australians, one who knows about our expanding universe and the other who knows all about the magnificent invention that is the cochlear implant and basis for the design of the Freefall installation by Rod Bligh of Queensland engineering firm Bligh Tanner.

Another small but significant gesture by Engineers Australia was to present two certificates for both houses of parliament acknowledging past and present parliamentarians who began their careers as engineers, who will join the engineers list in the forest. And among them the current member/engineers Senator Dio Wang (aka Zhenya Wang of PUP) and Keith Pitt who attended the event, and Karen Andrews who was unable to attend.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss made sure the following day that these three engineers could be together for the appropriate photo opportunity in his office.