Engineering Experience Program

Although you may already have experience in the engineering industry, finding work in Australia can prove challenging. That is why Engineering Education Australia has partnered with Navitas Professional to deliver a program tailored specifically for qualified, professional engineers.

The Engineering Experience Program is an 18-week program, consisting of a series of 6 workshops including Engineering Education Australia’s Project Management Essentials. At the completion of the workshop series participants will undertake a 12-week internship placement.

By participating in the program you will gain:

  • A valuable internship opportunity relevant to your discipline, where you will also be allocated an experienced mentor to offer training and guidance within your field
  • An opportunity to be introduced to industry contacts and networking opportunities that will enhance your professional network
  • An overview of engineering in Australia
  • Job seeking strategies specific to the engineering industry

Participants who successfully complete the Engineering Experience Program will receive the Navitas Professional and Engineering Education Australia Engineering Experience Program Certificate of Completion and nationally accredited Statement of Attainment.

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • have an undergraduate or postgraduate engineering qualification
  • be a native English speaker or demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum IELTS score 6.0 or equivalent
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a suitable visa

Program Cost: $4,500.00

Program Location: Available in NSW, VIC, WA, QLD and SA

For more information, including a detailed program structure and coursework, or to apply, please visit the Navitas Professional website


API Delegate Profiles



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Ali Taheri, HydroTas

Portfolio Manger Electrical

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0418 139 887
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Andrew Kang, United Energy & Multinet Gas

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0407 869 838
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Personal interest
- Indoor Soccer

Brendan Watson, Energex
Principal Electrical Design Engineer
- Management of a team of design engineers
- Responsible for delivering transmission substation design solutions

Contact details
(07) 3664 4397
0417 187 653
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Personal interest
- Toastmasters, snowboarding, motorcycling, cycling
- Likes gadgets and recently bought an electric wheel for his bicycle

Chris Kunde, Energex
Senior Network Operations Major Projects Engineer
- Managing a team to ensure operational requirements are incorporated into the planning,
design, programming and commissioning of major projects.

Contact details
0457 504 476
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Personal interest
- Sustainable fishing, camping
- Offshore kayak fishing

Cosette Francis, Western Power
Planned Switching Access Team Leader
- Accountable for ensuring the Network Switching Access teams create, check and approve
high quality and safe distribution and transmission switching schedules for planned outages
- Focus Area: Leadership Management, Stakeholder Management, Continuous
Improvement, Health and Safety, Power Industry Evolvement, Best Practice in Power

Contact details
0409 793 188
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Personal interest
- Swimming, hiking
- Likes diversity and enjoys interacting with people from different cultures
- Speaks 3 languages fluently
- Is always active

Dan Carey, Energex
Power Systems Engineer
- Current role is in Reactive Maintenance for Power Transformers & Switchgear
- Experienced in HV Insulated Cables

Contact details
0433 448 435
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Personal interest
- AFL, NRL, travel & fishing
- Studied post grad in Toulouse, France

Daniel Francis, Essential Energy
Protection Engineer
- Relay programming
- Fault calculations

Contact details
0422 285 426
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Personal interest
- Travel, surfing, snowboarding, hiking
- Is a dual qualified engineer/snowboard instructor

Dan Warne, Ergon Energy
Senior Management for Isolated Systems
- Asset Management for Isolated Systems
- Optimised Asset Solutions for Customers

Contact details
0457 507 738
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Personal interest
- Triathlons
- Married with 3 children

Dominic Shields, Ausgrid
Senior Engineer
- Overhead & underground mains design
- Ausgrid Drone Pilot

Contact details
0407 158 224
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Personal interest
- Sailing, swimming, music & fun

Erin Cook, TasNetworks
Asset Engineer
- Metering Asset Strategy
- Previously: Overhead & Structures (Distribution)

Contact details
0429 148 021
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Personal interest
- Travel, music festivals, running, hockey, snowboarding
- Currently participating in the Run for Mental Health challenge involving running
340km over the month of February, raising money for the suicide prevention charity
'Speak Up Stay Chatty'

Goran Ivanovic, United Energy & Multinet Gas
Senior Protection & Control Engineer
- Power System Protection & Control
- Substation automation
- Smart Grid

Contact details
(03) 8846 9937
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Personal interest
- Skiiing, travel, movies, books, classical guitar
- Lord of the Rings
- Has completed one bungy and 18 free-fall jumps

Ian Askell, Essential Energy
Senior Engineer Demand Management
- Demand Management & Non-Network Solutions
- DM Innovation
- DM Program Development
- Growth Based Capital Project Screening
- Review & Optimisation of existing DM systems

Contact details
(02) 6589 8324
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Personal interest
- Tennis, snowboarding, golf, gym, drumming
- Is an Electrical Energy Society of Australia (EESA) NSW committee member

James Massoud, Aurecon
Senior Electrical Engineer
- Energy services
- Medium voltage, HV earthing, Traction Power

Contact details
0415 545 210
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Personal interest
- Camping, squash, aviation
- First daughter due in 3 months

Joshua L. Suiramo, SIEA
Electrical Engineer
- Generation system control
- Control & protection

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Personal interest
- Soccer
- Reading about new technology
- Meeting and learning from new engineers with different areas of specialisation
- Meeting new people

Justin Out, Powerlink Queensland
Project Manager
- Projects
- Transmission Line Construction/Refurbishment

Contact details
0447 514 161
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Personal interest
- Family time, watching NRL & NFL
- New York Jets fan

Kiet Lee, AEMO
- Transmission network planning
- Focus on Victorian networks

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02 8884 5620
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Personal interest
- Cat lady
- Crossed the DMZ into North Korea

Lekshmi Jayamohan, Western Power
Principal Engineer - Network planning
- Long-term network development, optimisation of growth and asset projects
- Investigation of alternative technologies and non-network solutions
- Generation and load connection options
- Contingency plans and spares policy for assets
- Operational support for Network operations

Contact details
0424 433 574
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Personal interest
- Reading, watching movies
- Cooking

Luke Robinson, Western Power
Engineering Team Leader
- Transmission customer connections
- Connection studies
- Generator testing & compliance

Contact details
(08) 9326 4661
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Personal interest
- Fitness
- Music
- Motorcycles

Mark Thorley, Ausgrid
- Scheduler for Upper Hunter Distribution Area
- Focus on the efficient scheduling of resources, including plant and people
- Involvement in short and long range forecasting of future resource requirements

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0417 688 976
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Personal intersest
- Golf, soccer, swimming, camping, four wheel driving
- Once flew an aircraft from Perth to Scone (NSW) with my dad

Melanie Dunnill, TransGrid
Technical Systems Engineer
- Telecommunications maintenance support
- Telecommunications
- Asset management
- People management

Contact Details
0439 987 968
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Personal interest
- Reading
- Watching movies/binge watching TV shows
- Brazilian Ju-Jitsu

Melanie Say Wei Tan, AusNet Services
Network Planning Engineer
- Undertaking detailed analysis of network constraints
- Preparing planning reports, economic cost-benefit assessments and business cases for
augmentation and asset renewal projects
- Assisting the preparation of the Transmission Connection Planning Report and regulatory
reset submissions (TRR and EDPR)
- Currently seconded to Business Development division as an Emerging Market Specialist, 
to assist the development of strategies and business models and the creation of business
opportunities in the emerging markets of the energy industry

Contact details
(03) 9565 6944
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Personal interest
- Travelling, watching home improvement and crime shows

Michael Lam, Western Power
Substation Engineer
- Transmission substation design
- Asset replacement
- Capacity expansion
- Concept design and estimating

Contact details
0402 577 986
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Personal interest
- Soccer, futsal, music
- Travelled to over 17 countries
- Is expecting his first child in May of this year

Nick Richardson, Ausgrid
Asset Support Manager
- Secondary systems support & asset management (relays, SCADA, batteries, and audio
frequency load control)
- Management of a secondary systems lab that evaluates new technologies and provides
support to engineering and field staff across Ausgrid in the areas of protection, control and

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0412 799 975
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Personal interest
- Cycling, surfing, touch football
- Was once beaten 114-0 in a game of rugby league (followed up by a 96-4 loss the next

Paul Davis, TransGrid
Operational Technology Manager
- Operational technology
- Telecommunications

Contact details
0438 851 380
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Personal interest
- Running
- Music

Paul McNab, HydroTas
Production Manager

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0407 959 644
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Rollins Suluia, SIEA
Network Development & Standards Engineer
- Planning for network development and reinstating projects and ensuring equipment's used
in the delivery phase comply to our standards

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+677 952965
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Personal interest
- Soccer, volleyball, guitar
- Some of his emotions result in sweating

Ryan Hudson, Ausgrid
Manager Technical Operations - North
- Major substation asset management
- Maintenance, operation and construction
- Primary & secondary substation systems

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0421 056 737
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Personal interest
- Swimming, taekwondo, surfing, skiing
- Reading, hiking, music
- Enjoys meteorology - "there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad wardrobe choices"

Sabina Roshan, Western Power
Senior Soultions Sponsor
- Develop customer funded investment proposals
- Projects include connecting loads, large generators, embedded generators and relocating
assets at both Transmission and Distribution levels

Contact details
0433 154 401
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Personal interest
- Interior decoration, cooking, travelling
- Married her classmate from Bachelor of ENgg, who also now works at Western Power,
they have a daughter (8) and a son (4)
- Involved in women & kids welfare charity work overseas

Sally Bell, Endeavour Energy
- Prioritise and develop the work programs to drive improved output and efficiency of field 
- Distribution - Up to 11kv

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0466 323 557
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Personal interest
- Soccer
- Has a lot of food allergies

Sarah Lyden, University of Tasmania
API Lecturer in Renewable Energy and Power Systems
- Teaching and research in Renewable Energy and Power System
- Research focus on PV systems

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(03) 6226 8505
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Personal interest
- Swimming instructor

Shane Venning, SA Power Networks
Operational Asset Management Manager
- Asset management
- Continuous improvement / LEAN
- Risk management
- Engineering systems / design
- Quality systems
- Change agent

Contact details
0400 896 503
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Personal interest
- Gym, cross fit, orienteering, family
- Built his own house
- Comes from a farm background and regularly goes back to help

Shari Boyd, Australian Energy Market Commission
Senior Advisor
- Market development
- Policy advisor

Contact details
(02) 8296 7869
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Personal interest
- Moved to Sydney from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Practiced law in Alberta before moving into policy here in Australia

Simon Hirshbein, TransGrid
Construction Planning Coordinator
- Responsible for coordination of all internal resources to facilitate efficient project
delivery in Sydney and Central West
- Primary focus is on safe and efficient construction/commissioning management but he
also has a project management and technical support background in both generation
and T&D

Contact details
0429 967 572
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Personal interest
- Road cycling, 4WDing, long distance touring and regional/outback travel
- Was interested in becoming a mechanic or architect

Terry Niemeier, Endeavour Energy
Electrical Safety Authorisations Manager
- Implemented and managed the authorisation process to work on or near Endeavour Energy's
networks for allo staff, contractors and Accredited Service Providers
- Previously worked in network earthing

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9853 4305
0481 002 127
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Personal interest
- Football (soccer) Rhee Tae Kwon Do
- Played guitar for over 20 years

Trevor Lim, AEMO
Engineer - Network Development
- Generation connections
- Power systems analysis, most frequently with PSS/e
- Generator performance standards negotiation

Contact details
0432 848 768
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Personal interest
- Enjoys playing sport, especially soccer
- Lived and worked in Toronto, Canada for 2 years

Wesley Tuszynski, TransGrid
Project Manager
- Customer projects, projects from feasibility, scoping to delivery
- Substations and transmission lines
- Greenfield and brownfield

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0406 096 049
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Personal interest
- Football, rugby, running, swimming, biathlons
- Reading, renovating homes, hanging at the beach

Woan-Yi, SA Power Networks
Substation & Planning Engineer
- Provide strategic and operational engineering expertise on network planning for the
electricity distribution network
- Assist in Network development based regional development plans for the entire network
capacity, quality and reliability of supply to meet customer and business needs

Contact details
(08) 8404 4694 
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Personal interest
- Travelling to different countries to explore their culture, history and local cuisine

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API Summer School 2016 - Presenter Profiles


2016 API Summer School Presenters


Professor Akhtar Kalam

Professor Akhtar Kalam has been at Victoria University, Melbourne since 1985 and a former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science for 7 years. He is currently the Discipline Group Leader of Electrical, Electronic and Sports Engineering. Further he has Distinguished Professorship position at University of New South Wales and 5 Malaysian universities.
He has wide experience in educational institutions and industry across four continents. He received his B.Sc. and B.Sc. Engineering from Calcutta University and Aligarh Muslim University, India in 1969 and 1973 respectively. He completed his MS and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma, USA and the University of Bath, UK in 1975 and 1981 respectively. He has worked with Ingersoll Rand and other electrical manufacturers. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq and Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, Rockhampton, Queensland.
He is regularly invited to deliver lectures, work on industrial projects and examine external thesis overseas. His major areas of interests are power system analysis, communication, control, protection, renewable energy, smart grid, IEC61850 implementation and cogeneration systems. He has been actively engaged in the teaching of Energy Systems to undergraduates, postgraduates and providing professional courses to the industry both in Australia and overseas. He regularly offers Continuing Professional Development and Master Class courses on Power System Protection, Renewable Energy, IEC61850, Cogeneration & Gas Turbine Operation and PBL in engineering education to practising engineers, the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) and Australian Power Institute (API). He also runs postgraduate distance education programme on Power System Protection for the ESAA. He has conducted research, provided industrial consultancy and published over five hundred publications on his area of expertise and written over 29 books in the area. More than 35 students have graduated under his supervision and he is an external examiner of many external doctoral students in Australia and overseas. He provides consultancy for major electrical utilities, manufacturers and other industry bodies in his field of expertise. Professor Kalam is a Fellow of EA, IET, AIE, a member of IEEE and CIGRE AP B5.

Alex Baitch

Professor Alex Baitch FTSE, HonFIEAust, CPEng
Principal BES (Aust) Pty Ltd
Professor Alex Baitch is Principal of his electrical engineering consulting practice BES (Aust) Pty Ltd, Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong and was the 2014 National President of Engineers Australia, the peak body representing engineers.
Alex is Fellow of the Academy of Technologists and Engineers, an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer.
Alex Baitch is an electrical engineer with a wide range of interests and experience. He established BES in 1993 and provides consulting services in the electrical transmission and distribution, utilisation and energy management areas. He has served Engineers Australia in many roles over nearly 35 years. Most recently he coordinated Engineers Australia’s submission to the South Australian Royal Commission on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.
As an active member in the standards field, he is a member of a number of Standards Australia’s national and related International Electrotechnical Commission committees and the International Council on Large Electric Power Systems (CIGRE). He has recently been appointed as member of the IEC’s Advisory Committee on Transmission and Distribution and chairs the Standards Australia Committee on High Voltage Installations. He chaired a CIGRE Working Group that produced an international Technical Brochure on Demand Side Integration in 2011 that foreshadowed many of the issues that are under consideration with “smart grids”.

Andy Wearmouth

Andy Wearmouth is the Chief Engineer, Commercial for Synergy’s fleet of thermal and gas turbine generating plants across the South West Interconnected System (SWIS). Synergy is the largest generator and retailer of electricity in Western Australia, with 20 diverse generating units between 20MW and 340MW in its thermal fleet located on 6 sites between the mid west and the south west of WA. Synergy has investments in both wind and commercial scale solar PV generators as part of its expansion into renewable energy.

Andy is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 30 years experience in the design, maintenance, operation and asset management of large generating units including conventional thermal, combined cycle gas turbine, open cycle gas turbine and cogeneration units.

This includes a significant period spent working with assets in the Collie Coal Basin of Western Australia including the largest coal fired power station in Western Australia.

He is the organisation’s technical reference for the planning and development of future generating technology options including integration of renewable technologies for Synergy in the medium to long term.

He has a particular interest in clean coal technology options for future thermal electricity generating options and over many years he has actively participated in coal research involving industry steering and research committees including participation in a world study tour of large integrated coal gasification combined cycle power stations.

Ben Wilson

Ben has 15 years of experience in the energy sector, initially working in the UK for the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council (energywatch) in advisory and regulatory roles. The experience and knowledge gained in this sector allowed Ben to progress to GDF Suez Energy UK, where he specialised in trading both electricity and gas for the UK retail and generation portfolio. In 2011 Ben relocated to GDF Suez Australian Energy as the Senior Trader, responsible for the optimisation of retail and generation assets within the National Electricity Market. His interests lie within emerging demand side management and alternative power generation technologies.



Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson is Senior Manager Strategic Projects (Electricity) at the Australian Energy Market Operator. He is an electrical engineer with experience in energy market operations, power system planning, operation and control and power station operation and maintenance. His specific interests are in the application of market principles and concepts to the practical operation of electrical power systems. He is currently responsible for developing advice and submissions to regulatory bodies and AEMO on current rule changes and reviews, and other AEMO projects and initiatives. Mr Nelson has completed a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Technology, Sydney. Before AEMO, he has worked at the National Electricity Market Management Company, TransGrid, Pacific Power and the Electricity Commission of NSW.

Dr Brian Spalding

Dr Brian Spalding is a commissioner of the Australian Energy Market Commission and a past board member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. He was a former CEO of the National Electricity Market Management Company, NEMMCO, and had responsibility for the National Electricity and the operation of the power system for south-eastern Australia. Dr Spalding holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in power system analysis. 




Bruce Mountain

Bruce is an energy economist with 24 years’ experience in this field. He is active in consultancy and research. He is specialised in the economic regulation of networks and in the design of electricity markets and renewable energy policies. His clients have included energy regulators, government departments, industry and their associations, energy users and their associations, multi-lateral lenders, investment banks, other consultancies and various non-governmental organisations.

He has worked mainly in Australia, Britain and South Africa but has also consulted to clients in China, France, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Turkey. He has degrees in electrical engineering, is a Chartered Management Accountant and PhD Candidate in economics.

Craig Savage

Craig Savage is the General Manager, Asset Management for United Energy responsible for overseeing network asset life-cycle management to deliver a safe and reliable service at least long-term cost. Prior to this, he has been Jemena’s Strategic Asset Manager and Asset Manager for the United Energy network.

Over the past 15 years, Craig has managed the development and implementation of United Energy’s Reliability Improvement initiatives while maintaining positions as a Distribution Asset Manager, System Performance Manager and in his current role.

Craig has been a contributor to the ena Reliability and Power Quality Committee for ten years and has lead Working Groups focussed on Reliability Improvement Opportunities and National Reliability Frameworks.

He is currently a member of the ena Asset Management Committee and the sponsor of the enas Reliability and Power Quality Reference Group.


Colin Lee

Colin graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of Queensland in 1977 and has worked in the Electricity Industry in Queensland for the last 38 years for both distribution and transmission network service providers. 

Colin currently works for Energex and has been in a number of engineering and management roles in the areas of design, project management, asset management and technical standards. His current role is the Principal Engineer Asset Management and part of the role requires him to set technical policies and standards for the Energex network.

Colin is a member of the ENA EMF and Power Poles and Crossarms Forum and is chair of the Standard Australia EL052-05 committee which developed the Overhead Line Standards in November 2010.




Daniel Eghbal
Daniel Eghbal is a Strategic Planning Engineer at Energex and an adjunct research fellow at the School of ITEE, The University of Queensland. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in power system engineering in Iran and PhD degree from Hiroshima University, Japan in 2009.
Prior to joining Energex, Daniel was with Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE), The University of Queensland. Where, he was working on the feasibility of connecting large-scale remotely located geothermal power to Queensland transmission network.
Since 2012, Daniel has been working with the Network Capital Strategy & Planning at Energex on medium to long-term planning for sub-transmission and distribution projects, and investigating the impacts of emerging technologies on electricity demand. Recently Daniel has been assigned to investigate the benefits and impacts of grid-connected battery storage systems.
Daniel has been collaborating with the PES research group at the University of Queensland, and co-supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. Daniel is a Senior member of IEEE and the vice-chair of IEEE Queensland section since 2014.

David Havyatt

David Havyatt, Senior Economist, CEO Secretariat
David Havyatt has joined ECA in the position of Senior Economist in the CEO Secretariat. In this role David will be providing support to ECA in economic analysis and assisting the CEO in maintaining focus on the policy objective of the Long Term Interest of Consumers.
David joins ECA after a long career in telecommunications including senior sales,strategy and regulatory roles working for Telstra, AAPT, Hutchison and Unwired. More recently he has operated his own consultancy in policy issues in the Digital Economy as well as freelance writing. This was interrupted by two and a half years as a senior adviser to the Minister (and Shadow Minister) for Communications. In his telco roles David has delivered outcomes for consumers including chairing industry working committees to deliver number portability and consumer protection codes. He was a long time champion of consumer advocate interest in a single consumer code and played a number of roles as both a consultant and adviser in the delivery of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code that has resulted in a steady decline in escalated complaints in the industry.
He has been a contributor and speaker to the work of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, which is an organization with a similar remit to ECA. In his regulatory and adviser roles he has been engaged in the detail of the economic regulation of telecommunications and the setting of access prices for network services. David holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Economics. He is a former Board member of the TIO, ACIF (now Communications Alliance) and AMTA, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Gary Sacre

Gary Sacre is the Acting General Manager Operations for the Energy and the Water Ombudsman Queensland, having previously assumed the position of Regional Manager - South Queensland. Gary has a long history of working in the dispute resolution field, having been involved in the Energy Consumer Protection Office and the Energy Ombudsman Queensland. Prior to that, Gary was working as a legal policy advisor in the Department of Education, where he managed the litigation unit. Gary has qualifications in Social Science / Law and is an accredited mediator.  





Gary Windsor

Gary is an electrical engineer with over 35 years experience with rail and electrical utility infrastructure, and has detailed knowledge and expertise in Systems Engineering, Asset Management, Maintenance Management techniques, Quantitative Risk Assessment, Configuration Management, and Reliability / Availability Modelling.
As Manager Network Performance in Networks NSW Gary was responsible for the implementation of asset management and network performance data capture frameworks, reporting and analysis to ensure effective asset management decision making across the NSW electricity distribution industry. This includes development of frameworks, policies, requirements and systems for the management of network & asset performance information. Gary now carries a similar role forward with the Asset Management Strategy & Innovation team in Ausgrid.
He is the past Chair of the Sydney Chapter of the Asset Management Council, and is currently on the Council’s AMBoK Team responsible for asset management education / training.


Geoff Walker

Dr Geoff Walker joined the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Electrical Power Engineering group as an Associate Professor in 2013. His current research interests lie in applying power electronics to applications in renewable energy (especially PV), power systems, and electrical vehicles.

From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a senior electrical engineering consultant in Aurecon's Transmission and Distribution group, Brisbane, across various areas including rail traction, earthing studies, electricity transmission planning, and renewable energy project design and review.

Geoff received his PhD in multilevel converter modulation from the University of Queensland in 1999, and was the power electronics lecturer at the University of Queensland from 1998 to 2007. Geoff has also worked in and maintains an active interest in the pro-audio and industrial electronics sectors. 

Graham King

Graham King is a professional electrical engineer who has worked in the high voltage power engineering field both in Australia and overseas for more than 30 years. His roles over this time have ranged from design and commissioning through to sales, strategy development and senior management. In recent years, Graham has extended the experience he has gained, mostly from transmission & distribution utility work to also include the high voltage electrical infrastructure involved with Wind Farms. Graham now heads the Development & Strategy activity at Consolidated Power Projects, one of Australia's leading HV electrical design & construction contractors with credits to more than 25 windfarms.



Graham Town

Graham Town, FIEAust, SMIEEE.
Graham Town is an electrical engineer with 8 years experience in the Australian electronics industry, and 30 years experience in engineering education and research. He received a BE (Hons 1) from NSWIT (now UTS) in 1984, a PhD in medical imaging from the University of Sydney in 1992, and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Higher Education) from Macquarie University in 2007.

Graham is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering at Macquarie University where he established Macquarie University's undergraduate engineering program, first offered in 2004. He has published extensively in diverse areas including optical communications and sensing technology and systems, and in recent years has been leading industry-supported research projects on power electronics, and smart-grids with a focus on electric vehicle integration.


Professor Hal Gurgenci

Professor Hal Gurgenci has been working in the area of mining and energy research for the past 31 years in various positions through Australian industry and academia, starting with a QE2 Research fellowship with the University of Queensland in the area of Solar Energy Engineering in 1982. His past accolades include an Australian Design Award in 1986; Commendation by the Queensland Division of the Institution of Engineers; and an ACARP Research Excellence Award in 2005.

Professor Hal Gurgenci was the Founding Director for the Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia ( ). This is the largest geothermal energy research centre in Australia and one of the largest centres in the world working specifically in the area of geothermal and renewable thermal power conversion.

Professor Gurgenci is also a lead researcher in the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative, the $87m national research program announced in early 2013. He and his team are developing a new type of power cycle and associated equipment that will potentially make Concentrating Solar Thermal Generation as the commercial choice in remote Australian sites.


Helen Stewart

Helen has a background in both engineering and business and has been passionate about both customers and sustainability throughout her career. Helen has worked for 15 years in the electricity supply industry and seven years in IT and consulting with her current role at Energex as the Network Demand Management Integration Manager providing ample opportunity to develop solutions that are both sustainable and customer friendly.

Helen has over eight years’ experience working specifically in demand management and is now working at Energex to ensure non-network options are considered in network capital planning and scenario development, across all planning horizons, to deliver better outcomes for Energex as well as customers and other market participants.

James Stokes

James Stokes is Director and Principal of Jarrah Solutions Pty Ltd, a company specialising in Engineering and technology solutions. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a first class honours Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. James has over 19 years of power industry experience; working in private and public sectors across transmission, distribution, power generation, oil & gas and water treatment. As Principal Engineer at Western Power, James led the introduction of IEC 61850 into transmission substations from business case writing to on-site commissioning. James is a member of Australian Standards Technical Committee EL-050 'Power System Control and Communications'. Over the past two year, Jarrah Solutions have worked with a number of clients to improve the reliability and asset management of new and complex power systems.


Jenny Riesz

Dr Jenny Riesz is a research associate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM), at the University of New South Wales, based in Sydney, Australia. Jenny’s research examines high penetration renewable power systems, with a particular focus on the design and operation of electricity markets. With more than ten years of experience in electricity system modelling and quantitative analysis, Jenny was previously Principal of Renewable Energy and Climate Policy at ROAM Consulting (a leading provider of electricity market modelling services) and a Senior Consultant in the Energy Strategic Advisory team at AECOM (a multinational engineering consultancy).

In these roles Jenny has led the delivery of consulting services to a wide range of clients, including the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), transmission network service providers such as Powerlink, Western Power and ElectraNet, the Independent Market Operator of Western Australia (IMO WA) and the Clean Energy Council. Significant studies have included analysis of Frequency Control Ancillary Service requirements and costs with high wind penetration, examination of the market impacts of network congestion on wind farm operators and developers, and detailed analysis of the operation of the Renewable Energy Certificate market in Australia (with a particular focus on the influence of solar photovoltaics).

John Skinner

John Skinner commenced his career at Westpac and has since worked in various regulatory positions across the broadcasting, telecommunications and energy portfolios.

John is currently a Director of Network Regulation at the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), where he has worked for almost four years. As part of his role, John manages a variety of projects relating to the regulation of monopoly gas and electricity networks.

Prior to holding this position, John worked at the ACCC in the Communications Group, setting prices and terms and conditions for access to Australia’s fixed-line telecommunications network. John also worked in broadcasting regulation at the Australian Communications and Media Authority for over six years.

Dr Joel Gilmore

Dr Joel Gilmore is a Senior Manager at EY, where he provides advice to industry and government on transitioning Australia to a low emissions future. He has worked on diverse projects in the energy sector, including wind and solar integration studies and market design for robust electricity systems, as well modelling of disruptive technologies and trends.

Joel was previously Principal – Renewable Energy & Climate Policy at ROAM Consulting, which was acquired by EY in 2014, and holds a PhD in physics.




Kevin Hinkley

Kevin Hinkley is currently employed as TransGrid’s Technology and Innovation Manager.  With 28 years’ experience in power engineering, Kevin has worked in a variety of areas including HV equipment maintenance, secondary systems design and planning.



Magnus Hindsberger

Magnus Hindsberger is an experienced manager and energy market specialist with more than 17 years of energy industry experience spanning across three different countries: Denmark, Australia and New Zealand. In particular, Magnus has been involved in long-term modeling of electricity and gas market outcomes to support planning of transmission infrastructure. He has a wide knowledge of electricity market modeling but has also been analysing markets for gas, carbon emission permits and green certificates. He has used his modeling skills for studies looking into integration of renewables, electrification of the transport sector and demand side response. He has participated in research projects through the European Union’s Framework Programme, CIGRE and the International Energy Agency and published several book chapters on electricity modeling issues.




Mark Hibbert

Mark is Technical Director of Aurecon with 33 years' experience as an electrical engineer, specialising in power system planning and power system analysis, including specialist knowledge in EMTP analysis. He has a wide general all round knowledge of HV power distribution plant and operations. He started his career in 1982 with the South East Queensland Electricity Board, which later became Energex, and moved into consulting in 2002. During this time he has also served as a specialist lecturer delivering short courses in abnormal system voltages and harmonics. He has authored a number of papers during his career and has presented at both IPST and CIGRE conferences.


Matthew Oong

Matthew Oong is a Regional Sales and Business Development Manager for the Cooper Power Series Energy Automation Solutions products and solutions for Eaton, a power management company.

Matthew earned a Master of Business Administration (Technology Management), Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Certificate of Electrical Engineering.

As Regional Sales Manager, Matthew is responsible for Cooper Power Series apparatus in Western Australia. As Business Development Manager, Matthew is responsible for the Energy Automation Solutions (EAS) range of products and solutions in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. 

Mike Wishart

Mike has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and 25 years' experience in the electricity and electronics industries in Australia and abroad. He is presently Managing Director at Power IQ, a high tech power electronics start-up based in Brisbane designing STATCOMs and battery converters for local and international markets. His previous roles included Principal Engineer at Ergon Energy and R&D Director at Schneider Electric subsidiaries Clipsal, Nu-Lec and PDL Electroincs.






Mike Zammit

Director of Asset Performance, Logicamms Consulting, Michael Zammit has an extensive utilities background, spanning over 30 years working for and with utilities as a professional engineer, marketer, manager/executive/director, strategist and consultant. As an engineer and consultant he has focused on change management and process improvement through improved asset management and process optimisation.

In 2004, he was appointed as Managing Director of Energy Response, Australia and New Zealand's most successful Demand Response (DR) Aggregator and led the company from commercial inception through to its acquisition by EnerNOC Inc, the world's largest DR Aggregator in 2011 for $34 million.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree (Power) and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, both from Monash University.


Professor Peter Wolfs

Professor Peter Wolfs is the Deputy Dean Research for the School of Engineering and Technology and the Director of the Power and Energy Center at Central Queensland University. Prior to 2013 he was the Western Power Chair in Electrical Engineering at the Curtin University of Technology, in Perth, Australia.

His research interests include power electronics applications in distribution networks and railway power systems, distribution system and demand modeling, the impact of energy storage and high levels of renewable energy penetration, distributed and networked control of distribution networks and the intelligent protection of distribution systems especially for bushfire prevention. At Curtin University he was the Program Leader for Smart Grids within the Center for Smart Grid and Sustainable Power Systems.

Professor Wolfs is the author of more than 200 journal and conference publications and has secured in excess of $3Million AUD in competitive research funding. He serves on the Research Working Group of Smart Grids Australia, (SGA).

Professor Wolfs is a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Power Electronics, Vehicular Technology, Circuits and Systems, Industrial Electronics, Sustainable Energy, the IEEE ECCE Conferences and the IEEE/ASME Joint Rail Conferences. Professor Wolfs was the Technical Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technology Conference, ISGT Asia 2011. He is a reviewer for the Australian Research Council Discovery, Linkage and Fellowship Grant Applications.

Professor Wolfs is the Immediate Past Chair of the Australian Committee for Power Engineering (ACPE). ACPE manages the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference series. The conference is in its 25th year and its papers appear in IEEE Xplore.

Professor Wolfs holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, a Master of Electronic Engineering from the Philips International Institute in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Central Queensland University. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, A Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia. He appears on the Australian National Professional Engineering Register as an Electrical Engineer. Professor Wolfs is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Queensland.

Phil Southwell

Phil Southwell is an experienced senior executive and worked at the highest level of a state-owned network utility. Phil has extensive experience in power system planning and design, regulation and strategic planning. He has sat on a range of national and international trade and industry boards and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Phil is currently a Director on the Board of CIGRE Australia, an Expert Member on the CIGRE International Study Committee C1 and a member of a number of associated International Working Groups. The Study Committee researches world development in power system planning, asset management and economics. As an organisation, CIGRE has membership from 90 countries across the world.

From August 2008 - 2014, Phil was Chair of the CIGRE International Committee C1. In 2014, he was awarded the CIGRE medal and National and International life membership.

From 2006 to 2013, Phil was a General Manager at Western Power, a Government owned utility which builds, maintains and operates the electricity network in the south – west corner of Western Australia. Amongst a range of areas, he was responsible for Western Power's strategy, corporate affairs, revenue determination, network pricing, sustainability and smart grid development.

Simon Bartlett

Simon was educated in engineering and science at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was awarded the IET Sir Lionel Hooke award in 2007, Queensland Electrical Engineer of the Year in 2008 and Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2009. His contribution to the Australian power industry and the engineering profession was recognized in 2012 through the award of Member of the Order of Australia.

Simon has forty years’ experience in the power industry in electricity transmission and power generation in Australia, Europe and Canada.

In late 2012, Simon retired from his operating roles in the power industry to take up the position of Professor at the University of Queensland as the API/Powerlink Chair in Electricity Transmission.

Simon English

Simon English is currently the principle architect responsible for how operational technology will be deployed within Ergon Energy's power network. This responsibility includes security, device management, data management, and systems architecture. Simon is a 4 year veteran at Ergon Energy and during this time has focused on how Ergon can take advantage of modern digital infrastructure to improve how an analogue power network is operated. Simon is a professional electrical engineer, and prior to Ergon, has spent 20+ years in SCADA, Security, Building Automation and Energy Efficiency in a diverse range of industries such as airports, hospitals, oil and gas, manufacturing, prisons and large commercial buildings.



Steve Blume

President, Australian Energy Storage Council & President, Australian Solar Council (Australian Solar Energy Society Ltd - Director); Director, Global Solar Council; Treasurer, New Zealand & Pacific Solar & Storage Council; and CEO NoCarbon Pty Ltd. Steve is a former political adviser and private sector senior executive, policy creator, change management consultant, business manager and public servant.

Steve offers consulting and advisory services on climate change & environment policy development & implementation, energy efficiency & conservation measures, solar & energy storage and grid transformation pathways to fully distributed energy networks. Steve's mantra for clean energy is 'deployment, deployment, R&D< deployment!' - we know how to build a 100% renewables future, we simply need the will.

In his leadership roles with national and international peak bodies for solar and energy storage Steve works to amplify the voice of the solar and energy storage industries and to increase international collaboration on a 100% renewable energy future.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones, BE (hons1), ME, MBA, FIEAust, CPEng.

Steve was recently Manager Projects at TransGrid responsible for the delivery of all major capital projects including substations, transmission lines, cables, control and protection systems, and telecommunications. The also had a significant role in the delivery of innovation strategies. He is now a consultant to the power industry.
Previously, Steve was the Manager Design and Construct Projects and also Manager Design at TransGrid. Earlier roles included Development Engineer for gas insulated systems at ABB, Zurich, Switzerland and also the high voltage equipment specialist and commissioning specialist for the Vietnam 500kV interconnection project.

Steve is an immediate past Director of CIGRÉ Australia and Chairman of the Australian Technical Committee of CIGRÉ establishing strategies for addressing technical issues in the power industry. He has authored more than 20 international papers on high voltage equipment, major projects and substation design.

Stuart Johnson

Stuart has diverse experience in the electricity, natural resources and university sectors. Stuart is currently the Executive Director, Assets and Network Transformation at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), where he is responsible for policy and advocacy on issues of critical importance to asset management and managing transformational change for the industry.

He previously worked for TransGrid, the High Voltage Transmission Network for NSW as their “Corporate Environment Manager” from 2006 - 2014 and prior to that was the “Easement, Property and Environment Manager” for TransGrid’s Southern Region from 2001 to 2006.

Prior to joining TransGrid, Stuart had 15 years experience in working in asset and environmental management and research with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Teaching and research with NSW TAFE and the Australian National University where he also undertook his PhD studies.


Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett is Principal of Betterchange Pty Ltd, consultants in people and change management. Tony is a psychologist with a Bachelors and Masters degree in business management, and extensive experience in sponsoring, managing and facilitating corporate change programs across a variety of industries. Tony consults to the Power Human Resources, General Manager Planning and Investments, General Manager Business Services and General Manager Asset Services.

Tony Pfeiffer

Tony Pfeiffer, BE, CPEng, RPEQ, FIEAust, GAICD.

Tony has been working in the Electricity Utility Industry for 30 years and currently holds the position of General Manager Effective Market Reform for Ergon Energy. In this role he provides leadership and influence both within and externally to Ergon Energy in reforming and developing an effective market that delivers customer choice and control, retains value in the network and drives down network costs and prices.

Prior to holding this position, Tony was Executive General Manager Asset Management responsible for Ergon's $11bn asset base and accountable for all maintenance and capital budgets and work planning to maintain and augment the network. Tony has also held the roles of GM Alternative Energy Solutions and GM Regulatory Affairs.

Over his career, Tony has been actively involved in the development and formulation of both the Queensland and the National Electricity Market structures, having been involved in the development of the original National Electricity Code, he represented South Australian Retail interests when the decision to commence the National Electricity Market was taken, and has been actively involved in the Sale and Full Retail Contestability processes in both South Australia and Queensland.

Prior to joining Ergon Energy, Tony worked in South Australia with ETSA for 17 years, in a range of roles including operations and policy roles. Tony holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Adelaide University, and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony is Chairman of Green Cross Australia, a Non-Executive Director of Enova Community Energy and a board member on the Australian Power Institute and the Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence advisory board.


Vince Garrone

Vince Garrone is the Technical Manager (UQ Solar) and was instrumental in negotiating the technical portion of the network connection agreement for the university's 3.275MW Gatton PV Plant. He is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) with more than 30 years' experience in distribution utilities and in the private sector; the latter encompassing railway control systems and mineral processing plants. His particular areas of expertise include voltage management and the impact of renewable based distributed generation such as photovoltaics on electricity distribution networks. Vince is also experienced in photovoltaic system design, distribution network performance assessment and reporting, project management and the design and commissioning of technology projects.

Vince has a bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Diploma of Education and Certificates in Photovoltaics and Inverter Energy Systems. He is a member of the Electricity Energy Society of Australia and was a former committee member of the Queensland Branch of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia and the Electrical Networks Association Power Quality and Electric and Magnetic Fields Committees. He has several patents including one for utilising a mix of power line carrier and wireless technology to implement demand management. One of his particular interests has been the design and manufacture of test equipment for power utilities; a self-managed cottage industry that produced more than 5000 devices for domestic and US customers during a 30-year period.


API Summer School 2016 - Social Program


Sunshine Coast - Field tours and functions travel arrangements

1. Thursday 25th of February





Depart Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, Marcoola Beach

All delegates board bus

38 pax

Contact:API Summer School Manager
Mike Griffin

8.00am – 9.15am

Travel from Surfair Conference Centre to Ergon Energy Manufacturing Facility, 25 Buchanan road, Banyo.

Split into 2 Groups

Contact: Marcus Leaver
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9.15am – 10.15am

Tour of Ergon Energy Modular Substation Construction Facility


Initial Presentation – then split into 2 groups for tour.



10.15am – 10.45am

Travel from Ergon Energy to Energex Fisherman’s Island Modular Substation

Contact: Shane Kerr

10.45am – 12.45pm

Tour of Energex Substation


Split into 3 groups


12.45pm – 1.00pm

Travel from Energex Fisherman’s Island to Noja Power Switchgear, 16 Archimedes Place, Murarrie


1.00- 1.30pm



1.30pm – 3.00pm

Tour of Noja Power Switchgear Factory

Contact : Neil O’Sullivan
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3.00pm – 4.30pm

Travel from Noja Power Switchgear to Surfair Conference Centre



Minimum PPE requirements for both visits

- Hard hat* (with wide brim or back flap if possible)
- Steel capped shoes/boots*
- Long pants and shirt*
- Removal of jewellery and watches* (as delegates will be entering a live substation)
- High visibility vest if possible
- Safety glasses if possible



2. Friday 26th of February





Depart Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre


Contact: Mike Griffin
API Summer School Manager

5.00pm – 5.30pm

Travel from Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre to Maloja Avenue Jetty (Tripcony Lane) Boat Ramp

Cruise depart 5.45pm

Cruise return 7.15pm

5.30pm – 7.15pm

Sunset Cruise of Pumicestone Passage

Captain: Ken

7.15pm – 7.30pm

Walk from Maloja Avenue Jetty (Tripcony Lane) Boat Ramp to Sandbar Restaurant (26 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra QLD 4551)


7.30pm – 9.30pm

Dinner at Sandbar Restaurant

Contact: Richard Brown
T: (07) 5491 0800

9.30pm – 10pm

Travel from Sandbar Restaurant to Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre



3. Saturday 27th of February





Depart Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre


Contact: Mike Griffin
API Summer School Manager


Travel to Noosa Beach


Drop off delegates at Hastings Street/Beach


Free time




Dinner at Noosa Surf Club at 6pm. 69 Hastings St, Noosa Heads QLD 4567




Travel from Noosa Surf club back to Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre




4. Thursday 3rd of March





Depart Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre


(60 paxs)

Contact: Mike Griffin
API Summer School Manager

6pm – 6.15pm

Travel to Ebb Waterfront Dining & Cellar

(6 Wharf Street, Maroochydore QLD 4558)


6.15pm – 9.30pm

Celebration Dinner at Ebb Waterfront.


Begin with open bar and canapés. Followed by dinner


9:30pm – 9.45pm

Travel from Ebb back to Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre




For further information please contact:

Mike Griffin, Chief Executive

Mob: 0419 643 795

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Kendall Klingaman - Marketing and Communications Officer

Mob: 0435 710 994

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