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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY Rod Eddington, 59 Chairman of Infrastructure Australia, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, University of Western Australia S ir Rod Eddington chairs the federal government’s advisory body Infrastructure Australia, which released its shortlist of priority national infrastructure projects earlier Paul Holloway, 60 Minister for Mineral Resources Development, Urban Development and Planning, and Small Business, South Australian Government, Adelaide Electrical engineer, University of Adelaide P aul Holloway oversees three departments with a total budget allocation of some Campbell Newman, 45 Lord-Mayor of Brisbane Civil engineer, University of NSW C ampbell Newman is due to present the city council’s budget this month. He has told councillors that costs would have to be cut as a result of the fi nancial crisis. Brisbane City Council is the largest this year. Th e list included an east-west rail tunnel he recommended as part of a study of Melbourne’s transport infrastructure he completed last year. A former chief executive of British Air- ways between 2000 and 2005 and executive chairman of Ansett Australia from 1997 until 2000, Eddington sits on a variety of corporate boards. He is the incoming chairman of ANZ. Steve Fielding, 48 Senator for Victoria and Leader of the Family First Party Electronics engineer, RMIT S teve Fielding is one of the minor party senators whose votes the federal government oft en needs in order to pass legislation. He came into special prominence earlier this year when he was instrumental in blocking the proposed tax on “alcopops”, fl avoured alcoholic drinks. He said that engineering training is useful in politics because it makes him seek a logical rationale for making a decision. “You are looking for the facts and the fi gures,” he said. Fielding’s engineering career included roles at Hewlett Packard, NEC, Siemens and New Zealand Telecom. He decided to go into politics because he was sick of “political decisions that don’t make sense”. He became a councillor at Knox City Council in 2003 and was elected to the Senate in the 2004 federal election. In addition to his engineering qualifi cations, Fielding obtained a MBA from Monash University. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 61 $34.3 million this fi nancial year. He is involved in assessing BHP Billiton’s proposal to expand its Olympic Dam mine. Th e company released a 4000 page environmental impact statement last month. A recent highlight was the offi cial open- ing of the $1.15 billion copper and gold mine at Prominent Hill, which brings the number of mines in the state to 11. local government in Australia, covering some 1367km2 with a workforce of some 7000 people. In September Newman will lead Brisbane’s delegation to the Asia Pacifi c Cities Summit in Incheon, South Korea. Apart from his civil engineering degree Newman has a MBA from Queensland University. Before entering politics, he served in the Australian Army.