Greg Mashiah

FIEAust

Manager Water Cycle

Clarence Valley Council

Greg Mashiah is a civil/environmental engineer specialising in water cycle management and raising community awareness. After 8 years in consulting, Greg entered local government in 2001 and is currently Manager Water Cycle at Clarence Valley Council responsible for water supply, sewerage, floodplain, coastal and estuary management.

Projects Greg was responsible for have been recognised with numerous Australian and international industry awards. Greg is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, was inaugural chair of Engineers Australia’s Regional Special Interest Group and has been recognised with the Engineers Australia Medal and the AWA NSW Branch Roger Pettit award for services to regional engineers.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering for about 17 years.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer in order to give back to the profession.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I have most enjoyed bringing engineers of different disciplines and experiences together. Too often engineers reinvent the wheel because they have been narrow in their networking.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
My greatest achievement has been gaining a voice for regional and rural engineers through the establishment of the Regional Special Interest Group. My biggest disappointment was when the SIG was disbanded because allegedly we had achieved our aims which clearly we have not!

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career has taught me we can learn something from all engineering disciplines; unfortunately, some engineers are not interested in attending any CPD events outside of their specialist discipline. To me one of the best aspects of regional engineering groups is that they need to cater for all engineering disciplines.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I am very fortunate in that my wife strongly supports me in spending time outside of work volunteering. She considers it to be one of my hobbies.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
It is easy to become frustrated and despair at the Engineers Australia processes and procedure but they are there for a reason and protect you should things go pear shaped. It is important to remember that regulations are for the blind obedience of fools and the guidance of wise people!

Image: courtesy of Greg Mashiah