From footbridges to freeways engineering provides a pivotal framework that creates and links communities in sustainable ways according to Dr Ken Michael AC, former Governor of Western Australia.
Dr Michael delivered the National Trust’s 2012 CY O’Connor Lecture Connecting and Building Sustainable Communities on Wednesday 14 March at Government House Ballroom. This lecture is now available online.
“CY O’Connor’s work was fundamental in providing vital infrastructure and services to establish and stimulate the growth of our community in the goldfields and across the Wheatbelt,” Dr Michael said.
Dr Michael has played an instrumental role in shaping many of Western Australia’s metropolitan and regional infrastructure projects.
“Outstanding engineering combines vision with horizon and the CY O’Connor Lecture provides a fitting setting to discuss the ways in which engineering continues to have profound outcomes in metropolitan and in regional areas linking remote and the broader community along the way,” he said.
An exceptional bridge engineer in his own right Dr Michael was named the 2011 WA Professional Engineer of the Year at the Engineering Excellence Awards. He has fulfilled roles as Commissioner of Main Roads, Chancellor of the University of Western Australian, Public Service Commissioner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the WA Museum and Chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority.
The CY O’Connor Lecture is held each year on or about the anniversary of O’Connor’s death – 10 March 1902. This year marks the 110th anniversary and provides the opportunity to celebrate his legacy, by considering notions of creativity, sustainability and humanity in pursuit of excellence.