The Southern Downs Regional Council engineering team features staff from all around the world. (From left) Wolfgang Greve, Allan Petersingham, Raquib Hossain, Erosha De Silva, Christoph Eicher.
The Southern Downs Regional Council engineering team features staff from all around the world. (From left) Wolfgang Greve, Allan Petersingham, Raquib Hossain, Erosha De Silva, Christoph Eicher. Erin Smith

Council has its very own world team of engineering staff

SIX engineers; three Sri Lankans, one Bangladeshi and two Germans all migrated to different parts of Australia, for different reasons - but there is one thing they all have in common.

They are all part of the Southern Downs Regional Council engineering team.

Cristoph Eicher and Wolfgang Greve are both from Germany.

Mr Eicher is the principal of asset engineering.

"In a nutshell, I organise registers to collect data to enable good management," he said.

Mr Eicher moved to Australia 27 years ago after marrying an "Australian lady".

He has spent the last 10 years in Warwick.

Mr Greve works from the Stanthorpe office and said the area reminded him of home.

"You get all four seasons in Stanthorpe," he said.

"It has a very European feel."

Raquib Hossain is a project engineer in the works department and moved to Australia from Bangladesh in 2009.

"I moved here for a couple of reasons," Mr Hossain said.

"There is good lifestyle, multiculturalism and accepting people. I always feel at home - never like an alien."

Allan Petersingham has lived in Australia since he was a child.

His job in the sewerage and water works department is his first after completing his university degree.

Mr Petersinghan has jumped in feet first, joining the Allora cricket team.

"I have been playing (cricket) since I was 10," he said.

"My Dad named me after Allan Border. He was my dad's hero."

Principal construction engineer Nathan Kamalan started work at Warwick eight months ago.

He moved to Australia 17 years ago from Sri Lanka and spent most of his time in Melbourne.

While in Melbourne, Mr Kamalan took a great interest in the AFL, but after moving to Queensland he is trying to pick a favourite rugby league team.

Mr Kamalan works with the student engineers like Sri Lankan Erosha De Silva, who is two years away from finishing her degree.

"I came over with my husband in 2008," Mrs De Silva said.

"The people are friendly, and it is stable here, so we thought we would stay longer. It was a good decision."



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