The Local Government Engineers Field Days
The “Engineers Field Days” were initiated to allow Local Government Engineers from throughout the notion to view the most up to date equipment, hospital plant and machinery available in the civil engineering field.
The event had a humble beginning in 1995 when eight companies displayed their equipment at the Spastic Centre, Allambie Heights NSW.
By comparison the 2000 Field Days which were held at Panthers in Penrith, attached three hundred and forty exhibitors displayed equipment, plant and machinery valued at millions of dollars.
The event, now largest of its type in the southern hemisphere, has broadened its reach and now attracts large numbers from federal and state government departments as well as contractors from the private sector. Over ten thousand local government engineers, contractors and trades people attend the three day exhibition.
It has been the policy of the Institute to hold the Field Days at a location where a worthwhile project could be completed over several years at no cost to organisations, e.g. the Spastic Centre, Big Brother Movement, National Fitness Camp, Narrabeen and the Macquarie University Sports Association.
The dynamic working display is an important part of the Field Days, which allows plant and equipment to be viewed in a working environment and at the same time provided works of permanent benefit to the community.
During the lifetime of the Field Day work has been carried out or the event held at the following locations:
1957 – Spastic Centre, Allambie Heights Hostel
1958 – Big Brother Movement, Cabramatta Farm
1959, 1960, 1961 – Lane Cove National Park
1962 – Remembrance Driveway, Villawood
1963 – Static Display only due to flood rains
1964, 1965 – Captain Cook Memorial Park, Kurnell
1966, 1967, 1968 – National Fitness Camp
1969, 1970 – Liverpool and District AHI Showground and Sports Complex
1971 – Womens Amateur Sports Council, Terry Hills
1972 – Cabarita Park, Concord (Static Display Only)
1973 – BMI Quarry, Greystanes (Static and Working Demonstrations)
1974 to 1979 inclusive – Macquarie University Sports Association
1980 to 1986 – NSW Soccer Federation Headquarters, Parklea
1987, 1988 – Sate Sports Centre, Homebush
1991 to 2000 – Penrith Panthers
2001 – Warwick Farm Racecourse
2002 to 2006 – Sydney Showground Homebush
2007 – Western Sydney International Dragway
2016 – Hawkesbury Showground