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Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), a not-for-profit organisation celebrating its tenth year in creating systematic change through humanitarian engineering, is the chosen charity partner in this year’s City of Sydney New Year celebrations.

The organisation works in partnership with local organisations to address a lack of access to clean water, sanitation, waste systems, hygiene, energy, basic infrastructure and engineering education.

The impact of EWB’s work spans from assisting rural Nepali villages to access clean water and electricity, to developing the renewable energy sector in Cambodia. EWB also provides education opportunities for Aboriginal youth in Australia.

This year EWB will show New Years Eve revelers how engineering can help alleviate poverty throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Visit one of our three live sites at Wynyard Park, 255 George Street and Pyrmont from 12 noon on New Years Eve to:

  • see how engineering is fundamental to improving the quality of life and having a lasting, positive impact on communities most in need
  • speak to our volunteers about their experiences delivering humanitarian engineering projects for our closest neighbours and in our own backyard
  • make a difference by getting involved in improving public health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, infrastructure, employment and livelihoods to communities
  • create change through partnership with community organisations, engineering corporations and universities
  • have fun with free activities for families while waiting for the fireworks

To support the work of EWB visit:


Ranger Base in Remote Australia:

EWB volunteers have worked with the Aboriginal community of Bana Yarralji Bubu in Far North Queensland to construct a ranger base including a ranger office and toilet blocks, to be used as a place of cultural healing, learning and land conservation. This allows the Traditional Owners to return to their country and undertake meaningful employment.

people standing in front of shed

Floating Toilets in Cambodia:

EWB volunteers are designing floating toilets for 1.5million people living in floating houses in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, to improve toilet sanitation and reducing illnesses caused by contaminated water.

Families on a boat

Safe Drinking Water in Nepal:

EWB volunteers are assisting local organisations with technical designs for new water sources and education programs in identifying safe drinking water for over 3.9 million Nepalese.

lady and child in front of water well