George Bourne & Associates (GBA Engineers) is an Engineering Consultancy based in Barcaldine, Western Queensland. The firm was established in 1945 by Mr Clem and Nick Wilson under the name of CH Wilson and Partners. In 1968, the Wilson family left Barcaldine and sold their shares in the firm to George Bourne. George later changed the business name to George Bourne & Associates. Today, GBA Engineers remains proudly based in Barcaldine and provides services including Engineering, Survey, Building Certification, Cultural Heritage & Environmental, Design and Project Management to outback Queensland. In 2013, GBA Engineers opened a second office in Emerald to provide services to the Central Highlands region.   May 2017 saw 73 Elm Street became the location of a newly constructed office for the GBA staff in Barcaldine. October 2020 saw the inception of a third office in Rockhampton to provide services to the Capricornia region.  Today, GBA Engineers services 29% of the land mass of Queensland. Some of our employees also hold light aircraft pilot licences and fly between different projects.  












We provide Consulting Civil Engineering, Civil Design, Building Certification, Cultural Heritage, Environmental and Secretarial Services to our regions. 

Consulting Civil Engineers

We currently have Civil and Environmental Engineers with our firm. We service 11 Local Government Areas in Queensland, as well as private clients.


Our Designers cover work from the Local Government Councils as well as private works for Local Councils, other government agencies and private clients in the region.

Building Certification

We currently have two Building Certifiers. Our Building Certification team covers all the Local Government Councils in the area. 

Environmental and Cultural Heritage Services

 A qualified archaeologist and an environmental scientist are employed by the firm to provide support for construction projects.

​Secretarial Services

 Our administration staff provide the following services – photocopying, laminating, copying of plans, typing of documents, letters and resumes etc, all at competitive rates. 


GBA Engineers' success is based on teams of diverse, dedicated people whose expertise and experience ensure quality and flexibility. This allows us to provide optimum client satisfaction through innovation and excellence. During the past 75 years, our firm has amassed a vast array of experience in providing and managing civil infrastructure throughout Central and Western Queensland. Our engineers use our fleet of 3 light aircraft and 7 motor vehicles to travel to and from our job sites spread across 29% of the land mass of Queensland. Given the vast area that we cover in our practice, the team at GBA is very attuned to being resourceful and creative to ensure planning and delivery of projects under difficult circumstances of extremes in remoteness and temperature variations.

We are lead by six partners with various engineering backgrounds, many years experience from different parts of the world and skill sets that will insure the quality of our service is of a standard that is unquestionable.    

Keith Luckhurst (RPEQ 6952)

Civil Engineer

19 years outback experience. COB South Africa.


Thirty-nine years’ experience as a Civil Engineer working on asset management, seal, design, estimates and construction of local government roads, aerodrome runway extension, design, estimates and construction and various water and sewerage projects. Keith is also one of our pilots. Based in Barcaldine office.

Michael Donald (RPEQ 12086)

Civil Engineer

15 years outback experience. COB Zimbabwe.


Seven years as a construction engineer on large civil engineering projects, two years with Civil Engineering Consultants, nine years self-employed mainly as a commercial farmer in Southern Africa, and fourteen years working as a Consulting Engineer for GBA focusing on Local Government in central and western Queensland. Mike is also one of our pilots. Based in Emerald office.

Jason Ricks (RPEQ 8499)

Civil Engineer

25 years outback experience. COB Australia.


Civil Engineer with 32 years' experience working for Local and State Government. Experienced in construction, estimating, programming, remote area work, supply chain management, contract administration of civil infrastructure projects. Based in Barcaldine office. 

Stuart Bourne (RPEQ 8416)

Civil Engineer

18 years outback experience. COB Australia.

Civil Engineer with 18 years’ experience. Stuart has extensive experience in public work infrastructure such as roads, airports, buildings and water in regional and remote communities.  Stuart is also one of our pilots. Based in Barcaldine office.

PJ Cullivan (RPEQ 15325)

Civil Engineer

7 years outback experience. COB Ireland.


PJ is an experienced civil engineer with a demonstrated history of delivering public infrastructure projects from concept through to completion for both local and state government as well as private clients. He also has a background in the provision of coordination and planning services for Local Government having assisted in the formation of Queensland’s first drinking water alliance. Based in Emerald office.

Rick Rolfe (RPEQ 15834)

Civil Engineer

27 years of outback experience.  COB Australia.


Rick Rolfe is a Civil Engineer with 29 years’ experience in government and the private sector. He has experience in all stages of civil engineering including planning, design, construction, maintenance and traffic management. Rick is a very experienced engineering manager with experience in project supervision, project management, program management, resource management and change management. Based in Barcaldine office. 


73 Elm Street (PO Box 169)

Barcaldine  QLD  4725

Phone:  07 4651 5177

Email:  admin@gbaengineers.com.au

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Unit 4, 5 Church Lane (PO Box 305)

Emerald  QLD  4720

Phone: 07 4982 1826


Unit 2, 74 Victoria Parade (PO Box 282)

Rockhampton  QLD  4700

Phone:  07 4843 5519

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