Nov 16, 2016

Regional councils shine in public works arena

Regional councils shine in public works arena South Burnett Regional Council's Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant.

South Burnett Regional Council really knows how to turn on the waterworks, and wastewater works.

Its projects have topped two out of three water and wastewater categories at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.

The council’s technical services manager James D’Arcy was also honoured, receiving the IPWEAQ President’s Award.

The Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project received an excellence award in the category for projects over $10 million, while the Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant upgrade project won the Innovation category and was a finalist in the category for Water and Wastewater projects under $10 million.

“It’s a credit to council staff, their hard work and dedication which has resulted in the water and wastewater treatment plants being nominated and winning the Innovation and the Excellence Awards,” Mayor Keith Campbell said.

“We are also thrilled that one of our own, James D’Arcy, was honoured with the President’s Award, which again highlights the dedication of our staff.”


IPWEAQ President Joe Bannan with South Burnett Regional Council technical services manager James D’Arcy.

The construction of the Kingaroy wastewater plant employed Nereda technology, an Australian first.

Designed and constructed by Aquatec Maxcon, it is described as saving capital, operations and maintenance costs while reducing energy consumption and improving water quality compared to the traditional treatment plant technology.

The council said its Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant upgrade allowed for a more cost-effective raw water source for council and provided a secure water supply to customers.

Toowoomba Regional Council and Western Downs Regional Council also saw wins in project categories and for outstanding individuals, while Gladstone Regional Council director of engineering services Paul Keech was named Engineer of the Year and Toowoomba-based GHD executive Angela Fry won the Woman in Engineering category.

The excellence awards, which have been running since 2002, recognise councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works projects across Queensland.

IPWEAQ chief executive officer Leigh Cunningham said the 2016 awards had attracted a record number of nominations, with 43 projects and 11 individuals submitted from councils large and small across Queensland.

IPWEAQ Excellence Awards 2016 honours roll

Overall Winner Sunshine Coast Council – Nambour Youth Activity Precinct and RSL War Memorial

 President’s Award James D’Arcy, South Burnett Regional Council

Engineer of the year Paul Keech, Gladstone Regional Council


GHD Toowoomba & SW manager Angela Fry.

Woman in Engineering Angela Fry, GHD

Young Engineer Craig Heck, Scenic Rim Regional Council

Technical Officer Steven Forbes, Western Downs Regional Council

Works Supervisor Michael Eastwell, Toowoomba Regional Council

Public works projects under $2 million Sunshine Coast Council – Jack Morgan Park Upgrade Project (Stage One)

Public works projects – $2 million to $5 million Noosa Council and Tod Consulting and Marine and Civil Maintenance – Curing a cancer patient: Munna Point Bridge

Public works projects – $5 million to $10 million Maranoa Regional Council and Roadtek – Pickanjinnie North Road Upgrade Project – government partnerships in action 

Public works projects over $10 million Toowoomba Regional Council – Toowoomba City Library and Civic Square Project 

Innovation in public works Sunshine Coast Council – Nambour Youth Activity Precinct and RSL War Memorial

Road Safety Western Downs Regional Council – Dalby CBD Road Safety Review

Water Innovation South Burnett Regional Council – Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant Upgrade 

Water projects – $5 million to $10 million Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance – Alfred Street pump station upgrade

Water projects over $10 million South Burnett Regional Council- Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Upgrade



Maranoa Regional Council and Roadtek won an award for the Pickanjinnie North Road Upgrade Project.


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