Toowoomba Regional Council as taken out Gold in the Regional Development Projects Category of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Global Achievement Awards 2018.
The award was for the Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program 2011 to 2016.
“Council’s submission was instigated as a result of a natural disaster, unprecedented in our region’s recorded history, covering off on the Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program, the Outer Circulating Road creek and bridge works, the Ruthven Street culvert upgrade and the Flood Early Warning Systems Projects,” council infrastructure committee chair Carol Taylor said.
The Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program 2011 to 2016 has delivered around $300 million of works through more than 1800 projects.
“The 2011 floods had a profound effect on council and our community but by undertaking the mammoth task of the ‘Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program 2011 to 2016’, council and the community have learned from the past, and together have become more flood resilient and better prepared for the future,” Cr Taylor said.
The council was able to enter the IPMA Global Achievement Awards after having won the prequalifying awards which included the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Queensland State Award followed by the National Award and the Asia Pacific Federation Award held in 2017.
Submissions were judged on project management, achievement and excellence in delivering infrastructure for regional development, being able to demonstrate outstanding positive impacts on society and proving the application of effective and innovative solutions in project management.
Cr Taylor said the outcome would not have been possible without the significant funding support from the Commonwealth and State governments, the guidance and support of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, the leadership of program and delivery teams within Council and the support of consultants and contractors AECOM, Evans and Peck, McCullough Robertson, FKG, CMC and Probuild.
Cr Taylor and TRC manager project services, infrastructure services Steve Holland were in Helsinki to receive the award on behalf of the council.