Local winners in infrastructure awards


Several New Zealand projects were among the winners at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia’s (IPWEA) inaugural awards.

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Mills Park Centre, City of Cosnells, Australia © PACT Construction

The IPWEA Australasia Excellence Awards highlight the wealth of innovation, skill and dedication within the public works industry and commended practitioners who have gone above and beyond in the provision of infrastructure and services for their communities.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, the finalists represented the industry’s best of the best, having already won their category from each Australian state and New Zealand in 2015-2017.

Western Australia’s City of Gosnells took out the top honour, winning the IPWEA Australasia Public Works Medal for Project of the Year 2017 for the Mills Park Redevelopment, which also won the Excellence in Environment and Sustainability 2017 award.

The project included the construction of an ecologically sustainable community facility.

The judges noted that the facility, which was completed in October 2016, represents ‘world best practice in sustainable design’, as the only public building in Australia to be awarded six stars in the Green Star sustainability rating system.

“It is an outstanding effort to integrate natural and a multi-purpose, multi-functional built environment – six Green Stars says it all,” the judges concluded.

High calibre

IPWEA CEO Robert Fuller said both the industry and communities should be encouraged by the calibre of the winners and finalists.

“The importance of great infrastructure in the health, wealth and happiness of our communities cannot be overestimated,” Mr Fuller said.

“Through these awards, we hope to encourage those who have strived toward greatness in the field of public works to continue to innovate and push the boundaries.

“These awards precisely embody the spirit and focus of IPWEA: supporting public works engineering professionals to reach their full potential for the good of their communities.”

Held in Perth August 20-23, the biennial 2017 IPWEA International Public Works Conference drew more than 500 delegates from Australia and New Zealand, in addition to 30 international delegates from 10 countries.

Category winners:  

IPWEA Australasia Public Works Medal for Project of the Year 2017
Mills Park Redevelopment
City of Gosnells
Western Australia

Best Public Works Project 2017 Under $2m
Sumner Road Retaining Wall, Stage 4
Christchurch City Council and Fulton Hogan
New Zealand 

Best Public Works Project 2017 $2m to $5m
Wyong CBD Drainage Upgrade
Central Coast Council
New South Wales

Best Public Works Project 2017 Over $5m
Te Ara I Whiti – The Lightpath
NZ Transport Agency and GHD
New Zealand

Excellence in Asset Management 2017
River Torrens Linear Park – Strategic Integrated Asset Management Plan
Tonkin Consulting, City of Charles Sturt and nine adjoining councils
South Australia

Excellence in Project Innovation 2017
TARDIS Software – making your rainfall and stream level data from Enviromon accessible and useful
Townsville City Council

Excellence in Water Project 2017
Timaru District Wide Wastewater Strategy
Timaru District Council
New Zealand

Excellence in Road Safety 2017
City-wide Schools Traffic Safety and Parking Review
Tonkin Consulting, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and GTA Consultants
South Australia

Excellence in Environment and Sustainability 2017
Mills Park Redevelopment
City of Gosnells
Western Australia

Young IPWEA Emerging Leader Award 2017
Will Barton
Junee Shire Council
New South Wales

IPWEA Australasia Public Works Leadership Medal 2017
Vicki Shelton
City of Greater Geelong

Keith H Wood Medal
David Harris
City of Gosnells
Western Australia

National Asset Management Award (NAMie) – for the best asset management paper presented at the conference
Ben Clark
City of Tea Tree Gully
South Australia

E.J. (Ted) Hooper Medal – for the best overall paper presented at the conference
Priyani de Silva-Currie
Calibre Consulting Ltd
New Zealand 

IPWEA is the peak not-for-profit association for public works and engineering professionals across Australia and New Zealand.

It provides training, publications and advocacy to support its 4,000-plus members and 20,000-plus community of engineering professionals who provide essential community infrastructure.

Visit www.ipwea.org