Engineering Excellence Awards

Nominations due: Monday 3 June 2019
Inspections: August/September 2019
Engineering Excellence Awards Gala Dinner:
Thursday 7 November 2019

The IPWEA (NSW)'s annual Engineering Excellence Awards aspire to endorse and recognise excellence of Local Government and Public Works Projects.

This is achieved through inspiration, innovation, collaboration, development and completion of projects and technical management by our Members. Each project nominated for an award showcases the individual as well as team ambitions to improve the local communities in which we reside.

Give your team and project recognition by nominating into one of the ten categories by filling out the form electronically and return to 



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Highly Commended

1A. Design and/or Construction of a Local Government/
Public Works Project (less than $500,000)

Presented by Australasian IPWEA President Mat Greskie

Kempsey Shire Council

Crescent Head Foreshore Reserve Public Amenities

Council staff designed a low maintenance, highly functional and visually attractive Public Amenities building, located on the Crescent Head Foreshore Reserve. The facility needed to compliment but not dominate or detract from the adjacent architecturally designed and Award winning Surf Club building.

The design utilises attractive louvres allowing for passive surveillance, easy to clean materials and maximises natural ventilation and light. The outcome is an open, inclusive and safe design, sympathetic to this popular coastal environment. The project is in collaboration with Momentum Solutions.


Central Coast Council

Fire Trail Reconstruction for Pleasant Valley Trail Complex


1B. Design and/or Construction of a Local Government/
Public Works Project
(greater than $500,000 less than $5 million)

Partnered by McCullough Robertson - presented by Ren Niemann

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Centennial Park

Centennial Parklands Sports Centre

The completion of the refurbishment of 11 tennis courts to a state-of-the-art Play Sight Smart Court Technology has brought up to date the sports complex in Centennial Park which provides facilities for over 560,000 sports users per year engaged in 35 different sports. The complex also caters for 150 local schools. Energy efficient LED lighting has been installed to provide lighting for night time activities.


Griffith City Council

Bagtown Roundabout


City of Parramatta

Subiaco Creek Cycleway


Eurobodalla Shire Council

Corrigans Inclusive Playground


1C. Design and/or Construction of a Local Government/
Public Works Project
(greater than $5 million)

Partnered by Public Works Advisory - presented by John Anderson

City of Canada Bay
The Connection - Smart City Community Facility

The Connection is a unique community facility. It demonstrates the new Smart City direction in provision of digital facilities for the community. The Facility is a group of integrated, architecturally designed buildings and outdoor areas that provide a multitude of state-of-the-art community resources.
The Connection forms the community heart where citizens can meet and collaborate as well as enjoy the beautiful outlook over Homebush Bay


City of Parramatta

West Epping Park Major Upgrade


Kempsey Shire Council

Upgrade of Macleay Valley Way


2 . New or Improved Techniques

Partnered by the Roads and Transport Directorate - presented by Garry Hemsworth

Central Coast Council

Capital Works Interactive Map and Updates

The Interactive Map has been developed to help local residents to see online what road, transport, and drainage capital works are planned in their neighbourhood. This year the Council will deliver approximately $70 million of capital works projects.
Each project is identified by a pin on the map. By selecting the pin, residents will be able to view project drawings, photos, budgets, timings and regular updates. Updating is ensured by regular works delivery meetings with uploading directly from the reports. This is the latest in a continued effort by the Council to keep the community informed and engaged.


Lake Macquarie Council

Business Transformation Project - Road Maintenance


Campbelltown City Council

Bridge Management Strategy


3. Innovation in Water Supply & Wastewater

Partnered by the Water Directorate - presented by Gary Mitchell


Hunter H20 & Hunter Water Corporation

Belmont & Cessnock Wastewater Treatment Plant Works Remediation

Hunter Water Corporation and Hunter H20 have worked in partnership to successfully implement urgent inlet works remediation projects at Belmont and Cessnock Wastewater Treatment Works. Both inlet works were subject to continuous sewage inflows that could not be shut off for more than 2-4 hrs.
Detailed hydraulic analysis and modelling was undertaken to determine strategies for short term bypassing and attenuation of flows so as to maximize the times when each structure could be isolated and drained. The project has set a precedent for shutdown methodologies and similar remediation projects.


Tamworth Regional Council

Sewer Rising Main


Ballina Shire Council

Ballina Wastewater Treatment Plant Blower Optimisation


4. Workplace Health and Safety

Partnered by Pro-Visual - presented by John Hutchings

Sutherland Shire Council

Managing HVNL -Chain of Responsibility Change and Implementation

Council has implemented changes necessary to ensure compliance with Heavy Vehicle National Laws “Chain of Responsibilitiy“ in order to improve public and worker safety. The changes have ensured the Chain of Responsibility requirement has been integrated into its standard operating conditions including Work, Health & Safety Risk Management practices, systems and procedures including procurement contracts and agreements with GPS monitoring of speed, fatigue and mass loading.


5. Excellence in Road Safety Engineering

Presented by IPWEA (NSW) President Warren Sharpe OAM

City of Canada Bay

Bay Run - Road, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Improvements

The Bay Run circumnavigates the shores of Iron Cove Bay and is one of the most popular harbour side tracks in Sydney. This section replaces a narrow, shared use path, adjacent to the road with a 3 metre drop off into the bay. The project greatly improves the safety of the section at Timbrell Drive, which has vehicle use of 20,000 plus. The road has been relocated over 4 metres to the south to provide a 2.5 metre cycle path separated from a 2 metre pedestrian path with a 0.6m planted buffer between. Smart City lighting is provided with capacity to carry Wi-Fi, 4G, 5G and CCTV. Peak hour cycle usage is 100 per hour and pedestrian usage is over 4,000 per day.


Port Stephens Council

Shoal Bay Traffic Signals and Raised Pedestrian Crossing


6. Environmental Enhancement Project or Initiative including Recovering, Recycling and Reusing

MidCoast Council

Tuncurry Waste Management Centre Redevelopment

Council has redeveloped the existing Tuncurry Waste Facility from a landfill site to a $4.5 million multi-functional integrated Waste Management Facility. A site Masterplan coordinated the detailed design of multiple disciplines across the site, also providing opportunities for community groups to work together on the site to achieve a common goal of waste diversion from landfill to recycling. The facility has now become a Community Hub involving modern Waste Compaction and Transfer Station, a large Community Recycling Centre, Education Facility and a new “Men’s Shed” Workshop and Community Car parking.


Cessnock City Council

Development of A Transfer Station at Cessnock Waste Management Centre


Sutherland Shire Council

Council’s Material Handling and Storage Facility


7. Local Government Excellence in Road Safety

Presented by IPWEA (NSW) Vice President Peter Shields

Ku-ring-gai Council

2018 Road Safety Calendar

This project is an example of best practice and collaboration between 7 councils; Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, City of Ryde and Willoughby Council. The Road Safety Calendar is an extremely innovative way of presenting information State and potentially Nationwide in the future. The calendar addresses a range of key road messages for communities such as ‘what to do in a car crash’ and ‘active walking programs’ while being fun and colourful.


8. Multi-Disciplinary Project Management

Partnered by COMPLETE Urban - presented by Scott Williams

Parkes Shire Council

Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program

Parkes Shire Council completed a once in a lifetime renewal of Parkes urban water supply and sewerage schemes, collectively known as the Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program. The $100M program reflects a holistic approach that encompasses Parkes entire water cycle. It comprises several interrelated projects, including Construction of a new Water Treatment Plant; Construction of a new Sewage Treatment Plant; Augmentation and refurbishment of urban water mains; Raw water


Hornsby Shire Council

Station Footbridge


The David Abbott Award

Presented by Gladys and Todd Abbott, Widow and Son to David Abbott

Tom Franzen is the Design Officer in the Technical Services Division at Eurobodalla Shire Council and began his career with the council 9 years ago. Whilst working with the council, Tom completed the Diploma of Civil Construction Design winning the NSW State Medal, he completed a Bachelor of Engineering Technology winning the Vice Chancellor’s Scholar two years running and he achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration. In his final year of a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) is currently his research project is on the network management of low volume roads.

Tom is an active member in Young IPWEA and has presented papers at the regional and state conference. He is committed to working for his community though he is well aware of the challenges this involves having completed many design projects including one where people tied themselves to trees. Tom has developed the ability to listen, interpret and deliver successful public infrastructure designs. He has an outstanding reputation in the council for his collaborative style, his respect for others’ ideas and as a leader and a mentor. He is approachable, he has high integrity and he has a passion for safety. His worthiness for this award is best summed up by a comment from Suketu Bhatt who when complimented on the quality of his award nomination, said that it was a pleasure to write because it’s what Tom deserves.


The David Abbott Award

Presented by Gladys and Todd Abbott, Widow and Son to David Abbott

Accepted by Simon Cassidy on Hamish' behalf.

Hamish Scroope began his career as a Civil Engineering Trainee at Yass Valley Council, moving on to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council as a development engineer and he is now working as a Director and Project Engineer at Genium Civil Engineering.

Hamish is proud that he was able to finish his traineeship, delivering a number of major projects whilst studying for his degree part time. Hamish enjoys delivering quality infrastructure projects for the community and one of his highlights was the delivery of a skate park at Yass. Hamish has a passion for Local Government and the Public Works industry in particular the importance of workforce diversity for the sustainability of the industry. He has demonstrated this passion through his work with Young IPWEA where until recently he was Deputy Chair. He is currently the secretary of the South East Region IPWEA Group.

As a member of the Young IPWEA committee, Hamish worked on a submission to the Minster for Local Government, “Cadetship Best Practice in Local Government”. He was invited to present the keynote address at the 2016 IPWEA NSW State Conference and at the International Public Works Conference in 2017.

Hamish has a calm and considered manner and he has great integrity. His natural disposition is to lead from the middle. As his colleague and chair of the Young IPWEA Australasia described him “He is the epitome of what it means to have promise, passion and pursuit as a young professional engineer”. Hamish is a truly humble leader, he said he felt like a winner for being nominated.


Public Works Leader of the Year

Partnered by Boral Asphalt - presented by Rick Jones

Nathan Skelly started work at Wellington Council as a Trainee Civil Engineer. For the last 10 years he has worked at Blayney Shire Council. Nathan is passionate about achieving great outcomes for the local community focusing on improvements to delivery methods and reducing asset deterioration. He cites the recent construction of a bridge in 3 days over a weekend as his greatest technical achievement and building the effectiveness of his team by empowering them as his proudest overall achievement.

Nathan leads a diverse team of 47 staff. He has developed a strong working relationship with key stakeholders in the industry and in the community and he has a reputation for sound engineering, good advice and strong commercial acumen.

Nathan holds a significant position liaising between the executive team and the frontline. He takes on this role both formally in meetings and informally offering advice and increasing team engagement by organising barbeques. In this way he has been integral to developing a culture where people feel that their opinions and ideas are valued. He respects the skills and experience of his team members and has mentored his Gangers and Supervisors to focus on the quality of the product they deliver for their community. In recent years, Nathan has also mentored 2 young engineers in their roles at Blayney Shire Council.

According to his Director, Nathan works hard to understand the issues, and focuses on treating the cause, rather than the visible symptom. This focus has enabled his team to provide solutions that reduce ongoing costs to Council. Nathan has stepped up on a number of occasions to take on the Director’s role doing such a good job that his Director has started to have concerns about his own future.


Special Community Facility Award

Presented by Geoff Fowler (Excellence Awards Judge)

Maitland City Council

The Riverlink Building High Street – Levy Component 2

The Riverlink Building is a key element in the revitalisation of High Street, Maitland and the Maitland CBD. It complements the work already completed in High Street by providing a spectacular public link to the Hunter River. The Riverlink Building and its public domain were conceived and built as an architecturally designed proscenium arch linking High Street commercial area to the river. The building includes a restaurant/cafe, public amenities, a public domain and a feature sculpture, all in high quality materials and finishes. The combination of design, craftsmanship, materials and location combine to provide a beautiful and spectacular piece of public infrastructure.

Special Transport Integration Hub Award

Presented by Leon Patterson (Excellence Awards Judge)

Northern Beaches Council

Church Point Carpark and Seawall Project

The carpark, roadworks and pedestrian boardwalk have reinvigorated the foreshore around Church Point. The 2-level Carpark, built for offshore commuters and local use, has been aesthetically designed to preserve the natural beauty and vistas of the area, and blend into the surrounding landscape. The roadworks and boardwalk greatly improve traffic and pedestrian safety. The boardwalk is provided to promote active travel in the area. An advisory group of volunteering professionals from the community, greatly assisted the Council to deliver the project, consistent with the community views.


Special Heritage Award

Presented by Greg Moran (Excellence Awards Judge)

Northern Beaches Council

Refurbishment of Heritage Sydney Tram

The historic Sydney Tram has been acquired by the Council and refurbished by local community group, the Forest Men’s Shed to form an important addition to the Tram shed Arts & Community Centre at Narrabeen. The site is the terminus of the old Manly to Narrabeen tram line which last operated in 1958.

The Tram shed Arts & Community Centre is a multi-use centre, used by numerous community groups. The Tram adjacent to the centre café and is open to the public as an interactive piece of history for the community to enjoy for many years to come.

The Minister for Local Government’s Award for Innovation in Local Government Engineering

Endorsed by the Hon Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Local Government - presented by the IPWEA (NSW) President Warren Sharpe OAM

Jetty4Shores Stages 2-4

The $9.2 M Coffs Harbour Jetty4Shores Stages 2 – 4 revitalisation project resolves challenges and beach erosion and drainage while showcasing the city’s harbour side precinct. Works include underground power, covered stage, major drainage, beach erosion control works, shared pathways, accessible amenities, beach showers, picnic shelters, car parks, a boardwalk, beach promenade with wheelchair access to Jetty beach, landscaping, outdoor exercise equipment and public art. IPWEA NSW members were key members of the project team involved in the construction, project management, and design and construction management throughout the project. Construction was in collaboration with AJ Civil.


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