2019 Excellence Awards and Conference

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Kathryn Johnson
Kathryn Johnson is currently the Director Infrastructure with Port Pirie Regional Council and an executive board member of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia SA Division Board. As the winner of the IPWEA SA Professional of the Year Public Works Leader in 2018, Kathryn is an advocate for the work of regional councils and is actively engaged in many networks across the state to promote this. Kathryn also actively promotes the positive transformation of Port Pirie through the Come See Change program. This is further represented by the physical change of Port Pirie through the major projects completed in recent years such as the CBD upgrade, boat ramp dredging and foreshore project and the Sport Precinct redevelopment project. Kathryn believes Port Pirie Regional Council as a great place to work, live and visit having now lived there nearly 10 years.

Kathryn Johnson

Ben Staniford
Ben is a Senior Civil Engineer with significant experience working with various water authorities, local councils, government departments and private clients. His skill base includes the design of water and wastewater infrastructure, community wastewater management schemes, water network modelling and analysis, hydraulic and surge modelling, utility service relocations, civil and structural design, and water infrastructure planning. Most recently Ben has been involved as the Design Manager for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme, a role he has held throughout the feasibility study, concept and then detailed design stages.

Ben Staniford

Mayor David O’Loughlin
David O’Loughlin was elected as an Adelaide Councillor in 2003 before being elected as Mayor of the City of Prospect in 2006, and again in 2010 and 2014. In 2013, David was elected President of the Local Government Association of South Australia for a term of 2 years, which he completed in early 2015. With over 8 years' service on the Executive Board of the LGA SA, including two years as President, David has contributed to the championing of economic development, regional service-sharing, boundary adjustment reform, planning reform and service improvements. David was elected as President of the Australian Local Government Association in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018, representing local communities and councils at the highest levels of government, including Ministerial Councils and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Mayor David O’Loughlin

Gary Johnson
Esri Australia Chief Innovation Officer Gary Johnson is responsible for leading innovation and new market activity through the sourcing of fresh ideas, the identification of new partner opportunities, and the testing, prototyping, development and commercialisation of markets. Gary has helped businesses from around the world leverage geographic insight to deliver innovative solutions and transform their operations. A firm believer that smart mapping and location-based analytics can change the way organisations do business, Gary’s passion lies in helping clients leverage the potential of location to make better decisions, drive revenue and ultimately deliver a better customer experience. A well regarded authority in the application of GIS, Gary specialises in applying the technology to business strategies and using location as a key commercial driver. Gary holds an honours degree in computer science, and has worked throughout the world, including stints in the UK, Denmark, Thailand and New Zealand.

Gary Johnson

Mason Willis
From Portsmouth in the UK, Mason obtained his Bachelor degree in Geology, and Masters degree in Environmental Engineering at Royal Holloway, University of London. He moved to Australia in 2008 where he worked as a Geologist, before moving to SA Water for 8 years, originally as a graduate and finally working in the Asset Management team. He currently works as Asset Consultant at City of Adelaide.

Mason Willis

Peter Porch
Peter Porch is the Manager Operational Services with Northern Areas Council. He has senior management responsibility for Engineering and Development functions of council. Formerly from Tasmania, working at Burnie and Devonport Councils in a range of asset management roles Peter has been with Northern Areas Council for almost three years.

Peter Porch

Peter Wong
Peter obtained his Bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Australia and has worked predominantly in the transport operations, infrastructure and planning sphere. With a focus on public transport, the movement of people and more recently micro‐mobility, he has worked for State Government in Australia and the Middle East, private operators, consultants and with the City of Adelaide for 7 years in the transport team.

Peter Wong

Richard Mihell
Richard has been in the bitumen surfacing industry a very long time with significant experience in the manufacture and application of a variety of bitumen surfacing treatments across all States and Territories of Australia.

Richard Mihell

Rod Fyfe
The author is currently employed as State Manager for Geofabrics A/Asia, South Australia and Northern Territory branches. In his role Rod Fyfe has over 20 years’ experience with Geofabrics in the promotion of geosythetics in ground stabilisation, road pavement solutions, containment systems for landfill, drainage and erosion products to the civil engineering industry. Previously Rod has spent several years as an estimator with a civil contractor and prior, a design role in a large consultant soffice. Rod has delivered earlier papers on the benefits of Paving Fabrics in road surfacing applications and Pavement Drainage with sub-soil drains and continues to research geosynthetic applications in roads, providing ongoing assistance to the construction industry.

Rod Fyfe

Russell King
Russell is the Principal Engineer at the City of Mitcham in South Australia, and has over 15 years experience in Local Government working in a number of areas such as stormwater, roads, traffic, asset management, and construction. He has a passion for innovation and improving the way Councils deliver projects instead of sticking with ‘how we’ve always done it’. When he’s not in the office doing engineering he loves stopping pucks on the ice hockey rink, trying to find tasty new places to eat around the world while travelling with his family, and chasing that ever elusive ‘victory royale’ on fortnite after his wife and kids go to bed.

Russell King

David Hallett
David has a background in architecture – which makes him the natural enemy of any reasonable engineer – and he has never worked for a Council, which makes his role as a representative and advocate for engineers in local government a curious contradiction. Nevertheless, since becoming CEO of the IPWEA (Victoria) in 2015 he has engaged widely with members across the state, created a calendar of successful face-to-face professional development programs and raised the profile of the Division amongst a growing network of state and local government stakeholders, consultants, contractors and industry associations. He has never forgiven Adelaide for defeating St Kilda in the 1997 AFL Grand Final but ranks Coopers Sparkling Ale as the best beer in world and hopes to enjoy one later this evening.

David Hallett

James Mitchell
James Mitchell is the incoming Chair of the Young IPWEA SA Committee after serving on the committee since 2017. Currently working for the City of Onkaparinga as Asset Programming Planner, James is responsible for driving a coordinated approach to capital works over multiple years for delivery of new and renewal asset projects with respect to time, cost and quality. Prior to working for local government James previously worked in the private sector as civil engineer. In 2017 James was awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) International Paul Fletcher Award for Young Engineers recognising leadership and contribution within the engineering and technology industry. James continues to volunteer for the IET on an international board of engineers focusing on inspiring, informing and influencing the global community of young engineers supporting and promoting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.

James Mitchell

Richard Powell
Richard Powell is a Director at Plumbing and Pipeline Solutions and has been working in the pipeline maintenance and rehabilitation industry for 12 years. Plumbing and Pipeline Solutions is an SA owned and operated business supporting local and state government that specialises in the maintenance and rehabilitation of sewer and stormwater assets.

Richard Powell

William Brown
Will has over 7 years’ experience in local government, where he has spent the last 5 delivering roads for Mitcham Council. He has a double degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, and Arts majoring in medieval history, with the latter unfortunately not being overly useful in his current role, however it did keep him sane throughout uni. Will has a strong desire to ‘green up the black stuff’ and build more environmentally friendly roads. Following on from Mitcham’s AAPA award winning Crumb Rubber Asphalt project he has applied for a Churchill Scholarship to investigate failure modes and the life cycle of crumb rubber roads in California and Spain. Despite his height (or lack there-of) he is a keen volleyballer and basketballer, and spends the summer months on the tennis court.

William Brown

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