Page 1646 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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Canberra Sand and Gravel earth awards 2015

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.22): Last Friday night I was pleased to attend the Civil Contractors Federation of the ACT 2015 Canberra Sand and Gravel earth awards. The Civil Contractors Federation is a not-for-profit member-driven employer association designed to promote and protect the interests of civil construction employers. In the ACT the CCF lobbies on behalf of 19 full members and five associate members. It has a close association with the MBA and works with the MBA to provide support and advocacy for the building and construction industry. CCF provides training aimed at bringing young people into the industry and having their skills recognised.

The earth awards are organised by CCF, with assistance from the MBA. The awards are the most prestigious awards in civil infrastructure and acknowledge the best technologies and practices by Australian civil contractors. This year there were 17 different projects entered into four categories. Kirk Coningham, the Executive Director of the MBA and the CEO of CCT ACT, said that the judges were impressed by the calibre of all the entries. The guest speaker at the earth awards was Daniel Keighran VC. Daniel spoke about his experiences growing up in outback Queensland and his Defence Force deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor.

I would like to place on the record my congratulations to all the entrants and winners at the earth awards. In the first category, projects up to $2 million, entrants included Cord Civil for the Woden Green Estate stage 2B pedestrian bridge. The winner was Huon Contractors—National Arboretum Canberra, construction of transfer reservoir and irrigation mainline.

In category 2, projects between $2 million and $10 million, the nominees included Guideline ACT for the bulk water off-take; Canberra Contractors, Amaroo Group Centre; Chincivil, Horse Park Drive water quality control pond; Brema Group, ADFA redevelopment; Hawkins Civil, Smith Road bridge; Guideline ACT, Deep Space Station 36, DSS 36; and Huon Contractors, Woden Park redevelopment. The winner was Hawkins Civil and SRG, Scrivener Dam anchor bolt remediation.

The third category was for projects between $10 million and $30 million. The nominees included BMD Constructions, Lawson South; Woden Contractors, John Gorton Drive stage 2A; Cord Civil, Molonglo infrastructure 1C Cotter Road and Streeton Drive upgrade; Huon Contractors, Googong neighbourhood 1A stage 3A and 3B1 subdivision; and Woden Contractors, DHA Weston subdivision. The winner was Canberra Contractors, Campbell section 5 and Constitution Avenue.

In category 4, projects over $30 million and under $75 million, there was one nominee. So the winner was Guideline ACT for John Gorton Drive. The ACT winners will compete at the national earth awards in Melbourne later in the year.

On several occasions it was noted during the evening that the pipeline for civil work is somewhat lacking in the ACT at the moment. There was a plea to the ACT government, albeit no ACT government MLA was present, to increase the pipeline for this work, especially in the categories that I mentioned.

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