Kingaroy’s new wastewater treatment plant was put into commission in May; it is the first of its kind in Australia to use new Nereda technology, which gives better treatment outcomes for lower costs

November 14, 2016

The Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant and the new Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant have both won awards at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards

The Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant project received an Excellence Award for projects over $10 million.

It is the first plant in Australia to use new Nereda technology, which offers which offers more efficient sewage treatment.

The plant, designed and constructed by Aquatec Maxcon, also saves capital, operations and maintenance costs while reducing energy consumption and improving water quality, compared to the traditional treatment plant technology.

This project was made possible by a $10 million grant from the Queensland State Government.

In a surprise win, the Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant project won the Innovation category, and was also a finalist in the Water and Wastewater projects under $10 million category.

This plant upgrade allows for a more cost effective raw water source for council and provides a secure water supply to customers.

This project also received $680,000 funding from the Queensland Government.

“These two infrastructure projects are a great asset for the community,” SBRC Water and Wastewater Manager Nerida Airs said.

“Both will ensure that Kingaroy has water and wastewater treatment plants capable of servicing the local community for at least the next 20 years.

“It’s an honour to receive these two awards and everyone involved in the projects should be very proud.”

Council’s Manager of Design and Technical Services, James D’Arcy was also honoured by the Association, taking home the President’s Award.

Mr D’Arcy has been a strong advocate for IPWEAQ for many years.

“It’s a credit to Council staff, their hard work and dedication which has resulted in these two plants being nominated and winning the Innovation and the Excellence Awards,” Mayor Keith Campbell said.

“We are also thrilled that one of our own, James D’Arcy, was honoured with the President’s Award, which again highlights the dedication of our staff.”

The awards, which have been running since 2002, recognise Councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works projects across Queensland.

A total of 15 awards were presented at a gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, where 400 of the state’s leading authorities on engineering gathered for the three day conference.

IPWEAQ Chief Executive Officer Leigh Cunningham said the 2016 Awards had attracted a record number of nominations, with 43 projects and 11 individuals submitted from Councils across Queensland.

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Photos From The Awards Night:

Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers and Chair of the IPWEAQ Foundation, Dawson Wilkie, presents the Innovation Award to SBRC Infrastructure General Manager Russell Hood and Manager of Water and Wastewater Nerida Airs (Photo: IPWEAQ)
Dawson Wilkie from IPWEAQ presents the Excellence Award to Water and Wastewater Portfolio chair Cr Roz Frohloff, Infrastructure General Manager Russell Hood, Water and Wastewater Mananger Nerida Airs and South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell (Photo: IPWEAQ)
IPWEAQ State Division president Joe Bannan presents the 2016 President’s Award to SBRC Design & Technical Services Manager James D’Arcy (Photo: IPWEAQ)
After the Awards night, Nerida Airs, Mayor Keith Campbell, Russell Hood and Cr Roz Frohloff shared the awards with other key partners in the two projects: Craig White, Senior Principal Engineer of Hunter H20; Allen Christensen, Director of AT Consulting; Peter Ferrando, State Manager of Aquatec Maxcon; Greg Johnson, Managing Director of Aquatec Maxcon; and Dr Craig Jakubowski, Principal Engineer of Hunter H20 (Photo: SBRC)

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