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CCF Victoria names Earth and Training award winners

Victoria's best in civil construction were announced at the state's CCF Earth and Training awards

Fulton Hogan and NL Drainage won multiple honours at Civil Contractors Victoria’s Earth and Training awards on October 15.

Held as a virtual event due to Melbourne still being in lockdown, the two-fold awards ceremony recognised both projects and individuals within the civil construction sector.

Fulton Hogan’s two Earth awards were for the Watergardens accessibility improvement project – which won the $2-5 million project value category – and the streamlining of Hoddle Street, which was the $30-75 million project value category winner.

NL Drainage’s two Training awards were won by Brad Wereszczuk, who was recognised as employer of the year, and Isaiah Spencer, who took out the Geoff Brown Award (Encouragement Award).

Fulton Hogan’s work on streamlining Hoddle Street earned the $30-75 million project category award

Six projects, five of which were categorised by the total value, were named winners in the Earth component of the ceremony. These will now represent Victoria in the CCF’s national Earth awards.

The training awards are focused on individuals, particularly those starting a career in civil construction.

CCF Victoria CEO John Kilgour says both sets of awards aim to recognise those who play major roles in the civil construction sector, which he says will be crucial to Victoria’s post-pandemic recovery with $110 billion worth of infrastructure projects planned.

“The CCF Earth awards have been designed to recognise companies within the Victorian civil construction sector involved in projects that demonstrate excellence and innovation in the fields of construction, project and environmental management,” he says.

“At the same time, the CCF Training awards acknowledge outstanding achievements made by nominated employers and employees, in training and skills development, across select disciplines servicing the civil construction industry.

“These awards are all about recognising and rewarding contractors whose persistence, skills, strategic successes and dynamic teamwork speak for themselves.”

Victoria’s winner of the ‘project value up to $2 million’ category was Interflow and South East Water, for the renewal of water mains in the Mountain Highway at Mount Dandenong.

Fulton Hogan’s work to add three lifts, extend an overpass and install new stairs at Watergardens train station in Melbourne’s west won the $2-5 million category, while the company’s other win – in the $30-75 million category – was for delivering Victoria’s first continuous-flow intersection as part of streamlining Hoddle Street, known for being one of inner Melbourne’s most congested roads.

Victoria’s $3-5 million category winner was Quinn Civil and Greater Western Water, who teamed up to relocate and upgrade an existing sewer pump station to cope with increased demand in West Werribee.

Quinn Civil and Greater Western Water won the $5-10 million project value category for work on the West Werribee sewer pump station

A joint venture between Abergeldie, Downer and Stantec won the $10-30 million category for their work to rehabilitate 1.7km of a century-old brick sewer network in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn, which included several sewer engineering firsts.

A sixth award – the judges award for a sustainability project – went to Contek Constructions and Boroondara City Council for work on a new stormwater harvesting system in a busy suburban park, which had been built on a former landfill site.

In Victoria’s Training awards, James Horvart from Newnham Engineering was named Apprentice of the Year (Road and Water).

Jacqueline Brotchie from University of Melbourne was the Best First Year Female Civil Engineering, while Nathan Meggetto from Meggetto Asphalting and Civil Construction won the Certificate IV in Civil Construction – Supervision/Operations prize.

NL Drainage took out the aforementioned Employer of the Year and Geoff Brown Award (Encouragement Award) through Brad Wereszczuk and Isaiah Spencer respectively.

The final award was the Ian Jacka Award, given to the highest scoring civil engineering construction student at Monash University. This was tied between Thomas McCarthy and Julian Lam.

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