Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Noosa Council scores IPWEA double

Noosa Council has scored Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) Queensland Excellence Awards for two local projects.

Council CEO, Larry Sengstock said the awards – for the Beckmans Road Intersection Upgrade and Noosa Biosphere Trail 5 Upgrade – commend extraordinary efforts and outcomes in public works infrastructure across the state. 

“It is great that our staff are recognised and rewarded for their outstanding work by their peers,” said Mr Sengstock.

“From our staff, through to the contractors and all involved in the project, it’s been a brilliant team effort to deliver a great outcome for these projects.” 

The Beckmans Road Intersection Upgrade took out the award for best project in the Road Safety and Infrastructure category.

“This project was the largest infrastructure project designed in-house by Council,” Mr Sengstock said.

“The project was testament to Council’s commitment to providing sustainable and safe infrastructure solutions for the local community,” he said.

This $9.81 million Queensland Government-funded project was designed and built by Council to enhance traffic flow and road safety while also providing improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

The integration of a hybrid project management model, the use of foamed bitumen stabilised base material, and the creative problem-solving demonstrated in the design process all contributed to the project’s success and set a benchmark for future projects within the region, said Mr Sengstock.

The second win of the night was for the Noosa Biosphere Trail 5 Upgrade, which took out the award for best project between $1 million and $2 million in the IPWEAQ Excellence Awards.

Project Manager, Aiden Flannery said the Cooroora Trail upgrade improved the 10km Cooroora Trail between Pomona and Cooran.

“After being devastated by natrual disasters, the project restored the trail, while also enhancing accessibility, safety, and sustainability,” Mr Flannery said.

“Upgrade works included trail realignments, selective widening, resurfacing, drainage and new wayfinding and interpretive signage.

“Recycled asphalt was also applied to a small section of the trail susceptible to flooding to improve durability and reduce maintenance requirements,” he said.

This project was funded through the Australian and Queensland Governments’ Local Economic Recovery.

The IPWEAQ awards recognise public and private organisations and individuals who have demonstrated bets practice and innovation in public works infrastructure across Queensland.

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