Shire achieves excellence
MAREEBA Shire Council has taken out two accolades at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.
Mareeba Shire Council collected the award for innovation in water, waste water, sewerage and drought management for the upgrade of Mareeba’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Council’s acting director of infrastructure services, Glenda Kirk also took home the Woman in Engineering award.
The awards recognise councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works projects across Queensland.
Mayor Tom Gilmore said council has taken the best possible approach and achieved a remarkable outcome at very reasonable cost.
“This is innovation at its very best. We have come from a situation where we could not meet our license requirements of the Wastewater Treatment Plant to the point where we are now exceeding those levels,” he said.
“We are seeing environmental improvement in the Two Mile Creek as a result of that and it is a matter of great pride to me and the Council to see.”
As acting director infrastructure services, Ms Kirk has been responsible for the delivery of a number of council’s large-scale and complex engineering projects.
This included the awardwinning Mareeba sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade and the partially completed MarShire Airport upgrade.
Ms Kirk was also recognised for her strong leadership and professional approach to the job.
She delivers projects on time and within budget for the benefit of the Mareeba community.
Cr Gilmore commended Ms Kirk on her well-deserved accolade.
“I would like to congratulate Glenda for winning such a prestigious award which is peer recognition of excellence in engineering,” he said.
“We as a council appreciate her skills and feel very privileged to have her as an important part of our team.”
chief executive Peter Franks also acknowledged Ms Kirks win at the awards in Townsville.
“In my view, Glenda is very deserving of this award in excellence,” he said.
Council’s acting director of infrastructure services, Glenda Kirk won the Woman in Engineering Award.