Shire achieves ex­cel­lence

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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.

Pic­ture: Roslyn Budd

Coun­cil’s act­ing di­rec­tor of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices, Glenda Kirk won the Woman in En­gi­neer­ing Award.

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