Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has won two of the top individual awards at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.
TRC’s Infrastructure Services General Manager Mike Brady was named Engineer of the Year while Construction and Maintenance Central Coordinator Jeff Heit was announced as the Works Supervisor of the Year.
The awards recognise councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in the delivery of public works projects across Queensland.
Mr Brady has more than 30 years of engineering, management, design and construction experience in government and the private sector and is responsible for delivery of TRC’s annual infrastructure programs. In recent years he has led Council’s Flood Restoration Program and the Outer Circulating Road Victoria Street Extension project.
Mr Brady has contributed significantly to the engineering profession in Queensland and is an active member and supporter of IPWEAQ.
Mr Heit is responsible for the daily operations of construction teams, ensuring they maintain high safety standards while maintaining a keen focus on budget, timeframe and project delivery expectations. He started his 33-year career with the then Toowoomba City Council as a plant operator before rising to become a foreman. He is TRC’s Coordinator of construction works.
Mr Heit has worked on a variety of road construction and flood mitigation projects and his extensive construction experience, combined with strong technical and people skills, plays a key role in successful project delivery.
A total of 19 awards were presented at the awards ceremony at Townsville where 350 engineering officers from across the state gathered for the annual state conference.
IPWEAQ Chief Executive Officer Leigh Cunningham said the 2017 awards had attracted a record number of nominations, with 55 projects and 11 individual nominations submitted from councils both large and small across Queensland.
“Introduced in 2002, the awards aim to recognise excellence, innovation, forward thinking and sustainability in the delivery of projects that benefit Queensland communities,” Ms Cunningham said.
“Winners are selected by a judging panel of experienced public works professionals.
“The nomination criteria address innovation but also stakeholder engagement and the contribution to the community and local economy.
“The respect and exposure the awards bring creates awareness of public works professionals who are specialists in their field dedicated to public service and making a difference to our communities across the state.”
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio offered Council’s congratulations to Mr Brady and Mr Heit.
“Council is proud to know our employees have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to their profession,” Mayor Antonio said.
“Apart from the high standard of their work, it is most reassuring to know their efforts are building a safer and more resilient region for all our residents.”
TRC Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor added her praise and said Mr Brady had shown outstanding leadership and expertise in overseeing TRC’s mammoth flood recovery program, valued at nearly $250 million over six financial years, in addition to delivering Council’s annual capital works programs.
“The awards are a great credit to Mike and Jeff for their professionalism and commitment to building legacy infrastructure that is used by our community every day.
“Council is most appreciative of their efforts and the positive example that flows from their leadership through our entire workforce.”
Captions: Top: TRC’s Infrastructure Services General Manager Mike Brady with his Engineer of the Year trophy; below Construction and Maintenance Central Coordinator Jeff Heit, left, accepts his Works Supervisor of the Year award at the IPWEAQ Townsville state conference.