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CBUS Super Fund Project of Year Over $100m Award

This award recognises the best project delivered over $100m in Queensland and should showcase design and delivery.

Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges Project (BHMIP)

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges Project delivered by John Holland and Seymour Whyte successfully converted the roundabout at Maroochydore Road and Nambour Connection Road into a fully controlled, signalised interchange, enhancing safety and traffic flow.  

Key improvements included a new eastbound bridge, upgraded entry and exit ramps, and construction of service roads connecting Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges. Active transport facilities for pedestrians and cyclists were integrated and strengthened connectivity. The team’s meticulous planning, featuring over 80 traffic switches and strategic weekend closures, minimised disruption to the public 

Mass soil mixing was used as foundation treatment at Eudlo Creek which included injection of concrete and mixing of soils at depth, in lieu of excavating unsuitable material and replacing at 1.5-metre depth. This innovation mitigated the risk of failure of an adjacent dam, while protecting the foundation from flooding impacts. Ground inclusion columns were also used as foundation treatment under major culverts at Eudlo Creek, a first for a TMR project. 

Despite adverse weather conditions, BHMIP successfully finished three months ahead of schedule and on budget, serving as a testament to the technical knowledge, collaboration and commitment of the project team and their ability to manage significant construction and environmental risks during delivery. 

Olive Downs Complex Coal Handling and Preparation Plant

Pembroke’s new Olive Downs Complex Coking Coal mine featuring a $225 million Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP), is a world-class steelmaking coal development with an anticipated mine life of up to 80 years. Spearheaded by the Sedgman CPB Contractors Joint Venture (SCJV), the CHPP has the capacity to process 6 million run-of-mine tonnes of coking coal annually.  

The SCJV has overcame challenging market conditions to deliver the project by February 2024, on budget and within the agreed 13-month construction timeframe. Key innovations include offshore fabricated steel delivery and pre-assembly of structural components for efficient on-site construction. The project incorporates best practice systems including, integrating Hexagon completions, Synchro Perform progress management and Drone Deploy for daily and weekly planning. Executed under stringent regulations, SCJV has maintained a flawless safety record (currently running a TRIFR of 0.0) and engages closely with Pembroke on safety management system development. 

The project’s positive impact extends to the community and is forecast to spend $47.5 million in the region through employing locals, engaging local businesses, procuring materials and contracting camp accommodation, messing and services supply. 

SCJV has directly and indirectly employed more than 780 people on the project and engaged 33 onsite subcontractors. 

Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5)

The Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 (TRR5) project is a $280 million Bruce Highway upgrade undertaken by Georgiou in collaboration with AECOM. The team successfully delivered the final 6 kilometres of the Ring Road in Townsville, Queensland.  

The project features a new interchange, four road bridges, and enhanced emergency services and infrastructure. Despite facing scope changes, cost escalations, and resource shortages due to COVID-19 and global events, the project was delivered three months ahead of schedule and within the client funding allocation.  

Innovations in embankment design and bridge construction showcased regional collaboration. A notable technical challenge was addressing highly dispersive sodic soils. Working alongside local soil scientists, industry experts and the client, the project team developed a region-specific embankment design that leveraged site-won unsuitable materials through an innovative capping design. This resulted in substantial cost savings, reduced waste, and knowledge sharing within the local industry.  

The project team achieved excellent HSEQ results, focused on local engagement and surpassed training, apprenticeships, and Indigenous workforce involvement targets. The team also collaborated with traditional owners, delivering cultural heritage awareness training, yarning circles, and an Indigenous-themed mural. TRR5 leaves a legacy beyond road construction, positively impacting the region’s safety, efficiency, and social initiatives. 

Shiploader and Berth 2 Replacement (SABR) project

McConnell Dowell recently completed the Shiploader and Berth 2 Replacement Project for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance at Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay. This brownfields project involved the disassembly and replacement of an existing shiploader and berths to improve materials handling throughput and cyclonic wave immunity. 

A collaborative 12-month early contractor involvement process enabled the integrated team to add value through smarter, safer and more constructable solutions. The adoption of a fully modularised fabrication and installation methodology, and use of a heavy lift vessel for both demolition and construction, delivered significant safety, cost and schedule benefits. The sustainable approach of reusing existing caissons also eliminated dredging near the Great Barrier Reef.  

Prioritising a hierarchy of controls approach, the team eliminated the need for the workforce to travel to the work front by marine vessel, delivering significant safety benefits, eliminating weather risks and reducing downtime. 

The project sets an industry-leading benchmark for dismantling large marine infrastructure in what is traditionally a technically challenging delivery environment.

The Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade

The successful delivery of the $163.3 million Deception Bay Road interchange Upgrade by BMD Constructions is easing traffic congestion and meeting the growing needs of a busy highway. 

Overcoming supply issues, adverse weather and poor ground conditions, the $163.3 million project was completed in under three years. Implementing a 24-hour roster resulted in fast-tracked construction and minimal impact on motorists, residents and businesses. 

More than 75,000 tonnes of asphalt, 82 bridge beams, 50 kms of cabling, 3.6 kms of concrete barriers and 296 light poles were installed over the course of the project. 

The project enhanced traffic flow with new bridges, ramps, intersections, and a shared user path.  

Successful implementation of environmental best practices to manage excess water, erosion, run and sediment reduced the impact on surrounding waterways, including Little Burpengary Creek that runs into Freshwater National Park. 

The project prioritised social sustainability and local engagement, with 97% of contracts awarded locally. Indigenous participation reached 10,000 hours, doubling the set targets. More than 52,000 hours of training were conducted, including 31,000 hours by new entrants to the industry, ultimately building the skills capability of the sector. 

Rookwood Weir Project

The $568.9 million Rookwood Weir is redefining standards for sustainable water infrastructure and enhancing water security and economic growth in Central Queensland. 

Led by the Rockwood Weir Alliance comprising Sunwater, GHD, ACCIONA and McCosker, the project achieved an Excellent IS v1.2 Design Rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council – a first for an Australian and New Zealand weir. 

With a capacity of 86,000 megalitres, Rockwood Weir features a 16.2-metre-high and a 202-metre-long spillway, a world-first design turtle passage and an innovative fishway – setting new benchmarks in environmental protection of aquatic species. 

The project also provided significant economic benefits through the creation of 350 jobs, including 32 apprenticeships, with 250 people housed in an on-site workers’ camp. More than half of the project’s employees were drawn from Central Queensland, with local spending topping $270 million and exceeding Best Practice Principles and Queensland Procurement Policy targets. 

The project team also worked closely with the Darumbal People and signed a landmark Indigenous Land Use Agreement, ensuring ongoing employment and support for cultural and economic development opportunities.  

The Rookwood Weir sets new benchmarks for sustainable regional water infrastructure, offering ground-breaking approaches that can be applied industry wide. 

Award Supporter

This award is supported by Cbus Super Fund.

Cbus Super Fund

Project of the Year $100m+ Award Sponsor

Cbus Super

Making hard work pay off

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As one of Australia’s top performing funds, Cbus Super is focused on providing strong retirement outcomes for members and helping employers manage their business superannuation needs.

Established in 1984, Cbus Super was created by workers for workers, and we’re a proud industry super fund, representing those that help shape Australia.

Cbus Super is also unique in that we invest back through Cbus Property#, creating thousands of jobs* and business opportunities in your industry.

With Cbus Super, you can expect simple administration, superannuation expertise and reliable service when and where you need it.

The superannuation environment is ever-changing making it complex to navigate at times, which is why we are here to support and keep you informed about legislative or other industry changes so you can focus on what you do best – building your business.

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*Estimated 100,000 jobs created since 2006 to June 2020 based on inductions for complete and committed developments.

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