Sunshine Coast Council achieves excellence in public works
  • Monday 30 October 2017

Council has taken out two accolades at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.

The awards recognise councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works projects across Queensland.

Council collected the awards for innovation in the design and construction of public works projects for the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre and received a high commendation for the design and construction of public works projects over $10 million for its Evans Street Upgrade.

This is the second year that Sunshine Coast Council has taken out the innovation award with its Nambour Youth Activity Centre and RSL War Memorial receiving top honours in 2016.

Council’s $4.7 million Rainforest Discovery Centre sits within the 55-hectare Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and offers spectacular views of the heritage-listed Glass House Mountains.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the Rainforest Discovery Centre had been sensitively designed to fit in with the look and feel of the reserve.

“Visitors of all ages will go on a journey of inspiration and discovery in the Rainforest Education centre, which features interactive displays, multi-sensory experiences and exhibits,” Cr McKay said.

“Continuing that journey is an elevated boardwalk that snakes its way through the rainforest, a new viewing platform and café offering some of the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains.

“I applaud not only the construction team, who overcame a myriad of building challenges on this environmentally sensitive site, but also the many people, including the Design Advisory Panel, volunteers and Friends of Mary Cairncross, whose contribution has been, and will continue to be, central to the ongoing success of the new Discovery Centre.”

Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said the $20 million upgrade of Evans Street was the largest transport project ever to be delivered entirely by council.

“Evans Street represents much more than a successful engineering outcome – it has transformed a congested, visually unappealing two-lane road, to a four-lane efficient transport corridor, with landscaping and architectural features, three major signalised intersections and state of the art technology,” Cr OPray said.

“It was a landmark project for council – it was technically challenging, and was completed successfully on budget and two months ahead of schedule.

“I would like to congratulate the project team for this well-deserved industry recognition.”


IPWEAQ is the peak body representing those working in the public works sector in Queensland. Anyone actively engaged in the delivery of public works and services in Queensland is eligible to join.

Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for all Queensland communities by advancing the skills, knowledge, resources available to those involved in the planning and provision of public works and services.