Winton Shire Council and Peak Services have taken out a top engineering award at this year's Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards for the Resurrection of the Waltzing Matilda Centre project in Winton.
The awards recognise public and private organisations and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works infrastructure and services across Queensland.
This award for best public works Project over $10 million recognises the rebuilding of the Waltzing Matilda Centre as a project of major national significance. Funded collaboratively by Winton Shire Council and Queensland and Australian Governments, the project has delivered a $24 million architectural project with an integrated world class museum experience in outback Queensland.
The judges commented that the modernised and enhanced home for Australia's unofficial national anthem delivers on the legacy and guarantees a memorable visitor's experience.
A total of 22 awards were presented at the gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane on 23 October, where 500 of the state's leading authorities on engineering gathered for the annual conference.
IPWEAQ Chief Executive Officer Leigh Cunningham said the 2019 awards had attracted a record number of nominations, with 69 nominations across 14 categories.
"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 addresses innovation but also stakeholder engagement and the contribution to the community and local economy.
"There are considerable benefits for winners including industry acknowledgement and recognition from their local mayor, councillors and community.
"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."
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