Awards won by Tooowoomba Regional Council

Best tap water team with award

Innovation  Award - Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility 

The Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility won the Innovation Award at the Waste Management Association of Australia's 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards.

We’re always striving for excellence to achieve the best for our community. We’ve received some recognition for our efforts and are very proud to share these awards with you.

Image: Water Operations Manager John Mills, and the water treatment team with the national title trophy for the 'Best tap water in Australia (2017)'.


2019 awards

  • Excellence Award - Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility 

    The Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility won the Excellence Award at the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia's 2019 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards.


2018 awards

  • Sustainable Waste Management Facilities

Our waste facilities at Cecil Plains, Cooyar and Evergreen have been further recognised, with Council picking up an award at the Australian Institute of Project Management’s 2018 Project Management Achievement Awards (Queensland) in the Sustainable Projects category.


  • Loudest cry and People's Choice Award at the National Town Crier Championships

Cries were judged on poise, bearing, confidence, clarity, content, pitch and protocol. Kevin Howarth won with a cry of 97.5 decibels.


  • Best Major Festival or Event - Queensland Tourism Awards - 2018

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers beat a line-up of the best major festivals and events across the state to take the crown for Queensland’s Best Major Festival or Event.


  • Best Major Festival or Event - Queensland Tourism Awards - 1 March 2019

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers won the Major Festivals or Events title for the third successive year, and in doing so, earned a place in the prestigious Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.


  • International Garden of Excellence Award by the World Federation of Rose Societies

The Queensland State Rose Garden won the prestigious award for the effort put into keeping the roses to such a high standard and for the beautiful display of roses throughout the entire garden.


  • High commendation at the Engineers Australia, Queensland Awards 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

The commendation is for the Building a Resilient Community - Toowoomba Regional Council Flood Recovery Program.

The Toowoomba region was ravaged by devastating flood events in 2010/11, 2013 and 2014, with widespread damage to public infrastructure and loss of life in some instances.

In response to associated damage, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) undertook a programmatic approach to reconstruction works, developing an innovative and collaborative delivery model by which its appointed Principal Program Consultant (PPC) would ensure Value for Money outcomes for council and other key stakeholders.

One of TRC's key objectives of the program was to minimise disruption to the community and local businesses in its jurisdiction by reconstructing flood damaged infrastructure as soon as possible and to a standard comparable to previous, but higher where deemed appropriate.

With damage spread across nearly 13,000km2 of the Council's local government area, the scale and complexity of the reconstruction program was significantly larger than anything that Council had previously experienced and effectively doubled its annual capital works program – with 1,130 projects from the 2011 event, 469 from the 2013 event and a further 193 projects from the 2014 event.

To assist TRC, AECOM commenced work in early 2012 as Council's PPC to manage delivery of the 2011 Flood Recovery program. This engagement was later extended to include the 2013 and 2014 Flood Recovery programs, as well as the Category D Funding and Betterment Programs totalling $250 million of road and drainage infrastructure works across the region.


  • Queensland Young Engineer of the Year Award - IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) awards

Haydn O'Learybegan his career as a Scholarship Intern with Toowoomba Region’s Generator Program and was appointed as Project Engineer on the recent reconstruction of Gap Road in Pittsworth, a project valued at $6 million.

In a very competitive field, Hadyn was recognised for displaying great maturity on this project in particular, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure everything was done to achieve success for the project, which was delivered on time and below budget.


  • Queensland 2018 Futures Challenge Award - IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) awards

As a student from the University of Southern Queensland, Maddy Stalhut delivered an analysis of the three main options for generating energy using pumped storage hydropower in Toowoomba’s water catchment areas. Maddy considered capital costs, potential revenue and energy generated in her analysis.


  • Winner 'Design and construction of public works projects $5 to $10 million' - IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) awards - City Hall Auditorium and Annex Refurbishment

The project involved refurbishing a theatre which was configured with raked theatre seating with a canteen under the seating area. The refurbishment works involved removing the theatre seating and returning the space back to a flat floor auditorium with a stage and a mezzanine level.


  • High commendation 'Projects over $10 million category' - IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) awards

The award recognised the quality of work of the Boundary Street upgrade project.


  • Winner Regional Development Projects - International Project Management Association (IPMA) Global Achievement Awards 2018.

The award recognised the work undertaken in the Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program 2011 to 2016. 

Submissions were judged on project management, achievement and excellence in delivering infrastructure for regional development, being able to demonstrate outstanding positive impacts on society and proving the application of effective and innovative solutions in project management.

Councils submission was instigated as a result of a natural disaster, unprecedented in our region’s recorded history, covering off on the Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program, the Outer Circulating Road creek and bridge works, the Ruthven Street culvert upgrade and the Flood Early Warning Systems Projects.

Council was able to enter the IPMA Global Achievement Awards after having won the prequalifying awards which included the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Queensland State Award followed by the National Award and the Asia Pacific Federation Award held in 2017. 

The outcome of the program would not have been possible without the significant funding support of both the Commonwealth and State Governments, the guidance and support of the QLD Reconstruction Authority, the leadership of our program and delivery teams within Council and the support of consultants and contractors, AECOM, Evans and Peck, McCullough Robertson, FKG, CMC and Probuild.


  • Sustainable Projects award - Australian Institute of Project Management’s 2018 Project Management Achievement Awards (Queensland).

Waste Services Branch won the award for its new Tier 5 Waste Management Facilities at Cecil Plains, Cooyar and Evergreen.

The win was a result of project management excellence in delivering sustainable outcomes from a triple bottom-line (social, financial and environmental) view point and/or projects that embed sustainability principles and practices.

Waste Services have achieved a higher than average level of service compared to other Councils in Queensland, whilst balancing costs pressures to ensure our facilities remain attractive to customers.

The new facilities also demonstrate environmental best practice with the transition from a landfill to a transfer station mitigating numerous potential environmental risks.

As State winners, Toowoomba Regional Council will progress to the national awards which will be held at a conference in Sydney from 7-9 October.


Past awards

  • Asia Pacific Project Management Award for Regional Development

Our Flood Recovery Program 2011 – 2016 won the 2017 Project Management Award for Community Service and/or Regional Development from the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (APFPM). The flood recovery program received an additional two awards in 2017, the AIPM state and National Project Management Achievement award in the Regional Projects category

  • Best tap water in Australia

Water from our Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant was named the IXOM 2017 Best Tap Water in Australia during National Water Week at Launceston.

  • Rural Green Space Award - Australian Institutes of Horticulture's (AIH) 2017 National Awards

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, in conjunction with The Chronicle Home Garden competition, won the inaugural Rural Green Space Award at the Australian Institute of Horticulture’s (AIH) 2017 national awards at Windsor, New South Wales.

  • Auscontact Queensland Contact Centre Manager of the Year Award

Manager of Customer Service, Kirrilly Rowan, was recognised for her superior management and leadership in the Customer Contact Centre for Toowoomba Regional Council at this years Auscontact Annual Awards.

  • Institute of Managers and Leaders South-West Queensland Manager/Leader of the Year 

Manager of Customer Service, Kirrilly Rowan demonstrated a passion for bringing together individuals whose vision, skills and integrity and inspire them to succeed, and was recognised for this leadership by the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formally AIM).

  • Carnival of Flowers - Major Festival and Events category for 2017

Our Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has continued its blooming success entering the Hall of Fame after taking out top gong at the Queensland Tourism Awards for the third year in a row.

  • Heart Foundation Local Government Award

We were named the Queensland Winner and recognised for best practice in creating a healthier community. By providing opportunities for the community to participate in physical activity and healthier habits.

  • Queensland Training Awards 2017 - Darling Downs South West Region Large Employer of the Year

We were recognised for achieving excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees including apprenticeships and traineeships.

  • IPWEAQ Engineer of the Year and Works Supervisor of the Year

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards recognise Councils and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works projects across Queensland. This year Mike Brady, General Manager Infrastructure Services and Jeff Heit, Coordinator Construction and Maintenance for Central Branch were recognised as being leaders in their field as Engineer of the Year and Works Supervisor of the Year.

  • Innovation  Award - Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility 

The Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility won the Innovation Award at the Waste Management Association of Australia's 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards.

  • QLD Tennis Award - Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International tennis tournament
  • Excellence in Public Messaging and Education – Downs Little Lifeguards program

The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia National Aquatic Industry awarded our community water safety campaigns including the Downs Little Lifeguards program.

  • Jonas Leisure Facility of the Year Award – Milne Bay Aquatic Centre

Awarded by Australian Leisure Facilities Association Queensland for commitment to consistency and excellence in all facets of the business.

  • Australia’s No.3 Function Coordinator in the Australian Bridal Industry Academy
  • 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards winner for Best National Major Festival or Event
  • Parks and Leisure Australia award for Open Space Planning

This distinguished award was received in recognition of the Oakey Creek Linear Corridor Master Plan.

  • Contact Centre Excellence Awards – Best People Strategy and Culture Award
  • 2017 Australasian Reporting Award – Silver

The Australasian Reporting Award was received for effective communication of financial and business information in the 2015/16 Annual Report.

  • Qld Young Water Operator of the Year – Individual Award Harry Coleman

Last Updated: Friday, 05 April 2019 10:45
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