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IPA 2019 National Infrastructure Awards Winners Announced

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia has today announced the winners of the 2019 National Infrastructure Awards. This annual Awards ceremony recognises excellence in public administration and business, across major national projects.

IPA is an industry think tank and an executive member network, providing research focused on excellence in social and economic infrastructure. They exist to shape public debate and drive reform for the national interest.

Awards Ceremony

National Infrastructure Awards

The 2019 Awards were overseen by an independent judging panel, comprising:

  • Ms Leilani Frew, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Project and Financing Agency
  • Ms Kim Curtain, Interim Deputy Secretary, Trade, Tourism, Investment and Precincts, NSW Treasury
  • Dr Steven Kennedy PSM, Secretary, Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Mr Jason Loos, Director, Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria
  • Mr Neil Scales, Director-General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia many nominees stood out to the judging panel amongst all the other entries because of his extraordinary commitment to the infrastructure sector.

The judges found that nominees had proven to be a major asset and path-breaking engineer for the rail teams. His on-the-job mentoring of younger team members and his exceptional work at the forefront of infrastructure delivery was exemplary.

Moreover, Major Road Project Victoria’s Alexis Davidson won the Award for Women’s Achievement in Infrastructure.

Ms Davidson has had a long and successful career in infrastructure over the last two decades. The judging panel said they were particularly impressed by her strong leadership and mentorship of other female engineers in the sector.

The judges praised Ms Davidson for consistently delivering outstanding business cases and developing an impressive reputation for her innovative thinking and professionalism as a female engineer at the forefront of infrastructure delivery.

Board & Leadership:

The National Advisory Board is drawn from the most senior levels of the public and business sectors. It provides high level advice that shapes our research and informs our advocacy within Australia’s infrastructure policy debate.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Wins National Infrastructure Award

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, together with KPMG, have won the National Infrastructure Award for their role in advising BaptistCare in its partnership with the NSW Government and the Social and Affordable Housing Fund.

Both Corrs and KPMG advised BaptistCare on its successful bid for the NSW Government’s SAHF to deliver 500 new social and affordable units and tailored support services for a period of 25 years.

According to Corrs’ lead partner on the matter, Airlie Fox, “Through this partnership with the NSW Government, BaptistCare will be able to provide housing and tailored support to a significant number of additional seniors and single-parent families who are experiencing housing stress.

“Corrs was delighted to assist BaptistCare on its successful bid and we are grateful that our firm, and KPMG, were recognised by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia with this significant award.”

The Judging Panel awarded Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and KPMG, the Advisory Excellence Award because of “their leadership and collaboration with the NSW Government to improve services for vulnerable communities in a complex policy environment”.

The Corrs team lead by Airlie included partners David Warren, Clare Corke and Peter Calov, with Consultant Trevor Danos providing strategic advice throughout the process.

BaptistCare is a registered Community Housing Provider under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. The organisation has been providing affordable housing since 1953.

The SAHF is a key component of the NSW Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW strategy that will result in more social and affordable housing dwellings linked to tailored support, to help households gain independence.