SGQ Sunshine Coast Update – July 2024

The past quarter has seen the Sunshine Coast team be successful in winning two local TMR projects which fills the books through the remainder of 2024: 

  • 2036 – CN22190 – DRFA Event 22F/I – TMR North Coast Remediation Package 2 – $9mil 
  • 2037 – CN21611 – Eumundi-Noosa Road (Wide Centre Line Treatment) – $16mil 

As a result the teams have transitioned out of tendering mode, and are now well and truly into delivery mode. Coming into winter, hopefully the poor start to the year with abysmal weather is behind us, and crews can get busy before usual summer storm season returns. TMR have released new specifications for Community Liaison and WHS which add additional administration for our teams on TMR projects. These specifications are currently being applied to both projects. 

Project Spotlight   

Eumundi Noosa Road Upgrade  

SGQ have commenced works on our awarded Eumundi-Noosa Road Upgrade in June. The project will improve safety along the 2.4km stretch focusing on shoulder – center line widening and hazard removal for the road, which experiences approx. 17,000 vehicles per day with a significant historic crash history.      

The project team commenced early works in late May including site establishment, set out of critical environment & cultural heritage protection zones. The project is situated adjacent to sensitive environmental and cultural heritage sites requiring key planning and preparations to set out and demarcate protected zones as well ensure all staff are adequately inducted to the specific site requirements. An abundance of existing underground infrastructure has required expert excavation management including extensive vacuum excavation and to progress safely. The team has complete its first swing of night shift with the construction of site access points, service location, and clearing works complete.  

The crew is currently focusing on continued earthworks on the left-hand side of E-Noosa Road into July and has combined into day shift only for this stage of works, with night shift required intermittently throughout delivery due to traffic volumes. Upcoming works will also involve earthworks on the right hand side, as well as drainage and cement modified pavement works. 

The project has taken on a paperless quality assurance system through our existing Civil Pro software. Project Engineer / CQR Steven Brown has taken the lead, working closely with our Project Administrator and Software Provider to set up the project for success.

DRFA Pkg 2 (Disaster Recovery / Flood Resilience)  

Our Project crew have commenced Site mobilisation and initial site works in mid-June for the awarded DRFA project on behalf of TMR.  

The project involves over 55 separate work sites of varying scopes/treatments for effective Flood Repair and Resilience across a large footprint of South East QLD with locations extending to North to the Kin Kin, West to Esk/Kilcoy and South to Samford Valley/Mt Glorious.  

The work scopes include a number of treatments and applications to repair and improve resilience of road verges and batters, majority on steep sites. The scope of works is inclusive of: 

  • Scaling and excavation of slope faces 
  • Installation of Rock Fall Mesh and rock bolts/soil nails  
  • Shotcrete 
  • Grouted rock pitching 
  • Rock protection works including steel wire mattresses 
  • Installation of erosion control matting and hydromulch 
  • Cleaning table drains & culverts 
  • Pavement reconstruction  
  • Road furniture installation 
  • Tree Felling and Vegetation Management 

The works present unique challenges to our usual road projects, requiring a number of specialist personnel and equipment for delivery such as EWP’s and Rope Access for Work at Heights, Long Reach Excavators, specialist Ground Engineering subcontractors and effective traffic control to manage the narrow and winding mountain range type routes.  

The project is on a tight deadline expected for completion by the end of 2024 

Special Congratulations

SGQ wish to give a special congratulations to our long-standing Senior Supervisor – Paul Thompson. Paul has recently achieved his Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety, adding to his robust list of existing civil construction qualifications and experience.  

Paul has worked hard for SGQ and contributed greatly to the success of many projects over his time, now in his 14th year with the company since 2011! Paul is noted for his consistently positive attitude toward Workplace Health and Safety onsite & his new qualification broadens his capability to nominate as a dedicated WHS Representative on required TMR projects.      

When asked what he enjoys about working for SGQ and his longevity with the company, Paul nominated the family-oriented culture, the fact he’s never felt like a number & the personable qualities between colleagues that stems directly from the owners Mark and Bob.      

His 2 favorite projects to have been a part of during his time were 

  • Behms Creek, Jacobs Well Bridge Reconstruction (2016-2017) 
  • Gatton-Laidley Area, Pavements Rehabilitation (2013-2014) 

New Additions  

Congratulations to Senior Project Engineer Michael Stone & partner Grace for the birth of their baby daughter – Atlin. We wish them all the best entering the next exciting phase of their lives – parenthood! 

New Starters  

We extend a warm welcome to the following new staff members to our Sunny Coast region over the last couple of months, and look forward to seeing them progress in their perspective roles: 

  • Josh Parker – Senior Project Engineer  
  • Joe Salafai – Civil Supervisor  
  • Jordan Sterling – Project Engineer   
  • Tahnee Parsons – Undergraduate Engineer 
  • Nadia Kemp – WHS/Tendering 
  • Jake Waters – Civil Construction Labourer 
  • Kris Stoufis – Civil Construction Labourer