News & Views

21st November 2016

2016 National Excellence Awards

18 Nov 2016

Yesterday, the nation’s best electrical and communications projects were recognised at the annual electrical and communications industry’s Excellence Awards, hosted by the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

State winners from across Australia attended this year’s event at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra and heard from guest speaker, Senator Bridget McKenzie, the Chair of Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee about skills development, reforms to the Vocational Education and Training sector and the need for the return of the Austrian Building and Construction Commission.

Six Victorian projects, one New South Wales project, one Australian Capital Territory project and three Western Australia projects received the top national awards in front of 300 industry representatives including contractors, educators and government representatives. New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania also received commendations on projects that were narrowly beaten by the overall category winners.

“We saw a fantastic range of projects this year,” said Suresh Manickam, NECA CEO.  “So it was even more challenging for our judges to decide on the national winners”

“NECA thanks all the national finalists, congratulates the 2016 winners and acknowledges the ongoing support of the industry in making the Awards such a resounding success – particularly our sponsors,” he concluded.

The winning and commended projects are listed below:

Winners

Category

Company

State

Project Name

 

1

Domestic Residence

Argus Technologies Solutions

VIC

Private Residence - Sandringham

 

2

Contracting Business

Recips

VIC

Box Hill Institute of TAFE Lilydale Campus

 

3

Energy Efficiency and Environment

Martin Donnelly

ACT

1 Canberra Ave

 

4

Lighting Project

Gordon McKay

VIC

Pakenham Racecourse Night Racing Lighting

 

5

Industrial – Small Project

Nilsen

WA

Perth Airport T1 Ring Main Unit Replacement

 

6

Industrial – Medium Project

Gordon McKay

VIC

Primary Electrical Distribution Replacement and Central Distribution Unit 3 High Voltage Upgrade

 

7

Industrial – Large Project

Downer EC&M

WA

Yandi Sustaining Project – Electrical Works

 

8

Voice/Data

Programmed Electrical Technologies

VIC

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

 

9

Commercial - Small Project

Kerfoot

NSW

Australian National Maritime Museum Warships Pavilion

 

10

Commercial - Medium Project

Fredon Electrical

WA

ALDI Distribution Centre Jandakot

 

11

Commercial - Large Project

Downer EDI Engineering Electrical

VIC

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

 

Commendations

Category

Company

State

Project Name

 5

Industrial – Small Project

Kerfoot

NSW

The Plasser Rail Redevelopment

6

Industrial – Medium Project

RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

TAS

Hydro Tasmania Fisher Power Station Upgrade

 
11

Commercial - Large Project

Shepherd Electrical

ACT

AFP Forensics Facility Majura

 

-ENDS-

Media enquiries and interviews

Barry Jackson – National Marketing and Communications

barry.jackson@neca.asn.au

D 02 9962 6904

M 0457 767 328

Andrew Jefferies – National Policy and Submissions

andrew.jefferies@neca.asn.au

D 02 9962 6903

M 0458 726 355

Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 50,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its RTOs and GTOs in NSW, VIC & WA, the EcoSmart Electricians initiative and ACRS – one of the national cabling registrars, and has a joint venture with a superannuation company in NSW (NESS Super).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
  8. For further information go to www.neca.asn.au.

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