News & Views

11th August 2017

NECA TAS 2017 Excellence and Apprentice Awards

The best Tasmanian electrical and communications contractors and apprentices were recognised at the annual electrical industry Excellence and Apprentice Awards hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Finalists were presented in front of 210 industry representatives including contractors, suppliers, educators and government representatives at the pinnacle showcase of the electrical and communications industry at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart on 5 August.

NECA Tasmania President, Wayne Hobson congratulated the winning companies and apprentices for their excellence and commitment to the industry in Tasmania.

“We really appreciate the time our members put into submitting their projects for our awards. We saw some particularly impressive projects this year, and it’s a real pleasure to acknowledge the great work that NECA members have done across Tasmania. We also congratulate our apprentices. They are the future of our industry and this year’s finalists were a very impressive group of individuals”, said Mr Hobson.

Excellence Awards Winners




Lighting Project

Contact Electrical

Morrison St. Street Lighting Upgrade

Commercial Small Project

RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

TasWater North West Regional Offices

Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual Project

Contact Electrical

Project Unite

Industrial Small Project

RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Liapootah Power Stateion Generator Power Cable Replacement

Industrial Medium Project

RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

TasWater Infrastructure Upgrade, Lady Barron Whitemark & Mole Creek


Commendation - Commercial Small Project

Degree C - for “Dan Murphy’s Store” 

Commendation - Commercial Small Project

Shane Hill Electrical - for “Hill Street Grocer”

Commendation for Industrial Medium Project

Klimate Solutions - for “Macquarie Hotel, Ibis Styles, Mechanical Electrical & Building Management System Controls”

Apprentice Awards Winners



Employer/Host Company


Gerry Dallas

NECA Education and Careers /AS Farr


Zane Bewg

NECA Education and Careers/Frontline Electrical


Runner Up – Commercial Domestic Category

David Pilgrim

Employed by NECA Education and Careers

Hosted by RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

3rd Place – Commercial Domestic Category

Marcus Dobson

Employed by NECA Education and Careers

Hosted by RBD Electrical & Instrumentation


Winning Projects

Contact Electrical

Lighting Project – Morrison Street, Street Lighting Upgrade

As part of the City of Hobart’s urban renewal project, Contact Electrical installed street, seat and decorative lighting in Morrison Street in Hobart’s historic waterfront precinct. The provision of the new lighting and power infrastructure required complex forward planning to ensure the works could be completed whilst maintaining public access.

Contact Electrical’s works included mains cabling, concealed power outlets, lighting poles and a new switchboard concealed within a cultural bollard. Existing in ground infrastructure had to be located, assessed and removed if redundant, while several cable pits and conduits had to be raised due to tidal flooding in the area.


RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Commercial Small Project – TasWater North West Regional Offices.

The North-West regional office for TasWater in Devonport consists of 1833m2 of primarily open plan office space, with 120 work stations, along with private offices, meeting and training rooms, and amenities. The building also houses a communications room, electrical switch room and an external building for the generator and MSB.

The main electrical contract was completed to a customer appointed engineer’s design, whilst the HVAC portion of work was undertaken as a design / construct project in conjunction with a mechanical services contractor. RBD encountered numerous design changes during the project and had the opportunity to provide key technical advice.


Contact Electrical

Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual Project – Project Unite

The Federal Group installed a new Gaming Management System at both Casinos in Tasmania, transitioning to the new e-Bet system. 800 gaming machines, grouped in 80 banks, were moved to the new system in less than three months. Contact’s works included power and communications infrastructure to service the new system.

The Electronic Gaming Machines, or EGMs, are mounted on bases that have wiring access between all functional units. Contact installed cable trays, services poles to each bank, soft wired DGPO’s, switches, fibre optic interface boards, and a multimode OM4 and a single mode fibre backbone and CAT6A horizontal copper system.


RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Industrial Small Project -- Liapootah Power Station Generator Power Cable Replacement.

Outages to the public owned Hydro Tasmania power generators are costly. RBD replaced the three hydro power 31MVA generator set 11kV power cables. Each generator connection consisted of 6, 630mm single core paper and lead cables, laid in a trefoil configuration, running for 150 metres through the HV cable tunnel.

The old lead cables were safely disposed of and RBD laid temporary HV cables outside the cable tunnel to keep one machine in operation during the replacement of the other generator cables. RBD finished the challenging project 10 days ahead of schedule, helping maintain revenue from the power station.


RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Industrial Medium Project – TasWater Infrastructure Upgrade, Lady Barron Whitemark & Mole Creek.

As part of its ongoing program of capital upgrades, TasWater commissioned new Potable Water Treatment Plants to be built on Flinders Island and at Mole Creek in North West Tasmania. RBD was required to design, supply and install all aspects of motive distribution required for the new plant and equipment.

During the project, work crews stayed on Flinders Island, while the Mole Creek plant meant 3 hours daily travel to and from the site. The projects encountered bushfires, flooding, snow and wind, resulting in flight delays and road closures – meaning working hours and fatigue levels needed to be managed carefully.




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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 100,000 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 Legal firm, Group Training and the NECA Colleges (in WA) and EcoSmart Electricians – and has joint ventures with a superannuation company (NSW) and one of the national cabling registrars (ACRS).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
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