2017

Safe Work and Return to Work Award, a demonstration of safety leadership

Aquatec Maxcon Group is proud to announce our Maxcon Industries employee, Bruce O’Grady, won the “Injured worker achievement award” at the Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards 2017.  Bruce was also a finalist in the “Best demonstrated leadership in return to work” award.

This year, 167 organisations and individuals entered the Awards, with everyone involved having demonstrated their commitment to keeping Queensland workers healthy and safe, or getting those that are injured, back to meaningful work. Bruce O'Grady

Bruce was crushed in a forklift incident and suffered four fractured vertebrae, collapsed lungs, a broken pelvis, fractured ribs, damaged spleen and liver, crushed nerves from the waist down and partial bowel removal, as well as ongoing complications.   

With the support of company management and a positive attitude about his rehabilitation, Bruce has made a remarkable recovery, pushing himself to ensure his rehabilitation goals were met.  Bruce has now returned to work full time.

Trent Court, Yard Supervisor Maxcon Industries, said “It takes a very special person with determination to be able to turn a catastrophic injury into a positive outcome for himself, his family and his workplace. Well done to all involved.”

While Bruce was injured, he completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to assist in the role as a trainer for Maxcon Industries and the Aquatec Maxcon Group. The effect of Bruce’s incident and return to work has been that people are more aware of their working environment and are more proactive about safety. Bruce often speaks candidly to current and new staff about his injuries and the importance of safety in the workplace.   Bruce said “Management backed me from day one.  They were fantastic.”

Aquatec Maxcon Group would like to congratulate Bruce on both his significant recovery and winning this award.  We welcome him back to work and highly value his contribution and demonstrated safety leadership.

To view Bruce’s story, click here on youtube.
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Bruce O’Grady with his wife Kerry (Center), with the first responders to his injuries; members of the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Maxcon Industries colleagues.  

Receiving QAS certificates of appreciation for their first responder work in attending Bruce O’Grady’s injuries.

Maxcon Industries employees  L to R:  Chris Aitken, Scott Blackwell, Drew Hebbron (QAS), Dale Ward and and Trent Court.

Photographs courtesy of Work Safe Queensland and Queensland Ambulance Service


Aquatec Maxcon selected for Sydney Water’s Odour Control Facility at Riverstone WWTP

Sydney Water, has selected Aquatec Maxcon for the Odour Control Facilities at Riverstone Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), NSW.   

Aquatec Maxcon is proud to be the exclusive BioAir partner in delivering Odour Control Systems within Australia and New Zealand and Sydney Water has selected the formidable combined excellent performance of BioAir’s state of the art Biotrickling filters with Aquatec Maxcon’s reliable delivery.

To date, Aquatec Maxcon have installed eight Bio Air Odour Control Systems, including at Yarra Valley Water’s award-winning Waste to Energy plant and Tooheys Industrial WWTP.  In addition, Redland City Council has been a repeat customer, having three BioAir Odour Control Facilities installed over the past three years.

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Photograph courtesy of BioAir





Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade wins Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

At the 2017 Australian Water Association’s Annual Queensland Gala Dinner, Aquatec Maxcon, along with South Burnett Regional Council, won the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for the successful delivery of the Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) upgrade.

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Peter Ferrando, Aquatec Maxcon Director, said “Kingaroy WWTP is our first Nereda® Plant in Australia and to have the Water Industry recognise our achievement in delivering this job is encouraging. I am extremely proud that  the design was delivered with our core in-house engineering team of Process, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (MPA Engineering) with support from Cardno, as the Civil Designers. Our Group is capable of accomplishing great outcomes and delivering industry leading projects.”

Kingaroy WWTP has achieved exceptional effluent quality together with significant reductions in both capital and operating expenses. It has also received special recognition by the Dutch Government which issued a postage stamp celebrating the relationship between Australia and The Netherlands.

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Aerobic Granular Sludge, Nereda® technology has become a sustainable alternative to activated sludge processes and is gaining worldwide prominence in the water industry with the largest plant under design in Dublin with a capacity in excess of 2million EP. Aquatec Maxcon is the exclusive partner of Royal Haskoning DHV, the technology provider for Nereda®.

Aquatec Maxcon has been on the forefront of several successful introductions of innovative wastewater technologies to Australia including diffused air oxidation ditches, fine bubble membrane air diffusers and membrane bioreactors, among others that are now considered industry standard. Over the last ten years, Aquatec Maxcon has invested in excess of $20 million in research and development and is continually improving to find sustainable technologies for the Industry.

Click here to view the Australian Water Association Media Release.

Photos courtesy of the Australian Water Association

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Yarra Valley Water announced as finalist in 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Yarra Valley Water has been announced as a finalist in the Environmental Protection category for this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for development of their Waste to Energy Facility at Wollert in Melbourne’s North.

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The interim Chief Executive of Sustainability Victoria, Stephanie Ziersch, praised the team for their creative and insightful work towards building a more sustainable environment.  “Delivering these Awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new models of sustainability.

“These Awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community." 

To combat the effects of drought, Yarra Valley Water constructed a waste to energy facility next to the Aurora Sewage Treatment and Recycled Water Treatment Plants.  Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Yarra Valley Water to develop and design the plant and completed construction in December 2016.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, will personally select the winners of the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award, which will be presented at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 26 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne.

For more information on the Awards and finalists, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

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