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CCF WA’s Industry & Training Awards are the Western Australian civil construction industry’s annual celebration of individual and corporate achievement.

The Industry & Training Awards have grown in stature every year since their introduction more than 10 years ago. We now have 19 awards categories, which include our Training Awards, Individual Industry Awards and Corporate Industry Awards. A full list of categories can be found below and in our Industry & Training Awards Honour Roll.

The 2022 CCF WA Industry & Training Awards, proudly sponsored by WesTrac, were held on Friday May 20, 2022, 6:30pm - 11:30pm at Crown Perth.

Congratulations to the 2022 Industry & Training Award winners

Aboriginal Civil Trainee of the Year (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - George Narkle from Carey Group

George Narkle is a Whadjuk Nyoongar man from Perth who is keen to make a difference and be a leader in society. In his first year undertaking a Certificate IV Civil Construction Supervisor traineeship, he has had exposure to a wide array of projects covering roadworks to demolition, structural and civil construction, around the state from Esperance to Kambalda. In partnership with a leading supervisor he is currently overseeing the Southern Foreshore Landscaping project at the Two Rocks Marina. George has proven to be an asset to CareyMC, whether he’s inside advancing his technological and professional communication skills or out on site. George’s Operations Manager described him as a rare find and future leader, saying, ‘my biggest problem is that I don’t have two of him’.

Aboriginal Engagement Award (Sponsored by DevelopmentWA) - Fulton Hogan

The Fulton Hogan Southern Network Contract (SNC) team have displayed a genuine commitment to Aboriginal Participation, driven by the underlying philosophy that Aboriginal Participation is engagement in a respectful, equitable, ethical and long-term sustainable manner. The SNC team has helped Fulton Hogan achieve 71% growth in Aboriginal business expenditure from FY20 to FY21. The SNC team employ a full time Aboriginal Participation Coordinator (APC) to assist and advise on cultural matters and considerations. This role has been crucial in assisting and supporting Aboriginal businesses to set themselves up in both government and Fulton Hogan systems. In March 2021, the SNC launched an Aboriginal School Based Trainee (ASBT) Program, encouraging senior high school students to participate in one to two days of work per week and undertake a Certificate II in Civil Construction. In March 2022 the company celebrated its first ASBT to full-time trainee transfer. 

Aboriginal Enterprise Award (Sponsored by DevelopmentWA) - Carey Group

Carey Group Holdings is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal contracting groups, providing services to the mining, industry, and government sectors. Founded in 1995 by Wongutha man Daniel Tucker, the company has grown from a single contract joint venture operation in the Goldfields, to now providing services across Western Australia, South Australia, the Indian Ocean Territories, and the Northern Territory in the fields of: mining and rehabilitation; civil and infrastructure construction; and training (RTO) and apprentice hosting (GTO). Through the Bindjareb Program, Carey is working in partnership with the WA Department of Justice to provide a comprehensive educational and mentoring program for Aboriginal men currently engaged in the criminal justice system. Carey’s vision is to “create new horizons for Aboriginal people through business”. Over 70 Aboriginal people are employed by the group. Aboriginal people account for roles across all aspects of the business operation from corporate management to head office administration, from field supervisors to plant operators.

Administration Coordinator of the Year (Sponsored by Westrac) - Lisa Russell from BMD Constructions

Lisa plays a vital role in the business and her efficiency, attention to detail and excellent communication makes her an integral part of the success of BMD’s WA operations. Lisa’s thorough planning often sees her going above and beyond in her daily work and she constantly tweaks processes and efficiencies for the better. Lisa is a good listener who shows empathy to all her colleagues and communicates with vibrance and professionalism. Lisa believes that sharing useful knowledge benefits the entire team and prioritises the team’s success above her own. Lisa’s motto is ‘support the team, support the dream.’

Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - Gyce Little from RJV

Gyce commenced working for RJV in September 2020 as a mature age Apprentice Light Vehicle Mechanic. Though he had no previous mechanical experience, Gyce expressed great enthusiasm for the opportunity. Gyce consistently shows a clear interest in listening, learning, and absorbing the information being offered to him. Gyce’s career goals include obtaining his HR license, fire suppression certificate and air-con license that will allow him to be more effective in his role. Gyce will be a great mentor and role model for future apprentices joining the RJV team.

Certificate II Trainee of the Year (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - Jozsef Everingham from Motivation Foundation Ltd

Jozsef achieved Student of the Year for the Southwest Collie Civil and Mining Academy. Jozsef always showed outstanding leadership skills within the team, was always punctual and made himself available to assist other students experiencing difficulty within the course. Jozsef showed an applied, positive, can-do attitude and took pride in himself, his machines, and his work. Jozsef’s Project Manager said, ‘Joe consistently displays a positive attitude around the workplace and towards his day-to-day tasks which is most pleasing. Combined with his eagerness to learn, he is a valuable member of the JAK Civil team’.

Certificate III Trainee of the Year (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - Ben Connell from Georgiou

Ben is a highly respected Plant Operator on Georgiou’s Leach Welshpool Alliance project. He commenced his Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations in June 2021 after being identified as a great operator with potential to become one of Georgiou’s best all-round Plant Operators. One of Ben’s greatest attributes is his ability to problem solve. When Ben finds a problem, whether that’s in relation to his day-to-day roles, safety or his traineeship, Ben demonstrates the ability to address the problem head on and easily finds a solution. Ben is an invaluable member of the team who is extremely productive and safe on site.

Certificate IV Trainee of the Year (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - Michael Kerrigan from Fulton Hogan

Mick is an extremely focussed, driven and ambitious employee whose attention to detail and organisational skills are a standout. Mick is continually trying to raise the bar, not only personally, but also professionally across the team. He received high praise from a client after delivering the best grader laid project within a high-quality programme of work. Mick has been able to combine his practical knowledge with the more formal theory component of the traineeship to propel his own growth and career forward within Fulton Hogan and the Civil Construction Industry.

Engineer of the Year (Sponsored by Motivation Foundation) - Bradley Saunders from Ertech

After recently being promoted to Senior Project Engineer in September 2021, Bradley was made project lead for the delivery of the $12 million Onslow Community Boating Precinct Project. Bradley has excelled in every aspect of his role thanks to his attention to detail and excellent communication skills. Prior to commencing the project, Bradley designed a temporary earth bund, complete with active wellpoint and open-pump dewatering systems, to protect the work area from the influence of tides. This allowed work to be performed up to 7.5 metres below high tide level, with 70% of the dredging and rock revetment scopes able to be completed in dry conditions. Additionally, the entirety of the boat ramp construction was performed in the dry, hugely improving safety and efficiency.

Engineer of the Year (Sponsored by Motivation Foundation) - Jack Sweeney from Melchor

Jack is a dedicated young civil engineer who embraces new technologies, processes, and ways of thinking. Jack has an excellent understanding of project programs. He can identify critical path activities and manage these activities in complex target schedules using Primavera P6. Not limited to working behind a screen, Jack can deliver these activities in the field through the management of large groups of multi-disciplined resources. Jack has been responsible for generating a meticulous Quality Assurance regime for Melchor projects, achieved through effective communication with QA managers and client representatives. Jack has the maturity and disposition of a much older professional. Leveraging the working relationships he fosters, he has successfully coached leading hands in design delivery, temporary works requirements and programme impact.

Environmental Achievement Award (Sponsored by Enviro Plant Hire) - Enviro Infrastructure

Enviro Infrastructure undertook the detailed design, fabrication and installation of a landmark fitness staircase structure at Whitfords Nodes Park in Hillarys, an area of high environmental significance for local environmental and coastal action groups. Enviro Infrastructure worked with the client, the design team and steel supplier to implement substantiality in design principles across the design and procurement cycle. By exchanging high impact elements for low impact, high strength steel components, Enviro Infrastructure minimised environmental impacts. By proposing an alternative screw pile design using high strength Australian steel, Enviro Infrastructure were able to eliminate the use of over 22 cubic metres of concrete. Enviro worked with its crane contractors to develop a lift plan and load schedule that would allow lifts to clear the two protected Tuart trees which frame the staircase.

Plant Operator of the Year (Sponsored by CJD Equipment) - Klemm Dykes from W.A. Limestone

Klemm Dykes has over 25 years’ experience in the logging, quarrying and civil construction industry. In the past decade while working at WA Limestone, he has completed rock excavation and installation in some of the most challenging coastal environments in the state. Most recently Klemm has worked on the Ocean Reef Marina project, where he is successfully completing some of the most difficult rock placement in the industry, carefully selecting and placing granite rocks up to 20 tonnes in size, while ensuring they are interlocked with the adjoining rocks and are within the design profile. Klemm is a reliable employee who is passionate about the work he completes, and excels in the project challenges that are given to him on a regular basis.

Project Manager of the Year (Sponsored by Major Motors ISUZU) - Aaron Livingstone from BMD Constructions

As the longest serving BMD employee in Western Australia, Aaron has been an integral part of BMD’S success for seven years. With 18 years in construction, Aaron brings deep experience to his role. Over the past 16 months, Aaron has been Project Manager on one of Perth’s largest projects, the $215 million Mitchell Freeway Extension JV. Under Aaron’s leadership, his team are empowered to share responsibility as well as success. He creates a structure in which everyone is accountable and respected. Aaron’s experience and capabilities ensures he readily gains support and respect from stakeholders. Aaron always gives 110% to improve the business in WA and invests his time in advising others, improving the business and its processes. This creates better outcomes for project and estimating teams.

Safety Coordinator of the Year (Sponsored by PSC Insurance Brokers) - Ben Derry from Georgiou

Since joining Georgiou’s infrastructure business unit as an HSE Advisor in 2013, Ben has worked his way through to Senior HSE Advisor and was promoted to HSE Coordinator in 2021. Ben is committed to driving Georgiou’s safety culture and ensuring its people have the skills and support they need to do the same. In 2021, Georgiou enrolled their Infrastructure Supervisors in a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety to further their ability to foster a safe work environment. Ben took it upon himself to personally coach five of those supervisors through to successful completion of the qualification. This type of involvement is typical of Ben’s approach to health and safety and he continually promotes selfless and genuine behaviour.

Safety Program of the Year (Sponsored by PSC Insurance Brokers) - East Kimberley Civil & Plant

When East Kimberley Civil and Plant (EKCP) commenced operation, it wanted to establish the business as leaders in the civil industry by offering clients safety and quality. EKCP developed a comprehensive Safety Management System. The company developed extensive training packages and delivered these monthly as new systems were ready for rollout. Ongoing training and feedback sessions allows employees to value add to the programs and suggest any changes that need making. EKCP established safety champions/employee leaders who would on-teach other employees using a buddy mentor system. As the company grew, new employees were shown all the systems from the commencement of their employment. Its motto is “safety is our mobs responsibility” and its value is “proud to belong”. When tendering for work, safety systems form up to 40% of the evaluation and they knew to win large civil works, they needed to perform well in this area. As a result of these systems EKCP have recently won a shoulder repair contract in Gnowangerup.

Site Supervisor of the Year (Sponsored by Before you Dig Australia) - Michael Watts from Whittens

Mick Watts has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked on some of Australia’s major projects. Within his time at Whittens, Mick has worked on some of the most successful projects, subsequently leading to success in securing further work with major clients . Mick’s knowledge of the fundamentals of civil and earthworks pairs well with his insight to other aspects of how a job needs to run, from manning to budgets, HSE issues and project constraints, and everything in between. Mick understands that completing a successful project starts from the ground up, so takes the time to work with each member of his crew to get the most out of them. Whittens are honoured to have Mick within the business and would like to commend his efforts.

Training Coordinator of the Year (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - Jason Stern from Georgiou

Jason is the Learning and Indigenous Engagement Manager at Georgiou, designing, implementing and delivering all learning, development and training requirements for employees. Jason also heads up the Indigenous engagement approach for Georgiou, sitting on the company’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee and steering the Community RAP Working Group. The training culture at Georgiou has completely transformed under Jason’s leadership and its impacts are seen beyond Georgiou. In 2021, Jason was the lead for submitting a proposal to OMTID to employ long-term unemployed people in construction roles on the Leach Welshpool Alliance.

Training Employer of the Year  (Sponsored by the Construction Training Fund) - Georgiou Group

At Georgiou, there is a great emphasis on the development of employees with a program to suit any employee in any position. All development programs can be modified to suit the career path the employee would like to take. Georgiou’s dedicated Learning and Development team oversee all programs, reviewing, developing and adapting them as required. In 2021, Georgiou had 67 Trainees and Apprentices in Civil Construction, Heavy Plant, Engineering and Business. On projects that require Priority Start, Georgiou leads by example and far exceeds the training requirements for those projects, while providing training and guidance to subcontractors – which is unique in our industry. Georgiou was the first construction company in the Perth Metropolitan area to have a customised Infrastructure Ready program, run in partnership with Main Roads on the Leach Welshpool Alliance project. Once completing the program, several attendees were offered full-time employment, with 10 commencing on the Leach Welshpool Alliance project and being placed onto a Certificate III in Civil Construction Apprenticeship.

Women in Civil Award (Sponsored by Kais Hire) - Alyssa Nixon-Lloyd from Fulton Hogan

Alyssa is a Project Manager in Albany where she leads maintenance and minor capital works delivery in the Great Southern as part of Fulton Hogan’s Southern Network Contract, managing both in-house delivery and sole subcontracted packages from vegetation management to greenfield road construction, with remote locations and complex commercial, contractual and socioeconomic issue to manage. Alyssa oversees a team of engineers, superintendents, supervisors and a works manager to deliver high quality, productive and safe project outcomes. She is known as a professional, patient and compassionate leader, mentors a graduate engineer in her team, and supports the Aboriginal trainees and employees with the Great Southern Region.

Women in Civil Award (Sponsored by Kais Hire) - Courtney Wieffering from Valmec

Courtney joined the Valmec human resources team in early 2020, providing recruitment and mobilisation support to the Valmec Group of Companies, its subcontractors and valued clients. In her role, Courtney coordinates large numbers of people onto various sites across the country where she liaises with customers to understand and comply with site access requirements. Courtney exceeds expectations through commitment and dedication to her role, working additional hours when needed to ensure people make it onto site on time and compliant. This commitment means Valmec’s projects are properly staffed so the business can deliver projects on time and budget.

Workplace Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by PSC Insurance Brokers) - Buckby Contracting

Buckby Contracting maintains a strong OHS management system to successfully comply with ISO45001 and support a safe working environment for staff, clients, contractors and suppliers, with effective communication methods identified as they key to company success. Employees are involved in the decision-making process related to safety, where their feedback is used to strengthen current procedures and policies. Buckby Contracting’s Safe Work Method Statements (SMWS) are a perfect example of how this feedback is used effectively. These documents have been created and maintained by site workers, supervisors and site engineers over many years with advice and support provided by OHS management to ensure ongoing compliance. This process allows the content of these SWMS to remain relevant, continuously understood and applied to all daily activities on site.

Amy Langan - CATS Corporation

Kerrie McNevin - Fulton Hogan

Stacey Roberts - Whittens

Lisa Russell - BMD Constructions

Nick Arena - Whittens

Peter Brown - Allstate Kerbing & Concrete

Aaron Livingstone - BMD Constructions

Alyssa Nixon-Lloyd - Fulton Hogan

Hannah Bethall - Central Earthmoving

Cj Devereaux - Civilspec Resources

Claire Harrison - Brooks Access

Kristy Havelberg - Tonkin Gap Alliance

Lauren Kenney - Georgiou Group

Hadiah Mojaddidi - Melchor Contracting

Alyssa Nixon-Lloyd - Fulton Hogan

Pritina Shrestha - Whittens

Fiona Smith - Halo Civil

Courtney Wieffering - Valmec

Luke Chadwick - CATS Corporation

Rajesh Chawda - Whittens

Lazar Cirkovic - Valmec

Peter De Jong - Tonkin Gap Alliance

Bradley Saunders - Ertech

Jack Sweeney - Melchor Contracting

Matt Upton - Tonkin Gap Alliance

Sophie Brett - Ertech

Ben Derry - Georgiou Group

Kieran Jessup - Whittens

Darrell Cumming - The Consolidated Group

Klemm Dykes - WA Limestone

David Leslie - Buckby Contracting

Patrick Maloney - Georgiou Group

Bruce McLeay - DM Civil

Jared O'Dowd - Whittens

Jye Pedretti - Fulton Hogan

Dale Appleby - DM Civil

Eric Coughlan - Tonkin Gap Alliance

Rebecca Harding - Fulton Hogan

John Patey - BMD Construction

Kevin Russell - Melchor Contracting

Adam Sofoulis - Georgiou Group

Michael Watts - Whittens

Joey Young - Whittens

Industry Awards (Corporate)

Fulton Hogan

Georgiou Group

CPB Contractors

East Kimberley Civil & Plant

Fulton Hogan


Carey Group Holdings

Buckby Contracting

Enviro Infrastructure

Fulton Hogan

Mitchell Extension JV

Training Awards

Dale Backshell - Nudge/Georgiou

Deba Cook - Tonkin Gap Alliance

Mable Cuttabutt - Nudge/Laing O'Rourke

Troy Garlett - Nudge/Laing O'Rourke

Anthony Martin - Fulton Hogan

George Narkle - Carey Group Holdings

Ky SMith - Nudge/Laing O'Rourke

Alyssa Di lanzo - Motivation Foundation

Clarke Doolan - Motivation Foundation

Jozsef Everingham - Motivation Foundation

The Consolidated Group

Georgiou Group

Terra Firma Laboratories

Ben Donovan - WA Limestone

Cain Earnshaw - WA Limestone

Gyce Little - RJV

Ross Brown - HIQA

Ben Connell - Georgiou Group

Ethan Roydhouse - Buckby Contracting

Jason Stern - Georgiou Group

Kate Tsorvas - The Consolidated Group

Stephen Hearn - Georgiou Group

Michael Kerrigan - Fulton Hogan

Industry & Training Awards 2021

Joshua Roche (centre) accepts his Apprentice of the Year Award from Tiffany Allen (CTF) and Hon. Sue Ellery MLA.

The Awards reached a record 68 nominees across 18 categories in 2021, with the winners announced at the Industry & Training Awards Gala Dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre's Bellevue Ballroom on Friday, April 16, 2021. Read about the winners and finalists or view photos from the event by following the links below. 

CCF WA Industry & Training Awards Honour Roll


  • 2018 – Noni Clark, BMD Group
  • 2019 – Ruth Dixon, Fulton Hogan
  • 2020 – Karen Van der Walt, Georgiou Group


  • 2016 – Irfan Majeed, Brierty
  • 2017 – Mitchell Rosher, Ertech
  • 2018 – Sam Collins, Georgiou
  • 2019 – Rory O’Connor, Westforce Construction
  • 2020 – Fionnan Beirne, BMD Constructions and Tessa McGrath, DM Civil


  • 2016 – Toby Taylor, Georgiou
  • 2017 – Trevor MacKell, Ertech
  • 2018 – Ben Shaw, Valmec
  • 2019 – Grant Craven, DM Civil
  • 2020 – Declan Tobin, Ertech


  • 2016 – Vince Greco, WA Limestone
  • 2017 – David Parker, DM Civil
  • 2018 – David Saliakos, Rob Carr
  • 2019 – David Shaw, Altona Plumbing & Civil
  • 2020 – Vincent DiChiera, Enviro Infrastructure


  • 2016 – Steven Carbone, Carbone Bros
  • 2017 – Mark Lee, Georgiou
  • 2018 – Joe Sorohan, Westforce Construction
  • 2019 – Steve Chambers, WA Limestone
  • 2020 – Richard Haddow, DM Civil


  • 2011 – Felipe Soto
  • 2012 – Stuart Bond
  • 2013 – Laurie Brown
  • 2014 – Tristan Dudman
  • 2015 – Marty Bertuleit, Densford Civil
  • 2016 – Ryan Knight, DM Civil
  • 2018 – Matt Beezley, WBHO Infrastructure
  • 2019 – Carlos Huizinga, WBHO Infrastructure
  • 2020 – Brad Cole, RJV


  • 2011 – Jacqueline Outram
  • 2012 – Sharon Kais
  • 2013 – Erin Studsor
  • 2014 – Belinda Shepherd
  • 2015 – Jessica O’Donnell, Tasman Civil
  • 2016 – Cheng Rolfe, DM Civil
  • 2017 – Aimee Crofton, Valmec
  • 2018 – KJ Hall, WBHO Infrastructure
  • 2019 – Jazzmin Stevenson, Downer Group and Lenore Brooks, Brooks Hire
  • 2020 – Tanya Johnson, Red Dust Holdings


  • 2010 – Ertech
  • 2011 – Georgiou
  • 2012 – Brierty
  • 2013 – Brierty
  • 2014 – Brierty
  • 2015 – Brierty
  • 2016 – Central Earthmoving
  • 2017 – Central Earthmoving
  • 2018 – BMD Group
  • 2019 – Central Earthmoving
  • 2020 – Central Earthmoving


  • 2019 – CD Drilling
  • 2020 – Altona Group


  • 2018 – Buckby Contracting for its Annual Recognition Program
  • 2019 – Ertech
  • 2020 – Melchor


  • 2011 – Underground Services
  • 2012 – Central Earthmoving
  • 2013 – DM Civil
  • 2014 – DM Civil
  • 2015 – DM Civil
  • 2016 – Fulton Hogan
  • 2017 – CAPE
  • 2018 – BMD Group
  • 2019 – WBHO Infrastructure
  • 2020 – Buckby Contracting


  • 2013 – David Starr
  • 2014 – Kurtis t’Hart
  • 2015 – Brodie Reeve
  • 2016 – Danika Alexander
  • 2019 – Renee Hayman
  • 2020 – Cheyenne Cherry


  • 2010 – Cid Richards
  • 2011 – Brent Fairlie
  • 2012 – Jim Naumoski
  • 2013 – Jason James
  • 2014 – Andrew Fisher
  • 2015 – Brendan Griffiths, Fulton Hogan
  • 2016 – Simon Partridge, Buckby Contracting
  • 2017 – George Albanis, Buckby Contracting
  • 2018 – Joel Hinton, Buckby Contracting
  • 2019 – Aaron Watts, Buckby Contracting and Brendan Peoples, Rob Carr
  • 2020 – Ericka Maxwell, Traffic Force and Andrew Joynt, Buckby Contracting


  • 2010 – Michael Sinclair
  • 2011 – Brad Lanciano
  • 2012 – Allan Coupland
  • 2013 – Mark Lee
  • 2014 – Justin Hanley”
  • 2015 – Clifford Dawson, Georgiou Group
  • 2016 – Tim Baines, Densford Civil
  • 2017 – Shane Mannion, Asphaltech
  • 2019 – Bonnie Lucas, Georgiou Group
  • 2020 – Peter McGowan, BMD Constructions


  • 2010 – Allan Cooper
  • 2011 – Kristopher Barton
  • 2012 – Hiroshi Masatora
  • 2013 – Brendan Bell
  • 2014 – Nathaniel McGuire
  • 2019 – Ladell Nakachi, Downer Group
  • 2020 – Blair Anderson, Fulton Hogan


  • 2010 – Southern Road Services
  • 2011 – Traffic Management S/W
  • 2012 – Georgiou Group
  • 2013 – Fulton Hogan
  • 2014 – Wormall Civil
  • 2015 – Georgiou Group
  • 2016 – Georgiou Group
  • 2017 – Georgiou Group
  • 2018 – Ertech
  • 2019 – Georgiou Group
  • 2020 – Georgiou Group


  • 2019 – Tamara Verelst
  • 2020 – Dann Evans

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