Aquatec Maxcon announced as 2017 Business of the Year

On Saturday 4th November, Aquatec Maxcon Group was announced as the winner of Business of the Year at the 2017 City of Ipswich Business Awards, presented by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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There were over 450 nominations across nine categories for the awards, which highlighted the diversity and depth of talent within the broader Ipswich business community. 

Greg Johnston, Managing Director of Aquatec Maxcon said, “It was very pleasing to see the company and its contribution to our city over many years recognised in this way. There were a number of other outstanding companies in the same category. That we succeeded against such strong competition is indicative of the capability and strength of the company and its ability to compete on the world stage.”

For more information on the awards, visit https://www.ipswichfirst.com.au/ipswich-businesses-show-diversity-strength/

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Accepting the award on behalf of Aquatec Maxcon, L to R:  Greg Johnston, Monita Naicker, Peter Ferrando and Scott Blackwell.

Photograph courtesy of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


Waste to Energy Facility wins National Sustainability Award for Leadership in the Circular Economy

01 November 2017.   The Yarra Valley Water (Aquatec Maxcon delivered) Waste to Energy plant won the Banksia Foundation National Sustainability Award for ‘Leadership in the Circular Economy’.

The Banksia foundation promotes sustainability excellence and the awards are regarded as the most prestigious sustainability awards in Australia.

Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Yarra Valley Water to develop, design and construct the multi award winning plant which was purpose built to convert organic waste, such as commercial food waste previously destined for landfill, into renewable energy.  This occurs via the production of methane gas (biogas) which powers generators to produce enough electricity to run the facility and the nearby Aurora Sewage Treatment Plant, with surplus energy exported to the electricity grid.

Damien Bassett, Manager Waste to Energy Services, Yarra Valley Water, thanked Aquatec Maxcon for delivering a truly world class facility and the Yarra Valley Water board for their vision and willingness to accept the challenge of ‘doing more good’.

Aquatec Maxcon congratulates Yarra Valley Water on this award and the continuing success of the Waste to Energy Facility which is dedicated to promoting a more sustainable Australia. 

For more information on the awards, visit here.

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Photograph courtesy of the Banksia Foundation and Yarra Valley Water

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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