Announcement of Peter Ferrando as Managing Director of Aquatec Maxcon

The Board of Aquatec Maxcon Pty Ltd has announced that Mr Peter George Ferrando has been appointed to the position of Managing Director starting on 5th February 2018. Peter has over 25 years’ experience in the construction Industry, including 17 years with Aquatec Maxcon. 

peterfPeter has held various roles within Aquatec Maxcon including Project Manager, Alliance Manager, Project Director and most recently, as the Queensland State Manager. Over the past nine years as the Queensland State Manager, Peter was responsible for overseeing the operations within the Head Office. His role encompassed all stages of major projects from expressions of interest and proposal submissions through to design, delivery and the administrative role across all Companies within the Aquatec Maxcon Group. 

During his tenure, Peter has been instrumental in growing the Group and has held significant delivery roles including the role of the Alliance Project Manager for the BCAA Alliance, which was valued at $125m.  Peter successfully led the Alliance team to the completion of the Emergency Drought Strategy Project, delivering 33ML of aquifer water into the water grid. Peter was also the Project Manager at Sandgate WWTP (100,000 EP plant) as part of the award winning Brisbane Water Enviro Alliance (BWEA).   

Prior to joining Aquatec Maxcon in 2001, Peter was working for Lendlease in various project roles and delivered some iconic projects including Brisbane Airport, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Cairns Conventional Centre. Peter is a qualified Civil Engineer graduating from the University of Queensland in 1993. 

Peter is taking over from Mr Greg Johnston, who after 33 years in the Managing Director’s position will be taking a different role as the Technical Director within the Company. Greg will continue in his role as a Director, with a focus on developing new technologies for the water and wastewater sector. Under Greg’s tenure, Aquatec Maxcon has transitioned from a fabrication workshop in the 1970’s to a leading technology provider of water and wastewater solutions today. 

Announcing Peter’s appointment, Mr Peter Gilchrist, the Chairman of the Board, said that “Peter is an exceptional leader who has proven his capability and understands the challenges throughout all facets of our business. Peter will continue differentiating our Company as an innovation hub within the Water and Waste Industry”. 

Aquatec Maxcon prides itself in providing innovative solutions to the Water and Waste Industries, including Nereda® Technology, Waste to Energy Plants and Anammox®, along with our in-house products and process solutions such as Aquablade Aeration Diffusers.

Leading safety by example; ten more employees attain Cert IV in WHS

Congratulations to our latest ten employees who have attained a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (WHS).

The Aquatec Maxcon Group is commited to workplace health and safety and promoting a safety culture of continual improvement.

One of our most successful WHS initiatives has been the introduction of a training program to deliver Cert IV WHS accreditation to our company leaders throughout the organisation. In this way, our leaders improve their safety awareness and appreciate and understand their WHS responsibilities, helping them to more safely execute projects. Since its inception, this initiative has seen improved project safety performance and more positive attitudes towards health and safety leadership.

To date, 25 company leaders have completed this training, with one general manager and nine project managers/senior engineers completing the Cert IV course in February.

Some of the key health and safety areas covered by this course are:

  • Australian Standards and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Risk assessment and hazard control
  • WHS management systems
  • WHS consultation and participation processes (identifying participants, reviewing  procedures, ascertaining training needs, communicating data, developing improvement initiatives)
  • WHS leadership skills
  • Incident response procedures
  • Assisting in incident investigations
  • Managing claims and implementing rehabilitation / return-to-work programs
  • Establishing, reviewing and evaluating WHS measures and initiatives.

The Aquatec Maxcon Group Quality, Safety and Environmental (QSE) Manager, Christine Howland, said “This initiative actively encourages positive project and safety leadership. Our project leaders can lead by example, “walk the talk” and promote a positive safety culture with the tools and knowledge gained through the completion of this course.”


Works Commence for Ti Tree Bend Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade

TasWater has awarded Aquatec Maxcon a contract to upgrade both Digester No.1 and No.2 at the Ti Tree Bend Sewage Treatment Plant in Launceston, Tasmania.  The project will provide improved public health and environmental compliance, whilst ensuring reliable service delivery for the region and future generations.

The digesters play a critical role in the sewage treatment process by treating collected solids and producing a by-product suitable for re-use as agricultural fertiliser.

The upgrade will include a range of measures to minimise the potential for odour emissions and improve digester heating and mixing.  The works will include the introduction of recuperative sludge thickening and sludge dewatering, as well as improved bio-solids handling facilities for Digester No.1 and 2. Recuperative thickening increases sludge retention time and thereby improves sludge retention. The objective is to run the digester contents at less than 3.5% dry solids. The heating system will also be upgraded to improve the efficiency of the overall system during winter. This requires a number of mechanical and electrical key interfaces to the existing brownfield site. In particular, the modifications of the control system (SCADA) and PLC during plant shutdowns (whilst the existing digesters continue to operate).

By project completion, both digesters will have the flexibility to operate in parallel or in series, improving the flexibility and operability of the treatment system.

Aquatec Maxcon is proud to have completed over 50 digester installations throughout Australia to date. We have invested over $20 million in research and development and work with internationally recognised leaders in digester mixing and heating technologies.

Aquatec Maxcon has commenced construction on site with project completion scheduled for August 2018.

Titree Bend STP upgrade works



Aquatec Maxcon strengthens relationship with Ipswich City Council

19 January 2018.  Aquatec Maxcon Group strengthened its relationship with Ipswich City Council by hosting a visit by His Worship the Mayor, Cr Andrew Antoniolli and Senior Advisor Ben Hayward, at the Aquatec Maxcon Group head office in Wulkuraka.

Mayoral Visit

After Aquatec Maxcon was honoured with the 2017 Ipswich Business of the Year Award, Mayor Antoniolli and Mr Hayward were invited to experience the business first hand and learn more about the diversity and capabilities of the Aquatec Maxcon Group.   

Greg Johnston, Managing Director of Aquatec Maxcon, presented an overview of the business and briefly showcased some of the award-winning technologies that Aquatec Maxcon have introduced to the Australian water industry, such as the award winning Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant and Yarra Valley Waste to Energy Facility.   Mr Johnston continued to speak about the divisions within the Aquatec Maxcon Group and how we are vertically integrated, offering a full suite of Engineering, Technology and Servicing (Aquatec Maxcon), Fabrication (Maxcon Industries), Installation (Aquatec Services), Electrical (MPA Engineering) and Cryogenic services (Cryeng).

Mayoral Visit

The presentation was followed by a tour of the Ipswich facilities, guided by Paul Court (Manager, Maxcon Industries) and Peter Ferrando (QLD State Manager, Aquatec Maxcon). During the tour, an overview of the capabilities of the workshop factories, equipment and test facilities were explained to the Mayor.

“As an Ipswich based business employing 300 people, we appreciate the support of Ipswich City Council and the time Mayor Antoniolli was able to spend with us today.  We were able to speak about the challenges of the current business environment and also the benefits the Aquatec Maxcon Group can continue to bring to our economy. It is encouraging to see the Council continuing to take an active interest in supporting and promoting the Ipswich business community”, said Mr Johnston.

Mayor Antoniolli responded to the visit by saying “This fully Australian owned local business is punching above their weight with a real focus on quality and innovation.  I’d like to thank the management team for taking time out of their day to show me around and provide such a detailed brief”.

Mayoral Visit



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