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  • 2012-08-03 - Major Projects Victoria honoured at project management awards
    Major Projects Victoria (MPV) received top industry recognition at last night’s 2012 Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Victorian awards with staff members winning two awards.
    MPV’s Annette Pitman won Project Director of the Year for her work on the recently completed $135.8 million Hamer Hall refurbishment, while Andrew McKinley won Project Manager of the Year for his role on the $34 million restoration of Princes Pier.
    MPV Executive Director Tim Bamford said the organisation was extremely proud of the recognition and that the achievements capped off what has been an exciting few weeks for MPV.
    “These achievements continue what has been an exciting time for our organisation,” Mr Bamford said. 
    “In just two short weeks the beautifully restored Hamer Hall has reopened to critical and public acclaim and an exciting new project has been announced that will see MPV deliver a state of the art firefighter training facility on behalf of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. 
    “It is great to see Andrew and Annette’s hard work recognised. These achievements are something that everyone at MPV takes pride in. We are privileged to have the opportunity to work on such fantastic projects and it's great to see that we continue to rise to the challenge,” Mr Bamford said.
    Annette and Andrew’s achievements follow MPV’s success at last year's AIPM awards where AAMI Park won Best Project over $100 million.
  • 2012-01-05 - New Executive Director appointed at Major Projects Victoria
    Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine today welcomed the appointment of Tim Bamford as the new Executive Director of Major Projects Victoria (MPV).

    “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr Bamford to his new role as the director in charge of overseeing Major Projects Victoria, the body responsible for delivering some of the most complex and important construction projects in the state,” Dr Napthine said.

    “Mr Bamford comes to the role with a background in engineering and a wealth of experience in other management positions including his time as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

    “Mr Bamford first joined MPV in 2008 and has since formed a credible reputation as the Project Director of the flagship $363 million stage 1 redevelopment of Melbourne Park.”

    Dr Napthine said he looked forward to working with Mr Bamford as MPV continued working on the Melbourne Park redevelopment as well as a number of other exciting projects including the Flinders Street Station international design competition and the $288 million Centre for AgriBiosciences at Latrobe University.

    “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank John Wiles for his work this year as acting Executive Director at MPV,” Dr Napthine said.

    “Mr Wiles has earned the respect of the entire organisation as well as the Department of Business and Innovation’s leadership team during the past 11 months.”

    MPV is part of the Department of Business and Innovation and provides project delivery services and advice to Victorian Government departments and other agencies in the delivery of complex, challenging and unique projects.

    Amongst other projects MPV is currently delivering are the $128.5 million Hamer Hall upgrade and the E-Gate development in West Melbourne.
  • 2011-08-03 - Napthine builds a bridge with engineers of tomorrow

    Minister Napthine at the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition presenting the Innovation Award to students from Tintern Girls Grammar.

    Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine has shown his support for Victoria’s future engineers by presenting a top innovation award at the 2011 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition at Scienceworks this afternoon.

    Dr Napthine said it was fitting to hold the competition during the Australian Engineering Week, which is this year highlighting an increased demand for engineers around the country.

    “While its role may often go unnoticed, good engineering plays a vital part in our lives and it is great to see young people enjoying the profession in a such a fun and exciting way,” Dr Napthine said.

    This year’s competition saw teams of year 8 and 9 students from more than 70 Victorian schools battle it out to build a balsa wood bridge with the greatest load carrying capacity.

    Dr Napthine attended the competition to present a special award to the team who produced the most innovative bridge in terms of its design and real world application.

    “It is a pleasure to present the inaugural Minister’s Award for Innovation on behalf of Major Projects Victoria and the Victorian Coalition Government,” Dr Napthine said.

    “The innovation award is about creativity and thinking outside the square – load bearing and structural integrity are not the only things to consider when designing and building a fantastic bridge. A great bridge will capture people’s imaginations as well.

    “The Sydney Harbour Bridge could have been built in a variety of ways but it was the ‘coat hanger’ design that made it an icon. Good, innovative engineering is critical for the Victorian Government's major projects, whether it be Fed Square, Melbourne Park or the soon-to-be-opened Biosciences Research Centre at Latrobe University.

    “I am very impressed with the talent I have seen here today and the Coalition Government is proud to support events like this that will nurture and further develop young Victorians who have an interest in engineering and construction,” Dr Napthine said.

    Tintern Girls Grammar students Charlotte Anderson, Kaitlin Bakken and Naomi Wittner were the deserving winners of the inaugural Minister’s Award for Innovation. They will receive a one on one mentoring session with senior engineers from Major Projects Victoria and an exclusive tour of one of the organisation’s current projects.