Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The Adelaide Zoo Panda enclosure was one of nine projects completed by the state's best electrical and communications contractors, whose achievements were recognised at the National Electrical and Communications Associations (NECA) Awards of Excellence, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday the 27 August 2010.

Other demanding projects included the iconic Adelaide Entertainment Centre Orb, the newly refurbished Walkers Arms Hotel, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance and an innovative I-Commute Bus project poised to change the future of public transport.

The Awards also recognised three of the industry’s top apprentices for their outstanding achievements in their chosen career.

Before the winners of the NECA Excellence Awards and Apprentice Awards programmes were announced, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Energy, Patrick Conlon MP, set the tone when he addressed an audience of some 430 guests, industry representatives and NECA members. The Minister spoke on the future of South Australian infrastructure projects and the progress of the long awaited and the highly controversial Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Legislation Bill 2009.

The NECA Excellence Awards give small and large electrical and communications businesses the opportunity to continually raise the bar for their industry and receive accolades in front of their peers. Winners demonstrated their ability to provide innovative solutions to major challenges and successfully and efficiently complete their project contracts. They are now automatically eligible for the National Excellence Awards, which will be announced in Sydney on 25 November 2010.

The NECA Apprentice Awards recognise the State’s best electrical and communications apprentices. Applicants were assessed on their technical abilities, general knowledge, attitude and desire to succeed in their career. The winners will now represent South Australia at the national level where they will be competing for the title of the NECA Apprentice of the Year Award, in addition to many valuable prizes and the chance to become an ambassador for the Australian electrotechnology industry.

Larry Moore, chief executive officer of NECA South Australia, said, “What we are seeing year-on-year is a constant raising of the bar by our members. This year is no exception. There is innovation, quality workmanship, health and safety achievements and excellent examples of how good communication and project management add up to a job well done.”

Winners of the 2010 NECA Excellence Awards and Apprentice Awards and are listed overleaf.


Small Contracting Business
Winner: Tip Top Electrical Services - AHRENS – Head Office & Structural Steel Facility

Occupational Health and Safety
Winner: O’Donnell Griffin - Integrated OH&S Management System

Winner: Nilsen SA - Telstra Waymouth Telephone Exchange

Voice and Data – Small Project (less than $500,000)
MIMP Connecting Solutions - I-Commute Bus

Voice and Data – Large Project (greater than $500,000)
Winner: MIMP Connecting Solutions - Darwin Police Microwave Mesh Network

Commercial – Small Project (less than $500,000)
Jones and Jones Electrical Services - Adelaide Entertainment Centre Orb

Commercial – Medium Project (between $500,000-$1,000,000)
Winner: Niramar - Adelaide Zoo Panda & Entrance Precinct
Commendation: Bob Cross Electrical - Walkers Arms Hotel

Commercial – Large Project (over $1,000,000)
Winner: Watters (Australia) - Air Warfare destroyer Alliance

Perpetual Trophy (Best Project Overall)
Winner: MIMP Connecting Solutions - Darwin Police Microwave Mesh Network


Electrical – Domestic/Commercial Category
Winner: Matthew Gioffre Employer: Deadshort Electrical

Electrical – Industrial Category
Winner: Liam Casey Employer: PEER VEET Host Employer: Tenix Australia

Communications Category
Winner: Vasilaki Georgiou Employer: PEER VEET Host Employer: Airservices Australia

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Images are available in digital or hard copy format, simply contact the above. Interviews/Photographs with winning apprentices or contractors can also be arranged.

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National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) - SA Branch

NECA is the peak industry body representing electrical and communication contractors in Australia.
Donna Beech
P: (08) 8272 2966
M: 0402 384 999
W: sa.neca.asn.au


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