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Over the last two decades the South East Queensland region of Australia has experienced rapid growth, and Cardno has played a significant role in engineering this growth across multiple major cities across the state.

Areas, both regional and metropolitan, are seeing an influx of new residents, with an estimated 1,200 new South East Queenslanders flocking to this unique pocket of the country each week.

One of the region’s most popular and growing local government areas (LGA) is Logan City, located just south of Brisbane – our founding city and home to our global headquarters.

Logan has grown significantly since the turn of the century, not only because of an increase of people moving into the area but also due to the local government boundary reform increasing Logan’s geographical area in March 2008.

This unprecedented change to Logan highlighted the need for greater infrastructure development, to cater for new residents and increase in geographical size, and from there the first of the three-phase major infrastructure project was born – the Logan Water Alliance.

The Logan Water Alliance was (and still is) one of the largest water infrastructure delivery programs in Australia. Through tender, Council enlisted the help of Downer, Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP) and Cardno to assist in the delivery of the project.

The alliance also assisted in the planning, design construction and commissioning of water and wastewater assets.

Cardno’s renowned expertise in water and wastewater systems has been utilised across the program, from the planning and design of key infrastructure such as reservoirs, pump stations and treatment plant upgrades through to the renewal of localised infrastructure such as water reticulation mains.

The second phase of the infrastructure project, the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance (LoganWIA) commenced in 2015, building on the successful platform built during the Logan Water Alliance, helping to bring greater water infrastructure to the growing LGA.

The new Alliance consisted of the same partners, with Logan City Council, Downer, WSP and Cardno picking up where they left off to collaboratively support the Council’s water goals, further improving Logan’s water and wastewater networks.

Support to Council was provided in the areas of asset management, planning, design, project delivery and organisational development.

A number of award-winning innovative practices were incorporated into the project, including an Australian first $3 million water quality solution. The project harnesses the power of sun and salt to manage drinking quality water in a remote location, utilising 323 PV solar panels and a single Tesla Powerpack to allow the 20 Megalitre Round Mountain Reservoir to operate off-grid and provide water to a development area which will ultimately become home to 200,000 Logan residents.

Inside pump room at Logan Water Alliance

Embracing new technologies provided a number of financial benefits, with the Logan City Council making a capital cost saving of $1.9 million and a yearly operational saving of $50,000.

Throughout the first two initial stages of the program, the Alliance became part of the wider-Logan community further contributing through a number of engagement initiatives.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of cash and goods were donated to local charities, with Alliance team members volunteering at local community groups including a Breakfast Club at Marsden State High School, helping disadvantaged children kick start their day with a nutritious meal.

Local students, graduates and trainees were also provided work experience and employment opportunities throughout the project, and a significant portion of construction contracts were award to local South East Queensland companies.

In late 2019, the team of Downer, WSP and Cardno were again selected to deliver the third stage, the Logan Water Partnership, leveraging off over now a decade of experience delivering water to Logan City.

The new contract is valued at up to $1 billion over a nine year period to 2029 and the program will be delivered as part of a fully integrated team with Logan City Council, Downer and WSP.

The main aim of the new phase will be to support Council’s focus on elevating their project management approach to enable efficiencies to the technical, project management and program management office activities.

Cardno’s General Manager of South East Queensland, Natalie Muir, said the win was the result of a strong track record of a collaborative working environment between Cardno, Downer and WSP working with the City of Logan over the past 10 years.

“We’re fortunate to continue the journey with the Council and really make a difference to the surrounding community that will last for generations to come in the future,” Natalie said.

“Securing this significant work is another great milestone for many of our people at Cardno and we look forward to working on the alliance program for many more years.”

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