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Our Queensland operations are best characterised by our involvement in projects that span the decades as well as our continual refinement of solutions that reflect a culture of partnership, innovation and technical leadership.

From the Gold Coast to Cairns, we deliver multi-disciplinary services to a range of clients in the public and private sectors to meet the demands of a rapidly developing community, while overcoming the challenges of the remoteness of the environment.

Our clients benefit from our longevity in the market, our local knowledge and experience, and our ability to draw on global resources, when needed.

We have a remarkable history in Queensland and continue to be focused on delivering economically viable and ecologically sustainable outcomes.

Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun


Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun provides smelter grade alumina to Australia, New Zealand and export markets. The Yarwun Refinery is about 10km northwest of Gladstone, Central Queensland, with its Residue Management Area (RMA) approximately 10km west of the refinery.

GHD has been involved on this project since the site selection and design phase, when our Tailings group undertook the site study and detailed design for the RMA, including an extensive geotechnical mapping program and installation of a groundwater monitoring network.

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Pimpama Coomera Waterfuture Master Plan


Client: Gold Coast City Council (GCCC)

The Pimpama Coomera Waterfuture project is a Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) initiative investigating integrated urban water management. The aim is to drive more sustainable urban use of the region’s water resources.

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Toowoomba Regional Sewerage


Following the amalgamation of eight local government boundaries, GHD was commissioned to develop a high-level strategy for the Toowoomba Regional Council for the planning of wastewater treatment plants and effluent reuse.

The study included a review of previous planning studies completed by the former local authorities, a population review and a look at loadings. A brief assessment of the status of the area’s existing sewage treatment plants was undertaken to determine their capacity and if they should remain as a stand-alone system or be integrated with other systems.

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Jim Giannopoulos

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Jim joined GHD in 1993, as a graduate engineer, and is currently the manager of the South Queensland Operating Centre. Jim has served in leadership positions for GHD in Australia, Asia and the Americas.

Jim has significant experience in major infrastructure and environment projects. His recent project leadership experience includes his roles as Project Director for the AUD2.5 billion Westlink project planning and consultation study, program alliance leadership team member for the AUD150 million Melbourne Water Pipelines Alliance and Project Director for the AUD3.5 billion Victorian Desalination project.

Jim’s background is in water, environment and project management.

Operating Centre Manager – South Queensland
+61 7 3316 3000

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José Foruria

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José Foruria is the Manager of the North Queensland Operating Centre, which consists of office locations in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone, with the recent addition of the Whitsundays Office. In recent years, he was the Business Development Manager and has played a key role in North Queensland delivering large water, wastewater and civil projects such as water supplies, water and wastewater treatment plants and infrastructure systems. José has managed significant projects to the benefit of the region, including the AUD100 million water and wastewater projects for Whitsunday Regional Council as well as Defence's AUD500 million upgrade of Lavaracks Barracks, Townsville.

Operating Centre Manager – North Queensland
+61 7 4720 0400

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