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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.

Gold Coast City Council Waste Network Review


Since 2003, GHD assisted Gold Coast City Council to strategically review waste infrastructure provided by the city. This primarily includes landfills and transfer stations as well as a small number of rural bin stations, but has also considered issues associated with kerbside collection services and the concept of user-pay. At the commencement of the project the waste network included five landfills, 11 transfer stations and three rural bin stations servicing a population of approximately 500,000 people.

Initially the project involved a critical review of existing waste infrastructure by taking a triple bottom line approach, i.e. considering economic, environmental and social factors. The outcome of this assessment, prepared in conjunction with council officers, was a timeline for rationalisation and upgrades to the network. From this timeline, a year-by-year budget estimate was developed  based on individual recommendations and capital and operating costs.

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Jubilee Bridge Replacement, Queensland


The Jubilee Bridge Replacement project in Innisfail, Queensland received the Concrete Institute of Australia’s National Award in the $5 million - $50 million category. In conjunction with Cassowary Coast Regional Council, GHD was recognised for the innovative use of both precast and in-situ elements, as well as the concrete balustrades and detailing in the bridge. Importantly, the bridge design successfully maintained the art deco architectural heritage of the town.

The original Jubilee Bridge was built in 1923, but was closed in 2010 due to safety concerns. Re-establishing a pedestrian and vehicular link across the Johnstone River System was crucial for Innisfail.

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Curtis Island Horizontal Directional Drilling


GHD played key roles in the construction of three 2 km long directionally drilled pipelines beneath Gladstone Harbour.

Curtis Island, which forms the eastern side of Gladstone Harbour, will be home to a number of LNG gas liquefaction plants. Accommodating such large construction operations on the island required the development of work camps and facilities that need to be connected to the mainland water and sewerage networks operated by the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB).

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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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