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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.

Curtis Island Horizontal Directional Drilling

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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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Hope Vale Estate

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GHD were approached by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) to help resolve some complex planning issues with far-reaching community implications.

The residents of Hope Vale in far north Queensland live on land that is owned and managed by a community council. The community council owns the dwellings and leases them to community members for a small rent. Members of the community realised that, while there is relatively high employment in the community, members do not participate in the broader economy through the ownership of dwellings, making it difficult for local people to raise collateral for loans or businesses.


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Awoonga Dam Valve Refurbishment, Australia

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GHD developed a strategy for the refurbishment of valves at Gladstone’s Awoonga dam in Queensland.

As the sole source of water for the City of Gladstone, Awoonga dam is crucial to the heavy industries in the region which include alumina refineries, power stations, an aluminium smelter and a large port. A recent dam safety review recommended that the outlet valves should be refurbished due to their corroded condition.


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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
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+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.

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+61 7 4720 0400

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