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Key construction players recognised in Australia Day honours

Ian Cameron has been officially retired for more than 15 years but on Australia Day 2009, the 79 year old was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for his services to civil engineering over the last 45 years.His award recognised his service to the area of bridge construction, as well as dispute resolution and to professional and community associations. Cameron played a large part in the introduction of pre-stressed concrete to Australia, a process that began in 1950 when he wrote a thesis on pre-stressed concrete while at Queensland University. “I built about a dozen pre-stressed concrete beams, which I think were the first ever built in Australia,” Cameron told CIN. “Then the chief engineer of the Main Roads Department – where I was a cadet – asked if I could build a bridge out of this stuff.“I said, ‘Of course I can,’ so he got a bridge allocated to me. Although construction had actually started with a timber deck – and I converted it to a pre-stressed concrete deck,” Cameron said.“It was dead simple, but it was, for its day, revolutionary. Pre-stressed concrete had been introduced to the world in France and Belgium just before the war. It then went into a hiatus during the war, and then I read something about it when I was at university and thought, ‘That’s an interesting concept. Within 10 years of that first bridge, prestressed concrete had become the main medium of bridge construction in Queensland.”Cameron said he was also able to bring the cost of bridge construction down by between 20% and 40% through introducing more efficient ways of organising work flows, as well as new construction technologies.“I imported the first diesel pile driving hammer to Australia from Germany,” he said. “We went from driving one pile a day to driving six piles a day. That was while I was still with the [Queensland] Main Roads Department.” In 1960, Cameron established his engineering consulting firm with business partner Graham McNamara, which over the next 30 years grew from two employees to more than 300.Throughout most of his professional career Cameron was also a member of various industry associations and advocacy groups. Only last year, he campaigned strongly against the proposed construction of the Brisbane River Northbank development, which would have involved the installation of 400 piles into the Brisbane River to accommodate a platform for several high-rise buildings over the river.Cameron and the other construction-related Australia Day awards winners are listed below. Name: CAMERON, Ian George Award: Member of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: QLD Suburb: Pullenvale Citation: For service to civil engineering, particularly in the areas of bridge construction, dispute resolution, and professional and community associations. Name: DALTON, Norman Francis Award: Member of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: VIC Suburb: Balwyn Citation: For service to engineering, particularly through contributions to the development, construction and commissioning of power stations in Victoria, and to the community, particularly through the Lord Somers Camp and Power House. Name: KILLINGER, William Frederick Award: Member of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: NSW Suburb: Gordon Citation: For service to railway engineering through the construction and development of passenger and freight transport systems in Australia and internationally, to professional organisations, to the mining sector, and to the community. Name: KRUST, Arthur McKee Award: Medal of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: OAM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: NSW Suburb: Killara Citation: For service to the building and construction industry, and to the community through church and service groups. Name: McCARTHY, John Victor Award: Officer of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AO Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: NSW Suburb: St Ives Citation: For service to the property and construction industries, particularly through leadership roles in peak bodies, and through promotion of cooperation, research and innovation. Name: WOGAN, Dennis Stanley Award: Public Service Medal Post-nominal: PSM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: QLD Suburb: Brisbane Citation: For outstanding public service to the road design and construction industry. Name: AINSWORTH, Wilton Everett Award: Member of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: NSW Suburb: Newcastle Citation: For service to the community of Newcastle and the Hunter region through a range of infrastructure, business, educational and tourism organisations. Name: CORONES, Peter Award: Member of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: QLD Suburb: Gladstone Citation: For service to the community of the Gladstone region through a range of local government, transport infrastructure, education, water, economic and industrial development and promotional organisations. Name: KLINGBERG, David John Award: Officer of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AO Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: SA Suburb: Leabrook Citation: For service to the tertiary education sector as a contributor to governance policy, and to commercial and economic development and infrastructure projects. Name: McLAUGHLIN, George Millar Award: Member of the Order of Australia Post-nominal: AM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: NSW Suburb: Tarago Citation: For service to the information technology sector through a range of advisory roles with national and international educational, research and infrastructure organisations, particularly Australia’s Academic and Research Network. Name: PAGE, John Walter Award: Public Service Medal Post-nominal: PSM Date granted: January 26, 2009 State: SA Suburb: Port Augusta Citation: For outstanding public service through the maintenance and development of road transport infrastructure in remote South Australia.

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