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Mr Turner’s recent work has brought him into regular contact with Frank Dilizia, operations manager civil infrastructure for John Holland.

Mr Dilizia is currently overseeing four projects – the Tonkin Highway, Roe Highway stage six, the Kenwick railway tunnel stage two and the recently completed Kings Park walkway.

He held a similar role for four years with Transfield, which was acquired by John Holland in February.

However, he took an unexpected ‘break’ from his main job when the project manager on the $78 million Acacia Prison project fell ill in August 2000.

Mr Dilizia stepped in half-way through the two-year project, which had a peak workforce of 400 people.

He likened Acacia to building a small town.

It comprised a 750-bed medium security prison with 28 separate buildings and major infrastructure services, including waste water treatment, a powerhouse, kitchen, hospital, dams, roadworks and security systems.

Prior to becoming Transfield’s operations manager building & civil, Mr Dilizia spent 18 months as deputy project manager on the Graham Farmer Freeway stage two, running from East Perth to Belmont.

He was responsible for 11 land bridges, realignment of part of the Armadale railway line and construction of a new railway station.

GHD manager plant and process John Stocco has worked on a range of mechanical installations for the industrial and resource sectors as well as materials handling systems.

Recent and notable projects include a $10 million woodchip mill at Albany, a 2,200-tonnes-per-hour stockyard reclaim system for BHP Billiton’s HBI plant and a $40 million coal handling plant for Wesfarmers’ Premier Coal. 

Mr Stocco was also project director for a total review of Iluka Resources’ storage facilities and a transport study considering options for upgrades and relocation to alternative facilities.

Main Roads had two nominees in the project manager category.

Mark Walker is one of five project directors and has responsibility for the delivery of several major projects.

He is presently managing the Mt Magnet to Leinster road (Youanni to Agnew section), which is largely complete, and the Geraldton southern transport corridor, which will soon get under way.

Theiss was recently named as preferred tenderer for this $105 million project, which involves construction of five kilometres of highway, five bridges, 12km of railway and a railway tunnel.

Mr Walker also has responsibility for the proposed Lancelin to Cervantes road, as well as management and coordination of Main Roads role in the $1.4 billion expansion of Perth’s rail network.

Peter Sewell is a senior project manager with Main Roads, with responsibility for managing the delivery of road and bridge contracts in the metropolitan area.

His recent work included negotiating the outsourcing of all road maintenance in WA, with contracts valued at $1.3 billion.

The Water Corporation is another organisation with two nominees – Eric Heales and John Wallis.

Project manager Eric Heales has a background in contract administration.

His oversight role follows the life cycle of major projects, from design through to tendering and awarding of contracts, followed by building, commissioning and handover.

Notable projects he has been involved with include the Neerabup groundwater scheme and the Harding Dam water treatment plant

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