Long term engineer receives Public Service Medal

8 June 2015

Former Roads and Maritime Services Infrastructure Development director Geoff Fogarty has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Public Service Medal list.

Mr Fogarty was recognised for his exceptional career which started in 1977 when he was a project engineer with Gosford-Wyong Water Supply.

“Geoff has been responsible for leading, planning, directing and overseeing the delivery of the Roads and Maritime state-wide program of major infrastructure projects from February 2004,” Roads and Maritime Chief Executive Peter Duncan said.

“He delivered an annual capital program of major work of $2.2 billion and managed a team of 500 in his role as Director.

“Between 1977 and 2004, he managed a wide range of projects in the Department of Commerce/Public Works including construction, contract management and maintenance of utilities.”

Some of the major projects delivered under his stewardship at Roads and Maritime include the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway, duplication of the final sections of the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne, a $3.7 billion program of work for the Pacific Highway upgrade program and management of the Sydney Commuter Wharf upgrade program.

“Geoff consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in managing projects from planning and development stages,” Mr Duncan said.

Key highlights include:

  • Promoting environmental sustainability through innovative management policies on infrastructure projects to preserve and protect flora and fauna
  • Developed the award winning urban design policy “Beyond the Pavement” incorporating best practice urban design thinking into road and maritime infrastructure
  • Providing increased opportunities for employment of Aboriginal staff through the Aboriginal Participation in Construction program.

“Geoff also contributed to the success of the Sydney 2000 Olympics through the delivery and operation of two award winning sporting venues – the Olympic Tennis and Archery centres.

“As Olympic Coordination Authority Development Manager, Geoff was responsible for working with stakeholders to deliver critical infrastructure for this significant event.

“Geoff retired earlier this year and has been enjoying a well-earned holiday with his family. I am sure all those who have worked with him join me in congratulating him on this important acknowledgement,” Mr Duncan said.

“His dedication, tireless effort and sustained commitment to innovation and leadership make him a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”

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