Tom Rayner of CivilTeam Engineering pictured at the new boardwalk above The Pass in Byron Bay.
Tom Rayner of CivilTeam Engineering pictured at the new boardwalk above The Pass in Byron Bay. Patrick Gorbunovs

Road build gains award

HAVING successfully completed one of the most difficult and controversial building projects in the region Murwillumbah-based engineering company CivilTeam has been recognised with awards from two major civil engineering organisations.

CivilTeam's work on the Lighthouse Road Slope Stabilisation Project in Byron Bay was Highly Commended at this year's Institute of Public Works Engineering Excellence Awards and were finalists for 2012 in the NSW Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards - Category 2 Projects between $1-5Million.

CivilTeam only became involved in the Lighthouse Road restoration in early 2011 but the project was notorious in the shire for the length of time it took to complete.

The original collapse, caused by stormwater erosion of the boardwalk and two-way road, occurred in mid 2005 with the road link restricted to one lane until it fully reopened on 21st February 2012.

Managing Director of CivilTeam, Tom Rayner said he was particularly proud of the project.

"The road had to be built on a steep sandy slope, the sensitive National Parks land surrounding the site had to be protected, there was a low load limit imposed on the slope and we had to keep a single lane of traffic flowing on the road while all the works were being undertaken."

The Murwillumbah based company was founded by Mr Rayner, Sally Masters and Garry McInnes, who had previously worked on a range of projects together.

"After working in all these exotic locations I can still come home to the best location in Australia," he said.



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