At the SFP EOY Celebration (photos coming in January), the winner of the $500 Nominators Gift Card was drawn and the winner was Stuart Gray!

Remember, every time you nominate someone you get a ticket into this draw and if your nomination wins, you get 2 tickets. So in 2024, get nominating!

Below are the winners of the Reward and Recognition Awards for October and November and also a big shout out to the following people who were nominated, but didn’t win.


  • Anurit Patwardhan
  • Fleur Bajraszewski
  • Matt Lyon
  • Tania Conrad
  • Gustavo Flores
  • Murray White
  • Jilber Elzink
  • Sam Morris


  • Jack Dodds
  • Matt Borradale
  • Valmore Iragorri
  • Amanda Zammit

October Reward & Recognition Award – Phi Nguyen

Two transformers had been installed too close to one another, which made their fire rating non-compliant. The obvious fix was to build a retaining wall between them, but Phi came up with a efficient clean option to address the issue, implementing a new oil type for the transformers.

Phi ensured everything met the safety requirements, managed the transition and communicated effectively with the team. This showed great initiative, people management, customer focus and management of R&O.

Congratulations Phi on a great contribution to the JV – enjoy your $150 gift card!

The quality of the nominations for November was outstanding, with all nominees deserving winners. In the end it was decided to have dual November winners to two outstanding nominees.

November Dual Reward & Recognition Award – Sam Morris

The Essex Street project consists of replacing a section (45m) of live drain (old bluestone) with new culverts. Heavy rain events disrupt the works and puts any open trench at risk, as they can’t be isolated.

Sam came up with an innovative concept of a HDPE chute to channel live flow coming from the new storm-water drain into the existing drain. This reduces the erosion and minimises the high risk this causes. A great example of innovation and safety first!

Well done Sam and you’ve only been with the JV a couple of months!

November Dual Reward & Recognition Award – Nafis Khan

Walking through the site Nafis noticed a subcontractor working on top of a plant unit (approx 3.8m high), trying to fix a maintenance issue. Seeing the operative did not have sufficient fall from height protection, Nafis immediately called for the subby to STOP! He explained the hazard and questioned the subby about following procedure. A mechanic was then called to site, it was determined the issue could not be fixed and the plant was taken off site.

Nafis showed leadership, upheld the value of safety first and was a great example of anyone being able to speak up and question anything if they think it’s not right.

Great job Nafis, enjoy your $150 gift card.

NAWIC Victorian Awards for Excellence at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

NAWIC Award Finalists

SFP staff and family attended the NAWIC Awards Presentation Dinner in November. Congratulations on your nominations and a big thank you to Anurit Patwardhan for putting together the nomination packages for the submissions.

Gina Sotelo

2023 NAWiC Victoria Awards for Excellence in the category of Sustainability

Louie Naldrett

2023 NAWiC Victoria Awards for Excellence in the category of Project Delivery

Mariah Vasiliadis

2023 NAWiC Victoria Awards for Excellence in the category of Young Achiever

Rachel Rausch

2023 NAWiC Victoria Awards for Excellence in the category of Emerging Leader

CCF Women in Construction Breakfast – Fascinator or Fluoro

Across the Melbourne Cup Carnival period, ladies from SFP and Abergeldie attended the Fascinator or Fluoro CCF Breakfast.

At the event, Sharon Hatton, who is doing a Surveillance Officer Cadet-ship, spoke about her experience as a Woman in Construction and winning the Civil Excellence Award in 2024.

The guest speaker of the day was the inspiring (and a little crazy!) Donna Urquhart. In a world first, Donna is attempting a Guinness World Record to complete the longest ultra-marathon in a polar region in history.

More than a record!

Donna has set an ambitious goal to raise $1.5 million for charities supporting young girls and women in sport by delivering educational training programs that strengthen and empower the body and mind.

“By pushing my own physical boundaries in this world-record attempt I want to show young girls and women what’s possible when you harness the power of the body and mind.” – Donna Urquhart

To find out more, go to the Run Antarctica Website

Food Drive for Food Bank

SFP Active would like to thank everybody who donated to the Food Drive.

We delivered 4 big boxes (didn’t all fit in the boot, one’s on the back seat), to FoodBank last week and one site did a $200 cash donation as well – according to FoodBank, we are angels!!

If you didn’t get a chance to donate, there’s always time to donate on line –  just click here.

Employee Spotlight – Chris Knight

PositionSenior Project Engineer
Project/LocationEssex Street
Single/AttachedAttached with 1 child
Favourite SportField hockey
Football TeamDemons (AFL) Liverpool FC (Real Football!)
HobbiesPlaying field hockey for Melbourne Uni,
travelling, hiking, exploring new breweries
Messy or OrganisedOrganised
If his house was burning down Chris would grabEthan’s (his son) birth bracelet/tag
Least favourite foodWelsh breakfast (bacon, sausage and fried egg in a wrap)
Movie he’s seen
the most times?
Batman (Nolan’s trilogy)
Something about ChrisChris played hockey for Peru’s national team
(but he said they sucked!) and he worked in Angola (Africa) for two years on a project and learned Portuguese.

Employee Spotlight – Sam Morris

PositionSite Engineer
Project/LocationEssex Street
Single/AttachedSingle, Children – not aware of any,
Staffy called Bunjie
Favourite SportLawn bowls
Football TeamEssendon
HobbiesSurfing, fishing and BBQing
Messy or Organised?At work he’s organised
Sam at 10 Years OldTypical 10 year old – might’ve seen him down the street in a dinosaur costume
If his house was burning down Sam would grabHis wallet
Least favourite foodYellow capsicums or alive Chinese food
Movie he’s seen
the most times
Quentin Tarantino movies
Something about SamMy family (grandparents) ran a winery in McLaren Vale for 30+ years called Zimmermann Wine