Thursday, February 26, 2015
City South News, Brisbane.
Fifty years after starting his engineering career in Papua New Guinea, Yeerongpilly-based Canstruct Founding Director, Robin Murphy has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
Mr Murphy was nominated for the prestigious OAM for his service to the building and construction industry and to the community.
He will receive the award at a ceremony in Government House in May.
Mr Murphy’s career began in PNG building bridges and in a sense of symmetry, the construction industry veteran recently took on a similar project.
the $53 Million dollar project is to reconstruct a bridge over the Kumusi River, near the Kokoda Track with significant war time history.
PNG holds a special place in Mr Murphy’s heart, because he lived in the country for six years.
“I started off in PNG 50 years ago building bridges. the difference between now and then , there’s no comparison. its still very remote,” He said.
He was surprised by the nomination and hoped it would serve as some reward for the hard-working engineers at Canstruct.
“I thought my goodness, there’s so many people that deserve this more than me.”
Mr Murphy excels in the management of complexities in construction projects and the practical implementation of design solutions.
Mr Murphy has also been a member of Rotary for more than 40 years.