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New Global CEO boosts Aurecon’s global exec team and appoints Louise Adams to lead Aurecon ANZ

7 December 2018 Global engineering and infrastructure advisorycompany Aurecon announced today that under the leadership of its newly appointed incoming Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) William Cox, it would be adding two more female senior leaders to its Global Executive leadership team, with Louise Adams appointed as Managing Director Australia and New Zealand. The incoming global CEO has moved boldly to restructure his leadership team as he announces his intention to continue Aurecon’s rapid growth and continuing diversification across Digital, Advisory and Asia, following record profit margins over the past three years. Louise Adams, previously Regional Director responsible for Aurecon’s South Australian and Victorian practice and the first female member of Aurecon’s Global Board, has been appointed Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, currently responsible for generating 80 per cent of Aurecon’s revenue. Francoise Merit, previously Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Australia and New Zealand, has been appointed as Aurecon’s Global CFO, with previous CFO Andrew Muller appointed as Aurecon’s new Chief Operating Office (COO). Incoming Global Chief Executive Officer, William Cox said, “I am pleased to announce these appointments for Louise, Francoise and Andrew. Each are seasoned, expert operators at the top of their fields, capable of leading the charge as we consolidate Aurecon’s growth and pursue new opportunities across Digital, Advisory and Asia. "Louise and Francoise’s appointments bring the number of women on our Executive Committee to three, reflecting Aurecon’s commitment to increasing the number of female leaders as we continue to build a culture of diversity, innovation and digital excellence across Aurecon globally. "Senior female leadership appointments are rare in the traditionally male-dominated engineering and finance industries, yet the benefits are immense. When you get different viewpoints operating in organisations, you unleash creativity, innovation and new solutions on old or intractable problems. "This is particularly relevant at a time of enormous cultural change across the property, construction and infrastructure sectors as incredible new technologies help us plan, build and manage infrastructure and the built environment in ways never seen before, truly changing the way we engineer, design and advise." Appointment of Louise Adams, Managing Director Australia & New Zealand Commenting on her leadership appointment, Louise Adams said, “One of the key shifts in our business over the last four years has been our diversification into Advisory as we reshape Aurecon to face the digital disruption impacting our industry and helping our clients do the same. "Comprising 1,000 professionals globally, Aurecon’s Advisory practice has delivered 29 per cent revenue growth over the last financial year. Australia and New Zealand are key markets for our advisory business and this will be a key area of focus for me." Since 2015, Louise has been the Regional Director responsible for Aurecon’s operations across Victoria and South Australia. Leading a team of more than 700 people she has been focused on project performance, supporting local leadership and liaising with major clients. Louise became the first Australian woman on Aurecon’s Global Board in 2013 and she is Aurecon’s global spokesperson for Women in Leadership. Louise has a passion for organisational diversity and the role it plays in innovation and is prominent in Aurecon’s global Future Ready program. In 2016, Louise received a high commendation for Female Champion of Change in Consult Australia’s Excellence Awards and in 2018 she was awarded a Chief Executive Women Scholarship to attend the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia. Louise has extensive experience as a Project Manager and Chartered Civil Engineer. In previous roles, she has led major civil and multidisciplinary projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, Qatar, and the UAE. Appointment of Francoise Merit, Global Chief Financial Officer Francoise Merit, who joined Aurecon as Chief Financial Officer, Australia and New Zealand in early 2018, has been appointed Global Chief Financial Officer. Francoise has almost 20 years’ experience in the engineering sector encompassing finance, risk management, commercial and contractual negotiations. In addition, to her significant industry knowledge, Francoise is applying her transformation experience from other roles to improve operational and financial processes and financial risk management at Aurecon. Francoise is also passionate about increasing female leadership in the finance industry and regularly speaks to external organisations such as the Royal Australian Navy about her experience and strategies to increase diversity and inclusion in organisations. Appointment of Andrew Muller, Global Chief Operating Officer Aurecon’s previous Global Chief Financial Officer Andrew Muller has also been appointed as Global Chief Operating Officer, effective 1 January 2019. Andrew is a senior finance executive who joined Aurecon in 2016 as global Chief Financial Officer following an 18-year career with Lendlease, where he held a range of senior financial management positions both in Australia and globally. Having almost 20 years in the property and engineering construction industry, Andrew has a very good appreciation of Aurecon’s operations from a different perspective and will be able to apply this insight to the COO role. His key strengths lie in the ability to combine strategic thinking with operational expertise, to achieve significant financial outcomes and drive business growth. Andrew and Francoise will begin their new roles on 1 January 2019 and Louise’s appointment is effective 1 February 2019.

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Acciona delivers in Toowoomba as second range crossing achieves partial opening

8 December 2018 ACCIONA and its joint venture partner have reached a major milestone on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project, with partial opening achieved. The $1.6 billion Public Private Partnership is one of Queensland’s highest priority road infrastructure projects, which is estimated to increase economic activity in the region by $2.4 billion over 30 years. The benefits of the range crossing include improvements in freight travel times and driver safety, relieving pressure on local roads in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley regions, and enhancing liveability for residents. The partial opening covers 24km of the TSRC from the Mort Street interchange at Cranley to the Gore Highway at Athol. Nexus Operations has commenced highway maintenance services for this section of the road, operating from its new centre at Bedford Street, Cranley. The remaining section of the TSRC is anticipated to open around mid-2019. Fernando Fajardo, Managing Director for ACCIONA Infrastructure Australia, New Zealand &South East Asia, said: “We are very pleased to reach this milestone, and congratulations to the construction team and Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads for their hard work and collaboration on this massive project.” “We would also like to thank all of the local contractors that have been working with us. Over 80% of the project expenditure is spent with local businesses, generating supply chain benefits and bringing work to hundreds of local people.” The significant scale of the TSRC is apparent in the project’s statistics. There have been over four million truck movements, 12 million cubic metres of earthworks and 2,000 pieces of heavy equipment used. More than 83,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured and 498 Super T girders installed. The project also includes the highest viaduct in Queensland measuring at 51 metres high, and 30 new bridges at 24 bridge sites. Over four million hours have been worked with all staff home safely each evening, and the most recent million hours containing no lost-time injuries. Injury rates across the project are well below industry averages. The project is funded by the Federal and State governments, with the joint venture partners working together to deliver the project for Nexus Infrastructure, which was awarded the contract to design, construct, operate and maintain the TSRC in August 2015. Nexus Infrastructure is a consortium of global leaders and investors comprising of Plenary Group, Cintra and ACCIONA Concesiones.

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Navantia launches Nuship Supply for the Royal Australian Navy

23 November 2018 Navantia has launched the first AOR (auxiliary oiler replenishment) ”Nuship Supply” of a series of two, for the Royal Australian Navy, according to contract signed in May 2016. The ceremony was held at the Ferrol facilities at 4:15 pm coinciding with the high tide, and has counted with the attendance of Mrs. Jenny Barrett, as the godmother of the ship, the president of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá, the Ambassador of Australia to Spain, Julie-Ann Guivarra, and the Royal Australian Navy Chief of Navy, VA MJ Noonan. The president of Navantia was grateful to the Australian Navy for the confidence deposited in the Company that once again has demonstrated the aptitude to design and build the products and services for the most competitive markets, in time and quality. She added that launching a new ship, means that Navantia shows, once again, an enormous potential and with the upcoming Strategic Plan and the F110 frigates, will guarantee supporting these capacities in the future. The two ships are based on the Spanish Navy ship “Cantabria” which will be tailored to fulfil specific Australian standards and requirements. The agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia also includes the sustainment of the two AOR ships for a period of five years. This contract means a workforce of 3 million hours for this area, as well as 35,000 hours for the Cartagena shipyard derived from the engines, and 35,000 for Navantia Sistemas derived from the IPMS. That makes a total of 1,800 jobs until 2020. Besides, this contract includes a significant amount of participation from Australian industry, with companies such as Raytheon as supplier of the Communication System, Saab Australia as supplier of the Combat System, Scientific Management Associates (SMA) as suppliers of engineering services and Baker and Provan as supplier of cranes. In relation to Support, all the sustainment activities will be performed in Australia (NSW and WA) with Navantia Australia and its subcontractors, which has been partnering with Australian companies since 2007.

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