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La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

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24 March 2019

2019 Sabores Spanish festival

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    Position Partners awarded Topcon Dealer of the Year 2017-2018

    10 January 2019 Topcon Positioning Systems’ exclusive Australian distributor, Position Partners, was awarded top prize for Construction at the recent Topcon Xperience dealer conference held in San Antonio, Texas. Topcon Positioning Systems’ annual dealer conference brings together more than 500 distributors from around the world to network and learn about new technology for the construction, geospatial and mining industries. At the recent event held in December 2018, Position Partners was awarded ‘Dealer of the Year 2017-2018’ for Construction, along with awards for ‘Top 5 Year on Year Sales Growth’ and ‘Top 5 Excavator Sales’. “We are privileged to receive Topcon’s Dealer of the Year award amongst all of Topcon’s successful distributors,” said Martin Nix, Position Partners CEO.  “It’s a great reflection of the support our customers give us as they strive to increase productivity and safety by pushing the boundaries with intelligent positioning systems in the construction industry. “These awards are accepted as a recognition of the combined efforts of our teams and employees, who continually do their utmost to deliver exceptional customer service at all times,” he added. Jamie Williamson, Topcon executive VP and general manager of the construction and retail groups, said, “The Position Partners team has always exhibited strength and dedication in providing the most innovative technology and service to their customers. That spirit has been notably evident in their performance, which makes Position Partners a superb choice for Dealer of the Year.”

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    Parramatta Light Rail Contracts Signed

    20 December 2018 Major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail will begin in 2019 after two major contracts were awarded to build and operate Stage 1 of the project that will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia. The final budget for the project has been confirmed as $2.4 billion, which includes the two major contracts, early and enabling works, road network upgrades, new bridges and active transport links, urban design, changes to the bus network and project costs from 2015-2023. The $840 million major contract to build the light rail system has been awarded to Downer and CPB Contractors in a joint venture, while the $536 million contract to supply and operate the network and build the depot, light rail stops and power systems has been awarded to the Great River City Light Rail consortium. The Great River City Light Rail consortium includes Transdev, the operator of Sydney’s Inner West Light Rail, and CAF Rail Australia, which supplies vehicles for the Inner West and Newcastle light rail networks. Remediation works began in October at the site of the future light rail Stabling and Maintenance facility at Camellia, and roadworks to prepare the Parramatta CBD and North Parramatta by redirecting traffic flow are underway. For more information, refer to the media release announcing Parramatta Light Rail contracts signed.

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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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