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Masing makes working visit to AECOM Melbourne
Posted on : 09 Aug 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post
August 8, 2017, Tuesday Churchill Edward,

Masing (11th left) presenting a souvenir from Caruthers while other visitors from Sarawak look on.

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing led a 17-member delegation from the state to visit an engineering and consultancy from AECOM Melbourne in Australia.

At the firm the Sarawakians were briefed on matters related to port master planning, dredging and infrastructure development through environmentally sensitive areas. The briefing was led by Managing Director of Civil and Infrastructure Division Andrew Caruthers, according to the ministry’s press statement issued in Melbourne yesterday.

Masing, who is also Minister for Infrastructure Development and Transportation, said he was impressed with Aecom, which presented case studies of projects in Melbourne and how meticulous planning and stakeholders’ consultation were taken into the planning and development of port and road projects, especially in areas which are environmentally sensitive such as Ramsar (wetland) sites, migratory bird habitats and native flora and fauna areas.

Amongst the projects highlighted by Aecom were the channel deepening of Port Phillip Bay, future development of Port of Hastings and the development of Peninsula Link road, whereby the firm highlighted on the challenges faced, the approaches taken and the “best practices” adopted by benchmarking against other international standards. These case studies undertaken by Aecom were all sited in the State of Victoria.

Among key members of the delegates are Assistant Minister for Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Assistant Minister for Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Kuching Port Authority chairman Dato’ Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation Safri Zainudin, Kuching Port Authority General manager Robert Lau Hong Thian and other senior Sarawak government officials.

Aecom is the leading engineering firm in the world specialising in various Engineering Consultancy Services with a strength of 95,000 worldwide.