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Two images cropped together, one of a white male Luke Osland smiling to the camera, the other a woman Pranjal Pawar smiling with construction in the background

Development Victoria’s expertise in project management has been recognised in the Australian Institute of Project Management’s 2021 Project Management Achievement Awards.

Development Victoria won two awards that celebrate project management excellence in program and project leadership.

Project Director Luke Osland has been named Victorian Project Professional of the Year for his work on the State Netball and Hockey Centre Redevelopment.

“Project Management is about teamwork – identifying roles within a project and filling them with capable and motivated people allows everyone to succeed,” said Luke. “Projects like these take a relatively long time to deliver, so it is important that you take time to celebrate its success. I want to thank our partners, Sport and Recreation Victoria, State Sports Centres Trust, Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria and our construction partner Kane Construction.”

“Luke’s commitment to stakeholder relationships and building the talents in his team is demonstrated by the excellent results he has achieved in delivering this fantastic venue that has changed the face of community and elite sport for Victoria,” said Angela Skandarajah, CEO Development Victoria. “His experience and pursuit of excellence is highly valued by Development Victoria.

Project Manager Pranjal Pawar has been named Victoria’s Future Project Leader of the Year for her work on the State Netball and Hockey Centre Redevelopment.

“We are proud of the work that Pranjal has done and the innovative thinking that she demonstrated to deliver this important project for Victoria. Pranjal continues to contribute her expertise and knowledge to other Development Victoria projects,” said Ms Skandarajah.

The $64.6 million State Netball and Hockey Centre Redevelopment, also a finalist in the awards, is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s record investment in women’s sport. Development Victoria delivered the State-shaping project that will provide benefit to the Victorian community, particularly women in sport, for decades to come.

Our Leonardo Helicopter Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Facility project also received recognition as a finalist in the small project category. Development Victoria oversaw the delivery of the helicopter gearbox maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the new Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct in Melbourne for partners the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and Leonardo Australia.

Development Victoria works in partnership with the public and private sectors to design and deliver major cultural and recreational civic projects that enrich our communities and leave a lasting legacy. Economic benefits are created by designing infrastructure projects that create future commercial and job opportunities, as well as using local companies and expertise to deliver these projects.

Updated on 26 May 2023