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17 the role. "It involved the things that interact with the residents and the businesses nearby. Once design was completed, King stayed on for a further six months with the network operations team to work on the traffc management for the site. "I think the reports that we kept hearing were about 50,000 cars passed through the site daily. So we had to make sure all the cars got through the site safely and all the workers were kept safe on site." The team was tasked with trying out new and innovative traffc management systems by management to introduce new technology to WA. Temporary speed humps were just one of the new technologies introduced under the scheme. ROYAL AFFAIR King credits her time working on the Great Eastern Highway project as her career highlight to date. During her time on the project, Queen Elizabeth II was in town and there was speculation as to whether she would pass through the site. "They didn't tell us until the day which route she was going to take to the city, but she actually drove through the middle of our site, which was a bit of a highlight," laughs King. "There aren't many people who can say they've had that happen." Other fans of her work are her two nephews who, when they come to visit, insist on a tour of the different projects she has worked on in and around Perth. The fve-year-old in particular is a fan of Bobcats. "We have been known to have to do a bit of a detour through certain suburbs and areas to see what I've worked on," she says. "It's usually pretty disappointing for them after the Great Easter n Highway as it's 'this wall and that wall'." WIDE-RANGING King admits that she has 'rarely done the same job twice'. She has worked in both design and works roles, which she believes has given her a greater understanding of the importance of thorough planning at the beginning of a project. "As I've got more experience and been doing things longer you understand how things link in," she says. "You see how putting a bit more work in at the front of a job helps at the back end of a job. The design team can really make the life of the works crew a lot easier or a lot harder." King became involved with IPWEA WA in 2006 when she joined a skills shortage committee, which has since evolved into the YIPWEA WA committee. "It's probably one of the best things you can do for your career," she says. "Get involved and join a committee.” ••• The design team can really make the life of the works crew a lot easier or a lot harder. YIPWEA WA Chair Taryn King worked for a year on the Great Eastern Highway project.
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