Bundaberg Regional Council’s Stormwater Management Strategy will be presented at an international conference after taking out a state engineering excellence award.
The strategy, which was previously recognised at a regional level, took out the award for best asset management project at the recent Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland (IPWEAQ) conference.
The team also won the Geoff Wilmoth Memorial Prize for best conference presentation as
voted by the attendees.
The 10-year Stormwater Management Strategy, developed by Council and AECOM, uses a risk-based framework to prioritise works and improve the sustainability of the region’s waterways.
IPWEAQ described it as “providing an essential framework for best practice asset management that caters for future growth while maintaining and improving existing stormwater infrastructure”.
It said the strategy defined a clear level of service for the community that employed risk-based decision making to inform long-term investment.
Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the award was well-deserved recognition for Council’s engineering team.
“Throughout the process, 150 potential capital projects were identified – many of which related to historical issues – demonstrating how essential it is to approach future drainage works strategically,” Cr Trevor said.
“Taking out this prestigious award is terrific recognition for our hard-working engineering team and, as we now move towards implementation of this strategy, the environment and residents will benefit from this approach.”
In a statement, IPWEAQ said the asset management excellence award recognised how well the Bundaberg Regional Council stormwater management strategy was executed.
“…bringing a holistic vision for stormwater management in the region by increasing awareness and education within the community, capturing social and environmental values, and identifying critical infrastructure needs,” the statement said.
“The strategy will see the Bundaberg Region transition to an integrated, water sensitive city over time and will see the development of an integrated catchment management plan which considers the water cycle as a whole.”
Awards recognise engineering excellence
IPWEAQ CEO Leigh Cunningham said the peak body’s annual excellence awards recognised the success of infrastructure and engineering projects and the people who delivered them.
“These awards highlight how public works engineering projects and professionals are improving our communities and growing our economies through every aspect of our lives, from transportation and water supply to road safety and recycling, to recreation,” Ms Cunningham said.
“Public works engineering professionals work on infrastructure projects that will contribute an estimated $32 billion a year to the Queensland economy every year for the next five years.
“With the state’s continuing growth and the lead-up to the 2032 Olympics, Queensland’s public works engineering sector will be taking a leading role over the coming decade.”
The Bundaberg Region Stormwater Management Strategy paper, which secured the engineering excellence award, will now be presented at the international IPWEA conference in New Zealand in February 2022.
The strategy can be viewed on Council's website.