Awards for community engagement and water engineering

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22 October 2012

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, along with its partners, has won two Engineers Australia Excellence Awards (Sydney division). The awards seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and conspicuous service to the profession.

GHD and Goulburn Mulwaree Council were jointly acknowledged with the Excellence Award for Regional Communities for the Highlands Source Project. The Highlands Source Project is an 81 km pipeline that links Goulburn to Wingecarribee Reservoir, which is part of the Sydney Catchment Authority’s network of dams.

In selecting this project as the award recipient, the judges said, “This project addressed a critical issue for living and thriving in a regional centre, that is, a reliable water supply. The proponents went through a rigorous process to determine how best to solve the problem. Once that decision was made, the physical design of the project was reasonably straightforward.

“However there was a time limit on the available funding, 145 landholders to engage with and high expectations on easement rehabilitation. GHD and Goulburn Mulwaree Council showed that these issues could be managed with a well organised team and appropriate back up resources to produce an outcome that the community is extremely proud of, and will benefit them for decades to come.”

Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor, Councillor Geoff Kettle noted, “My particular congratulations go to GHD for their role in design and project management, and the many Council staff who were committed to delivering this project for the benefit of our City. Not only does Goulburn now have a secure water supply well into the future, but it was achieved through a project recognised for its engineering excellence.”

GHD, John Holland, Sydney Water Corporation, Thompson Controls and RPG Australia were jointly recognised with a Highly Commended in the Infrastructure Category for Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme Stage 1. The project will provide 900 ML of recycled water a year to customers in a new development in south western Sydney.

“Congratulations to all concerned in delivering this great outcome for our clients and GHD,” said David Kinniburgh, Operating Centre Manager for Sydney.


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