Melbourne Water won two awards and shared in a third at Stormwater Australia’s 2014 National Stormwater Excellence Awards.
Stormwater Australia is the country’s industry association with more than 1000 corporate, government, and individual members from across the engineering, planning, architecture, education, and research sectors, and the awards celebrate outstanding achievement in stormwater projects, policy, and initiatives.
Melbourne Water projects that were recognised at the prestigious awards were:
Excellence in Asset Management Category
Melbourne Water – ‘Tools to improve WSUD Asset Management’
Excellence in Policy and Education
Melbourne Water – ‘Melbourne Water’s 10,000 Raingardens Program’
Excellence in Infrastructure Category
City of Banyule, the Commonwealth and State government, Melbourne Water, and Fisher & Fisher – ‘Banyule Community Stormwater Harvesting Project’
Melbourne Water Stormwater Program Leader, Keysha Milenkovic, said she was thrilled that so many projects had been recognised on a national level.
“Stormwater management is a vital component of creating liveable cities,” said Ms Milenkovic.
“The range of categories that we were recognised in at the Stormwater Australia Awards is a great endorsement for the variety of work we’re doing to minimise stormwater as a threat and utilise it as a resource.”
“We instigate a lot of our own stormwater projects and campaigns, but a key part of our work is partnering with and supporting councils through our Living Rivers program so they can integrate WSUD at a local level.”
The Living Rivers program will provide $6 million over the next two years to local government for integrated water management works and initiatives that support healthy waterways and bays, prosperous communities, and thriving landscapes through improved stormwater management.