Melbourne Water and AECOM have taken home a joint prize at the national Asset Management Council 2021 Excellence Awards for the Asset Management Social and Environmental Award category.

The Asset Management Council Awards celebrate the significant contribution individuals and organisations make to the advancement of asset management both in Australia and internationally.

Melbourne Water Managing Director, Michael Wandmaker, said to receive the Social and Environmental Award was an honour. 

“The award is a testament to our core values as a business,” Mr Wandmaker said.

“This innovative and successful collaboration builds on our role as an essential service provider while enhancing life and liveability for our community.”  

AECOM Strategic Asset Management Team Leader, Dr Frédéric Blin, said a significant key to the project’s success was the positive and open working relationship between all parties.

“The collaborative approach showcased each participant’s strengths, bringing together the best of asset management and environmental science to develop a great outcome for the community,” Dr Blin said.

The Asset Management Social and Environmental Award acknowledges projects which have had a positive social and economic impact on the community and environment.

Melbourne Water’s work in this area included application of its Asset Management Framework to natural waterway assets – focusing on defining service and technical objectives for the social value amenity programs of litter removal and vegetation management.  

Performance measures and targets were also developed to monitor outcomes and inform decisions for ongoing management of waterways and to meet customer and community expectations.

Real-time customer feedback will also be added as a way to measure performance of the waterway asset and help determine delivery outcomes. 

Application of Melbourne Water’s Asset Management Framework ensures compliance and alignment with industry standards and demonstrates the value of these programs and efficiency in their delivery.

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