A sewage augmentation project has been awarded the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award at the 2017 Australian Water Association NSW branch awards.

The $43 million Yamba sewerage augmentation project won the award, after being completed in 2016, 14 per cent under projected costs.

The award entry was submitted by Clarence Valley Council, NSW Public Works Advisory and the Department of Primary Industries Water.

The council’s water cycle manager, Greg Mashiah, said the entry focused on the various construction and community engagement innovations of the Yamba sewerage scheme and the fact it came in so much under projected costs.

“This project had a lot of support from the community through the Yamba Water Recycling Management Committee who volunteered their time over the 17 years of the Yamba sewerage augmentation’s development and construction,” Mr Mashiah said.

Mr Mashiah said the state win meant the entry would now be considered for the water association’s national awards, which will be held as part of the national Ozwater conference on May 17 2017.

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