A Victorian water utility has won two award categories at the recent Civil Construction Federation (CFF) Victoria Earth Awards.

Melbourne Water received recognition for two projects, including the Shakespeare Grove Main Drain Outlet Renewal Project in St Kilda, and the Upper Yarra Dam Safety upgrade.

The St Kilda project took out the Victoria Earth Awards’ category four award for project’s valued at between $10 and $30 million.

This joint venture with John Holland-KBR not only carries stormwater safely away from local properties to minimise flooding, its circular viewing platform provides the community with stunning views of Port Phillip Bay.

The Upper Yarra Dam Safety project, won category five for a project valued between $30 and $75 million.

Seymour Whyte Constructions was contracted for the proactive works on the dam, which was built in 1957, to bring it up to modern day standards.

The upgrades ensure the continued integrity and stability of the dam wall so the reservoir can continue to supply world class drinking water to Melburnians.

Also runner-up in the same category was the Western Treatment Plant Sludge Drying Pans Project. This project – a joint venture with John Holland-KBR – increased the sludge drying capacity at the site to cater for future growth. It ensured Melbourne Water can continue to be a world leader in environmentally friendly sewage treatment.

Melbourne Water General Manager, Major Program Delivery, Craig Dixon, said this is an excellent result and demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to collaborating with our partners to bring ambitious innovations to life.

“I congratulate everyone who worked on these incredible projects amid challenges including highly technical scope, unprecedented weather systems and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Dixon said.

“The projects are wonderful examples of infrastructure that enhance life and liveability for the greater Melbourne region today, tomorrow and for future generations.”

The Earth Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in civil construction, with judging criteria including construction excellence, environmental sustainability, and project management.

The winning projects now qualify as finalists in the CCF National Earth Awards, held in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 18 November, 2022.

Image: Upper Yarra Dam Safety Upgrade team wins category 5 award at the CCF Victoria Earth Awards. Photo: Melbourne Water.

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