The winners of the 2015 International Association for Public Participation’s Core Values awards have been announced.

Sydney Water and GHD have won the Australian Project Category Infrastructure Award for their stakeholder and community engagement activities on the South West Growth Centre Wastewater Servicing Project.

The award is part of the International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) 2015 Core Values Awards.

Sydney Water engaged GHD as part of the ENSure joint venture with Jacobs to plan wastewater infrastructure to cater for growth in part of the South West Growth Centre. The infrastructure is now being built to service Leppington and surrounds.

Sydney Water Managing Director, Kevin Young, said “I’m very proud of the way we engaged with the community and our stakeholders to ensure that infrastructure routes and construction methods considered the needs of landowners, councils, government agencies and developers.

“The key decision to be made was where to install the 14 kilometres of wastewater pipes and two wastewater pumping stations in a way that best met Sydney Water’s technical requirements while minimising the environmental and social impacts.

“This was a real team effort and I’d like to congratulate the Project Team of Fiona Thompson and Jennifer Fisher (Corporate Public Affairs), Julie Horne and Richard Schuil (Engineering & Environmental Services) and David O’Connor supported by his delivery team Ben Samcou, Chris Taji and Craig Gilbert (Delivery Management), plus Gina Newling, Michael Robertson, BJ Jordan and Mel Dunn from GHD.

“The award is a testament to co-operation and collaboration with our partners, stakeholders and the community. When we work as one team we always produce the best results for our customers and community”‘ said Mr Young.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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