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Council storms water management awards

Published: 22 September 2016

Council storms water management awards
Deputy Mayor Cr Cherie Dalley (front, left) with Environment Committee Chair Cr Lisa Bradley (front, right) presenting the award to Council staff.

A plan to better manage Council owned water bodies has won national praise at the National Storm Water Awards for Excellence, wining a Highly Commended against fierce competition from around the country.

The Water Body Asset Management Framework became a finalist after winning the Stormwater Queensland State Award for asset management.

Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Cr Lisa Bradley, said the award recognised Council staff excellence in proactive management and the high standards being set for water body quality.

“There are over 220 water bodies such natural wetlands, constructed urban lakes, and stormwater treatment ponds under Council management across the city,” she said.

“Higher visitation levels, combined with increased development, may place these assets under pressure, which is why Council have been proactive in ensuring high standards backed up by action to help protect these valuable places.

“Assets such as these play a vital role in our community – they clean and filter storm water, provide tourist attractions, places for activity such as fishing, bird watching, and other recreation, as well as vital habitat for wildlife.

“It’s important we get the management right, and judging by the industry recognition this plan is receiving it’s clear we are on the right track.

“Congratulations to the dedicated Council staff that have made this plan happen – it’s a great reward for your hard work.”

Since implementation, the framework has enabled groundworks in Riverdale Park and Doug Larsen Park, with further work planned in Doug Larsen Park, Gould Adams Park, Lake Dennis, Tygum Lagoon and Riverdale Park in the coming financial year.

Staff were formally presented with the award at Tuesday’s (20 September) full Council meeting.