Stormwater projects in the Mountains yield awards for Council

BMCC Stormwater Project

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by StreetCorner

Blue Mountains City Council has scooped the 2011 Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence for innovative infrastructure projects demonstrating water sensitive urban design.

Stormwater NSW conducts the Awards for Excellence to encourage and celebrate excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects.

Blue Mountains City Council, together with Storm consulting, won the overall Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning award for the Blue Mountains Business Park, Lawson.

Council also received a Highly Commended award for the Excellence in Infrastructure category for the Echo Point Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme. This project was undertaken by Council, working with consultant Equatica.

Mayor, Cr Daniel Myles, said the awards are deserved recognition for Council’s innovative and integrated approach to managing stormwater in our sensitive urban environment.

A Federal government grant of $3.5million allowed the Council to invest in the Lawson Industrial Estate to put in place the building blocks for it to become a best practice clean technology business park.

An Integrated Water Sensitive Urban Design Management Strategy for the Business Park was prepared by STORM CONSULTING, providing a balanced and integrated approach to the management of stormwater in the Business Park.

“The notion is to re-develop the Business Park is a sustainable manner. Specifically, to protect the sensitive and vulnerable receiving waters and environments in the World Heritage Area National Park downstream” said the Mayor.

The design and construction of a system for stormwater harvesting, treatment and reuse for toilet flushing at Echo Point is part of a larger Federal government funded project to develop a Green Precinct in Katoomba, linking with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Katoomba Civic Centre.

“Echo Point is now an impressive demonstration site showcasing sustainability initiatives to visitors, schools, natural resource managers and the community”, said the Mayor.

“Council staff are to be congratulated for their efforts to think outside the square in their design and constructions of urban infrastructure projects in the Blue Mountains. These projects demonstrate that BMCC is at the forefront of sophisticated civil projects.

The Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence were presented on the evening of Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 Stormwater NSW Conference.

Photo: Water sensitive urban design: the new Bio retention basin will improve the quality of water leaving the Blue Mountains Business Park.

By Blue Mountains City Council

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