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Melbourne Water projects recognised at prestigious Victorian Water Awards

Melbourne Water received two awards at the prestigious 2022 Australian Water Association’s Victorian Awards held in Melbourne last night.

The awards promote outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation in technology, business and the delivery of water projects.

Melbourne Water’s Managing Director Nerina Di Lorenzo said to receive a Victorian Water Award was important recognition and acknowledgement from the industry.

“The Victorian Water Awards showcase innovative projects, technology and talented people in the water sector. To be recognised is an honour and testament to our people and the work they do at Melbourne Water inspiring positive change towards a sustainable water future,” Dr Di Lorenzo said.

“The dedication of our team pioneering innovation in projects is remarkable. Congratulations to the award winners for their achievements and for their well-deserved recognition.”

Melbourne Water received two Victorian Water Awards for 2021 – these include:

Infrastructure Innovation Award (metro) - ‘Reimagining Your Creek’ program

Melbourne Water, in collaboration with Alluvium Consulting Australia and REALMstudios, claimed the national Infrastructure Innovation Award (metro) for two projects in the Reimagining Your Creek Program.

The award celebrates the transformation of a 650 metre stretch of Blind Creek in Boronia and a 1.4 kilometre section of Arnolds Creek in Melton West from concrete-lined channels into natural waterways.

The projects included the installation of paths and bridges, and the planting of more than 400,000 native aquatic and riparian plants.

Water Professional of the Year

Melbourne Water General Manger for Major Program Delivery, Eamonn Kelly, was honoured as the Victorian Water Professional of the Year.

The award recognises Mr Kelly’s exemplary contribution to the water sector and his passionate commitment to inspiring positive change in the delivery of innovative and world class infrastructure projects.

During his 14 years with Melbourne Water, Mr Kelly has demonstrated vision, leadership and influence among his colleagues and peers. In this time, Mr Kelly has overseen an ambitious Major Capital Program that has grown from $200M to $400M annually, while attaining an unparalleled safety record.

Another notable aspect of his legacy is the creation of the first 100% Aboriginal-owned civil construction business, Wara Paring. The ground breaking Wara Paring `Come Walk The Path’ Indigenous Civil Construction initiative was recognised at the 2021 Victorian Water Awards and was also awarded one of the top prizes at the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The winners of this year’s Victorian Water Awards will automatically become nominees for the national Australian Water Awards, which will be presented at the Association’s annual water conference and exhibition, OzWater ’22 in Brisbane on 10-12 May 2022.

 

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