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Melbourne Water recognised for outstanding community projects

Melbourne Water has been acknowledged at the prestigious 2019 International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Awards which recognize outstanding organizations and projects at the forefront of public participation and community engagement.

Melbourne Water’s Managing Director Michael Wandmaker said it was a wonderful achievement.

“The health of Melbourne, its waterways and environment is central to what we do at Melbourne Water. Wherever we can - we involve and listen to the community, working in collaboration with them to maintain, improve and protect our beautiful city and its waterways.”

The IAP2 Awards singled out Melbourne Water for three projects.

The Organization was Highly Commended in the Disaster and Emergency Services Category for its Stony Creek Recovery and Rehabilitation project.

Since the devastating 2018 Footscray factory chemical fire, Melbourne Water has worked with the local community to develop a plan to support the long-term rehabilitation of the Creek and its surrounds, making sure it aligns with community values, aspirations and expectations.

In the Award’s Planning Category, Melbourne Water was Highly Commended for its co-design approach to refreshing the Healthy Waterways Strategy. The strategy provides direction towards a regional vision for the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region with community consultation at the heart of its focus.

Finally, Melbourne Water’s Enhancing Dandenong Creek Project received a certificate of achievement for its contribution to the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

“This acknowledgement affirms the commitment we’re making to engagement and the collective efforts of our staff to put the community at the heart of our decision making processes,” Mr Wandmaker said.

Media: Catherine Garrett 0429 219 084