Bundaberg stormwater strategy wins major award

IPWEAQ Assst Management award winners. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Bundaberg Regional Council’s stormwater management strategy claimed the Best Asset Management Project award at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland (IPWEAQ) annual conference in Cairns.

IPWEAQ CEO Leigh Cunningham said the annual excellence awards recognised the success of infrastructure and engineering projects and the people who deliver them across the state.

“The Bundaberg Regional Council Stormwater Management Strategy proactively addresses the need to plan and manage infrastructure in a sustainable, adaptable manner,” Ms Cunningham said.

“This project highlights how public works engineering is evolving and adapting strategies to improve our communities and contribute to the growing economies.”

“Projects such as these will contribute an estimated $32 billion a year to the Queensland economy every year for the next five years.

“With the state’s continuing growth and the lead-up to the 2032 Olympics, Queensland’s public works engineering sector will be taking a leading role over the coming decade.”

Bundaberg Regional Council owns and manages over $300 million worth of stormwater assets to protect against rainfall run-off across the region with its low-lying overland flow paths and lack of formal drainage infrastructure.

The collaborative project between Bundaberg Regional Council and AECOM creates an overarching Stormwater Management Strategy. It provides an essential framework for best practice asset management that caters for future growth while maintaining and improving existing stormwater infrastructure. The strategy defines a clear level of service for the community that employs risk-based decision making to inform long-term investment.

A key feature of this project is that it brings a holistic vision for stormwater management in the region by increasing awareness and education within the community, capturing social and environmental values, and identifying critical infrastructure needs.

The award is one of 30 projects and people to win an award at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland at the annual conference in front of 450 delegates at the Cairns Convention Centre.