An innovative water supply plant at Cardwell has earned the Cassowary Coast Regional Council a state award for public works engineering.
Council staff were finalists in four categories of the 2019 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.
However it was the Cardwell Water Quality Improvement Project at Meunga Creek, Cardwell, that was recognised as best-in-class in Queensland for projects under $1 million.
The IPWEAQ said that the council’s engineers were able to substantially improve the water quality for Cardwell residents during dirty-water events, with a cost-effective solution that combined simplicity with effectiveness.
Councillor Glenn Raleigh said the award was recognition of the council being able to deliver cost-effective engineering solutions to community problems.
“Award-winning projects like ours can really show that just because you’re regional, doesn’t mean you can’t be best-in-class,” Cr Raleigh said.
“We couldn’t be more proud of all our staff who contributed to the projects that made the finals in these awards. They do a great job.”
The council also was a finalist in three other categories relating to asset management, innovation in managing unsealed roads, and projects between $5-10 million (the Nyeta Creek Water Supply Scheme).