QWRAP Continues Winning Streak
The Queensland Water Regional Alliance Program (QWRAP 2011-2018) is continuing its winning streak, taking out the Innovation & Sustainability in Water Project (over $5million) at the IPWEAQ Gala Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, 11 October.
QWRAP was designed as an industry-led exploration of alternative regional models following the release of three national reviews of the urban water industry that recommended fundamental changes to the governance of regional water and sewerage services. All projects supported by QWRAP have been designed to provide social benefits for Queensland’s regional and remote communities either directly or through cost saving through scale economies.
QWRAP also recently won the program innovation award (over 250,000 users) at the AWA awards, where program lead Dr Rob Fearon received the regional service award in recognition of his pivotal role with QWRAP and promoting regional collaboration for a number of years.
David Wiskar, Executive Director of Water Policy from DNRME and LGAQ’s Simone Talbot, Manager of Infrastructure, Economics & Regional Development accepted the prize on behalf of DNRME and LGAQ. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Arron Hieatt, LGAQ’s Lead for Water, Sewerage and Infrastructure for his huge effort in championing the program.
Congratulations also to Logan City Council, with the Round Mountain Solar Electrochlorinator project winning both the Innovation & Sustainability in Water award for projects under $5 million and Project of the Year Award.
The $3 million project at Round Mountain Reservoir in Logan combines solar power, commercial battery storage and electrochlorination technologies to maintain water quality for residents 24 hours per day.
Chris Pipe-Martin’s Round Mountain presentation has been a hit at all our regional conferences this year, and we congratulate Logan City Council on this wonderful achievement.
The winner of the Asset Management Category also had a watery flavour... Mackay Regional Council’s Mt Pleasant No. 1 Reservoir was recommissioned in May 2018 following a $2.4million refurbishment that aimed to extend the life of this critical piece of water infrastructure by a further 50 years. The reservoir was fitted with the latest in external post-tensioning technology, maximising use of the existing structure and extending its life at minimal cost.
This is the first time that this system and number of external post-tensioning tendons has been retro-fitted to a large water reservoir (18 megalitres) to augment its existing strength by providing its complete structural post-tensioning requirements.
Congratulations to all of the award nominees and finalists.