The recently opened Centennial Park Wetland took out the Grahame Heal Water Sensitive Urban Design Award at the Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards 2019.
Covering 1.1 hectares and fully accessible by the public, the wetland was recognised for its integrated design approach which balanced traditional hydraulic and drainage needs with water treatment, as well as local ecological and community requirements.
Led by the City of Albany in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI) and engineering consultant GHD, Centennial Park Wetland is the first constructed wetland in Albany.
Speaking on the win, REI Coordinator Jennifer Stritzke said the recognition provided an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the initiative and its project partners.
“Centennial Park Wetland has transformed a section of Yakamia Creek that flows into Oyster Harbour from a degraded drain into a wetland that the community can enjoy,” she said.
“Being honoured with this award further recognises the hard work and teamwork demonstrated by all involved in bringing this partnership project to fruition.”
REI was also named runner up for the Program Innovation Award on the night – acknowledging the unique design of the initiative to incorporate science, planning, management and on-ground actions across multiple catchments.
“REI would not be successful without its partners. Over 200 individuals have been involved in delivering more than 70 projects and these achievements are a recognition of the power of collaboration” Jennifer said.
The Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards acknowledge exceptional achievements by individuals and organisations in the WA water industry. WA award winners have the opportunity to enter the Association’s National Awards, held annually.