City recognised for excellence in sustainability

The City of Bayswater won two awards for its Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan.

Mar 18 2019

The City of Bayswater won two awards for its Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) Excellence Awards. The City proudly accepted the Excellence in Water Projects award, and the Excellence in Environment and Sustainability award at the state-wide ceremony on Friday evening.

IPWEA present the awards each year to encourage and recognise excellence in the innovation, development, construction, and management of public works projects and the people involved.

The Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan brought multiple water management agencies together to work towards a common goal - to improve the quality of water flowing into the Swan River.

City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the project had attracted widespread attention.

"This represents the fourth major sustainability award for the City in the past six months, which is really exciting.

"Everything that enters our drains eventually ends up in the Swan and Canning Rivers, so taking care of our waterways is critical.

"We've already seen improvements to water quality, increased biodiversity and great outcomes for the community in terms of public space and amenity."

The City facilitated the creation of the Bayswater Brook Working Group, with representatives from the City of Bayswater, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Perth Region Natural Resource Management, Water Corporation, Department of Water, and CSIRO.

"The Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan is another example of the City breaking the mould to achieve better outcomes for our community. Rather than working in isolation, we've brought the various water management organisations together for a collaborative approach.

"By combining our efforts, we hope to make a bigger impact."

The major achievements of the plan have been the rehabilitation of Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, the Russell Street Park living stream project, and now the revitalisation of a drainage site at Jakobson Way in Morley. A further three drainage sites suitable for living streams have been identified for the next stage of the Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan.

The awards were accepted by Mayor Dan Bull, Director Works & Infrastructure Doug Pearson, and Manager Sustainability & Environment Jeremy Maher at a ceremony on Friday 15 March 2019.

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