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Last night, Cannonvale and Proserpine Sewage Treatment Plants were awarded an ‘Excellent’rating at the inaugural Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) gala dinner andinfrastructure sustainability awards in Sydney.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the ‘Excellent’ rating level was achieved for both the ‘design’ and ‘asbuilt’ phases of the two projects.
“Our two sewage treatment plants are the first projects in Australia to achieve these awards and it demonstrates the best-practice and innovative approach of the design and construction team at Tenix,” she said.
“On behalf of Council, I congratulate Tenix who continue to be recognised for their partnership indelivering sustainable solutions that have benefited our local community and environment including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the 74 Whitsunday Islands that fringe the coastline.
“We are very pleased that our sewage plants have set the benchmark for sustainable infrastructure in Australia.
“The innovative design saves around 458 MWh of grid electricity per annum, saving $120,000 ayear. Materials were also significantly reduced with 4,189 tonnes less concrete and 368 tonnesless steel used by optimising the design and re-purposing existing structures.
“The projects were also a great example of the benefits of sourcing materials locally, with 61%, or about $27.4 million, of the projects total procurement expenditure occurring in the Whitsundayregion,” she said.
Tenix Chief Executive Officer Trevor Cohen said he Whitsunday Regional Council has shownleadership in demonstrating how sustainability of critical infrastructure is important and can havepositive impacts and immediate benefits to the local community.
“For example, of the 81% of the project’s total procurement expenditure, 61% occurred in theWhitsunday region and 20% in South East Queensland; boosting the local economy and helpingcontractors and suppliers grow skills and capabilities,” said Mr Cohen.
ISCA’s Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) scheme is the only comprehensive scheme for evaluating the sustainability of the design, construction and operation of infrastructure, setting the benchmark for sustainability performance in the Australian infrastructure sector.
Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Financial Officer Matthew McGoldrick received the award onbehalf of Council at last night’s gala dinner.
For more information including fact sheets on sustainability benefits of the project, go to http://www.tenix-whitsunday.com.au/
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