Port Macquarie Hastings Council has been recognised for two recent projects in state ceremonies.
Council was announced as winner of the Major Projects Category (Design and Construction of a Local Government/Public Works Project over $5m) for the Stingray Creek Bridge Replacement Project at the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards.
Council was also presented with a Great Place Award Commendation for the Oxide Park Renewal Project at the Planning Institute of Australia NSW Awards.
Council general manager Craig Swift-McNair said both projects had delivered great value for the community.
“While they are very different projects in dollar value and delivery time, it is wonderful to see broader recognition of the project quality from design to delivery, and the value they bring for our community,” he said.
“Competition for these awards is always to an extremely high standard, so this is great recognition for council staff and stakeholders who have supported these projects.”
The $26m Stingray Creek Bridge project took 18 years and involved a complex array of planning, design and delivery elements.
These included consideration of route options, environmental impact assessment, engagement management of specialised civil contractors, construction of a temporary bridge, the new bridge construction and demolition of the old.
It was delivered in collaboration with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Public Works, with funding support from the NSW Government.
The award submission provided detail on the successful planning and delivery of the project, including the innovative techniques used by council’s contractor to enable a shorter construction duration and significantly reduced impact on the environment.
The Oxide Park Renewal Project focused on the design and delivery of an inter generational and colourful space which incorporates play, creative art and cultural elements.
It was delivered with council funding and a grant from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services – Social Housing and Community Improvement Fund.
Wide ranging engagement by local stakeholders was fundamental to the positive outcome of the project.
“From the outset the Oxide Park project was a community-driven initiative,” said council director Jeffery Sharp.
“To be recognised for the fantastic transformation of the park into a vibrant new play space is a testament to everyone involved, and is evidence of what can be achieved when council, businesses and our local community work closely together.
“I’d like to again extend our thanks to the local residents, Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre, Birpai Aboriginal Land Council, Hastings Preschool and Long Day Care Centre and Lend Lease staff who volunteered time to support the creation of this great place for our community.”