Wide Bay Water’s Denis Heron (from left), CEO Peter Scott, Chairman Leith Boully and Peter Care with Cardno’s Evan Shaw celebrate WetSide’s awards at the recent Engineering Association Excellence Awards.
Wide Bay Water’s Denis Heron (from left), CEO Peter Scott, Chairman Leith Boully and Peter Care with Cardno’s Evan Shaw celebrate WetSide’s awards at the recent Engineering Association Excellence Awards.

WetSide makes a splash at awards

ONE of the Fraser Coast’s most unique attractions has won a swag of awards at two prestigious events in Brisbane.

Hervey Bay’s WetSide Water Education Park won the category for project infrastructure under $20 million in the Engineering Australia Awards, at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

WetSide won the overall sustainability award.

WetSide also won an award at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Association Excellence Awards for projects above $10 million in the water, wastewater, sewerage and drought management category.

Wide Bay Water Corporation entered the awards with Cardno and PBS Property Group, who helped deliver the project last year.

WBWC chair Leith Boully, who attended the Engineering Australia Awards, said the high standard of entries made the award even more significant.

“Engineering Australia runs highly credible and independent awards that carry tremendous industry respect.

“WetSide was up against projects across Queensland including large-scale government work and those with significant backing from the commercial sector.

“To win its own category as well as the Sustainability Award, which was one of only three overall awards, was really a huge achievement.”

Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger said the recognition was proof that WetSide was a great asset for the region.

“These awards put the Fraser Coast into the spotlight for every person at those ceremonies.

“They’ll want to come and see WetSide for themselves and when they come many will bring their families and that has positive flow-on effects for all of us.

“Word is spreading about WetSide and these trophies show just how proud we can be of this unique facility.

“Education, entertainment, onsite recycling of urban run-off – there simply isn’t something like this elsewhere in Australia.”



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