ACT Healthy Waterways wins third award

Gus Meijer, Justin Foley and Annie Lane from ACT healthy Waterways receive an award from the Planning Institute of AustraliaACT Healthy Waterways has been recognised again for its innovative approach to planning during the first phase of the infrastructure project.

The Best Planning Ideas (Large Project) award, presented at the 2017 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence, is the third gong in 12 months for the project.

The project has also been recognised by the ACT branch of the Australian Water Association and by Stormwater NSW with the Excellence in Master of Strategic Planningaward. As a category winner, the project now goes on to represent the ACT and NSW in the National Stormwater Awards to be presented in Sydney in October 2018.

In selecting the project, the Stormwater NSW judges said "The ACT Healthy Waterways has clearly articulated its comprehensive plan for delivering city-wide stormwater quality improvement across Canberra."

The judges complimented the way the award nominees "logically stepped us through the methodology they used to identify optimal sites for investment through community feedback and triple bottom line considerations including waterway benefits, integration to liveability and community outcomes."

Construction is now underway on three ACT Healthy Waterways projects – two wetlands at Isabella Pond and a new rain garden in the Lake Tuggeranong catchment, and a third wetland in the Lower Molonglo catchment. A further 16 projects as well as two research trials will be rolled out in 2018.