The Council was recognized at the 2022 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) Achievement Awards at Parliament on 10 March 2022.
The prestigious awards honor the most outstanding projects and professionals in public works engineering. The Council received the environmental improvement project, or initiative, for the glass recycling plant.
The council became increasingly concerned that a significant amount of glass collected from the curbside recycling system was being lost due to contamination and ending up in landfill.
The Glass Recycling Plant is a revolutionary project that solves the problem of previously unrecyclable broken and dirty glass fragments. Although there are other Australian glass processing facilities, this new facility uses a unique washing process required for recycling.
The Council was also highly commended for the reconstruction of the Toomboolombah Bridge, following the Currowan fire, in the category of projects under $500,000.
The replacement of the Toombolomobah Bridge, under such tight deadlines, following the fires, with a more durable concrete structure, is just one of the significant achievements.
The Council was the first to use this prefabricated product and the contractor has now delivered over 150 bridges across Australia.
All earthworks and reconstruction of the Toomboolombah Bridge was undertaken by local and regional NSW contractors.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said she was delighted with the accolades.
“These awards highlight the innovation, expertise and dedication shown by Council employees who go above and beyond in providing infrastructure and services for our community.
“The importance of excellent infrastructure to the health and happiness of our community cannot be overstated.”
“A big shout out to everyone involved,” Mayor Findley said.
Photo credit: Toomoolomobah Bridge, InQuik Bridging Systems