Council’s innovation and leadership recognised with award wins across diverse fields
From mosquito surveillance to eco-friendly roads, to community inclusivity – the City of Salisbury is leading the way in innovation, as recognised in a number of recent award wins.
Council’s refurbished Operations Centre was named Best Public Works $2m-$5m at the South Australian Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA SA) annual awards evening earlier this month.
The centre, at Cross Keys Road in Salisbury, features improvements such as flexible spaces that can be modified to suit needs, improved vehicle and pedestrian movement and a communal kitchen with breakout facilities to encourage team bonding.
The project, delivered in partnership with Thomson Rossi Architects, also included sustainability-focused features such as natural lighting in workspaces and recycled water for irrigation.
The IPWEA SA’s Excellence in Project Innovation was also presented to Council, alongside engineering company Huesker, for the Mawson Lakes Boulevard upgrade.
The road was upgraded with a high-strength asphalt reinforcement called HaTelit, which will reduce maintenance needs, resulting in savings of about $1.2 million, while delivering environmental benefits.
Incredibly, the HaTelit mesh layer used within the project was made by using more than 500,000 recycled plastic bottles that would have otherwise gone into landfill.
Meanwhile, Council last month received three awards at the Planning Institute Australia’s Excellence in Planning Awards.
The awards recognised projects which demonstrated planning excellence in their field, including;
- Community Wellbeing and Diversity: Council’s diversity and inclusion strategic plans – Intercultural Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Age Friendly Strategy 2022-2027 and Ability Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2024 – were recognised as a collaborative approach which demonstrates leadership in local government to the betterment of the community.
- Improving Planning Processes: This award recognised the Land Division Information Video Series, developed in conjunction with Click Films, to answer frequently asked questions from the community about residential sub division.
- Strategic Planning Project (Commendation) – The Strategic Growth Framework for Waterloo Corner and Bolivar Corridor, developed by Council in partnership with consultant Holmes Dyer, was recognised for proactively considering the planned growth and development of the land located west of Port Wakefield Road.
Additionally, Council received the SA Health Award for Excellence in Community Focused Environmental Health Practice for its ongoing work in surveillance and treatment to support mosquito control in response to the needs of our community and environmental health.
In November, Council’s Environmental Health team presented on the issue of mosquito activity and breeding sites at the annual Environmental Health Australia State Conference.