Driftwells Park project highly commended

Dubbo Regional Council’s Driftwells Park project received a High Commendation at the Engineers Australia Sydney Division Excellence Awards Presentation Dinner held in Sydney on Friday, 7 October, 2016.

The recently completed project was entered in the Environment category.

“While the winner of the category was a multi-million dollar Gasworks Remediation Project at Macdonaldtown in Sydney’s Inner West, it was noteworthy that Council’s High Commendation placed it more highly than the six-hectare Barangaroo Point Reserve redevelopment at Millers Point in the City of Sydney,” Director Technical Services Stewart McLeod said.

“The judges of the awards highlighted that the Driftwells Park Project was a multi-disciplinary project which involved the design and construction of a unique facility.”

“Driftwells Park provides unsupervised and safe public access to two deep, large-diameter driftwells of historic significance to the City.”

“The extensive re-design included an upgrade of the public park, formerly an industrial site, and this is what earnt the project its high commendation.”

“The judges also praised the installation of detailed interpretive signs which are used to educate the community about the history of Dubbo’s water supply, the importance of a potable water supply to economic development, and celebrate the engineering profession.”

“Not only has Driftwells Park become an important new tourist attraction, it also builds community resilience by promoting positive social interaction, helps reduce crime by increasing passive surveillance, and helps protect an important heritage site.”

Driftwells Park is located on the corner of Tamworth and Brisbane streets, Dubbo.

Media contact:

Dubbo Regional Council Director Technical Services Stewart McLeod (02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 14 Oct 2016

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