Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
South Bank Corporation won the ‘eWater - Water Sensitive Urban Design Award’ at last night’s Healthy Waterways Awards for developing the first large scale stormwater harvesting project in a fully urbanised catchment.

The project, Rain Bank - a Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project was developed in conjunction with consultants Bligh Tanner to improve water efficiency and reduce water consumption across the South Bank Parklands.

Rain Bank will divert stormwater runoff from a 30 hectare catchment across West End to a large underground storage tank, where an estimated 77 megalitres of stormwater will be harvested, stored, treated and reused each year.

Chief Executive Officer of South Bank Corporation, Mr Malcolm Snow, said the project will supply up to 85 per cent of the Parklands' irrigation demand, as well as progressively supplement water features and toilet flushing when surplus is available.

“South Bank Parklands is a recreational area of unparalleled importance to South East Queensland. Rain Bank has successfully demonstrated that stormwater can be harvested from an urbanised catchment for beneficial reuse,” Mr Snow said.

The finished plant will include a state-of-the-art animation display and viewing deck providing year-round educational opportunities for visitors to learn about stormwater harvesting and water conservation.

CEO of eWater Innovation, Tim Blackman, said they were proud to sponsor the Water Sensitive Urban Design Award for 2011.

“We recognise that water sensitive urban design needs to underpin a 21st century approach to our cities and believe the Awards will showcase the future,” Mr Blackman said.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual Healthy Waterways Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of groups and individuals working to improve the health of South East Queensland’s waterways and catchments.

The 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards category winners are:
• eWater - Water Sensitive Urban Design Award: Rain Bank - stormwater harvesting and reuse by South Bank Corporation
• WaterSecure - Research Award: Nuisance algae in Moreton Bay: symptom and cause of seagrass loss by Dana Burfeind from Griffith University and The University of Queensland
• BMT WBM - Government Award: Waterways Extension Program - Council partnering with landholders for waterways recovery by Redland City Council
• Seqwater - Rural Award: Rosevale floodplain reinstatement and land management project by SEQ Catchments in partnership with DERM, DEEDI, SEQTOA, Healthy Waterways and Griffith University
• Humes - Industry Award: Prefabricated fishway system for small waterway structures by Walaman Fishways, CM Concrete Products Pty Ltd and James Cook University
• Brisbane Airport - Community Award: Sustainable Communities by Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc (B4C)
• SEQ Water Grid - Clean Up Award: Caring for Pumicestone Passage and Caloundra Foreshores by Night Eyes Association Inc
• Veolia Water Australia - Education Award: Bunya to the Bay 2010 by Stanley River Environmental Education Centre (Education Queensland)
• Queensland Urban Utilities - Waterways Champion Award: Bill Dennison.

The Rural category winner - Rosevale floodplain reinstatement and land management project - was chosen as the most innovative project by the independent judging panel, receiving the $10,000 Minister’s Grand Prize.

Minister for Environment, The Hon Vicky Darling, acknowledged the individuals and organisations involved in activities to protect and improve our waterways.

“I commend the Healthy Waterways Awards finalists and winners for undertaking projects to improve the condition of our local rivers, creeks and catchments,” Minister Darling said.

“The Awards play a major role in engaging more people to contribute to a cleaner and greener South East Queensland,” she said.

The Healthy Waterways Awards are hosted by Healthy Waterways, a not-for-profit, non-government organisation working collaboratively with government, industry and the community to protect and improve waterway health in South East Queensland.

For more information about the Healthy Waterways Awards, visit or contact Healthy Waterways on 07 3177 9100.

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2011 Healthy Waterways Awards

The annual Healthy Waterways Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of groups, individuals and organisations who undertake work to protect and restore the health of South East Queensland's waterways.
There are nine Award categories open to individuals, community groups and organisations who are working towards achieving healthy waterways.

Each entrant has the chance to win a share in $23,500 prize money with the most innovative of all category winners receiving the Minister’s Grand Prize worth $10,000. Check out the 2010 winners and finalists.
Every year, the Awards receive extensive media interest resulting in numerous published media articles. Check out the 2011 'launch' media release. In 2010, winners were profiled in a television feature on Channel 7’s program The Great South East.
Healthy Waterways gratefully acknowledges the support received from sponsors of the Awards.
Lani Pauli
P: 07 3309 4732


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