IECA Aust Environmental Excellence Award 2017 - WINNER announced

IECA Aust Environmental Excellence Award 2017 - WINNER announced

8th Sep 17

The Australasian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA Aust) is proud to announce the 2017 winner of the IECA Australasia Environmental Excellence Award

CPB Contractors, Department of Transport and Mainroads and GHD for the Bruce Highway - Cooray to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum) Project

The Project consists of a 10.5km, 4-lane divided highway on a greenfields alignment just south of Gympie, Queensland . The Project involves 1 .9 M m3 Cut-to-Fill, 13 bridges, 4 major waterway diversions, and is situated within a high rainfall, undulating hinterland area amongst underlying dispersive soils.

This project appears to have every step of the ESC planning and implementation right resulting in effective outcomes with demonstrated cost efficiencies. 


Highly Commended Award for Environmental Excellence in Erosion and Sediment Control

Soil Conservations Service for the Coffs Harbour Slipway - Contaminated Lands Rehabilitation

Located half way between Sydney and Brisbane, Coffs Harbour is one of only 6 international Marina’s in NSW. Commercial, private and tourism operators work out of this 165 berth marina just outside the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The 100 tonne Coffs Harbour Slipway was constructed in the early 1970s and was used for ship maintenance and repair until regular operations ceased in 2014. These activities resulted in contamination of terrestrial and marine sediments. Contaminant assessments formed the basis of a remedial action plan (RAP) supplemented by a technical in October 2015.

The site is extremely high profile and sensitive in nature given its proximity to government infrastructure, private enterprise, general public and the marine environment.

The Soil Conservation Service (SCS) was engaged by The Department of Industry (DoI)- Lands to undertake the site remediation works in line with the RAP/Specification.

Merit Award for Environmental Excellence in Erosion and Sediment Control

Shadforths Civil Contractors for Aura.

Aura is a master planned community on 2,400 ha located 2 km south-west of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Shadforths Civil Contractors (Shadforths) are Principal Contractor at Aura, and Stockland are the developer. The nature of this development is on a mega scale, and on a timeframe that is estimated to be thirty years before it is completed in its entirety. The site is traversed by three waterways, which flow into Pumicestone Passage, part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site. The local, and regional environments surrounding Aura contains listed threatened species, habitats, and listed migratory species. To ensure the protection of these critical species and environments, Shadforths and Stockland developed and implemented an approach that goes beyond best practice.

Unique features about the Aura development are the industry leading management and control of stormwater runoff through innovative erosion and sediment control methods, and the management of the Wallum Sedgefrog (Litoria olongburensis) (WSF).

WINNER for Excellence in Innovation, Contribution or Education (ICE) to the Erosion and Sediment Control Industry:


IECA Australasia would like to congratulate Vital Chemical and Vital Environment on winning the 2017 ICE Award.  The judging panel made the following comments about Vital’s contribution to the ESC industry.

“It is fantastic to see over a decade dedicated to providing new environmentally friendly products for the erosion and sediment control industry that really perform.”

“Vital have driven a fundamental change in temporary erosion control in the construction industry.”


Presentation of Awards

Awards will be presented at the IECA Conference dinner to be held on Wednesday 11th October at the Pullman Hotel, Brisbane. The winners will deliver a short presentation of their entry as part of the conference.  To register for the upcoming conference or to book places at the dinner please visit the conference website:

On behalf of the judging panel and IECA Australasia, I would like to thank all entrants for this year’s awards. Thank you for supporting IECA and for striving to raise the bar in our industry, and of course, congratulations to this year’s winners!