International Award for City of Kalamunda's Engineering Excellence

02 September 2019 4:00 PM

The City of Kalamunda’s Hartfield Park Sporting Reserve Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) scheme has continued its dream award run taking out winning position at the National level for Excellence in Water Project at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) 2019 Awards for Excellence in Hobart this week.

IPWEA has unveiled Australia and New Zealand’s most outstanding public works engineering projects and professionals. 

The project was one of 12 nominees in its category across Australia. Some of the other amazing projects included, the Bayswater (WA) Brook Catchment Management Plan, the Queensland Water Regional Alliance Program and the Hunter Water Corporation (NSW) wastewater treatment Plant.

The project’s pathway to success started in March 2018 with an IPWEA State category win, propelling our project to the national stage, where it won the (IPWEA) Australasia Awards for Excellence in Hobart this week. To date the MAR project has picked up a number of additional nominations and awards for its engineering research and innovation and City of Kalamunda. 

CEO Rhonda Hardy said, “This latest award places the project at the pinnacle of success. It was well-deserved, congratulations to the project delivery team, led by Dan Nelson, for its pioneering work in delivering such a unique solution to the local community.”

“Seeing the team’s dedication and passion over the course of  the project, I am thrilled to see their hard work recognised at such a respected gathering,” Ms Hardy said.

“Knowing the solution we delivered has not only met the high expectations of our community  but continues to resonant with industry and peers for its research and innovation is making it an exemplar for water management.”

“The success of the MAR scheme at Hartfield Park means the site can continue to expand providing excellent recreational opportunities to the local community for many years to come.”

Ms Hardy explained the idea for the Hartfield Park MAR scheme was the result of two complex problems colliding – a drying climate and a growing local population’s need for fit-for-purpose recreational facilities – revealing an insufficient local, groundwater allocation.

The City’s team investigated alternative water sources to resolve the problem, developing and engineering a solution to extract water from the nearby Water Corporation Woodlupine Main Drain to replenish the Leederville aquifer in winter and a source of irrigation over summer.

For more information about the project and its many awards please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email

Dan Nelson receiving the IPWEA Australasia award


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