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Aurecon recognised in Industry Choice and Women’s Achievement categories at National Infrastructure Awards

Aurecon recognised in the Industry Choice and Women’s Achievement categories at the 2021 & 2022 National Infrastructure Awards.

Sydney Water, Aurecon, and Arup took out the 2021 Industry Choice Award for the Sydney Water Planning Partnership at the 2021–22 National Infrastructure Awards.

2 May 2022 – Industry think tank Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) awarded Aurecon two of its major awards at the 2021–22 National Infrastructure Awards held in Melbourne on 28 April.

Sydney Water, Aurecon and Arup took out the 2021 Industry Choice Award for the Sydney Water Planning Partnership while Rowenna Walker, Aurecon’s Managing Director New South Wales (NSW) & Australian Capital Territory (ACT) won the 2022 Women’s Achievement Award.

The Sydney Water Planning Partnership is the largest consultant engagement in Australia by a water utility and a first for the industry in terms of its integrated nature. Sydney Water, Aurecon and Arup were recognised by IPA for excellence in the delivery of infrastructure through an innovative partnership between government and the private sector.

Rowenna is a well-known figure in the infrastructure sector both locally in NSW and the ACT and nationally as the President of Consult Australia. She is an active advocate for addressing the infrastructure skills shortage by improving the representation of women at all levels of the industry.

Aurecon Chief Executive Officer William Cox said he was delighted to see Rowenna and the whole Sydney Water Partnership team recognised for their significant contributions to the Australian Infrastructure landscape.

“Rowenna is passionate about diversity in our sector and creating opportunities for women in infrastructure. She is thoroughly deserving of this recognition. The Sydney Water Partnership has similarly provided an opportunity for the water industry to innovate, providing a new model for the water sector to follow,” Mr Cox said.

“Changing to a long-term relationship-based approach, we were able to seamlessly bring Aurecon and Arup experts into Sydney Water to deliver rapid planning, significantly reducing the time that concept designs could be developed and taken to market.

“As our Managing Director for the NSW region, Rowenna’s diverse local team has led this new way of working with our client Sydney Water and our Partner Arup.”

Women’s Achievement Award

The Women’s Achievement Award recognises the achievement of a woman who has made a significant contribution to a project or transaction, had an important role in developing policy or research or demonstrated exceptional management or leadership skills.

“This is really a recognition for everyone who has helped me along the way,” Rowenna said.

“I’m delighted to see our client Sydney Water also recognised and I’m committed to ensuring the continued focus on diversity and innovation in the industry.”

Industry Choice Award

The Industry Choice Award recognises projects that have demonstrated exceptional focus on customer and community outcomes. It is the second time Aurecon has won this award since it was introduced in 2019, then being recognised for its work on the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.

Aurecon’s Managing Director for Water, Kevin Werksman said Sydney Water’s relationship-based procurement model was designed with the goal to jointly focus us on how to sustain and enhance services for customers and community. Our focus has also included how to deliver time and cost efficiencies in sustaining capital – planning for asset renewals and augmentations – and in new infrastructure development.

“The partnership approach means Sydney Water can scale up and down as needed for a one-team approach with shared risk and alignment around outcomes. This creates value for money, a greater customer and community focus, as well as the opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations,” Mr Werksman said.

Sydney Water’s General Manager of Asset Lifecyle Paul Plowman said the partnership between Sydney Water, Aurecon and Arup, which is now in its fourth year has seen the delivery of complex planning works.

“We have been able to seamlessly bring Aurecon and Arup experts into Sydney Water to deliver rapid planning, reducing by half, the time that concept designs could be developed and taken to market. This award is certainly recognition of the success of this partnership to date and we look forward to continuing to work with Aurecon and Arup throughout our 10-year tenure,” Mr Plowman said.

Since the Sydney Water Planning Partnership began, Aurecon has gone on to enter into similar long-term partnerships with SA Water, Urban Utilities, WaterNSW, Yarra Valley Water, Hunter Water and most recently WaterCare in Auckland, delivering significant benefits for the communities these utilities serve.

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2021 Awards

2022 Awards

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