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2006 BANKSIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARD

   2006 BANKSIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARD

Currie Sewage Treatment Wetlands- King Island Council in partnership with Syrinx Environmental P/L, TAS

This project demonstrates that tertiary sewage treatment using a relatively simple wetland system is an environmentally and economically sustainable solution for small communities throughout Australia.  While there was some initial community concern with the wetland location adjacent to the township of Currie and in view of nearby residences, a motel and restaurant, the project has demonstrated that by integrating a passive system with the surrounding natural environment, these systems can enhance rather than detract from the aesthetics of an area.  The Currie Sewage Treatment Wetlands, commissioned early this year, provide passive treatment of wastewater in a coastal dune setting.  It has provided an innovative and sustainable solution to the treatment of wastewater for this small residential community and represent a technique which could potentially be applied throughout Australia.  As well as contributing to the landscape aesthetic and habitat values of the environment they provide an opportunity to meet the requirements of authorities without the need to construct highly sophisticated and expensive systems.

Finalists:

  • 80% Diversion is Fairfield City’s Reality 
Fairfield Council In Partnership with NSW Environmental Solutions – NSW
  • Blackwattle Bay Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program 
City of Sydney – NSW
  • Randwick City Council’s Sustaining Our City and City Plan Initiatives
Randwick City Council – NSW
  • Sustainable Snow Sport: The Long Term Sustainable Growth of Hotham 
Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board and Mt Hotham Skiing Co – VIC