AWARD WINNER: Shannon Creek Dam has been designed to be expanded in the future was built using an innovative construction safety culture program and provided compensatory habitat to mitigate environmental impacts.
AWARD WINNER: Shannon Creek Dam has been designed to be expanded in the future was built using an innovative construction safety culture program and provided compensatory habitat to mitigate environmental impacts. File

Shannon Creek an award idea

THE awards continue to flow for the dam which has secured Coffs Harbour’s water needs for at least the next 25 years.

The Shannon Creek Dam, which is the centrepiece of the Clarence Valley Coffs Harbour Regional Water Supply (CVCHWS) Strategy, has won a Project Innovation Award from the world’s top water industry body – the International Water Association.

“The Project Innovation Awards honour excellence and innovation in the global water industry,” Coffs Harbour mayor Councillor Keith Rhoades said.

“The award demonstrates that the Clarence Valley Coffs Harbour Regional Water Supply Strategy ranks amongst the world’s best,” he said.

“It is very pleasing that a regional NSW project has received international recognition,” Clarence Valley Council mayor Cr Richie Williamson said.

“The Regional Water Supply project has provided a fabulous outcome for both councils and our funding partner, the NSW State Government,” he said

The 30,000-megalitre dam was completed on-time and $3 million under budget by a partnership between Clarence Valley Council, Coffs Harbour City Council and the NSW State Government to provide a sustainable, secure water resource for the region’s growing population.

The strategy comprises a ‘non-build’ element (the Regional Water Efficiency Program) and a ‘build’ element (the CVCHRWS Project), designed to meet both future population growth and environmental flow requirements.

Completion of the strategy removes the reliance of both communities on river extraction and provides future drought security.

The $180 million CVCHWS Project linked the existing water supply schemes serving Coffs Harbour and the Clarence Valley with 90km of pipeline, and constructed an off-creek dam at Shannon Creek.

The project provides a high level of drought security and enables improved protection of the two rivers from which water is extracted.



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