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HHWA wins international environment award

02 May 2011

The Hume Highway Woomargama Alliance (HHWA) was recently awarded the 2010 International Erosion Control Association (IECA) award for Environment Achievement at the Environmental Connection (EC11) Conference in Florida, USA.

The Alliance, which consists of Abigroup, SKM and the NSW Roads & Traffic Authority, are building a 9km dual carriageway bypass to the west of Woomargama village.

The Environmental Achievement Award is IECA's premier award and recognises an outstanding erosion and/or sediment control project, program or system that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

Courtney Hoops, Alliance Manager (Abigroup) and Jonas Ball, Sustainability Manager (SKM) accepted the award at the presentation ceremony.

Courtney said, "We’re particularly excited to be recognised by the IECA for the environmental management on our project.

“Our project team has been remarkable in its strong desire to innovate, and their commitment to deliver truly outstanding environmental outcomes has seen erosion and sediment control measures widely commended – even in the face of close-to record breaking rainfall.

“Winning an award of this calibre, in an area of our work that is of critical importance to us and our businesses, is something we’re all very proud of."

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is the leading international organisation for erosion and sediment control professionals and represents 3000 members in 52 countries. 

Over the years, more than 50 projects, individuals and organisations have been recognised from 13 countries for their contributions to the advancement of the erosion and sediment control profession through these awards.

This is only the second time the award has been awarded to an Australian entrant. The EC11 conference was attended by over 2000 people from over 20 countries.

Jonas Ball (Environment & Sustainability Manager, SKM) and Courtney Hoops (Alliance Manager, Abigroup) with the Environment Achievement Award trophy

Jonas and Courtney with IECA representatives

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