peak body for engineering and public works in Australasia has recognised a
project to deliver two bridges in North Geelong for innovation, excellence, and sustainability.
The bridges at
Cowies Creek in Seagull Paddock were recognised with three awards and a
commendation at the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia (IPWEA)
Victorian Division awards.
success of the first project, the City is delivering another sustainable
bridge at Seagull Paddock through a $500,000 investment outlined in its
Proposed 2022-23 Draft Budget.
geopolymer for the bridges was created by a group of local companies and
organisations working together: Austeng, Rocla, Inconmat and Deakin University.
for the bridges came out of a ‘procurement for innovation’ process where
companies were invited to research and develop a product to address the waste,
maintenance and cost issues associated with traditional concrete and steel
The City of
Greater Geelong has developed an eLearning training course on the procurement
for innovation process. The eLearning modules have already been requested by,
and shared with, purchasers across Australia and the UNESCO City of Design
network, including Curitiba (Brazil), Montreal (Canada) and Kortrijk (Belgium).
sustainability awards for the City include:
- Environmental Sustainability winner-
Seagull Paddock Pedestrian Bridge
- Excellence in Public Works
winner - Seagull Paddock Pedestrian Bridge
- Excellence in Innovation
Regional winner - Seagull Paddock Pedestrian Bridge
- Excellence in Asset
management (Commendation) - Seagull Paddock Pedestrian Bridge
- Environmental Sustainability
commendation - Maple Place Road reconstruction project
- Excellence in Innovation
Regional commendation - Maple Place Road reconstruction project
LGPro Awards for
- Winner Sustainability –
Victorian Energy Collaboration project (VECO).
information visit Procurement for Innovation.
Mayor Stephanie Asher
are well-earned recognition for the team who worked on the project, the
suppliers who engaged with the City, and the innovative procurement process we
used to make it happen.
sustainable bridges are made from a world-first geopolymer designed to be maintenance-free
for at least 100 years. The geopolymer is extremely long-lasting and uses up to
80 per cent less greenhouse gases in production than concrete. The bridges
are made using recycled materials so it’s a great example of a circular economy
solution in practice.
Windermere Ward Councillor Anthony Aitken
This is public recognition that the council is trying to be innovative in
environmentally sustainable opportunities. Delivering
innovative investments in our community and in our north in particular is
becoming a hallmark of this council.