Sutherland Shire Council's complex and comprehensive Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway project has won another major award.
The project received the Gold Medal small/medium-sized projects for social/regional development/community service at the 2019 International Project Management Association Awards in Mexico. It is the project's first award since stage six was completed in April 2018 and its fifth industry accolade overall.
Transport, recreation, heritage and conservation are all carefully considered factors in the project, which links La Perouse and Kurnell through a five kilometre section of the 43.6 kilometre Botany Bay Trail.
Along with providing a safe and family-friendly location for locals and visitors, the council's in-house team has made considerable efforts to preserve and highlight aspects of the region. The dilapidated heritage listed oyster processing jetty has been sensitively restored and the boardwalk has been shaped to provide access to sections of the foreshore previous obscured by mangroves, including the site of a post-WWII Nissen Hut believed to be once used for oyster processing.
One of the project's standout elements is the bird iconography found throughout. Shorebird footprints can be found imprinted in the concrete, the corten roof features cut outs of soaring birds that cast light on the decking below and a large wall along the foreshore features avian heads in profile.
These elements exist for more than thematic reasons. Endangered species including the endangered pied oystercatcher and the bar-tailed godwit, which make an annual migration to the area from as far away as the Arctic Circle come to nest here. A sand island has been constructed to provide a place for these birds to roost a safe distance away from humans.
"Sutherland Shire Council’s Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway at Taren Point was an entry from the 2018 Project Management Achievement Awards program that we identified as delivering project excellence whilst simultaneously benefiting the community by delivering a project of historical and environmental significance," says Elizabeth Foley, CEO of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
The project has been 18 years in the making, and has restored a scenic piece of land once contaminated by industrial waste, asbestos and oyster shells.
For more information on the Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway, click here.
Images courtesy Sutherland Shire Council.