Hunter Water, Abergeldie and Tunnelling Solutions have been announced as winners in the 2023 Infrastructure Project Innovation award category for works to restore the Balickera Tunnel at the Australian Water Association’s NSW Heads of Water Gala and Awards Dinner held on Friday evening.
The Infrastructure Project Innovation award recognises significant and innovative water infrastructure projects driving prosperity and sustainability.
The Balickera Tunnel Project involved the restoration of a critical water asset, ensuring the ongoing reliable transfer of water from the Williams River to Grahamstown Dam via the Balickera Pump Station. The works included upgrades to existing access tracks and major rehabilitation works inside the tunnel to stabilise the rock surface. A collaborative effort combined with agile and innovative thinking helped the project teams overcome conflicting safety, environmental and operational challenges as well as the unexpected effects of La Nina and the pandemic during construction.
Abergeldie CEO, Mark Bruzzone said “Congratulations to everyone involved on the Balickera Tunnel Project for your recognition at the AWA’s prestigious NSW Water Awards. The award win acknowledges your hard work and dedication to successfully deliver this highly complex water infrastructure project for the Lower Hunter region.”
Abergeldie is a civil engineering contractor with over 25 years’ experience providing services in the utilities, energy and infrastructure sectors: the complex infrastructure needed to build better communities.