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ISCA Awards 2019 Announced | Australia's Best Sustainability Projects Honoured

18 October 2019

LEADING WITH AMBITION – WINNERS AT 2019 INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS ANNOUNCED: VICTORIAN LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL PROJECT, AND TRANSPORT FOR NSW TAKE HOME TOP HONOURS.
 
Australia’s top leaders in infrastructure sustainability were recognised at the Infrastructure Sustainability Awards at The Aviary at Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne last Thursday evening. Major winners included the Level Crossing Removal Project (Caulfield to Dandenong); and Transport for NSW.
 
The Annual Infrastructure Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate leaders actively driving progress in the infrastructure sector. There were seven awards presented last night and certificates presented to teams and individuals delivering better cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits through infrastructure.
 
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), which runs the awards, is a purpose-led not-for-profit organization operating in Australia and New Zealand with the aim of accelerating sustainability outcomes in infrastructure through collaboration.  
 
Ainsley Simpson, ISCA CEO, said the caliber of this year’s award nominations was impressive. “The winners all shared one thing in common – a plan to make bold moves,” she said. “They then effectively set their plan in motion. That’s all it takes to show others what is possible, and importantly, absolutely necessary.”
 
The full list of winners and nominees is as follows:
 
THE INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP IN INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 
Recognises the individual who best exhibits the most outstanding performance, leadership and greatest contribution to advancing infrastructure sustainability in Australasia throughout the past year.

WINNER: Rebecca Hendy (McConnell Dowell) FINALISTS: Stuart Hodgson (Sydney Metro) | Dr Tim Clarke (Transport for NSW)
Quote from judges on winner: “Rebecca has contributed to innovation in sustainability, raising industry standards. She is a role model for the industry as a whole.”

THE EMERGING YOUNG LEADERSHIP IN INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 
Recognises the young individual who best exhibits the most outstanding performance, leadership and greatest contribution to advancing infrastructure sustainability in Australasia throughout the past year.

WINNER: Jaclyn Fathers (Lendlease) FINALISTS: Emma Dade (Jacobs) | Cindy Liles (John Holland)
Quote from judges on winner: “Jaclyn is a skilled professional with the capacity to influence and advance industry-wide standards on sustainability and sustainability outcomes to a broad cross section of the community.”

THE IS INNOVATION AND IMPACT AWARD 
Recognises the IS project/asset that exhibits the most outstanding implementation of an innovative practice/s and/or has made a significant positive impact socially, environmentally or economically. 

This is awarded to the IS certified or registered project/asset with the most notable innovation initiative/activity relative to the scale of the project. Innovation is the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are accepted by markets, governments, and society. 

WINNER: Level Crossing Removal Project (Caulfield to Dandenong) FINALISTS: Western Program Alliance (Kororoit Creek Road, Aviation Road and Wydnham Vale) | Sydney Metro Northwest
Quote from judges on winner: “Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project gets top marks for its people-centered integrated approach to implementing social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability.”

THE ORGANISATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)
Recognises the organisation that exhibits the most outstanding performance, leadership and greatest contribution to advancing infrastructure sustainability in Australasia. Any organisation (funding and finance; project planning, development or procurement; design, construction and operation; and any direct service or material provider associated with infrastructure sustainability) can enter this category.

WINNER: Transport for NSW FINALISTS: Sydney Metro | Department of Transport and Main Roads (QLD)
Quote from judges on winner: “Transport for NSW is an effective leader with strong adherence to UN Sustainable Development Goals and positive results with innovation.”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD (DESIGN)
Recognises the IS Project which achieved the highest Design IS Rating score over the last 12 months - no award submission required.
WINNER: Sydney Metro City & Southwest Tunnel and Station Excavation Works
Quote from ISCA CEO: “Sydney Metro is a pioneer of the IS Scheme being both the first project to achieve 100 score on the IS Scheme Certification – remarkable leadership.”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD (AS BUILT)
Recognises the IS Project which achieved the highest As Built IS Rating score over the last 12 months - no award submission required.
WINNER: Northlink WA Southern Section
Quote from ISCA CEO: “NorthLink WA’s score of 95 points is the highest WA score ever and the second highest ISCA rating score in Australia ever for a transport infrastructure project.”

The awards night was part of #ISCACONNECT - Australasia’s premier infrastructure sustainability conference which took place this week. Each year the conference explores how the industry can adapt to meet the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals – with themes including The Future of Transport, Social Sustainability, the Circular Economy, Carbon Neutrality, Materials, Regional Australia, and more. Delegates heard insights from international leaders, several leading infrastructure projects, government, and innovators.
 
Ms Simpson said ISCA’s greatest strength is its community of engaged stakeholders. “We have a wealth of expertise across our members and partners which position us as a network for connection, collaboration and capability-building. Our regular events, courses and targeted advocacy facilitate knowledge sharing, and enable action with impact across markets where expectations in both delivery and asset management are rising rapidly.”