2024 Awards for Excellence Nomination

Nominations are now open for this year’s Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence. These awards are designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in our industry, and include the following categories:

  • Excellence in asset management
  • Excellence in research and innovation award
  • Excellence in policy and education
  • Excellence in integrated stormwater design
  • Excellence in strategic or master planning
  • Excellence in infrastructure
  • Early stormwater professional of the year

Project Nominations

We have streamlined the process to make it easier to nominate for an award. To nominate a project, simply email secretary@stormwaterqueensland.asn.au before Friday 7th June 2024, providing the following:

  • Project title
  • Project value/ cost ($)
  • Project collaborators
  • Proposed category (from the list above)
  • Contact details of the applicant & one referee
  • Relevant photos for/ of the project
  • Logos of applicant (& collaborators)
  • One paragraph about the project and why it deserves an award for excellence

Professional Nominations

To nominate someone for early stormwater professional of the year, please email your nomination to secretary@stormwaterqueensland.asn.au before Friday 7th June 2024, providing the following:

  • Name of nominee
  • Contact details of the applicant & one referee
  • Relevant photos for/ of the project
  • Photo of nominee
  • One paragraph about the nominee and why they deserve the award for early stormwater professional of the year

Short-listed applicants will be contacted for a brief interview by a judging panel, co-ordinated by Stormwater Queensland.

Winners will be announced at the Stormwater Queensland 2024 Awards for Excellence evening on Thursday 25th July 2024 at Victoria Park, Herston.  Category award winners will also be eligible for the 2024 Stormwater Australia Awards for Excellence, to be held as part of the Stormwater, Environment & Technology National Conference dinner on Wednesday 9th October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

2023 Award Winners Announced

The annual Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence winners have been announced. Congratulations to the following winners:

Winner of the Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning Award – Bargara Emerging Communities Master Planning – Bundaberg Regional Council & AECOM

Winner of the Excellence in Policy and Education Award – The Ocean Protect Podcast – Ocean Protect

Winner of the Early Stormwater Professional of the Year – Teneale Jeffrey

Honourable Mention – Early Stormwater Professional – Tina Wang


2022 Winners Announced

The annual Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence winners have been announced. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Winner of the Excellence in Asset Management Award – Sydney Olympic Park Asset Management Plan by E2Designlab
  • Winner of the Excellence in Research and Innovation Award – Native Plant Performance for Low Maintenance Green Roofs in South East Queensland by (GIRLS) Green Infrastructure Research Labs, Cities Research Institute at Griffith University 
  • Winner of the Excellence in Policy and Education Award – Ocean Protect Podcast by Ocean Protect along with Construction Management and Waterway Protection Taskforce by Sunshine Coast Council
  • Winner of the Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design Award – Hanlon Park by Brisbane City Council, Bligh Tanner, Tract, Core, Webb, Littoria and Epoca Constructions
  • Winner of the Early Stormwater Professional of the Year Award – Ben Penhallurick and Highly Commended, Carlos Gambirazio
  • Highly Commended of Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning Award – Sunshine Coast Stormwater Management Strategy by Sunshine Coast Council.

View all the photos of the event here.


2020 Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the amazing projects and project teams that received an award for the 2020 Awards for Excellence!

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the awardees and to celebrate the great stormwater projects of last year. After the year that we had, it was fantastic to finally be able to catch up with so many old faces as well as meet some new ones!

We had an impressive amount of submissions this year including some incredible projects, so thank you to everyone that put in the effort to do so.

Strategic or Master Planning:

Providence North Integrated Stormwater System – Engeny Water Management & Okeland Communities;


Pine Rivers Park river restoration works – Alluvium Consulting, Moreton Bay Regional Council & Stringybark Consulting

Asset Management:

SPELCheck online portal – SPEL Stormwater;

Research and Innovation:

Winner: Stormwater treatment systems within North Queensland agricultural catchments – Terrain NRM on behalf of the Wet Tropics Consortium, AWC, & Department of Environment and Science;
Commendation: Golden Beach and Bellara Avenue Storm Watered Street Tree Trial Project – Sunshine Coast Council & Design Flow Consulting;

Policy & Education:

Zero Litter to Ocean – Ocean Protect & Stormwater NSW


2019 Winners Announced

At a packed Waterfront Terrace, Hilton Cairns an audience of stormwater professionals celebrated the achievements of Queensland’s Stormwater Industry at the 2019 Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence.

Designed to encourage and celebrate excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects and the people involved.  There were six award categories on offer with awards being handed out in five of those categories.

  • Award – Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning.
  • Winner – Scrubby Creek Catchment Recovery Plan developed by E2Designlab, Logan City Council, LAT27, Catchment Solutions and Synergy Solutions.
  • Award – Excellence in Infrastructure
  • Winner –  Torhaven – innovation and excellence through stormwater treatment by Ephemeral Wetland by E2Designlab, Water Technology and Defence Housing Australia.
  • Award – Excellence in Research & Innovation
  • Winner – Development of Low-Cost Water Level Gauges by Water Modelling Solutions.
  • Award – Excellence in Policy and Education Award 
  • Winner –  Davison Street Creek Restoration Project “Reconnecting Community with Creek” by Healthy Land and Water, Australian Government, Brisbane City Council, Save Our Waterways Now, Mode and CoDesign Studios.
  • Award – Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design
  • Winner – Small Creek Naturalisation by Ipswich City Council, Bligh Tanner, Landscapology, Australian Wetlands and TLCC.

Click here to read the full story and judges feedback.

Stormwater Queensland congratulates
the Winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence

Category Entrant


Strategic or Master Planning Premise, RBG Services, Ipswich City Council, Tract Walloon Waterlea Estate Integrated Stormwater Management Strategy
Research & Innovation Ipswich City Council, Bureau of Meteorology, Advisian Flash Flood Forecasting: The dream has now become a reality
Infrastructure BCC, Dept of Education Nursery Road Waterway Rehabilitation Project
Asset Management Engeny Water Management, Ipswich City Council Ipswich City Council Green Asset Project
Policy & Education Urban Environmental Solutions, Rocla, Social Ocean Practical Application of AR&R 2016 Conference Series

The Awards were presented at a celebration dinner at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in late August.  The dinner featured an evening of entertainment while celebrating the best leaders and innovators in the Queensland stormwater industry.  The event was an opportunity to toast the successes of the 2018 award winners and enjoy the opportunity to strengthen (and establish new) key industry contacts.


Stormwater Queensland would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2017 Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence.


Highly Commended

Project Title: Townsville Regional Stormwater Strategy

Entrant: Bligh Tanner, AWC, Ethos Urban and Townsville City Council


Project Title: Big Plans for Small Creek

Entrant: Bligh Tanner, Ipswitch City Council, Landscapology, Nicoleap and Streamology


Highly Commended

Project Title: Implementation of AR&R 2016 Blockage in Stormwater Assessment & Design

Entrant: Hydralinc and BMT WBM


Project Title: Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016 Software Implementation

Entrant: Innovyze



Project Title: Coorparoo Creek Park Project

Entrant: Brisbane City Council


Highly Commended

Project: Educational Webinars for the Stormwater Industry

Entrant: Innovyze

National Awards for Excellence

Under the Awards for Excellence protocol adopted by Stormwater Australia, only the recipients of the State Awards for Excellence will be eligible for the National Excellence Awards. Preceding two years of State award winners (2016 & 2017) will be eligible for the National Awards in 2018. Therefore, entry of a project into a State Excellence Awards is a minimum prerequisite for participation in the National Awards.

The National Awards is held every two years. The next National Awards will be announced at the Stormwater National 2018 Conference in Sydney, New South Wales on 8th-12th October, 2018.
Should you have any questions about the 2016 Stormwater Queensland Awards for Excellence, please contact Event Coordinator, Lilly Barker on +61 2 9744 5252 or via email to lbarker@gemspl.com.au.