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NZ Transport Agency project wins environmental innovative practice award

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The NZ Transport Agency’s State Highway 1 Atiamuri Bridge project between Tokoroa and Taupo has been awarded one of the Waikato Regional Council’s Site of the Year for Innovative Practice – Erosion and Sediment Control award.

The Waikato Regional Council’s land and soils programme manager Mr Grant Blackie said that all winning sites were ones which consistently strived to achieve outstanding levels of compliance for earthworks, and ensure that all parties work together closely on environmental protection.

“Earthworks carried out without adequate erosion and sediment controls can significantly impact on aquatic ecology and water quality in our region” said Mr Blackie.

“All parties involved in the works these awards relate to have made an outstanding effort to exceed compliance expectations in implementing best practice erosion and sediment controls for earthworks.”

The Transport Agency’s Mr Peter Simcock said it is always satisfying when one of our projects receives awards like this. It means that our suppliers are exceeding the very high environmental standards that we set for our highway projects and in this instance HEB Construction Limited have excelled and deserve this award.

The ‘Site of the Year’ awards were introduced as a way of highlighting and promoting excellence in best practice and innovative methods on earthworks projects, that are undertaken in an environmentally sensitive way.

“One of the council’s three flagship goals is to sustain land and water resource in our region and it is great to see the improvement in best practice over recent years that contributes to that goal,” said Mr Blackie.

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