STAWELL - The Stawell Steps project at Cato Park has won an excellence award from the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) Victorian Division.
Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice and Marketing and Community Director Jim Nolan accepted the award on council's behalf at a presentation in Melbourne.
Stawell Steps won the category for capital projects under $1 million.
Stawell Steps incorporates two engineer-designed spillways aimed at diverting flood water away from properties neighbouring Cato Park in Stawell.
The spillways were a necessary flood mitigation project, but Stawell Steps also became an architecturally designed structure linking the two spillways with a stepped structure made from bricks.
It has now become a community meeting space and sculptural feature of the park.
It also includes a fully accessible area suitable for wheelchairs.
Cr Rice said council was pleased the project had been recognised amongst engineering professionals.
"Stawell Steps was a huge undertaking for council engineers and Monash University architecture students who were integral in its design and construction," he said.
"It is a unique engineering project and we are really pleased that our staff members' work has been recognised by their peers."
The IPWEA Excellence Awards recognises excellence in the innovation, development, construction and management of public works projects and services.
The awards celebrate the success of individuals or teams and are open to agencies involved in public works such as councils, service authorities, government bodies and private companies.
The capital works category is open to the design and/or construction of a public works infrastructure project of any scale that demonstrates best practice engineering and demonstrably adds value to the community.