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LEADERS of significant and innovative environmental reform in the construction industry were showcased in the 2003 Case Earth Awards last week.

Using recycled waste water to green-up a Kimberley golf course, successfully controlling erosion at a popular beach and draining nearly three billion litres of water from a marina at Mandurah are some of the examples of environmental innovation occurring in the industry.

Winners of the 10th annual Case Earth Awards for Environmental Excellence included Mount Lawley Senior High School Site Remediation, the Derby Wastewater Reuse Scheme, and the Mandurah Ocean Marina North Harbour.

Category winners of the Construction Excellence awards were the Coastal Protection Works at Quinns Beach, the Gateway project’s former Metrobus site, and the Mandurah Ocean Marina North Harbour.

The awards, which are sponsored by Case Construction Equipment and the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), are held to recognise environmental reform in the construction industry. 

CCF (WA branch) executive director Mike Morris said the civil construction industry turned over $10 billion annually and employed more than 40,000 people nationally. It was essential, therefore, that the industry took the lead to restore the environment and found new ways to minimise the impact of construction, he said.

National winners will be announced at the Civil Contractors Federation annual conference in Perth in November.

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