Johnstons Creek project wins Award

Diona, together with its client, Sydney Water, has won the Place-based collaboration category for Johnson’s Creek Naturalisation Project at the 2021 Greater Sydney Planning Awards.

The Place-based collaboration award recognises exceptional collaborative approaches to planning and place making. This community award is a big win for Diona, and great recognition for the long hours of hard work by the project team and crews who demonstrate we keep our communities front of mind, and deliver quality projects with positive social impacts.

"The panel applauds Sydney Water’s focus on ‘place’ and its engagement with the local community and councils. Using targeted, tailored and multi-platform engagement methods, the project responded to the needs of the local community by incorporating their feedback into the planning, design and construction of the project. The naturalisation project is sensitively done and provides excellent environmental and social outcomes."

Special thanks to Sydney Water, Paul Cawley and crew, Killian McGuinness, Melinda Ozkan, David Crowhurst and the community of the Johnston’s Creek area.

Pictured above left: David Crowhurst accepts award from Geoff Roberts AM, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission. Right: Kee Li, Engagement Manager Sydney Water; Melinda Ozkan, Senior Community Relations Advisor Diona; Sarah Roach, Manager, Commercial & Governance Diona; Killian McGuiness, Senior Project Engineer; David Crowhurst, Community Relations Manager; Geoff Roberts AM, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission; Fiona Thompson, Communications and Public Affairs Leader, Sydney Water; and Jordan Mulhearn,Project Manager, Sydney Water.