Jessie McNeill, 10yo and her sister Chloe, 7, having fun in the sun at the Frank Hilton Reserve at Maslin Beach. Photo – Stories Well Told

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Three big wins for City of Onkaparinga

The City of Onkaparinga has proudly taken home awards for three of its major projects at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia SA Excellence Awards.

The $620,000 Southport Boardwalk Upgrade at Port Noarlunga, the $3.7m Happy Valley Sports Park redevelopment and the $2.6m Frank Hilton Reserve development all picked up category award wins.

Local surfers Rowan, 15 of Christies Beach and Cyan, 18 of Morphett Vale, enjoying the new boardwalk to Southport Beach. Photo – Sarah Oliphant Photography

Local surfers Rowan, 15 of Christies Beach and Cyan, 18 of Morphett Vale, enjoying the new boardwalk to Southport Beach. Photo – Sarah Oliphant Photography

The Southport Boardwalk Upgrade won the Excellence in Design and/or Construction of a Public Works Project (civil under $1 million) award.

This project was completed in late July 2014 and includes a new boardwalk and significant upgrade to the Surf Life Saving Club.

Treasurer of Southport Surf Life Saving Club, Don Alexander, says the new boardwalk is benefiting the thousands of people who use it every week.

“It’s one of the best boardwalks you’d ever see. The local residents are all rapt– it’s a fantastic construction,” Don says.

Up and coming tennis champ Heidi Evans, 13yo is having a ball at the new Happy Valley Sports Park with her coach Sam Longhurst.

Up and coming tennis champ Heidi Evans, 13yo is having a ball at the new Happy Valley Sports Park with her coach Sam Longhurst.

The Excellence in Design and/or Construction of a Public Works Project (civil over $1 million) award went to The Happy Valley Sports Park.

The Sports Park’s four-year makeover has seen the addition of four tennis courts, a tennis clubroom, playground and modified soccer pitch to support softball training, along with many other new facilities.

Project Leader, Danielle Gevers, says the redeveloped facility is attracting around 800 people every week.

“It now provides many new and exciting opportunities for sport and recreation which can be used by everyone,” Danielle says.

Jessie McNeill, 10yo and her sister Chloe, 7, having fun in the sun at the Frank Hilton Reserve at Maslin Beach.

Jessie McNeill, 10 yo and her sister Chloe, 7, having fun in the sun at the Frank Hilton Reserve at Maslin Beach.

The Frank Hilton Reserve Landfill Remediation and Upgrade Project took home the award for Excellence in Design and/or Construction of a Public Works Environmental Enhancement Project or Initiative, which includes an Open Space and/or Community Facility.

This project saw a former public waste landfill at Maslin Beach redeveloped into a coastal themed playground with shade sails, fitness equipment, new park furniture and facilities, limestone feature walls and public artwork.

Director of City Operations, Kirk Richardson, is happy to see all of the projects receive the recognition they deserve.

“These awards are strong evidence of the quality and value of work being produced by local government,” Kirk says.

Images: Brenton Edwards

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