Unique wetland project takes out Landscape of the Year
The typical residential and commercial landscape projects seen at previous Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards were
this year upstaged by a unique wetland restoration project with the prestigious 'Landscape of the Year' being awarded
to Australian Ecosystems for their Armstrong Creek, Connewarre project.
Brendan Condon, Director of Australian Ecosystems, and his dedicated team made multiple appearances on stage also
collecting awards for 'Plants in the Landscape', 'Landscape Maintenance & Management', and 'The Natural Built
Landscape'. Judges' comments about the project described the Connewarre project as "a major environmental project
that is immaculately detailed, making it a community success - a beautiful place for walking, playing and enjoying the
outdoors for humans, and through natural rock placement and the use of tree stags as habitat areas, a sanctuary for
"Australian Ecosystems have delivered wow factor on a grand scale. Sustainability principles, water usage, and plant
selection have all come together to deliver a project that works harmoniously on all levels and does nothing to distract
from the natural environment, but rather, enhances it. This is a stellar project for Victoria and an incredible showcase of
the breadth of work Landscaping Victoria members can perform,” the judges went on to say.
A project in Camberwell displaying technical brilliance and very high standards of workmanship earned Ian Barker
Gardens a win for 'Residential Landscape Construction over $300k'. Earlier in the evening, the same project, which the
judges commented was a "harmonious and functional lifestyle solution” also took out top honours for 'Hard Structures
in the Landscape' as well as Commendations across Planting, Design and Maintenance categories.
"The entire design
heroes an existing Elm, but more than that, achieves a sense of immediate balance between the hard and soft-scape
which is rarely seen in such a new landscape,” stated the judges.
Relative newcomer, Ben Harris of Ben Harris Gardens took out two highly commended awards for his delightful Upwey
project featuring "an incredibly natural looking watercourse that hugs the external living spaces and utilises the natural
levels well”, as well as being named Rising Star for 2017. The judges were impressed by Ben and his quality team who
believe in what they do - creating and producing natural environments for people and wildlife to enjoy.
Complete Landscape Solutions were another young business to be acknowledged at the glittering event, with a win in
the 'Residential Construction under $150k' category for near faultless hardscaping skills, and Phillip Withers Landscape
Design took out the 'Grant Saltmarsh Feature in the Landscape' for their internal water feature in a converted Richmond
brewhouse. Its simplistic design hid the actual complexities of installation and earned the judges' top marks for
capturing the philosophy of this category.
Not to be outdone by the young guns, two industry stalwarts, Steve Taylor of COS Design and Dave Franklin of Franklin
Landscape & Design both walked away with trophies and commendations on the night. COS Design took out both
'Landscape Design under 60sqm' and 'Landscape Design 60-200sqm' for innovative design solutions in Canterbury and
Hawthorn, while Dave's rooftop project in Port Melbourne was the winner of 'Landscape Design over 200sqm' for its
thoughtful connection to the historic building which it sits atop, and the multitude of complexities overcome, such as
drainage and weight issues, to achieve a magnificent end result.
Commercial projects were also recognised through the Industry Awards program. Landstruct Landscape Constructions
took out the award for 'Commercial Construction under $500k' for their exciting and engaging playground project at St.
Catherine's in Toorak, while the kiddies continued to be the ultimate winners when the UDL Group delivered a superb
interactive play space at Museum Victoria to win 'Commercial Construction over $500k'. Well managed from start to
finish and featuring high quality materials and lush plant life, this project wowed the client and delights its little visitors
Australian Ecosystems have delivered wow factor on a grand scale. Sustainability principles, water usage, and plant selection have all come together to deliver a project that works harmoniously on all levels and does nothing to distract from the natural environment, but rather, enhances it. This is a stellar project for Victoria and an incredible showcase of the breadth of work Landscaping Victoria members can perform...
Rounding out the Awards, excellent service and quality workmanship earned Prestige Surfaces the nod for 'Supplier of
the Year' as voted by Members of Landscaping Victoria, and Trent Mahoney from Avoca Landscape Constructions took
out the 'Apprentice of the Year', impressing the judges with enthusiasm for his trade, knowledge and skill and solid
plans for a bright future in the industry.
A full list of winners including recipients of Highly Commended and Commended awards from the 2017 Landscaping
Victoria Industry Awards can be found here at www.landscapingvictoria.com.au
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