Council’s innovation wins top public infrastructure award

Date published: 31 August 2017

Townsville City Council took out the top gong for project innovation at the annual Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia this week.

The council received the award for Excellence in Project Innovation 2017 for its TARDIS Software that captures data about rainfall and water levels.

Community Health and Environment chair, Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said the software provided valuable information for council and emergency services about water levels during severe weather events.

“The TARDIS software enables us to track water levels in flood-prone areas so support can be prioritised and directed to where it is needed,” Cr Greaney said.

“The program has already proven its value and has been snapped up by Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay councils.

“For a city of 190,000 people, we box well above our weight class when it comes to innovation and smart solutions.”

At the awards ceremony, the judges said the development of this software allows the user to conduct flood forecasting and that information is very important in areas in Australia prone to extreme wet weather.