Bec O’Connor, who is currently working in the Environment Team at SPA’s Glen Huntly level crossing removal site, has been awarded the 2022 International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Australasia Vital Young Professional Scholarship.

This prestigious scholarship allows Bec to meet and learn from industry experts by attending the IECA 2022 Conference in October held up in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, as well as the 2023 Conference.

Additionally, Bec will spend the next two years participating in IECA Australia board meetings, allowing her to gain an in-depth understanding of how the association works.


“I’m very excited and grateful to have been awarded this scholarship,” said Bec. “I’m really looking forward to learning from leading industry professionals so I can bring the knowledge back to my team, and we can keep striving towards best practice.”


Bec has been integral to SPA in helping implement erosion sediment control best practice across multiple sites, including Cheltenham and Mentone, Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, and the current Glen Huntly project. This includes adopting recycled and sustainable erosion sediment control alternatives.

Bec’s award is three years in succession for ACCIONA, after Amy Lee Conroy in 2021 and Sarah Wilson in 2020.