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Stormwater Australia is pleased to announce a launch of the SQIDEP database at the upcoming Stormwater Victoria conference (Time for a Watershed) to be held in Lorne between 3- 5 May 2017.

The database/ website has been developed after extensive feedback and consultation, including at the Stormwater16 conference.  The Board would like to thank all those who have supported this initiative and have generously provided their time and intellectual input.

Once launched, this online tool will be available to Stormwater Industry members and allow information that has been provided by Stormwater Quality Improvement Device (SQID) proprietors to be displayed with a level of confidence that supporting documentation has been provided and is available for scrutiny.

Importantly, as a searchable tool it will allow devices to be 'filtered' according to key design and preformance criteria, thus eliminating much of the headache that currently exists in the areas of both design and approval.

The SQID website/ database is a sister project to the Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Protocol (SQIDEP) which was initiated to guide the significant investments by proprietary suppliers in field testing.  The SQIDEP is currently being independently reviewed by leading water authorities in several states. This review is scheduled to be completed by June this year.  

Together, the SQIDEP and SQID website/ database should provide the highest levels of confidence in selecting proprietary devices for real world applications.    

 

We have previously reported on the Government's responce to the Senate stormwater Inquiry. This response can be downloaded here.

Over the Christmas break we surveyed State Committee members on how they thought we should engage with this reponse.  The feedback supported adopting a national advocacy positon and we are actively considering how this should be implemented.

One opportunity is through the regular triennial assessment of the National Water Initiative (NWI) that is being managed through the Productivity Commission. Stormwater Australia  will be providing a response to the PC's issues paper (released in March 2017). Feedback on the issues paper is sought by the 18th April 2017, with further consultation to occur later in the year. 

While it was pleasing to see that many of the Senate recommendations were adopted (either in part or in principle) there remains a lot of hard work to translate these into tangible outcomes. The review of the NWI provides a framework to consider the full range of existing and emerging policy initiatives that would be relevant to Australian stormwater management into the future.

Stay tuned for more, and look for updates on this website and in upcoming Bulletin editions…..

Thank you to all those who attended Stormwater16 on the Gold Coast earlier this year.  With over 250 delegates and exhibitors this was our most successful conference to date.

We have received lots of excellent feedback, the quality of the keynote program was second to none, the technical content a balanced mix of all the good things that are happening in our industry.

Keynote Kim Stephens gave an outsiders perspective on where we Australian's are at on our watyer journey, and was helped by a series of interviews he conducted with a number of senior, leading practicioners as part of his preparation.  He suggested that getting the basics of hydrology right was the key to managing runoff. Kim's presentation is available for viewing.

The Senate Environment and Communications Reference Committee has accepted and published our submission on its website.

It can be downloaded here.

Thank you to all those who took the time to provide a submission.  Scanning through all of theme there are common themes which resonate across many of them.

The recent work by Stormwater Australia has been noticed internationally.

Over the past few weeks your Editorial team has been trying to work out the potential impacts of the Federal Budget on the development and implementation of more effective stormwater management policies and programs.

We have sought formal input from relevant Federal ministers, shadow ministers and agencies but, at this stage, nothing has come through. As it does, we will certainly keep you up to date, but a quick review of the Budget decisions in areas that could affect development in stormwater management have shown there are some significant challenges ahead, including:

Stormwater Australia are proud to announce the 2014 Stormwater National Awards for Excellence Winners and High Commendations...

In the Companies, Products and Services Directory section of this website Stormwater Australia has included a trial advertisement for Storm Consulting. Initially the website advertising is only a trial to measure interest.

Stormwater Australia limits advertising to organisations relevant to our members, which means advertisers greatly benefit from exposure to a highly targeted audience of decision makers in the stormwater industry. 

If you are interested in advertising in either the Bulletin or on the website please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the trial website advertisement go to: www.stormwater.asn.au/companies-products-a-services-directory