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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.

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

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:

To improve the knowledge and understanding of terms used in the stormwater industry, Stormwater Australia has made a Glossary freely available to both members and non members of the Association.

Go to: www.stormwater.asn.au/publications to view and download your copy of the Glossary.

The Glossary focuses on terms stormwater officers are likely to confront when reviewing a Catchment Management Plan, Stormwater Management Plan, Waterway Management Plan, Floodplain Management Plan, Master Drainage Plan, Flood Study or Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.