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Thank you to all those who attended Stormwater16 on the Gold Coast. 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...

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. 

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

At a recent meeting called by some of Australia’s leading manufacturers and distributors with Association President  Andrew Allan, serious concern was expressed that the credibility of the whole industry could come under fire from the outrageous performance claims of some manufacturers.

The need for nationally recognised performance validation criteria was discussed (see page 3 for further information) but the discussion went much further. One of the more interesting issues raised at the meeting was the need for an Association Code of  Conduct. Andrew Allan asked the participants at the meeting to have a think about the benefits of a Code of Conduct and how, if it was thought to be worthwhile, the best way for the Association to put something together

Managing Director of Stormwater 360, Jeremy Brown , supported the idea of a Code of Conduct. In a follow up note to the Association Mr Brown said,  "The development and application of a binding Code of Conduct would be a very important step in confirming and maintaining the credibility of the Association in particular and then the industry as a whole."

He warned however, that development application and enforcement of a Code of Conduct was ‘not a five minute job.’

He pointed out that a Code of Conduct must,

  1. have widespread support within the industry
  2. have clear objectives
  3. be well designed
  4. provide benefits to signatories
  5. be effectively implemented
  6. be underpinned by an effective complaint handling system
  7. be administered by an appropriate body
  8. be properly and objectively enforced
  9. be regularly evaluated and reviewed to retain currency and support from stakeholders.

"And it is not just a job for the Executive’ Brown added.