We are delighted to welcome Productivity Commissioner John Madden to our conference program. 

John recently completed the review of the National Water Initiative; the final report concluded that there was still more to be done on urban water and stormwater reform.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from one of the senior advisors to government on what the future could have in store!

2018 March Board meeting

Stormwater Australia is the peak body representing the interests of stormwater practitioners nationally. As a grass roots, largely volunteer resourced organisation we seek additional Board members for our national board.

Director Nominations - opens 15th September and closes 29th September 2018.

The International Water Association (IWA) has awarded its prestigious 2018 Global Water Award to Professor Tony Wong.

This biannual award recognises individuals who through innovative leadership and practice are driving change in water management. The award citation recognised Tony’s pioneering program of work – the Water Sensitive Cities approach, which uses unique socio-technical approach to concurrently addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges of traditional urban water management.

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Stormwater Australia is always proud to bring the observations of international experts to contribute to the Australian narrative around practice. 

This year we are delighted to hear the views of Andy Reece, Vice President and Principal Consultant, The Wood Group, Tennessee.

Andy will offer his reflection on where current Australian practice sits and contrast it with experiences in the USA.  In the past 20- 30 years America has seen a quantum change in practice, borne largely by the realisation that a fundamental shift was required in how stormwater management is funded and accountability assigned for action.

According to Andy, Stormwater has can be seen as the "wild child" among the three siblings in the water management family (the others being water and wastewater). While the other two are well educated, married, have houses, and steady jobs, stormwater is that one who left college, hiked through Nepal and now lives in his parent’s basement playing drums in a band!  The conclusion- it’s time for Stormwater to ‘grow up’.

2018 Women in Stormwater

Sponsored by Jacobs, we will be celebrating women in leadership at Stormwater 2018’s Women’s Breakfast on Wednesday 10th October, 7.30am - 8.45am.  This is an event not to be missed and Stormwater Australia's President, Dr Belinda Lovell, encourages all to attend.

We have two exceptional speakers Kelly Maslin from Jacobs and Licia Heath who is currently campaigning for the seat of Wentworth by-election.

This by-election will be held on 6th of October, so Licia will have plenty to share about the experience at our Women’s Breakfast. 

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Have you ever thought stormwater management is just too complex? We are managing proposed developments to peak flows, imposed detention requirements, sometimes effective imperviousness and then water quality requirements. On top of this, we are asked to match the peak flow in the 1.5 year ARI (VIC) or something even more complicated as in NSW. And now let's throw in BASIX and other related planning requirements.

This is excellent for keeping our industry and consultants busy, but is it all necesssary?

As part of the October Stormwater2018 national conference at ANZ Stadium, NSW two Technical Tours are organised for the Friday 12 October. The tours are full day activities and will depart from Sydney Olympic Park.

Tour 1 will visit Powells Creek Naturalisation Project, Cooks River Naturalisation and Wetland, and Wangal Park Wetland.

Tour 2 will visit Cintra Watsershed, SOPA Water Reclamation and Management Scheme, and Blacktown International Sportspark - Angus Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme.

For more information visit:

https://stormwater2018.com.au/technical-tour/

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A new website has been created by the Australian Government and contains the National Water Management Strategy and the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality. The guidelines have been updated over several years using best available science and new techniques to make them more relevant and current. See waterquality.gov.au