We all know that the effective management of stormwater provides a great value proposition to the community, but what are the questions that we need to ask of ourselves and government to ensure that this is well understood?

Prompted by Senator Nick Xenophon's keynote presentation at the Stormwater14 conference in Adelaide and his observation that stormwater was not prominent on the political radar, a group of industry leaders came together to frame key points of inquiry that we believe will be helpful in advocating the stormwater cause into the future.

These are:

  • What is the quantum of stormwater resource in Australia and impact potential of optimal management practices in areas of flooding, environmental impacts, waterway management and water resource planning across climatic cycles?
  • What is the role of scientific advances in improving stormwater management outcomes and integrating these into policy at all levels of government to unlock the full suite of economic benefits?
  • What is the role of stormwater as a positive contributor to resilient and desirable communities into the future, including 'public good' and productivity outcomes?
  • What model frameworks can be developed/ exist to develop economic and policy incentives for stormwater management across scales of impact and benefit?
  • What model land use planning and building controls can be developed/ exist to maximise benefits and minimise impacts in both new and legacy situations?
  • What funding and incentive models can be developed/ exist to support strategic planning and investment in desirable stormwater management, including local prioritisation?
  • How does industry develop asset management and operational approaches to ensure efficient investments and longevity of benefit?
  • What is the role of innovation in supporting desirable outcomes and transparent decision making, including access to information and novel technologies for planning, design and implementation?