September 6, 2017 – September 8, 2017 all-day
Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre
King St & Union St
Newcastle West NSW 2302
GEMS Event Management
+61 2 9744 5252

The Stormwater NSW Conference Organising Committee, would like to invite you to the 2017 Stormwater NSW Conference.

We are excited to announce the 2017 Conference will be held at the Newcastle Exhibition Centre (NEX) from Wednesday, 6th September to Friday 8th September, 2017. The Conference will consist of:

  • Two days of Conference presentations on Wednesday, 6th and Thursday 7th, September
  • Conference Dinner and Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence on Wednesday, 6th September
  • A full day technical Tour incorporating practical stormwater demonstrations on Friday, 8th September

In 2017, we are excited to be travelling for the first time to Newcastle. Set on the southern bank of the Hunter River, Newcastle was established in the early 1800’s as a port for the coal mines in surrounding areas, and is now the world’s largest coal export port and the centre for trade from the mining resources of the Hunter Valley. The city continues to be a booming industrial centre for the wider Hunter area.

Newcastle has faced a period of challenge and change in recent years. Nobody could forget the results of the storms in June 2007. The worst series of storms to hit the NSW coast in three decades caused thousands of homes to be flooded, and the infamous Pasha Bulker to run aground at Nobby’s Beach, where is stayed for more than six weeks. Changes in the large industrial operations in the area have created opportunities for diversification into other sectors and subsequent renewal and reshaping of the city centre to create a vibrant hub.

It is apt, therefore, that this year’s Conference theme is ‘Building the Momentum’. This is a theme that resonates not only with Newcastle’s story of growing through change, but our story as a part of the stormwater industry in Australia. We too have been ‘Rising to the Challenge (the theme of the 2016 Stormwater Australia Conference) and fresh off the heels of last year’s senate inquiry into stormwater, we are working on not just overcoming these challenges, but pushing forward, gathering speed and support to approach stormwater a little differently. We want to recognise the importance of stormwater as one of many factors integral to the liveability and resilience of our cities, and achieve a truly integrated approach to its management.

So this year we are seeking out all of our partners to share their experience in stormwater and related fields, so we can teach and learn from each other and build the momentum together!

The Conference will include a series of industry and inspirational keynotes speakers, supported by presentations from across NSW on the following areas of interest:

  • Policy and planning
  • Capacity building
  • Business cases
  • Design and master planning
  • Construction challenges and opportunities
  • Handover, operation and maintenance of stormwater assets
  • The role of stormwater assets in the creation of liveable and resilient cities
  • Floods and coastal inundation
  • Urban renewal and green infrastructure
  • Landscape design and stormwater systems
  • Community engagement.

We look forward to Building the Momentum with you this September in Newcastle!

Rebecca Bell
Conference Convenor 
Vice President, Stormwater NSW