Stormwater NSW November Forum: Stormwater Whose Problem Is It Anyway? @ Mercure Sydney Central
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Stormwater – Whose Problem Is It Anyway?

The stormwater industry is guilty. Guilty of trying to do it all – all by ourselves. Then wondering, why we didn’t achieve our goal? Who else is responsible for stormwater? How can we work together to successfully achieve our goals?

Join us, as our guest presenters take us into their world; the worlds of economics, construction engineering, urban planning, environmental education, architecture and riverkeeping. What do these industries have to do with stormwater?

This Forum will be convened by Stormwater NSW and will examine how stormwater management spans across many industries and how different industries regard stormwater management. Followed by short individual industry presentations, our presenters will participate in an interactive session where we will discuss the barriers and opportunities to having a coordinated approach to stormwater management across all relevant industries.

The seminar will be followed by the official Stormwater NSW End of Year Drinks, which is held annually to thank our members and event attendees for their continued support.

Join us for what will be an informative afternoon of breaking down barriers and exploring opportunity to help us all achieve our goals.  The event is sure to be a highlight of the Stormwater NSW 2017 Event Calendar.

The 2017 Stormwater NSW November Forum Will Consist Of:

  • A half day seminar from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Presentations from a number of experts/ stakeholders in and surrounding the Stormwater Industry
  • A panel discussion with opportunities to discuss issues relating to your practice with the experts
  • The end of year drinks (Includes two complimentary drinks and a selection of finger food)

Meet the Experts

Construction Engineering

Dan Brown

Soil Conservation Service, Newcastle

Daniel has been working with the SCS since 2008, specialising in riparian assessment, design and restoration projects. He has completed studies in River restoration and Management and is also a qualified Agricultural Scientist. Previous work as an agronomist and agribusiness manager, has given Daniel experience in the management of soils for sustainable production – including testing and consulting on remedial actions required due to degradation. He has experience in the management of a consultancy team – with a broad understanding of project management and WH&S issues.

Daniel has jointly developed and delivered a multi award winning urban creek rehabilitation program during his tenure with SCS. He has received international and local recognition for his work delivered to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Councils by being awarded the winner for the NSW Stormwater Industry Association award for Excellence in Infrastructure (2014) and the International Erosion Control Association award for Education and Innovation (2014). Daniel was appointed Head of the SCS Riverworks Division in 2014, he was subsequently appointed as Hunter Area Manager in 2015 and is passionate about leading a united, highly skilled team of both environmental professionals and specialised subcontractors to deliver excellence in the environmental field.

Construction Engineering

  Mick Taylor

Soil Conservation Service, Newcastle

Qualified environmental scientist with 20 years experience specialising in leading teams, project management and environmental restoration. Using the Hunter as his base SCS Mick has provided technical and project management roles throughout NSW. His specialties include specialist technical advice, design and construction of in-stream restoration works, estuarine and coastal erosion management, building client relationships and managing like-minded staff.

Mick has jointly developed and delivered a multi award winning urban creek rehabilitation program during his tenure with SCS. He has received international and local recognition for his work delivered to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Councils by being awarded the winner for the NSW Stormwater Industry Association award for Excellence in Infrastructure (2014) and the International Erosion Control Association award for Education and Innovation (2014).  

River Keeper

  Dr David Reid

Georges River Council

David Reid is the Aquatic Ecologist and River Health Coordinator at the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC)

GRCCC works with councils to coordinate waterway management across the Georges River catchment in southern Sydney, with the goal of achieving best practice management for a liveable urban river. David coordinates River Health monitoring to determine ecological condition of waterways, reported in annual Report Cards. He also does research on impacts of land use intensification on waterways, which informs the development of activities and materials to communicate urban waterway management issues to schools and the general public.


  Jim Binney

NCE Economics

Jim is a resource and environmental economic practitioner with over 20 years of postgraduate experience and a very low boredom threshold. He has undertaken in excess of 160 consulting assignments across the Asia Pacific region and occasionally further afield. Prior to moving to consulting in 2006, worked in the finance industry and government.

Jim has experience across a range of resource and environmental management issues including water management (allocations, infrastructure investment, water use efficiency, water quality, and stormwater), catchment management, climate change, vegetation management, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development, waste management, the impacts of resource development projects, and natural capital valuation.

Much of the focus of his work is on mainstreaming environmental values into decision making, investments and markets.

(EXTERNAL) 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD 2018) & Hydropolis 2018 @ Crown Towers Perth
Feb 12 – Feb 15 all-day
(EXTERNAL) 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD 2018) & Hydropolis 2018 @ Crown Towers Perth | Western Australia | Australia

Water Sensitive Urban Design Conferences are a recognised premier technical event hosted by Engineers Australia. The conferences attract leading experts, and have a reputation for high quality papers covering a range of water sensitive urban design topics.

On this occasion Engineers Australia has partnered with Stormwater WA to host WSUD 2018 in conjunction with Hydropolis 2018. Hydropolis events provide an opportunity for Western Australian water professionals to exchange ideas and information about meeting the current and future challenges of the region.

WSUD / Hydropolis 2018 is also supported by the Australian Water Association (AWA) which aims to deliver information, expertise and collaboration for sustainable water management.

The partnering of Engineers Australia and Stormwater WA with support from AWA will provide a unique opportunity for water professionals from all organisations and backgrounds to exchange ideas, interact with existing and new acquaintances, and broaden their knowledge on water sensitive urban design on both a local and international scale.

The focus of WSUD / Hydropolis 2018 is “Creating Water Sensitive Communities” and aims to challenge delegates thinking and knowledge, and expand their views on what represents urban water management best practice and its vital role in developing our future communities.

The main conference will be held from 13 to 15 February 2018 and include a full technical program with a number of excellent keynote speakers, and range of oral sessions covering both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed papers.

Optional pre–conference workshops / field trips will be offered on 12 February. A formal conference dinner will be held on 14 February where Engineers Australia and Stormwater WA Industry Awards winners will be announced, alongside some light entertainment.

The conference will be held at Crown Towers, which is a world-class facility overlooking the banks of the Swan River. There are a number of accommodation options nearby and a number of excellent restaurants and bars which will provide limitless opportunities for the all-important break out and networking sessions.

(EXTERNAL) 2018 Stormwater Victoria Conference @ Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Jun 6 – Jun 8 all-day
(EXTERNAL) 2018 Stormwater Victoria Conference @ Sheraton Melbourne Hotel | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to invite you to join us for the 2018 Stormwater Victoria Conference. The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, Victoria on Wednesday 6th and Thursday, 7th June, 2018.

Like much of the world Victoria faces the following challenges: population growth and aging, changes in lifestyle and values, climate change and climatic variability and challenging economic conditions.

Our use of water underpins our economy, recreation, health and surrounding environment.  It is important that Indigenous values are appropriately recognised.

A water sensitive community uses water in a way that is productive and sustainable, while acknowledging the need for the environment to be resilient to changes and liveable for all in it.

The theory of Water Sensitive Cities is well documented and understood.  The three pillars of Water Sensitive Cities as articulated in Wong and Brown (2009) are:

  • Cities as Water Supply Catchments
  • Cities providing Ecosystem Services
  • Cities comprising of Water Sensitive Communities.

Alternate water sources, reliability, environmental risk, cost and the difference between decentralised and centralised systems are commonly considered in projects.  The benefits and creation of beneficial microclimates, carbon sinks, habitat and biodiversity are emerging themes.

Communities are complex and often comprise of disparate and diverse groups with differing socio, economic and environmental needs.  This Conference wishes to explore whether Water Sensitive Communities are still a pipe dream or whether definitive steps have been made in implementing and demonstrating why it is inevitable that we all live in a water sensitive community.

Stormwater2018 @ ANZ Stadium
Oct 8 – Oct 12 all-day
Stormwater2018 @ ANZ Stadium | Sydney Olympic Park | New South Wales | Australia

On behalf of Stormwater Australia and the Stormwater18 Conference Committee I invite you to join us in Sydney in October 2018 for what will be the highlight of the stormwater calendar.

With over 300 delegates anticipated, it will be the one stop shop for industry professionals looking to keep abreast of contemporary practice, share ideas with their peers and make new contacts that can be invaluable in their everyday work.

Expect a program that will leave you wiser, better networked with a little bit of fun thrown in along the way.  As with previous conferences, we envision delegates and presenters to be drawn from a mix of practitioners’ working at the ‘coal face,’ new and emerging science and presentations on policy from around the country.

We are now entering the age of the mega city; in some countries as much as 90% of the population lives in urban centres. Urban centres are sinks, drawing in resources from their wide and disparate hinterlands. Stormwater professionals are very aware that the poorly evolved drainage systems of the past convey this pollution to receiving environments. A modern understanding of urban stream ecology reveals that paved cities do not respect the ecosystems that once flourished. And in a dry land such as Australia we are acutely aware of the need to manage our runoff as a resource rather than a waste.

The Conference has the resolution of many of these issues as a key area of focus. We are seeking presentations which focus on both science and practice. For a list of areas of particular interest please download the Call for Abstracts. I would encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration if you have anything that you have been working on, and would like to share with your industry peers. We are looking for a diverse mix of presentations and perspectives that will be of broad appeal.

As with previous years, we will be holding our National Excellence Awards at the Conference Dinner, and will be rounding the event program with a number of social and networking events as well as a workshop series.