Jun
6
Wed
2018
2018 Stormwater Victoria Conference @ Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Jun 6 – Jun 8 all-day
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.

Oct
8
Mon
2018
2018 Stormwater National Conference (Sydney) @ ANZ Stadium
Oct 8 – Oct 12 all-day
2018 Stormwater National Conference (Sydney) @ 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.

For more information, please visit the Conference website.