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Thats a wrap on FRANC 2024!

Thanks to all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and panellists for making franc 2024 such a success. Also to our event managers GEMS who facilitated pre-conference workshops and tours as well.

By |May 1st, 2024|Latest News|0 Comments

WATER SENSITIVE CITIES AUSTRALIA WEBINAR SERIES 2024

Water Sensitive Cities Australia has announced their 2024 Seminar Series.

These free, monthly webinars will focus on projects that mainstream water sensitive cities practices. Each session will include a presentation and opportunities to provide feedback and ask questions.

The recording from each session will be available on their website after the event.Next Event:

Wednesday, 27th March […]

By |March 11th, 2024|Latest News|0 Comments

Register now for franc

Conference Date: Wednesday 17th April – Thursday 18th April 2024Location: Commbank Stadium, SydneyTheme: Charting the Future from Past LessonsCost: $550 – $1,150

The  franc.sydney conference is in it’s 3rd year and has been designed to be future focused, fostering resilient and networked communities to meet the complex environmental and social challenges ahead.   Stormwater management, urban waterways, marine environments, […]

By |March 11th, 2024|Latest News|0 Comments

Water’s role in thriving communities Blue x green

The Water Services Association of Australia Ltd has released a progress report on Water’s role in thriving communities as a follow up to their previous Blue+Green Liveability report.

Blue x green = thriving A PROGRESS REPORT ON WATER S ROLE FOR THRIVING COMMUNITIES.pdf (wsaa.asn.au)

By |December 1st, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Urban Rivers and Catchments Program Grants – Round 2 OPEN

The Urban Rivers and Catchments Program Grants are now open and will close 5pm on 13th February 2024.

The May 2023-24 Budget provided funding through the Natural Heritage Trust for a competitive grants round under the Urban Rivers and Catchments Program.

$109 million (from 2024-25) is available for project grants. There are two distinct grant opportunities:

Stream […]

By |December 1st, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Our submission to NSW DPE’s updated erosion and sediment control guidelines

Stormwater NSW has provided comments on the Department of Planning and Environment’s updated guidelines for erosion and sediment control on building sites.

Our submission is here 20231106 Stormwater NSW submission on erosion sediment control guidelines (002)

By |November 7th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Learn more about the Blacktown Bioretention monitoring project

Blacktown City Council leading the industry in bioretention system research

On 19 October Council hosted a knowledge sharing session to present to the industry the bioretention system validation and optimising monitoring project that is currently underway. This is a collaborative project involving Blacktown Council, the NSW Government through the Accelerated Infrastructure grant, Ocean Protect […]

By |November 7th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Tech Showcase

Urban Plunge Tech Showcase 2023

Sydney Water’s Urban Plunge Tech Showcase 2023 is all about enhancing waterway health.

 

Date:      28th of November 2023

Time:      9am to 1pm

Venue:   The Connection at Rhodes.

 

You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest ideas and advancements around improving waterway health, with pioneering companies showcasing cutting edge technologies, on the […]

By |November 7th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar – Can the platypus save our rivers?

Venue:                 Online via MS Teams Register here 

Date:                    Tuesday 5 December 2023

Time:                  3:30 – 5:30pm AEDT

This webinar has hand-picked case studies from across South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales where the elusive platypus is driving change in waterway management.

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is […]

By |November 7th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Are you looking for a new role in Stormwater Compliance and Education?

The Parramatta River Catchment Group’s new Stormwater Compliance and Education role is currently being advertised. Although the position is hosted by City of Canada Bay, the role will cover the Parramatta River catchment, working with an established group of Council and agency stormwater managers. It is open till the 15th October with a pretty […]

By |September 29th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Blacktown City Council bioretention system validation and optimising project

Location: The Ponds Community Hub, 45 Riverbank Drive The Ponds
Date: Thursday 19th October
Time: 9:00 – 3:00

Blacktown City Council are hosting an event show-casing their large scale bioretention system validation and optimisation project – funded by the NSW Government in association with Blacktown City Council, Ocean Protect and ALS Hydrographics.

Please note that attendees must register for this […]

By |September 29th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Book now for our next webinar – Financially Sustainable Options for Stormwater Management Funding in NSW

To ensure stormwater management projects, programs and assets achieve their desired goals a sustainable source of funding is required throughout the whole lifecycle. This forum will provide information as to how Councils are resourcing stormwater management in different ways and discuss the benefits and or limitations of each option. Come hear from council representatives […]

By |September 5th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Living Streams Presentation

The Living Streams webinar was truly inspiring, it discussed how we can transform urban spaces through thoughtful design that puts people and natural systems at the centre of design (a nature-based approach to stormwater).

On 10 August 2023, more than 220 WSUD practitioners from around Australia came together for the Living streams webinar. This was the first forum […]

By |September 4th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

NSW Department of Planning and Environment to be split

NSW Premier Chris Minns has announced that the Department of Planning and Environment will become two new departments to better deliver on the Government’s priorities of addressing the energy challenges, climate change, the environment and housing.

From 1 January 2024, the Department of Planning and Environment will be split into two new dedicated entities, the […]

By |September 4th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar “Ensuring widespread maintenance of WSUD assets”

Date & Time:  Aug 23, 2023 12:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Are you working in local Government and struggling with ensuring WSUD assets are appropriately maintained?
If so, this webinar is for you. Hundreds of thousands of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) assets have been installed across Australia to help protect the […]

By |August 22nd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Get the Site Right! – results from the May blitz

Compliant building sites good news for NSW waterways

NSW builders are ‘getting the site right’ with more than half successfully implementing erosion and sediment controls to protect local environments, but councils and regulators still had to hand out $376,789 in fines in May.

Twenty-two councils across Greater Sydney and regional NSW joined forces for the latest […]

By |August 22nd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Stormwater Australia is seeking an Executive Officer & Operations Services

The Stormwater Australia Board is seeking a motivated, innovative and talented contractor to manage Stormwater Australia on a day-to-day basis under the direction of the Board, and contribute to its effectiveness, reputation, viability and strategic development.

Contract for Executive Officer and Operations Services.
2-year contract with 1-year performance review.
Work from own office or […]

By |August 18th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Stormwater NSW AGM 2023

Stormwater NSW will hold its Annual General Meeting for all members on Wednesday 30th August, 2023 via zoom from 9.00 am until 9.30 am.

Nominations for the Committee are now Open

You are invited to nominate for a position on the management committee for 2023/24. Stormwater NSW is seeking Committee Members who are eager and enthusiastic […]

By |August 17th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Get started on your Abstract submission for FRANC 2024

We would like to invite you to participate in franc.sydney 2024 to be held at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 April, 2024.  The theme for franc.sydney 2024 is: Charting the Future from Past Lessons.

franc.sydney 2024 will build on the success of previous conferences and create a space where we can come […]

By |August 11th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar – Great design and innovative tech: how Sydney Water is tackling urban waterways health challenges

Wednesday 2 August, 4pm–5pm.

Healthy waterways are a vital part of enhancing the liveability of Greater Sydney. They add value to our urban spaces, support the cultural and recreational needs of our people, and provide essential habitats for wildlife.

Join us when we explore three innovative projects:

Jordan Mulhearn (Senior Project Manager at Sydney Water) will discuss […]

By |July 19th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar, Living Streams – nature based solutions for urban stormwater management

Thursday 10th August 2023

12:30pm-2:30pm (AEST)

Register here 

Communities in urban areas are seeking connection with nature, while governments are looking for initiatives that cool urban landscapes and make our cities more biodiverse. Living streams offer a sense of place and community, connectivity and recreational opportunities along a network of linear trails. The act of daylighting creeks […]

By |July 6th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar follow-up; Stormwater certification

Stormwater NSW held an online discussion in late June to record issues our members had experienced with the stormwater certification process. Following presentations by Rob Barbuto of Northern Beaches Council and April McKay of MidCoast Council about their experience of stormwater certification, we had an open discussion.

Participants were  able to record their responses to […]

By |July 6th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Water Leadership Program

The Water Leadership Program (WLP) run through the International WaterCentre is an award-winning program that helps emerging leaders to develop the ability to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects – abilities associated with the most effective integrated water management leaders.

The WLP is a feedback-intensive, 10-month professional development program, underpinned […]

By |July 4th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Just released: A Practical Guide for Gross Pollutant Trap Planning, Design & Procurement

The Georges Riverkeeper have just released this report A Practical Guide for Gross Pollutant Trap Planning, Design & Procurement, to support Councils in reaching the goal of zero litter to the Georges River!

Murray Powell, Secretary of Stormwater NSW, and one of the authors of the report says:
‘This Practical Guide assists Councils to understand the […]

By |July 3rd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

“How Sydney’s most toxic river is fighting back”

A great article on the Cooks River in the SMH, June 19.

“Backed by a band of passionate and powerful supporters, the Cooks River is slowly coming back to life after decades of abuse.”

Cooks River: How Sydney’s most toxic waterway is roaring back to life (smh.com.au)

 

 

By |June 20th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Our White Paper – please comment!

This Stormwater NSW_White Paper captures the collective perspectives of those involved in, or affected by current urban stormwater management in NSW.

It supports the ‘franc’ (Future-focused, Resilient, Adaptive and Networked Communities) initiative by providing a written record of the collective perspectives of the franc community and can help drive discussions and direction for next year’s franc […]

By |May 25th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Register now for our stormwater certification webinar

Date : Monday, 26 June

Time : 1:00 – 2:00pm

Venue : Zoom Meeting

Open to :  Members Only
 

This session will be an open platform for discussion to capture some of the main issues across the industry, around the perceived issues associated with the certification of private stormwater infrastructure in private developments and for assets that will be handed over […]

By |May 23rd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Calling for participants in Research Project

Dr Wikke Novalia, a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, is asking for participants in a research project titled: Tracing the impact of urban experimentation in water and energy domains.

This project investigates the policy impact of urban experimentations (trials / pilots / demonstrations projects) with distributed water solutions, e.g. rainwater tanks, stormwater harvesting, WSUDs, onsite […]

By |May 23rd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Cooks River Paddle Trail

The Cooks River Canoe Club have launched their paddle trail and litter prevention website https://cooksriverpaddletrail.au/ 

Check out the paddle trail routes and find out more about their litter prevention strategy for the Cooks River.

 

By |April 19th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

2023 National Stormwater Awards – congratulation to our NSW winners

The Stormwater Australia National Awards for Excellence ceremony was held on 29th March 2023, in conjunction with the franc.sydney conference. Congratulations to our NSW Winners:

 

The winner for the Award for Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning 

Integrating Recycled Water and Stormwater in the Mamre Road Precinct: A Template for Australia’s Largest Water Sensitive City 

By Sydney Water

 

The winner for […]

By |April 14th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

CSIRO Gross pollutant trap survey

With funding from the Federal Government, CSIRO are shining a light on ocean pollution via stormwater.

They want to hear from you!

If you work in the stormwater industry and want to contribute, complete the survey at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Stormwater_GPTs

By |April 14th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Ocean Plastic Action Forum

9.00am – 3pm Wednesday March 15, 2023 at Bondi Pavilion Level 1
The inaugural Ocean Plastic Action Forum is an exciting new part of the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival. Join industry professionals, innovators, scientists, and government, business and community leaders, for an opportunity to learn, engage and be inspired to ‘turn the tide’ on plastic in […]

By |February 15th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Hawkesbury Nepean Health Report Card

This is a small snapshot of a big river, see the report here.

Major threats include outflows from sewage treatment plants, cleared riparian vegetation and intensive agricultural activity that leads to reduced flows in the catchment, higher water temperatures, elevated nutrient levels, the introduction of 21st century pollutants, reduced function of wetlands and decreasing aquatic biodiversity.

By |February 2nd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Georges River Health Report Card

The Georges Riverkeeper have just released a new report card on the River. They found:
 “The flooding and frequent rainfall events across the Georges River catchment this year has impacted the grades and may have skewed the results. Overall the Freshwater Grades were impacted, meaning the water quality is fair. Surprisingly, the more pristine bushland […]

By |February 2nd, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Litter prevention grants available

The NSW Government has opened the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (WASM) Litter Prevention Grants Program for councils, community groups and other key stakeholders to deliver litter prevention projects and develop strategic plans to address litter in their local environments. Up to $10 million is available from 2022 to 2027.

Funding is provided under […]

By |February 1st, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Have your say on the Hawkesbury CMP

The Hawkesbury-Nepean River CMP is a partnership between local and state governments that seeks to facilitate coordinated, holistic and sustainable management of the HNRS for the benefit of the natural environment, the economy and the community. The CMP will drive management of the system from the tidal limit of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River at Yarramundi […]

By |January 31st, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Early bird registration for FRANC 2023

Early bird registration for FRANC 2023 will be closing in just one week on Tuesday, 31st January. Registering at the Early Bird rate will save you $100 on most full conference registration types.
We would urge you to register today to lock in your seat for this industry leading event. You can register here.
To learn more […]

By |January 25th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Funding for Smart Places Acceleration Program

In 2023, there is $2.5 million to allocate to new initiatives. Expressions of Interest are now open for solutions and initiatives that address environmental quality; equity, accessibility and inclusion; health and wellbeing; and safety and security. One of the program goals is to encourage partnerships with and co-investment from local councils and industry to […]

By |January 25th, 2023|Latest News|0 Comments

Stormwater NSW 2022 Awards for Excellence

The 2022 Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence entry deadline is Tuesday, 4th October, 2022 so please submit your project into one of the following categories:

Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning
Excellence in Infrastructure
Excellence in Asset Management
Excellence in Research and Innovation
Excellence in Policy or Education
Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design
Young […]

By |September 21st, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Submit your presentation for FRANC 2023

Call for Presentations now open for franc.sydney 2023

Following on from the very successful inaugural franc.sydney conference held in March 2022, the Organising Committee invite you to participate in franc.sydney 2023 to be held at the Novotel Brighton Beach on Tuesday, 28th and Wednesday 29th March, 2023. franc.sydney 2023 will build on the success of […]

By |August 18th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Let’s work as a team to keep our beaches clean

Our Stormwater NSW Secretary Murray Powell took a bunch of kids from Vincentia down to their local beach to talk about pollution. What an inspiring bunch of kids! With thanks to Shoalhaven City Council.

By |August 10th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Applications for Sydney Water community grants now open

Applications for Sydney Water’s community grants are now open. Grants of up to $10,000 (minimum of $5,000) per project are available. Applications close 5:00PM Friday 26 August 2022.

This year’s grants focus on waterway health

Keeping our waterways clean 

Preventing pollution from being carried into waterways, e.g., litter, detergents, chemicals, and pet droppings.
Improving our waterways, […]

By |August 10th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Kayaking the Cooks River

For those that have spent time caring about the Cooks, have you seen this video “Kayaking the sickest urban river in Australia” by Beau Miles?

Follow his journey along the river, from the headwaters to Botany Bay. He tells the story of 150-years of increasing urbanisation and pollution; right up to the present day. Not […]

By |August 9th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Scholarships for women in STEM

Applications for the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering’s Elevate: Boosting women in STEM scholarships are open from Friday 29 July 2022 and close 30th September 2022.  Follow this link for more information: Elevate | ATSE

 

 

By |July 29th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Celebrating the lightweight plastic ban

Stormwater NSW is appluading the state government’s reforms around single-use plastics, which are a major contributor to stormwater pollution and environmental degredation.

The NSW Government passed the Plastic Reduction and Circular Economy Act 2021 in November, and introduced the Plastics Action Plan last year.

The ban will prevent almost 2.7 billion items of plastic litter from entering the environment in […]

By |June 16th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Flood debris removed from the Hawkesbury region

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Director Arminda Ryan said since March this year over 5000 cubic metres of flood debris had been removed from the Hawkesbury River and Central Coast waterways –enough to fill 250 eight-tonne trucks or almost two Olympic swimming pools. More than 7200 cubic metres has now been removed from waterways […]

By |June 16th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Urban Rivers and Catchments Program

We are hopeful that the new Government’s Urban Rivers and Catchments Program will provide real and tangible benefits for our local waterways.

The $200 million program will help fund:

Creating wetlands to slow water flow and filter stormwater before it reaches our rivers
Citizen science and education projects for pre-schoolers and school age children
Removing […]

By |June 16th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology

The 6th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology (SUSE6) will be held from 29 May – 1 June 2023 at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The Symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting held approximately every 3-5 years with the specific aim to further the scientific study of stream ecosystems in urban landscapes. The symposium shares knowledge between […]

By |June 2nd, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Gerry Quinn

I grew up in a rural part of central Scotland, surrounded by burns (creeks), rivers and reservoirs. Summer holidays, often in the rain, were spent fishing, swimming, and exploring the countryside.

Looking back, my appreciation for water in the environment obviously started at a young age. My career in the Water Industry started way back […]

By |March 25th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Online expert panel: Extreme floods in Australia

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Time: 1:00pm AEST

Format: 90mins special panel event

Cost: Free

Register here

February and March 2022 have seen some of the highest rainfall intensities ever recorded in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.

These current extreme events are having devastating effects on communities and may have large implications for the Australian water sector going forward.

To gain an understanding of […]

By |March 16th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

SQIDEP Independent Evaluation/Auditors Panel

Suitably qualified professionals are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to hold a position on the Stormwater Australia Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Protocol (SQIDEP) Independent Evaluation/Auditors Panel (IEP).

Closing Date and Time: 5:00 pm AEST on Friday 4th March 2022

Cut off for Clarifications: 5:00 pm AEST on Friday 25th February 2022

For more information click here. […]

By |February 25th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar – DPE Floodplain Development Manual – Flood risk management industry webinar

Thu, 3 March 2022
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM AEDT

Register to attend

This Webinar is for flood risk management industry representatives who are interested in the updates to the  Floodplain Development Manual (2005) and a number of the existing technical guides. The update considers lessons learnt from floods and the application of the flood risk management […]

By |February 18th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar – Western Sydney Airport Drainage Network – 3 March

WHEN: March 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WHERE: via Zoom
COST: Free

Register Here

 

Come join us to hear about one of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects in decades, the Western Sydney Airport (WSA).  The WSA site has a total catchment area of 1400ha and is situated in the upstream reaches of Badgerys Creek. This presentation […]

By |February 17th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Ben Penhallurick

As a kid, I loved exploring creeks and mangrove forests. They were places I could escape and discover. I fell in love with the way the salt water mixed with the fresh, and how the water mixed with the land. I fell in love with the crabs, eels, mullet, puffer fish, yabbies and sometimes, […]

By |January 24th, 2022|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW Winner of the Young Professional of the Year 2021

The Winner of the Young Professional of the Year 2021 is…

Oscar Bentham from Optimal Stormwater

The judges said: “Oscar Bentham is a young engineer working at Optimal Stormwater, delivering stormwater treatment projects to protect some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches with Randwick Council, including Coogee, Clovelly and Maroubra.  Over the past two years he has […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW 2021 Award for Excellence in Policy or Education

And the Winner for the Excellence in Policy or Education is…

Blacktown’s Community Stormwater Education Program By Blacktown City Council

 The judges said: “This was a wonderful project adapted for pandemic times. It included such comprehensive suites of stormwater improvement initiatives with tangible outcomes and great evaluation techniques and most deserving of the award for this […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW 2021 Award for Excellence in Stormwater Design

And the Winner of the Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design is…

Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme by Georges River Council, NSW Government, Australian Government, Alluvium & Civil Constructions

The judges said: “This was a great project with a site that demonstrates a very good example of how this style of design can […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW 2021 Award for Excellence in in Strategic or Master Planning

And the Winner of the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning is…

Integrating Recycled Water and Stormwater in the Mamre Road Precinct: A Template for Australia’s Largest Water Sensitive City by Sydney Water

The judges said: “This was an outstanding master planning and strategic document that will shape regional planning and represents […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW 2021 Award for Excellence in Infrastructure

And the Winner of the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Infrastructure is…

Manly – Safe and Beautiful once again by Northern Beaches Council & Optimal Stormwater

Excellence in Infrastructure:

The judes said “This is a project with an iconic reach, and very worthy of the category award. It has a great end result, which was inspiring. […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW 2021 Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation

And the Winner of the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation is…

BOM the Builder: A Free Online Meteorological Template Generator by Cleanstormwater

 Our judges said “Congratulations to Cleanstormwater for identifying the needs and benefits of this fantastic tool, it will save time and eliminate mistakes, and the bonus of being free is […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormwaterNSW 2021 Award for Excellence in Asset Management

And the Winner of the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Asset Management is…

Johnstons Creek Naturalisation by Sydney Water, Diona & Thompson Berrill Landscape Design

 The judges said    “This is a very impressive project and certainly worth of recognition with an industry award. This is the thinking that we need for all concrete lined […]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Toxic Microplastic Pollution from our Vehicles Tyres

Mary Rayner, Director of Operations at Stormwater Shepherds shares an article on the impact of untreated stormwater on our ecosystems. Toxic Microplastic Pollution from Vehicles Tyres_

By |November 26th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Submission on draft Water Catchment SEPP 2021

This is a joint submission by the Cooks River Alliance (CRA), Georges Riverkeeper (GRK), the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG), together they represent 23 of the 30 local Councils in Sydney.

Submission on Draft Catchment SEPP 2021

By |November 24th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Beth Salt

My passion for the environment and water stems from my upbringing mostly in Northern Ontario, Canada. We spent summers camping in Algonquin Park, winters ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, and hiking all year around. My parents put a lot of emphasise on the natural environment while my brother and I were growing up and the […]

By |November 17th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Cooks River litter prevention strategy

The Cooks River Litter Prevention Strategy has a goal of halving the amount of litter entering the Cooks River by 2025. The strategy was recently finalised and has been endorsed by all four Cooks River Alliance member councils – Inner West, Canterbury Bankstown, Bayside and Strathfield.

Read the finalised strategy

The strategy will be launched at […]

By |November 11th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Indigenous Knowledges of Water and Water Infrastructure in Sydney’s urban waterscapes

Researchers at UNSW are conducting a project about how waters are known, placed and heard across the surface and subsurface waterscapes of eastern Sydney.

The research study is looking to interview people with an interest in water, from the urban design, planning, landscape architecture,
urban geography, and water engineering, management, and governance fields.

The research aims to […]

By |November 9th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

StormCast e-Newsletter – October 2021

 

 

Welcome to the October 2021 edition of Stormcast!
We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater Queensland and Stormwater NSW to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.

EVENTS

STORMWATER QUEENSLAND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Stormwater Queensland will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20 October 2021, 12.30 […]

By |October 26th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Andre Magar

André completed a Bachelor Honours Degree in Petroleum Engineering which led to working in the energy sector. Whilst working in the field of energy/petroleum he developed a vast interest in environmental management, which along with his deep passion and love of the ocean made him change careers to stormwater management in pursuit of making […]

By |October 21st, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Free Webinar: Design and management of constructed wetlands to achieve water quality and ecological outcomes

The Sydney Wetland Institute at Sydney Olympic Park is offering a free webinar  3-4pm  28 October 2021 presented by Damian McCann, Director of Australian Wetlands Consulting

The talk will provide an introduction to key principles in wetland design and construction along with example projects, construction costs and useful resources.

Register here, further information here.

By |October 14th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Trees to cool one of Sydney’s hottest suburbs – Rosemeadow demonstration project

The suburb of Rosemeadow has one of the lowest levels of tree canopy in the Greater Sydney region. The project explored ways to achieve the 40% canopy target through tree planting on public land including streets and open spaces that have a dual-purpose as stormwater overland flow infrastructure.

Increasing tree canopy cover is important for climate change adaptation in urban areas. […]

By |October 5th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

franc.sydney postponed until March 2022

Due to the current lockdown in NSW, Stormwater NSW and partners have decided to postpone the franc.sydney conference until 2022.

The Conference will now be held on 29 and 30 March, 2022 at Dockside, Darling Harbour.

Our Keynote Speakers at franc.sydney are unchanged and all have a continued commitment to joining us in March 2022. They are:

·       Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, Resilience NSW
·       Gary Jubelin, […]

By |September 16th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

What is SUPtember?

‘SUP’ in this instance stands for ‘single-use plastics’ (they are bad SUPs, stand-up paddle boards are good SUPs). SUPtember is a month of activities aimed at reducing the amount of plastic in our environment. A range of organisations run activities for SUPtember, including Paddle NSW who are running clean up challenges to collect rubbish while […]

By |September 16th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Ruby Ardren

My road to stormwater definitely originated in concern for our waterways. I’m a swimmer, diver, kayaker, whitewater paddler, and skiier. Basically if it’s in water, on water, or water-related I love it. Water is where I find my peace. When I left school I spent a year working on a station in Queensland. It […]

By |September 16th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the committee – Maria Pinto

I currently work at Camden Council as the Team Leader Floodplain Management, and I manage grant funded flood studies, floodplain risk management plans and associated projects. In general, it is my responsibility to manage stormwater and development in the floodplain across the LGA, and in particular develop strategies for the Integrated Water Cycle Management […]

By |September 6th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar – Blacktown City Council’s WSUD Compliance Program

Back by popular demand, our very own Vice-President Dr Andrew Thomas and Daniel Rider from Blacktown Council will talk about the Council’s compliance program at 12:30 PM on Thursday 26th August 2021.
In 2012, Blacktown City Council established a Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Program. A first of its kind in Australia, the Program aims to […]

By |August 16th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Do you have a story to tell… Franc.Sydney conference

Stormwater NSW have reimagined their state conference and the inaugural franc.sydney conference will be held on the 8th and 9th of November in Sydney. With the support of Stormwater Queensland, Stormwater Victoria, The Sydney Institute of Marine Science, the Parramatta River Catchment Group and the Georges Riverkeeper; this conference aims to join stakeholders in […]

By |August 13th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Dr Stephanie Kermode

I am an Environmental scientist specialising in fluvial geomorphology and waterway management. I’m also a daughter, sister, wife, mum of two and a yoga enthusiast. Some of my favourite childhood memories involve swimming in the Bega River, and I think these times led me to my vocation in life.

I have been with Sydney Water […]

By |August 11th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Submit your entry for the 2021 Awards for Excellence

Entries for the 2021 Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence are Now Open.
The 2021 Awards for Excellence will encourage and celebrate excellence in stormwater management and importantly the people involved!

Entries are now invited for the below award categories:

Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning
Excellence in Infrastructure
Excellence in Asset Management
Excellence in Research and Innovation
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By |August 5th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Farewell CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and welcome Water Sensitive Cities Australia.

After 9 years of research and international impact, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) has wrapped up, but it’s legacy will continue through Water Sensitive Cities Australia, part of the Monash Sustainability Development Institute.

The CRCWSC began in 2012 with a vision to build sustainable, resilient and liveable cities and towns. As a partnership […]

By |August 5th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Nerida Taylor

I have worked in state and local government in environmental and catchment management roles throughout my career.  As I gain more experience, I realise that in these agencies there is a strong desire to manage our environment better but a number of common barriers inhibit this progress. These include financial, the fear of change […]

By |May 12th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

National Award Winners – Excellence in Master planning – Parramatta River Catchment Group

The Parramatta River Catchment Group has been awarded the National Stormwater Australia Award for Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning.
The Parramatta River Masterplan Duba, Budu, Barra, Ten Steps to a Living River was recognised as an exemplar plan that provides a comprehensive strategy, supported by evidence-based science, collaboration, cultural sensitivity and community decision making, […]

By |April 28th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

National Award Winners – Asset Management – City of Sydney and Optimal Stormwater

Optimal Stormwater and City of Sydney have been awarded the Stormwater National Award in the category of Excellence in Asset Management.
The project, Knowledge, Integration and Commitment – How the City of Sydney and Optimal Stormwater have massively enhanced Stormwater Asset Management to Protect one of Australia’s Greatest Jewels 

This project had the following key elements:

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By |April 28th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Dubbo Council installs new stormwater management devices

The residents of Dubbo have expressed a strong desire to protect water quality in the Macquarie River running through the town, and Council has delivered.

In late 2020 Dubbo Regional Council selected Optimal Stormwater for the design and construction of 3 new Gross Pollutant Traps.

One was a new OceanSave GPT from Ocean Protect on 18ha.  […]

By |April 28th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Stormwater NSW comments on the Western Sydney Parkland PIC

The Western Parkland City is already growing and we need to think carefully about what, where and when infrastructure is needed for those people who live, work, play and do business in the City.

As part of the Western Sydney City Deal, the Greater Sydney Commission is leading the delivery of the Place-based Infrastructure Compact […]

By |April 26th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Stormwater NSW Response to the National Water Reform Draft Report 2020

See Stormwater NSW’s response to the National Water Reform Draft Report 2020 
This National Water Reform draft report assesses the progress of the Australian, State and Territory governments towards achieving the objectives and outcomes of the National Water Initiative (NWI), and provides practical advice on future directions for national water reform.  As part of our […]

By |April 26th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

April Stormcast Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of Stormcast. We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater NSW and Stormwater Queensland to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.

Follow the link here

By |April 22nd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Upcoming webinar series – Parramatta River

Sydney Water in partnership with the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), has recently released its recommendations paper titled “Strategic and Statutory Planning Review to Create Our Living River”.  They have created a short video to give an overview of the recommendations contained within the paper. The consultancy team from Civille and Macquarie University will be holding […]

By |March 15th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Water Sensitive Cities Conference 15-18th of March

The theme for this conference Water Sensitive Practice. Every city. Every day. —highlights the real potential of water sensitive cities.  The conference is FREE for all participants, with a mix of face-to-face and on-line activities. Most of the conference is virtual except for Tuesday 16 March, with an optional in-person event followed by a […]

By |March 4th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Anna Thompson

I had the privilege of becoming a committee member for Stormwater NSW in late 2019  after having been awarded a full scholarship that I received from the association to undertake a nine-month Water Leadership Program with the International Water Center.  This was a truly transformative course for me and am grateful hat Stormwater NSW […]

By |March 2nd, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Winners are grinners!

We would like to thank Stormwater Queensland for recognising our involvment in the innovative “Zero Litter to Ocean” Program with Ocean Protect.  We won the Excellence in Policy or Education category at their recent Stormwater Awards ceremony.

Here is what Stormwater Queensland had to say:

“This project made a significant contribution to water quality policy in […]

By |February 18th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

February Stormcast Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of Stormcast. We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater NSW and Stormwater Queensland to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.

Follow the link here

By |February 9th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar Series – February & March 2021 from CRC for Water Sensitive Cities & Stormwater NSW

The CRC is wrapping up after 9 years! That’s 9 years of developing tools, guidelines and products.  To highlight some of these and how they have been used, Stormwater NSW has partnered with the NSW RAP to host an integrated program of webinars, leading up to the final CRCWSC conference in March 2021.

You might […]

By |January 28th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Webinar recordings – December 2020

By |January 28th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

Scholarship awarded to Jocelyn Ellero for the IWC Leadership Program

Once again, Stormwater NSW will be supporting the International WaterCentre ‘s Water Leadership Program by donating a half scholarship for the 2021 Program.

This is an award-winning program that helps emerging leaders to develop the ability to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects.

This year’s #SNSW scholarship has been awarded to Jocelyn Ellero. Jocelyn […]

By |January 12th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

NSW Water Quality Objectives: public consultation

The NSW Government has launched an online survey campaign to review a component of the NSW Water Quality Objectives. The survey aims to understand how communities in coastal NSW value and use their waterways. The survey is available here and open from 18 December 2020 until 5pm on 26 February 2021.

The information gathered will be […]

By |January 8th, 2021|Latest News|0 Comments

December/January Stormcast Newsletter

Welcome to the Christmas edition of Stormcast. We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater NSW and Stormwater Queensland to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.

Follow the link here

By |December 21st, 2020|Latest News|0 Comments

November Stormcast Newsletter

Welcome to the November edition of Stormcast. We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater NSW and Stormwater Queensland to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.

Follow the link here

 

By |November 26th, 2020|Latest News|0 Comments

Meet the Committee – Andrew McMillan

I know I am a ‘stormie’ for several reasons, but one of the more amusing is that (sometimes to the annoyance of my wife and even my two daughters) I find myself itching to get outside when it’s raining to see our systems in action and what I can learn. My interest in urban […]

By |November 24th, 2020|Latest News|0 Comments

October Stormcast Newsletter

Welcome to the October edition of Stormcast. We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater NSW and Stormwater Queensland to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.

Follow the link here

By |November 16th, 2020|Latest News|0 Comments

CRC WSC webinar – planning for a Water Sensitive City

Planning for a Water Sensitive City – why it’s important for metro and regional Councils
Many Councils have recently developed or are in the process of developing Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS) and have included the importance of water sensitive design and the intention to strategically manage water in all of its forms.

The Cooperative Research […]

By |November 3rd, 2020|Latest News|0 Comments