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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 […]

November 24th, 2020|

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.

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November 16th, 2020|

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 […]

November 3rd, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Nigel Bosworth

Nigel has been a Committee Member of Stormwater NSW since 2017 and part of the stormwater industry since the 1990s. Nigel is the only non-Sydney representative on the committee, based in Newcastle.

Nigel’s interest in stormwater started as a cadet with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, serving as the RTA representative on the Stormwater […]

October 20th, 2020|

Franc webinar – Join Maureen Thurston-Chartaw to talk Leadership

“Of Leadership and Labradoodles: Do troubling times warrant a new breed of leader?”

Millions of dollars and countless hours spent on executive coaching, professional image consultants, corporate training courses, seminars, webinars, conferences books and blogs… yet we still suffer a vacuum of leadership. What are we doing wrong? What are we missing? Is it really […]

September 30th, 2020|

Making the West Cool Again

Sydney Water has released their Urban Typologies and Stormwater Management Report, in partnership with Bligh Tanner and Architectus, which demonstrates the benefits of integrated water cycle management for the Parkland City.

The report shows that temperatures in outer Western Sydney could be reduced by as much as 4.6 degrees by retaining stormwater and innovative planning […]

September 25th, 2020|

Northern Beaches Council are recruiting

Northern Beaches Council are recruiting a number of positions in their  Floodplain and Stormwater Management Team in the Environment and Climate Change Group. They are working on lots of exciting things, including applying their new Zero Waste to Ocean Charter.  These are some of the roles that are available:

Engineer – Stormwater Assets

Stormwater Assets Technician

Team […]

September 25th, 2020|

Greater Sydney Harbour Coastal Management Program

Check out this video on the Greater Sydney Harbour Coastal Management Program

September 24th, 2020|

Blacktown City Council adopts integrated water strategy

The vision of a ‘water sensitive’ city where water, in all its forms, is valued and used wisely has been laid out in ‘Six streams’, Blacktown City Council’s Integrated water strategy 2020.

The actions in ‘Six streams’ commit Council to ambitious targets to be achieved by 2036. The strategy covers the management of water in all […]

September 22nd, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Murray Powell

Murray Powell joined the association in 1994 and joined the committee in 1996, and has been an integral part of the association ever since.

He started life at the NSW EPA, then joined CDS Technologies, that was acquired by Rocla, he did a short stint with a consultancy and a council then started Optimal Stormwater […]

September 22nd, 2020|

Life Memberships – message from our President

Life Memberships

At the 2020 Stormwater NSW Annual General Meeting, I had the honour of bestowing life membership upon three long serving members of the Committee; Brett Phillips, Murray Powell and Peter Bennett. I’d like to reiterate the congratulations and thanks to these gentlemen, who have served the Committee faithfully for over 20 years.

Dr Brett […]

September 22nd, 2020|

Webinar – Constructed Floating Wetlands

SPEL Stormwater proudly presents a research webinar on Constructed Floating Wetlands – The role of plants in pollutant removal from urban stormwater runoff, with Dr. Peter Schwammberger.

11am Friday 25th September (45 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A session after the presentation)

Register here

Guest Speaker Dr. Peter Schwammberger will be presenting his research into rapid plant responses following […]

September 9th, 2020|

Stormwater NSW 2019/2020 Annual Report

Welcome to the Stormwater NSW Stormwater 2020 Annual Report.

Stormwater NSW started the year by setting some long-term goals that we felt would enhance the value we offer our members. We felt that by growing and broadening membership we could add value to the industry by demonstrating how integral the management of stormwater is to our […]

September 7th, 2020|

MidCoast Council has a full-time permanent position for a water management professional

This position sits within the Natural Systems division of MidCoast Council and is responsible for water quality development assessment, strategic stormwater and estuary planning, policy development, continuous improvement, community and industry capacity building and education and project implementation.

We are looking for an experienced Environmental Officer with passion for estuaries and water quality to join our team and contribute to […]

September 2nd, 2020|

The Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) is seeking partners

Stormwater NSW has an on-going relationship with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS).  The SIMS is looking for research collaborators to partner with.  Given the impact of urban stormwater on the health of our waterways, we strongly encourage members to consider the proposed research collaboration outlined below.  By working together our industry becomes […]

August 31st, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Dr Brett Phillips

I joined Stormwater NSW (previously named the Stormwater Industry Association, NSW) in 2003 and have served as the Stormwater NSW Treasurer since 2007.

In 2012 I received the Stormwater Industry Association National President’s Award.

In August 2020 I was humbled to be made a Life Member of Stormwater NSW.

I am currently a Global Senior Principal of […]

August 24th, 2020|

Webinar: WSUD audit, maintenance and rectification insights for assets 5-15 years old

Stormwater Victoria and Stormwater Queensland are hosting a combined webinar ‘WSUD Audit, Maintenance and Rectification Insights for Assest 5-15 Years Old’

Date: Thursday, 17th September 2020

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Pricing: Free

This webinar will cover a range of design and construction suggestions, gleaned from years of observation and auditing systems, and more recently of maintaining […]

August 24th, 2020|

Ending Plastic Waste Webinar – register now

Join us on 26 August at 10:30 AM (AEST). Register here.

Ocean Protect and Stormwater NSW are focusing on a zero waste to ocean initiative, which aligns strongly with CSIRO’s Mission to End Plastic Waste. We’re targeting a 90% reduction of plastic entering the environment from waste mismanagement by 2025. We’re focusing on 5 main […]

August 13th, 2020|

Stormwater NSW & UNSW’s the State of WSUD in NSW webinar

Did you miss our latest webinar series: The State of WSUD in NSW?   

In case you missed the webinars or want to share the information with your colleagues, the full webinar recordings are now available online via the Stormwater NSW website.

Click here to watch now.

Don’t miss our next webinar on Ending Plastic Waste to […]

August 13th, 2020|

Nominations for the Stormwater NSW Committee are open

This is a reminder that Stormwater NSW will hold its Annual General Meeting for all members on Thursday, 20th August, 2020 via zoom from 9.00 am until 9.45 am.

Attendees must register in advance of the meeting by clicking on the following link:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about […]

August 11th, 2020|


Welcome to the July 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.

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August 5th, 2020|

More information on the IWC Water Leadership program (and sholarship opportunities)

If you are looking for more information on the International Water Centre’s Leadership Program, and the scholarships on offer. Please have a look at this video, from the IWC, or view the slide pack from the presentation.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 1st September 2020

Further details on the Stormwater NSW IWC Scholarship can be […]

July 30th, 2020|

Water Leadership Program – our scholarship is now available

Great news for emerging stormwater leaders, Stormwater NSW is offering a half scholarship!

The International WaterCentre (IWC) in collaboration with Stormwater NSW are currently offering a Water Leadership Program Scholarship (to the value of $6,250) for water utility professionals working in NSW interested in joining the next intake of the Water Leadership Program starting in […]

July 17th, 2020|

Great education animation ‘where does stormwater go?’

Ocean Protect have created this short animation to explain how consumer waste contaminates the ocean. This animation is free to use and share.



July 17th, 2020|

The June edition of STORMCAST, our industry newsletter

Welcome to the June 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.

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June 29th, 2020|


Jocelyn joined the Stormwater NSW committee in mid-2019 with a desire to get to know the ‘real’ stormwater industry (outside of working for a consultancy firm).

Her interest in stormwater was sparked while at University when she interned with Blacktown City Council’s Drainage team. Here she got exposure to drainage design and water quality modelling […]

June 23rd, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Jeremy Brown

Jeremy is the vice president of Stormwater NSW and Co-Founder of Ocean Protect.

A Kiwi born and bred, with a huge passion for the environment, Jeremy has called Sydney’s Northern Beaches home for the past 20 years. He lives and breathes the ocean and is dedicated to turning the tide on its demise.

Jeremy and Michael […]

June 10th, 2020|

looking back as well as looking forward

Sydney Water has engaged Optimal Stormwater to do the Auditing of the first 10 of their GPTs.  These are the hardest, largest and most problematic historically.  Its great that Sydney Water is now spending millions on wetlands and bioretention solutions, but its also important they are getting the full value from their 70 large […]

June 4th, 2020|


Welcome to the May 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.

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May 25th, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Alan Benson

My position at Water NSW is Catchment Programs Manager and I am the President of Stormwater NSW.

How long have you been working and what do you do at WaterNSW?

I’ve been in the water industry for nearly 25 years working through a range of catchment related positions. My current job is to influence people who […]

May 21st, 2020|

Guidelines for the Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Measures Webinar.

Engineers Australia and StormwaterNSW have run a well received webinar.

On the 5th of May, Murray Powell (Secretary at StormwaterNSW) held a webinar with nearly 500 viewers who learnt more about the new Guidelines for the Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Measures.  The one hour webinar, hosted by Engineers Australia, included a lively question and answer […]

May 21st, 2020|

The April edition of Stormcast, our industry 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.

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April 28th, 2020|

Our position statement on the Stormwater Management Service Charge

Stormwater NSW is committed to providing industry leadership on best practice stormwater management and we have recently released our position statement on sustainable funding for stormwater management.
We are actively advocating the state government on your behalf to increase the stormwater management service charge (SMSC) to the same rate as charged by Sydney Water. We […]

April 23rd, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Andrew Thomas

I joined the Stormwater Industry Association five years ago.  I did so because I realised that in order to effect real change, it is not enough to work within ‘the system’.  You also need to work beyond it, pushing it to grow and evolve.  But what keeps me in the association are the people […]

April 21st, 2020|

Green Roofs, Walls and Facades Technical Guidelines

Inner West Council have just released this great resource Green Roofs, Walls and Facades Technical Guidelines.

The Guidelines provide technical advice to support the installation of green roofs, walls and facades. Inner West Council hopes they will increase the uptake of vertical greening in the LGA to improve liveability and resilience, by providing practical information […]

March 27th, 2020|

Hunter Water Price Determination from IPART

IPART has just released the Draft Report and Draft Determination of the maximum prices that the Hunter Water Corporation can charge, for water, wastewater, stormwater and other services from 1 July 2020.

IPART is seeking stakeholder feedback on its draft decisions. Stakeholder submissions can be made on their website and are due by 9 April […]

March 27th, 2020|

Angus Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme

The Blacktown International Sportspark, in Sydney’s west is an elite international sporting facility, which requires substantial volumes of water for irrigation. The Angus Creek stormwater harvesting and reuse scheme extracts excess stormwater flows from Angus Creek and harvests stormwater runoff from the Sportspark’s hard surfaces, to irrigate the Sportspark and neighbouring reserves. This supplies […]

March 25th, 2020|

Meet the Committee – Kristy Good

I am an Environmental scientist with more than 20 years’ experience in environmental planning and waterway management. I consider myself to be a leader, collaborator, influencer and strategic thinker and aim to achieve good environmental, community, and economic outcomes in all projects I am involved with.

I am currently working with Blacktown City Council as […]

March 24th, 2020|

Guidelines for the Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Measures

Stormwater NSW is pleased to announce the publication of these Guidelines for the Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Measures. These Guidlines will assist owners and operators of stormwater treatment infrastructure to inspect, identify issues and identify maintenance responses. These Guidelines are released in conjunction with a training program across Australia. For more information please contact […]

March 4th, 2020|

CSIRO Research into Sources of Marine Debris

The CSIRO has carried out research on the sources of marine debris (all anthropogenic litter). Litter loads in watercourses have been identified as high and stormwater has been highlighted as a key mechanism for transporting litter from land to ocean. Vitally stormwater treatment is seen as a key intervention to capture litter (second to […]

February 1st, 2019|

NSW Guidelines for Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Measures (draft)

At this year’s Stormwater 2018 National Conference the highly anticipated and long awaited NSW Guidelines for Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Measures (draft) was launched.

As part of this launch, Murray Powell from Optimal Stormwater/Stormwater NSW held a full day workshop outlining the Guidelines content, and how this document will assist maintenance managers, cleaning contractors and […]

November 8th, 2018|

A Stormwater Discount for Sydney Water Customers

As part of the 2016-2020 review of Sydney Water’s prices, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) introduced a new low impact charge for stand-alone, residential stormwater properties. This new charge seeks to reward customers who have made significant investment in reducing their stormwater impact.

The charge came into effect on 1 July 2017 and is […]

June 13th, 2018|

Successful Stormwater NSW Submission Should Mean Millions to the Industry!

Stormwater NSW has convinced the NSW Independent Pricing and Remuneration Tribunal (IPART) that stormwater quality treatment devices should be considered ‘essential’ when it comes to allocating developer levies in growth centres.

This should lead to millions of dollars worth of extra investment in stormwater quality improvement devices in NSW alone.

IPART is the NSW Tribunal that […]

July 10th, 2017|