franc.2023 @ Novotel Brighton Beach
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day
franc.2023 @ Novotel Brighton Beach | Brighton-Le-Sands | New South Wales | Australia


It has been confirmed, franc.2023 is happening!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday 28th and Wednesday, 29th March 2023 at Novotel Brighton Beach.

Call for Presentations will be opening soon, followed by registration – stay tuned!

Stormwater certification webinar @ on-line via zoom
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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 stormwater infrastructure in private developments and for assets that will be handed over to Councils, covering both stormwater treatment and On-site Stormwater Detention.

In this webinar there will be 3 brief presentations from Councils, including April McKay from Mid Coast Council, Rob Barbuto from Northern Beaches Council, and Sugule Mohamed from Camden Council, about their experiences with certifiers.

This session will be an open platform for discussion to capture some of the main issues across the industry. There will be a second session on 25 July to discuss potential solutions to the issues raised in the first session and ways we can move forward as an industry. Stormwater NSW intends to approach the NSW Building Commissioner to discuss the issues raised and proposed solutions.

This session will be chaired by Ruby Ardren who has extensive experience with private development through her time at Northern Beaches Council and in doing research relating to the Governance of private stormwater assets.


Please forward this to others who you feel would have benefit from participating in this discussion. However, to join these webinars you (or your organisation) needs to be a member of Stormwater NSW. You can join Stormwater NSW via this link.

Financially Sustainable Options for Stormwater Management Funding in NSW
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm


We are excited to announce that registration is now available for the upcoming Sustainable Funding Options half-day Workshop on Wednesday, 20 September at Campsie Customer Service Centre l Canterbury Bankstown Council, Campsie. This workshop will be presented by Craig Bush, Dr Andrew Thomas, Craig Naughton, Neil Keraunos & Alexa McAuley.

What you gain from this Workshop:

To ensure stormwater management projects, programs and assets achieve their desired goals a sustainable source of funding is required throughout the whole lifecycle. Current funding models, especially the Stormwater service charge, are not a sustainable option due to significant increases in costs relating to waste disposal, wages, and inflation (construction costs in particular) and no mechanism for review. However, due to the effects of urban expansion and climate change impacts, the need for well-designed and properly maintained stormwater management systems is only becoming more critical.

This forum will provide information as to how Councils are resourcing stormwater management in different ways and to discuss the benefits and or limitations of each option. Come to hear from representatives from Ku-ring-ai, Canterbury Bankstown, Blacktown, and Hornsby, and industry experts in this field. After the presentation, there will be an open forum for discussion regarding the options and opportunities to ask questions to the presenters and others.


  • Member – $125
  • Non-Member – $225

Payment online at the time of registration by credit card only.


  • Wednesday, 20 September 2023
  • 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Campsie Customer Service Centre, Canterbury-Bankstown Council
  • Registration includes morning tea catering

Please note that it is a requirement that all participants bring their own laptop to the workshop.

Spaces are limited, so be sure to secure your attendance early! Please click here to register.


Meet your Presenters

Andrew Thomas – Cooks River Alliance/Stormwater NSW

Over the past 30 years, Andrew has gained experience in industries as diverse as heavy industry, environmental management, and asset management across the government, consulting, research, and not-for-profit sectors. Andrew is currently the Executive Officer for the Cooks River Alliance and Acting President of Stormwater NSW (peak body representing the urban water management industry in NSW, Australia).  


 Craig Bush – Blacktown City Council/Sydney Water 

Craig has over 13 years’ experience in working with Blacktown City Council, the largest council by population in NSW, as the catchment projects officer and since 2021 as the Waterways Coordinator. He has a key focus on WSUD and integrated water management to ensure the best outcome for the environment and community.

Craig will start a new role in September 2023 as a Senior Stormwater Planner for Sydney Water.



Craig Naughton – Ku-rin-gai Council

Craig is a passionate environmentalist who wants to see all the great aspirational ideas that occur in the industry become sustainable long-term programs. By solving problems and working with people, Craig makes environmental solutions practical and achievable.

Craig is currently the Water and Catchment Program Leader at Ku-ring-gai Council.



Alexa McAuley – Civille

Alexa has more than 20 years’ experience in green and blue infrastructure policy, planning and design. Alexa has substantial experience consulting to local government and has helped many local government clients shift water-sensitive urban design from a niche practice to a mainstream activity. In 2021 Alexa reviewed the state of stormwater management in 20 councils across the Greater Sydney Harbour catchment, including a review of financial arrangements.



Neil Keraunos

Neil has been involved in catchment remediation for over twenty years in his role at Hornsby Shire Council. He has been responsible and has contributed to hundreds of projects in relation to treating stormwater pollution and has actively supported the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design of remediating water pollution in urbanized catchments in regards to the catchment remediation rate program. Neil was awarded a Master of Science (Research) (UTS) in 2008 in water cycle management.


Site Tour – Bioretention Monitoring Project in Blacktown City Council @ The Ponds Community Hub
Oct 19 all-day

Come and join Blacktown City Council as they share with the industry, information about a large scale bioretention system validation and optimising project they are undertaking. This is a collaborative project involving Blacktown Council, the NSW Government through the Accelerated Infrastructure grant, Ocean Protect and ALS Global. With a view to forming a collaborative partnership, we are in discussions with Western Sydney University to explore the significant multidisciplinary research opportunities created by the project and Western Sydney University.

This monitoring project is possibly the largest of its kind in Australia and will provide an unprecedented level of rigour to the monitoring of various aspects of a bioretention system over a 5-year period including the water quality performance of:

  • 6 different filter media types,
  • 3 different inlet types,
  • grass vs vegetated systems.

The monitoring project will also monitor other components including:

  • performance (water quality and waste removal) of 2 gross pollution traps
  • effectiveness of saturation zones
  • vegetation condition and maintenance requirements
  • benefits of these systems to combat urban heat.

Who would benefit from attending:

  • Practitioners from Local & State Government
  • Consultancy involved in design of bioretention systems and setting policy standards

This session will include a mix of presentations about the project from Blacktown City Council and Ocean Protect. The event will include a visit to the monitoring site where you will be able to see it in action. We have organised for transport to / from Blacktown train station and Tallawong metro stations for those who register they need it.

To register for this event please complete this registration form.  If you have any troubles registering please call Kristy Good on 02 9839 6907 or email

End of Year Networking Drinks @ Forrester's
Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Stormwater NSW is excited to announce our End of Year Drinks for 2023. This is a great opportunity to get all the stormies together, and the committee is looking forward to catching up with you all.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the year that’s been and ideas for the year ahead.

Date: Thursday, 16th November

Time: 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Location: Forrester’s, Surry Hills

336 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Cost: Members: Free, Non-Members $35.00.

Registration includes one complimentary drink and nibbles.

Final day to RSVP: Monday, 13th November 2023

To register, please click here 

Showcase of Excellence Site Tour
Dec 1 all-day

Join Stormwater NSW on a tour of prestigious projects that have been recognised for excellence in relation to stormwater design, asset management and landscape architecture. The projects will vary in scale and complexity, and we guarantee everyone will learn something that will benefit them and their organisation. The ‘Showcase of Excellence’ site tour will feature 4 parks within City of Sydney. Each of the parks have received an award by Stormwater NSW or Landscape Architects over the last 7 years. The parks and their awards include)
1. Drying Green, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW – Award of Excellence – Parks and Open Space – 20232)
2. Johnston Creek naturalisation, Stormwater NSW Award in excellence for Asset Management in 20213)
3. Victoria Park, Stormwater NSW Award in excellence in Integrated stormwater design in 20194)
4. Sydney Park, Stormwater NSW Award in excellence in in Integrated stormwater design in 2016
This tour will showcase these projects allowing the designers and others to discuss the project in more detail, including:
  • Lessons learnt during the project
  • What are the main considerations during the planning, design, construction and operation of the site
  • What are the main achievements to date
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to network with the other participants.All sites are close to one another to reduce travel time and maximise the opportunity to explore and discuss these award-winning projects.
Spaces are limited, so register today to avoid disappointment.
Registration Fees
Member Registration – $195.00
Non-Member Registration – $295.00Please note: Registration fees include transfer to all sites, breakfast, and lunch catering.
To register, please click here:
2024 2024 @ CommBank Stadium
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm

Future-focused, Resilient, Adaptive and Networked Communities 2024 is powered by Stormwater NSW and will be held at Commbank Stadium, Sydney on Wednesday, 17, and Thursday, 18 April 2024. The theme for the 2024 Conference is:  Charting the Future from Past Lessons

The theme for 2024 is: Charting the Future from Past Lessons 2024 will build on the success of the previous franc. Sydney conferences and continue to create a place where industry professionals, community members and key stakeholders can come together to collaborate, share knowledge, network and learn together. It will provide an opportunity for attendees to connect, discover and upskill, whilst contributing to the collective knowledge of our industry via our unique participatory knowledge-sharing format.

This conference will help build a community who will challenge the norms of urban water management and work together to change the way the stormwater industry operates to become more future-focused, resilient, adaptive, and connected.

The FRANC community needs to include professionals, scientists, academics, researchers, and advocates that recognise the need for change, and the need to put the long-term prosperity of the health of our waterways, emissions, and sustainable development above short-term political and financial interests. Most importantly, we bring these people together to help us all speak with one voice.

And it all begins by having ‘franc’ discussions.  We look forward to your participation at 2024.

Please visit our 2024 website for more information !