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On behalf of Stormwater Australia and the Conference Working Group, we thank all of those who attended the first virtual conference run by Stormwater Australia, and the 6th National Conference on Urban Water Management, STORMWATER 2021 from Tuesday, 13th to Friday, 16th April.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Stormwater Australia made the decision that the 2021 Conference would be held as a virtual event using the OnAIR Virtual Conference Software.

With more than 300 delegates attending, this Conference continued the proud tradition of being 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.

This Conference focused on the profound challenges we have to manage across urban and rural areas into the next decade. Population growth and climate change are driving rapid changes to the natural and human environment including declining waterway health and increasing flood risks. These challenges involve behaviours, policy settings and societal expectations in linked economic, social and environmental systems. A systems approach is needed to transform our science, governance, practice, policy and culture to resolve these continually evolving problems and understand the trade-offs.

pdfSTORMWATER 2021 National Conference Scientific Program 


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The Stormwater 2018 Conference was held in Sydney on October 2018.

With over 300 delegates it was 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.


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Stormwater16 was held in Surfers Paradise between Monday 29th August through to 2nd September.

Building upon the success of previous conferences this year's program included a mix of professional development, presentations and site visits.

The theme- Rising to the Challenge had been deliberately set to attract the broadest range of perspectives; we recognise the valuable role that our industry plays in supporting complex outcomes, often in environments where policy direction is less than clear. Challenges are many and varied, dealing with, and accomodating a growing population in expanding and consolidating cities, ensuring environmental, amenity and effective management of natural resources, dealing with the uncertainty of a changing climate, and all within increasingly tight fiscal environments.


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2016 SV October Breakfast

At the 2016 Stormwater National Awards for Excellence, three Victorian projects were awarded Excellence in Research and Innovation, Infrastructure and Integrated Stormwater Design categories.

We were joined by not only representatives from each of these winning projects, but also three featured Victorian Concurrent Session Presentations from the 'Best Ever' 2016 Stormwater National Conference that was held earlier on the Gold Coast.

Date: Thursday, 20th October
Time: 7.30 am to 11.00 am
Venue: CQ Function Centre, 113 Queens St, Melbourne


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With the 2016 Stormwater National Conference - ‘Rising to the Challenge’, taking place in September this year, Stormwater Victoria presented a scaled down version of our Annual Conference in 2016, in the form of a one day Symposium.

The 2016 Stormwater Victoria Symposium - ‘The Challenge of Bringing ‘US’ Together’ was a full day Symposium providing a range of speakers, presentations and debates to answer four key questions:

  1. Are we talking to the right people, in the right way about stormwater management?
  2. Are we able to rise to the challenge of stormwater management for future generations?
  3. Are we bridging the gap between design and maintenance of WSUD Infrstructure?
  4. Are we working in multidisciplinary terms, to lead and influence in the right direction?

The Symposium program included a range of presentation types, including multi-stream poster sessions, Keynote speakers and an industry debate.

pdf2016 Program

pdfCities and Spaces – Integrating Roads, Water and Trees - Harry Virahsawmy

pdfLiving Brooklyn: Enabling Communities through Water Management - Dale Brown

pdfStinky Smelly Sediment Pits - Chris Beardshaw

pdfBlack Forest Road Stormwater Harvesting Scheme - Emma Hendy

pdf"Roof to Tap" Urban and Industrial Initiates in Warrnambool - Ian Barnes