Dr Mike Barry and Dr Peter Coombes were awarded the 2018 GN Alexander Medal by the Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering for their systems framework research into the Melbourne and Sydney regions, this follows a runner up for the development of the systems framework approaches in 2014. The award is discussed on line at https://lnkd.in/dzks2RV and https://bit.ly/2EaW9f7 The research demonstrated that the application of average assumptions of any kind is problematic and has the potential to heavily influence infrastructure investment, policy direction and cannot account for integrated solutions. Indeed, use of centralised average assumptions can underestimate the benefits of local solutions, such as WSUD, and can provides an illusion of no benefits.

The Urban Book of Australian Rainfall and Runoff was launched on 4 December 2018 by Engineers Australia. The pdf can be found at
http://www.arr-software.org/arr_pdfs/ARR_Book9_FinalDraft181204.pdf  and the web version is at http://book.arr.org.au.s3-website-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/.  

Over the past 12 months the Stormwater Australia Board has been working hard to develop a Board Charter and establishing key Board Committees to support the Board in its work.  These have now been finalised and are an important part in ensuring roles, responsibilities and decision making are enshrined in a sound governance framework.

Motions recommened by the Board for consideration at AGM include appointing new leadership and exploring new models for collaboration with states.  These provide an exciting prospect for Stormwater Australia into the future, and the Charters provide sound starting point for this next phase of the journey.

In addition to a Board Charter, sub committees have been developed for:

  • Finance, Audit and Risk
  • Policy and Governance
  • Stakeholder and Engagement

Charters can be accessed via the following links

2018 March Board meeting

Stormwater Australia is the peak body representing the interests of stormwater practitioners nationally. As a grass roots, largely volunteer resourced organisation we seek additional Board members for our national board.

Director Nominations - opens 15th September and closes 29th September 2018.

The International Water Association (IWA) has awarded its prestigious 2018 Global Water Award to Professor Tony Wong.

This biannual award recognises individuals who through innovative leadership and practice are driving change in water management. The award citation recognised Tony’s pioneering program of work – the Water Sensitive Cities approach, which uses unique socio-technical approach to concurrently addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges of traditional urban water management.

2018 Women in Stormwater

Sponsored by Jacobs, we will be celebrating women in leadership at Stormwater 2018’s Women’s Breakfast on Wednesday 10th October, 7.30am - 8.45am.  This is an event not to be missed and Stormwater Australia's President, Dr Belinda Lovell, encourages all to attend.

We have two exceptional speakers Kelly Maslin from Jacobs and Licia Heath who is currently campaigning for the seat of Wentworth by-election.

This by-election will be held on 6th of October, so Licia will have plenty to share about the experience at our Women’s Breakfast. 


Stormwater Australia is always proud to bring the observations of international experts to contribute to the Australian narrative around practice. 

This year we are delighted to hear the views of Andy Reece, Vice President and Principal Consultant, The Wood Group, Tennessee.

Andy will offer his reflection on where current Australian practice sits and contrast it with experiences in the USA.  In the past 20- 30 years America has seen a quantum change in practice, borne largely by the realisation that a fundamental shift was required in how stormwater management is funded and accountability assigned for action.

According to Andy, Stormwater has can be seen as the "wild child" among the three siblings in the water management family (the others being water and wastewater). While the other two are well educated, married, have houses, and steady jobs, stormwater is that one who left college, hiked through Nepal and now lives in his parent’s basement playing drums in a band!  The conclusion- it’s time for Stormwater to ‘grow up’.

As part of the October Stormwater2018 national conference at ANZ Stadium, NSW two Technical Tours are organised for the Friday 12 October. The tours are full day activities and will depart from Sydney Olympic Park.

Tour 1 will visit Powells Creek Naturalisation Project, Cooks River Naturalisation and Wetland, and Wangal Park Wetland.

Tour 2 will visit Cintra Watsershed, SOPA Water Reclamation and Management Scheme, and Blacktown International Sportspark - Angus Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme.

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