Upcoming Events

QLD BIOURBANISM and Breakfast @ Engineers Australia HQ
Apr 16 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am


The extent and consequences of humanity’s impacts on the planet are now well understood and increasingly recognisable. This has driven some to propose that the planet is entering a new epoch in its geological history called the Anthropocene – a point in time where most wild places have been substantially modified which has driven substantial changes to natural systems including the climate. (Image above courtesy of McGregor Coxall)

Biourbanism is an interdisciplinary concept founded on ecological sciences, landscape architecture, and urban design theory. It asserts that cities must be considered part of nature in order to address the extent and consequences of human impact on the planet. The Biourbanism model comprises ten systems, 5 bio and 5 urban, allowing professionals to identify ways to improve the resilience of cities and places to extreme weather events driven by climate change while delivering economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities. 

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Engineers Australia (EA), the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), and Stormwater Queensland (SQ), this event will provide an overview of the Biourbanism model and discussion on its relevance for Southeast Queensland cities. It will include the following:

  • Light breakfast, tea, coffee and networking
  • A seminar presentation on biourbanism from Adrian McGregor. Adrian is the founder of McGregor Coxall, Adjunct Professor at UC and author of the recently released Biourbanism book that provides city planners, leaders, and other stakeholders with practice-relevant guidance for planning prosperous cities and places that are resilient to the impacts of climate change. 
  • A panel discussion facilitated by AILA Queensland President, Tessa Leggo, with expert designers, engineers, planners and scientists with audience questions and answers. Check out who’s on the panel & their bios below.

The event is relevant for professionals interested or involved in city planning for resilience and future prosperity including, but not limited to, the following. 

  • Landscape architects; 
  • Engineers; 
  • Ecologists; 
  • Planners; 
  • Stormwater professionals; 
  • Executive leaders of government; 
  • Politicians. 

Tickets are strictly limited, so register now to secure your spot.

Tickets are available through AILA     https://www.aila.org.au/EventRegistration?EventKey=Q4C13



Type Details Price
Early Bird   Early bird price – limited spots available. $60
Regular pricing  $70

***** Please note early bird tickets are now sold out *****

Hosting Partners


Event Partner



Adrian McGregor

Adrian McGregor is a landscape architect, biourbanist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra – Faculty of Arts and Design. He is the founder and Chief Design Officer of McGregor Coxall, an interdisciplinary design firm located in Australia and the UK dedicated to assisting cities achieve resilient prosperity. Selected as one of Sydney’s ‘100 Most Creative People’ and recipient of the Prime Minister of Australia’s Urban Design award, he has designed new cities, lectured, and delivered award-winning projects across the world.

Greg Kitson

Greg is Wakka Wakka, a qualified and practicing regional and town planner (UQ Hons), completing his PhD through the Cities Research Institute at Grifith University and currently working as a consultant specialising in Indigenous Community Planning, including planning with Country. 

Abel Immaraj

Abel has a deep understanding of the water sector through diverse professional and practical experience over 30 years in governance, executive, operational and audit roles. Abel’s contribution to the water sector and wider engineering industry has been recognised by multiple industry awards including the Australian Water Association Queensland Water Professional of the Year 2021 and the Engineers Australia Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year 2022. Abel is a Chartered Engineer and has a MSc (Engineering) in Groundwater Hydrology and Modelling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering.

Kim Markwell

Kim is an environmental scientist with a passion for integrating nature and water into built environments to protect and enhance ecological systems as well as create vibrant, liveable and sustainable communities. She has been working as a consultant for over 16 years specifically on the integrated planning and design of green infrastructure, WSUD and waterways. Kim has worked closely with clients across Australia in the development of holistic strategies, policies and designs for green infrastructure including waterway corridors, stormwater treatment devices, parks and street trees to drive co-investment and delivery of multiple outcomes from these important assets. 

Jaime Traspaderne

Jaime Traspaderne is a passionate urban designer with the ambition to create more resilience, liveable and nature based urban environments. He is a RIBA registered Architect and Urban Designer at Arup. He is currently leading the Urban Design and Masterplanning team in Queensland. Jaime has significant experience leading visioning and masterplanning teams on complex development projects. Jaime’s works extends from Europe to Middle East and Australia, working in projects such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar, the new capital for Indonesia and Brisbane Metro. Jaime is a collaborator and guest lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and Bond University.

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FRANC.SYDNEY IN 2024 @ CommBank Stadium
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day
FRANC.SYDNEY IN 2024 @ CommBank Stadium

Following on from this year’s successful franc.sydney conference held in March 2023, the Organising Committee invites you to participate in franc.sydney 2024, Charting the Future from Past Lessons, to be held at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 April, 2024.

franc.sydney is all about connecting like-minded professionals who are committed to creating a more sustainable world. Our sponsors make us stronger by adding their voice, helping us to push back against vested interest, bringing balance back to the policy discussion. Through the support of our sponsors, this networked community will have greater influence over how urban stormwater and our waterways are managed, helping our society towards a better, more sustainable and, ultimately, more rational future.

There are a range of ways that our sponsors can get involved in franc.sydney. From running workshops, exhibiting, hosting breakfast sessions or pre/post conference social gatherings, to offering meditation sessions or branded collateral. We have put together some options, however we are open to suggestions and ideas that you may have that will best align with your business. Learn more about the franc.sydney initiative here. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Bolder Goals for Stormwater @ Victoria Park
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is the decade of change. With unprecedented and mutually reinforcing challenges of climate change, flooding, urbanisation and waterway pollution, the status quo in stormwater is clearly unsustainable. Stormwater Queensland invite you to hear and discuss ‘Bolder Goals for Stormwater’.

This year’s event will be bigger and bolder than last year. We have some excellent speakers, great food, opportunity for socialising and networking, as well as the annual KAHOOT stormwater competition.

Speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Prof. Ana Deletic – QUT Faculty of Engineering
  •  Kelen Marczak Polli – Arup
  • Teneale Jeffrey – Early Stormwater Professional of the Year
  • Kylie Drapala – Logan City Council
  • Sean Quilty – Quilty Engineering Hub

This event is designed for but not limited to:
• Stormwater Professionals
• Landscape Architects
• Urban Designers
• Economists
• Local Government
• Developers

Ticket price includes dinner.

Tickets available through Humanitix $105 – $155 AUD + BF


Stormwater, Environment & Technology | National Conference | Brisbane @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day
Stormwater, Environment & Technology | National Conference | Brisbane @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

As the Stormwater Industry gathers for its first National Conference following COVID19 it is clear that the world has changed, and we are an integrated part of that change. Technology has leapt forward in a significant way. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now identifying and counting gross pollutants in stormwater. Remote monitoring of floods, structures and community alerts have become a widespread, standard Best Practice. DNA testing in waterways can now identify if a platypus is nearby – giving a rapid ecosystem health assessment! And Mother Nature has been updating the Intensity Frequency Distributions for Far North Queensland. In this era of rapid change, however, Regulation has struggled to keep pace with legal challenges arising for businesses that have suddenly found themselves operating outside their Licence conditions.

SET 2024 provides an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge in these overlapping areas where stormwater influences the environment, where technology improves our understanding of stormwater and environment, where gaps in environment knowledge could be measured and filled by technology. The National Conference is a collaboration of researchers, designers, scientists, engineers, legal professionals, ecologists, community, modellers, government and technology providers. It gives space for new research findings, and innovation in practice. It encourages both academic and practitioner/industry presentations, with peer-reviewed papers being eligible for publication in an international journal following the Conference. It hosts Exhibitors from stormwater, environment and technology (and others) to open our eyes to the possibilities ahead.

SET 2024, as the National Conference, is deliberately different. Delegates don’t have to be a traditional “stormie”. Conference themes include environmental law, policy, community resilience, IoT, and ecosystem processes, as well as erosion control, urban drainage, water sensitive urban design, nature-based solutions, modelling, water quantity and quality. The world is more connected than ever before, and collaboration between disciplines is the way forward. If you have something to share via paper and presentation, please submit your abstract via the Portal. If you are interested to learn from the best in their field, join us in Brisbane, QLD, Australia on 8-11th October 2024

For more information please visit the conference website here.

Key Dates

Registration opens: February 2024
Call for papers open: Open now
Call for papers close: Tuesday 23 April 2024
Early Bird close: Thursday 4 July 2024
Conference Dates: 8 – 11th October 2024