Welcome to the December 2021 edition of Stormcast!
We have packed this edition with the latest news and events from both Stormwater Queensland and Stormwater NSW to give you a broad insight into our industry and association across the nation.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
AVAILABLE NOW FOR FRANC.SYDNEY
Stormwater NSW have reimagined their state conference and the inaugural franc.sydney conference will be held at on the 29th and 30th March, 2022 at Dockside Darling Harbour, NSW.
With the support of Stormwater NSW’s conference partners:
The Sydney Institute of Marine Science
Parramatta River Catchment Group
Cooks River Alliance
UNSW Water Research Centre
Water Sensitive Cities Australia
Stormwater Victoria; and
This conference aims to join stakeholders in the urban water management sector across multiple disciplines to become more future-focused, resilient, adaptive and connected.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 NSW Awards for Excellence.
Young Professional of the Year 2021: Oscar Bentham
Excellence in Policy or Education: Blacktown’s Community Stormwater Education Program by Blacktown City Council
Excellence in Stormwater Design: Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme by Georges River Council, NSW Government, Australian Government, Alluvium & Civil Constructions
Excellence in in Strategic or Master Planning: Integrating Recycled Water and Stormwater in the Mamre Road Precinct: A Template for Australia’s Largest Water Sensitive City by Sydney Water
Excellence in Infrastructure: Manly – Safe and Beautiful once again by Northern Beaches Council & Optimal Stormwater
Excellence in Research & Innovation: BOM the Builder: A Free Online Meteorological Template Generator by Cleanstormwater
Excellence in Asset Management: Johnstons Creek Naturalisation by Sydney Water, Diona & Thompson Berrill Landscape Design
Further information about these projects is available here.
SUBMISSION ON DRAFT WATER CATCHMENT SEPP 2021
A joint submission was provided by the Cooks River Alliance (CRA), George’s Riverkeeper (GRK), the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) and the Sydney Coastal Council’s Group (SCCG), about the Draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Water Catchments) (Catchment SEPP). Together the submission represented 23 of the 30 local Councils in Sydney. Submission on Draft Catchment SEPP 2021
URBAN TREES FOR STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
A new study by University of Maryland researchers, helps clarify the role of urban trees in mitigating stormwater flows. The study found that even isolated trees lining a street, or planted in a park, may have a significant effect. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that individually planted trees capture, store and release stormwater back into the atmosphere—a process called ‘transpiration’—at a rate three times that of trees in a forest. For further information, click here.
COOKS RIVER LITTER PREVENTION STRATEGY
The Cooks River Litter Prevention Strategy has a goal of halving the amount of litter entering the Cooks River by 2025. The strategy was recently finalised and has been endorsed by all four Cooks River Alliance member councils – Inner West, Canterbury Bankstown, Bayside and Strathfield. Read the finalised strategy
DESIGNING FOR DISABLED PEDESTRIANS
Are we designing adequately for disabled pedestrians?
Friday 3rd December, was International Day for People With Disability. It’s a timely reminder that urban drainage designers and flood modellers need to understand that not all people have the same physical ability to walk through flood waters without injury. Our ‘depth-velocity products’ are typically different for adults and children/the frail but be sure to design for the lowest hazard wherever possible.For further guidance, check out Australian Rainfall and Runoff Project 10 – Appropriate Safety Criteria for People from 2010
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES OF WATER AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN SYDNEY’S URBAN WATERSCAPES
Researchers at UNSW are conducting a project about how waters are known, placed and heard across the surface and subsurface waterscapes of eastern Sydney.
The research study is looking to interview people with an interest in water, from the urban design, planning, landscape architecture,
urban geography, and water engineering, management, and governance fields.
The research aims to tackle issues of water health, flooding, and urban environmental justice.
Queensland’s ban on single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls with lids and cutlery, and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups started on 1 September 2021. The Queensland Government would like to know what Queenslanders think about expanding the ban to include other single-use plastic items, such as takeaway coffee cups and lids, drinking cups, magazine wrapping, fruit and vegetable bags and fruit and expanded polystyrene fruit and meat trays.
Stormwater Queensland Committee nominations are now open and will close at 11.00 am on Wednesday, 20th September 2023 for the 2023 Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, 4th October 2023 from 11.00 am to 11.30 am via Zoom. All financial members of Stormwater Queensland are invited to nominate for either a position[...]
Stormwater Queensland warmly invites you to register now for this fully catered, interactive whole day event – Green and Blue by ’32, hosted by Queensland Water Modelling Network. This event will help shape thinking, catalyse learning, and foster new connections and collaborations that build momentum towards a green and blue legacy for SEQ after the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic[...]
Save the Date for the 2023 IECA Australasia Conference 1 – 3 November, 2023 at Noosa. This conference will feature regional training, an expo hall to catch up on the latest in erosion control and stormwater management products and networking opportunities for industry professionals. Hosted by IECA Australasia, with Stormwater Queensland as a supporting partner,[...]