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The 2016 Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence will be presented at a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, 6th July, 2016 in The Terrace Room at L’Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney.


Book your tickets now by clicking on the following link Member Dinner Tickets $150.00, Non Member Dinner Tickets $190.00


We are excited to introduce our Guest Speaker for the evening, Candice Quartermain.


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Candice is a woman of many talents. She’s founded her first start-up, managed the future of innovation for global enterprises and is now taking center stage connecting industries and regenerative design with her organisation, Circular Economy Australia.

Founded in 2010, Circular Economy Australia seeks to push the nation into innovation superdrive and kick-start traditional businesses into Silicon Valley thinking. By moving away from the current take-make-throwaway model towards one of redesign-reuse-regenerate, Circular Economy Australia are single-handedly pioneering how innovation can aid this transition.

With so many hats, Candice is an expert multi tasker, handling every situation with the kind of level-headedness and positivity you wish was actually contagious. From supporting individuals to leading large dynamic teams – Candice is your go-to for solving unique business problems and pushing boundaries.

Candice accelerates possibilities by shaping new technologies to solutions that simply make sense. Her work in the innovation space has won many awards for companies like Adidas, Unilever and General Motors.

In 2015, she will launched Deviate2Innovate a platform that connects people, projects and possibilities in the Australian innovation landscape. Her goal is to set an international benchmark for collaborative knowledge sharing, driving job creation and investment.


We are delighted to announce the Awards for Excellence Category Finalists for 2016:

Excellence in Infrastructure
Enviro Links Pty Ltd: Gungahlin Valley Ponds, Outdoor Classroom and Gungahlin Oval WSUD Carpark Landscape Works
Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd: Managing Flooding of Warringah Mall in Brookvale, NSW

Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design
Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd: Campbell Section 5 Urban Precinct
WaterNSW: Laura Falls Catchment Improvement Project
Turf Design Studio: Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project

Excellence in Policy or Education
Bankstown City Council: Stormwater Audit and Education Program
Blacktown City Council:Expanding the Research of Stormwater Education in Blacktown City
Starwater Solutions Pty Ltd: Stormwater's Going Down the Drain

Excellence in Research and Innovation
WaterNSW: Stormwater Pollution Investigation Pilot Project


Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the Awards for Excellence. If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor of an Award Category or for the Gala Dinner, please download a copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Lilly Barker on +61 2 9744 5252 or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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In response to a direction issued by the former NSW EPA under s.12 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991, Lismore City Council developed the Lismore Stormwater Management Plan 2000 (LSMP 2000). The direction required that the LSMP 2000 address stormwater quality and not quantity or flood mitigation issues. Consequently, the LSMP 2000 only addressed the improvement of the water quality of stormwater run-off from the Lismore Urban Rated Area.

The LSMP 2000 identified 43 structural to non-structural activities, to improve the quality of stormwater discharging from the urban area. These options were prioritised based on a cost-benefit scoring system and ranked for implementation from year to year. Owing to budget constraints, the majority of the actions undertaken from the LSMP 2000 were non-structural (i.e. policy and education initiatives). Structural actions (i.e. on-ground projects such as treatment systems) that were identified in the LSMP 2000 were not funded and consequently were not implemented from 2000 to 2007.

Followingimplementation of the Stormwater Management Service Charge (SMSC), the LSMP 2000 was revised to include the SMSC dedicated to stormwater management (i.e. Lismore Urban Stormwater Management Plan 2007). Since 2007, Council has continued with non-structural activities and with the dedicated funding source Council was able to deliver a range of on-ground projects to address stormwater pollution originating from the urban catchment. Although SMSC guidelines allow for both ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ components to be delivered as part of overall stormwater management strategy, the LUSMP 2007 has a strong emphasis on the ‘quality’ component.

The LUSMP 2007 is now due for a substantial revision. Organisational priorities have now changed and this revised stormwater management plan (2015-2025) must consider both ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ components within an asset management framework.

Council will adopt a two-stage search and selection process to appoint a suitably qualified provider with demonstrated skills and experience to deliver the SMP (2015-2015):

•    Stage 1 – Expression of Interest

Identify a shortlist of suitable providers through the EOI process.

•    Stage 2 – Respond to Reverse Brief

Shortlisted providers will be provided with a reverse brief (including an indication of the project budget).  

To undertake this assignment, the successful provider must be able to demonstrate extensive experience in integrated stormwater planning and management.  It is anticipated the provider will have an exceptional understanding and knowledge of ecological/biological water quality, asset management, as well as hydrological and hydraulic issues in relation to stormwater management within urban areas. They must deliver a plan that consider both ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ components within an asset management framework.


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Learn practical ways to engage the community in your water recycling and stormwater harvesting projects
Community Engagement Training for Water Engineers is a one-day course specifically designed for technical water staff wanting to learn more about practical, cost effective techniques for engaging the community in water recycling and stormwater harvesting projects.

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EMGA Mitchell McLennan (EMM) and Minter Ellison present:
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The draft Strategy has been released and is open for comments. The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure recently released the draft Metropolitan Strategy for comment. The plan covers various topics including urban growth, liveability, productivity and urban environment. Objective 22 relates to achieving "a healthy water environment" for Sydney and includes policy statements on WSUD. Comments are being taken till 31 of May.

On 16 April the NSW State Government released the White Paper – A new planning system for public feedback.

According the NSW Department of Planning, the new planning system will make NSW more competitive by improving decision making, providing more certainty and making it more cost effective to do business in the state. It will focus on people and communities, rather than processes. Communities will have a say in shaping their local area by helping to develop the long-term strategic plans that will set the ground rules for development.

Find out how the new planning system in NSW will affect you here.

IPART has been asked by the NSW Government to conduct a review into the development of a rating framework and complementary service pricing system for Local Land Services NSW. IPART are required to develop an efficient and transparent cost recovery framework, including the proportion to be funded by Government, for Local Land Services Boards to set fees for the different services provided. IPART will present a final report to the Government by end of November 2013.

The Terms of Reference include consideration of the appropriateness of specific purpose levies and how they are determined, such as the Hunter Catchment Levy etc and any other broader and more efficient approach to establishing levies including those for natural resource management. For example in relation to the development of an NRM levy a specific task would be an assessment of the appropriate use of current levying powers in the NSW Catchment Management Authorities Act 2009, in many cases these powers are not utilised. 

To facilitate the joint review of the WIC Act and the broader recycled water regulatory framework, the Metropolitan Water Directorate in the Department of Finance and Services released a Discussion Paper in November 2012. The paper discussed current and potential future frameworks to accommodate the growing diversity of the NSW urban water sector.

In early December 2012, public consultation workshops were held in regional and metropolitan areas. The workshops were well received by a range of stakeholders including local government, urban water organisations, private infrastructure providers, developers, and state and federal government agencies.  
Based on the feedback from the Discussion Paper, a preferred approach will be developed for government consideration for reforming the WIC Act and other regulatory arrangements.

Keep up to date

If you would like to be kept up to date on the review, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your contact details and see whats been happening including your opportunity to view a copy of the Discussion Paper, Summary Brochure and Workshop Presentations.

IPART has provided a submission to the Department of Finance and Services’ Discussion Paper; Review of the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 and regulatory arrangements for water recycling under the Local Government Act 1993.

Sydney Water have released a short video detailing the design, construction, and establishment of a constructed wetland at Canterbury on the Cooks River. The video is an excellent resource for explaining exactly what an urban wetland does and how a retrofit project can have so many benefits for the local community

This booklet produced by Ciria in the UK is a fantastic communication tool for explaining what the problem with traditional urban hydrology is and how WSUD can help. Lots of lovely diagrams and simple explanations!

From the first of July this year the NSW Office of Water (NOW) has adopted a new set of guidelines for riparian corridors on waterfront land.

Sydney needs a minimum of 25, 000 additional dwellings per year (the total for 2009-2010 was around 14, 000) and the new guidelines have been developed as part of the NSW Governments package of reforms to streamline the application and assessment process to improve housing supply.

Given that the NSW Government seminar for the new guidelines was booked out in record time, Stormwater NSW organised and hosted a second seminar in November. The seminar was well attended with around 140 people present at the series of presentations and discussions at The Concourse in Chatswood.

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