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2017 Awards for Excellence


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Stormwater WA announces the 2017 Awards for Excellence

Stormwater Western Australia is conducting the 2017 Awards for Excellence to encourage and celebrate excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects and the people involved.

Submission deadline: Wednesday 15 November 2017

Winners announced: WSUD & Hydropolis 2017, 12-15 February 2018

Further information can be found in the Kit and Entry form below:



WSUD & Hydropolis 2018: Creating Water Sensitive Communities

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On behalf of the Organising Committee, I am delighted to invite you to attend the 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD 2018), which is being held in conjunction with Hydropolis 2018.

Water Sensitive Urban Design Conferences are a recognised premier technical event hosted by Engineers Australia. The conferences attract leading experts, and have a reputation for high quality papers covering a range of water sensitive urban design topics.

On this occasion Engineers Australia has partnered with Stormwater WA to host WSUD 2018 in conjunction with Hydropolis 2018. Hydropolis events provide an opportunity for Western Australian water professionals to exchange ideas and information about meeting the current and future challenges of the region.

WSUD / Hydropolis 2018 is also supported by the Australian Water Association (AWA) which aims to deliver information, expertise and collaboration for sustainable water management.

The partnering of Engineers Australia and Stormwater WA with support from AWA will provide a unique opportunity for water professionals from all organisations and backgrounds to exchange ideas, interact with existing and new acquaintances, and broaden their knowledge on water sensitive urban design on both a local and international scale.

The focus of WSUD / Hydropolis 2018 is “Creating Water Sensitive Communities” and aims to challenge delegates thinking and knowledge, and expand their views on what represents urban water management best practice and its vital role in developing our future communities.

The main conference will be held from 13 to 15 February 2018 and include a full technical program with a number of excellent keynote speakers, and range of oral sessions covering both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed papers.

Optional pre–conference workshops / field trips will be offered on 12 February. A formal conference dinner will be held on 14 February where Engineers Australia and Stormwater WA Industry Awards winners will be announced, alongside some light entertainment.

The conference will be held at Crown Towers, which is a world-class facility overlooking the banks of the Swan River. There are a number of accommodation options nearby and a number of excellent restaurants and bars which will provide limitless opportunities for the all-important break out and networking sessions.

Once again, on behalf of the Organising Committee, I encourage you to submit a paper and attend WSUD / Hydropolis 2018. I look forward to welcoming you in February 2018.

Kristy Chandler

Chair, WSUD / Hydropolis 2018 Organising Committee  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  |  07 3226 3026


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When: Thursday 9th March, 2017 at 9.00am
Where: Richgro - 203 Acourt Rd, Jandakot, WA
Fee: $25 per person

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Post- Hydropolis 2017 - presentations

Winding up Hydropolis 2017: Catchments are the communities’ infrastructure

Date: Wednesday 31 May, 2017
Venue: Embleton Room, City of Bayswater


Parallel Journeys: Australian conference showcased how British Columbia is moving towards a water-resilient future

Three ‘big ideas’ underpin BC vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”: Primacy of Hydrology, Shifting Baseline Syndrome and Cathedral Thinking

In 2001, Kim Stephens was keynote speaker for an Urban Water Cycle Management Capacity Building Program for local governments in New South Wales, Australia. Fast forward to August 2016. His keynote presentation at Stormwater 2016: Rising to the Challenge, a national conference held in Queensland (Australia), provided him with a platform for reflecting on "parallel journeys" during the period 2001 through 2016. He explained how a changing climate resulted in “teachable moments” in British Columbia; and how a “regional team approach” guides implementation of a vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.   

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Plenary Session at Stormwater Australia 2016 Conference, Rising to the Challenge, held in Queensland
CLICK HERE to learn more and access YouTube videos of the keynote presentation

Kim Stephens
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

Andrew Allan
Stormwater Australia
Rod Wiese
Stormwater Australia

"BC and Australia are on parallel journeys, but our pathways to a water-resilient future differ. Still, by sharing and comparing, we can inspire each other. Also, we can learn from each other’s experience to avoid going down dead-ends"

“We will reach out beyond our core industry practitioners to engage with a broader group of committed and talented people who will all need to work together to develop the solutions of the future”   “Australian ‘best practise’ (which is founded on water quality metrics) falls dramatically short of effective waterway protection. Clearly, we need to manage volume and restore water balance pathways as Kim Stephens explained in his keynote about the primacy of hydrology”

For more exerpts from Stormwater 2016: Rising to the challenge, click HERE.