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                                                                                                                             APRIL 2006

Community Groups save 18 billion litres of water a year
    Community Water Grants success Round 1.
A massive 1750 community groups across Australia have been             • Macarthur Centre For Sustainable Living Limited Macarthur
successsful in attracting $61 million from Round 1 of the Austral-        Centre for Sustainable Living, Closed Water and Nutrient Cy-
ian Government’s Community Water Grants programme. The                    cle This project will re-use stormwater to irrigate the Commu-
Community Water Grants process has been highly competitive                nity Nursery and Gardens at The Macarthur Centre for Sus-
with close to 5,000 applications from across Australia.                   tainable Living, Mount Annan. Rainwater will be collected in
Successful applicants were announced on March 13th by Aus-                tanks and used for drinking, washing and toilet flushing. All
tralian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage,            grey and black water will be recycled onsite and used for sub-
Senator Ian Campbell and Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation,            surface irrigation of an orchard. A riparian zone along both
Senator Eric Abetz, as part of the $2 billion Australian Govern-          sides of Annan Creek will be revegetated to further improve
ment Water Fund. “Thousands of Australians are set to save                water quality. A total of 2,050,000 litres of water will be saved
around 18 billion litres of water a year - the equivalent of 18,000       each year and 0.72 hectares will be revegetated
Olympic swimming pools,” Senator Campbell said, recognising            • Mosman Municipal Council Stormwater Reuse for Balmoral
how vital Australian communities are to achieving a sustainable           Oval, Mosman, Sydney This project will re-use stormwater to
and water-wise future.                                                    irrigate the Balmoral Oval, within the municipality of the
Community groups funded include Local Councils, schools,                  Mosman Council. It involves installation of drainage and
environmental groups, rural organisations, sporting associations,         plumbing equipment, enhancement of the current irrigation
natural resource management regional bodies, local govern-                system. These changes will save 3,500,000 litres of water each
ments and non-government organisations donating about                     year.
350,000 volunteer hours to implement a huge range of projects.         • TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute Gully erosion stabilisation on
As well as saving water, Community Water Grant projects pro-              stormwater feeder creek, Gosford TAFE, NSW. This project will
mote wise water use and community engagement and aware-                   protect existing remnant vegetation, repair severe gully ero-
ness about water efficiency and conservation, water re-use and            sion, improve water quality and prevent sedimentation of Bris-
recycling and water health.                                               bane Waters, Gosford. This will achieved by reducing
                                                                          stormwater velocity and filtering stormwater from the nearby
Numerous rainwater harvesting projects including installation of          steep hillside slopes. Rock drops and a rock lined creek me-
rainwater tanks for drinking, toilet flushing, showers; vehicle &         ander will also be installed. Native species will be planted to
equipment washing, for laundry use, drip irrigation; fertiliser           form a native corridor/habitat. This project will save 10,000
application to greens; at schools, golf courses and bowling               litres of water each year, and a total of 0.14 hectares will be
greens and various other clubs where rainwater is being col-              revegetated.
lected from roofs and carpark surfaces. Many of these projects
recognise the dual benefit of their actions in minimising pollu-       • City Of Ryde North Ryde Golf Club - Water Harvesting and
tion to local waterways as well as providing savings in use of            Flood Mitigation This project will re-use stormwater to irrigate
town water.                                                               the North Ryde Golf Club greens. Dams will be constructed to
                                                                          collect and store stormwater from the golf course lands, which
Each project estimates savings in the order of 100’s of thou-             will be used to irrigate the course. The stormwater will also be
sands to millions of litres of water each year. A few examples of         filtered through a constructed wetland. This project will save
successful projects are listed below.                                     38,000,000 litres of water each year
• Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will install a Gross Pollutant          The Ministers said projects showed just how much water all com-
   Trap to reduce the amount of pollution entering Waub’s Bay.         munities can save by using inexpensive but clever and practical
   This will be a demonstration trial for the many coastal towns       solutions.
   within the Municipality, addressing the increasing amount of
   rubbish washing into coastal areas and effective solutions to       More information on the Community Water Grants programme,
   maintain water quality.                                             including a list of successful proponents and the next Commu-
                                                                       nity Water Grants funding round, is available at
• Hurstville City Council Creek Bank Stabilisation-Lime Kiln Bay,      www.communitywatergrants.gov.au
   Oatley West, NSW This project will improve the quality of wa-
   ter entering the wetlands and tributaries of Georges River near      Of approved projects:
   Oatley West. Tiered sandstone boulders and large rocks will          • More than 90 per cent were targeted at water saving and are
   be placed along the banks of the upper catchment and will               expected to save around 18,500 megalitres of water each year.
   limit the material being carried into the stormwater and gross       • For each project funded, the Australian Government is fund-
   pollutant traps further downstream. Removal of exotic trees,            ing an average saving of 11.6 megalitres of water each year.
   the introduction of native plantings will also help regulate the     • While applications were assessed on a number of criteria,
   flow of storm water. A total of 2 hectares will be rehabilitated.
                                                                           this gives an indication of the high water saving performance
• Clarence Valley Council Water Quality Improvements, Drain                achieved by successful projects.
   Catchment Management, Broadwater, Potential Ramsar Site
                                                                        • 15,000 hectares of land will be rehabilitated.
   This project will improve the water quality watercourses that
   adjoin the Lawrence Broadwater area by installing water ex-          • Communities are contributing more than $60 million and
   change devices to floodgated drains. Installation of water ex-          345,000 hours of volunteer time to ensure the success of their
   change devices fitted to existing floodgates and in-drain struc-        Community Water Grants projects.
   tures will allow improved exchange of water, fish passage and
   water quality.                                                                                        >>>>>>>Continued Page 2
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    Editorial                                                                $20 million Envirofund open
                                                                                  for applications
Water Saving activities are stepping up this month with Federal
and State grant winners having been announced and prepara-                Community groups and individuals across Australia are invited
tions for new rounds opening up. Communities are working hard             to apply for grants up to $50,000 from the Australian Govern-
with local authorities to identify and make the most of resources,        ment Envirofund.
expertise and knowledge. Various government departments,                  Australian Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator
individuals and industry around the country have busied them-             Ian Campbell, and Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Sena-
selves to provide continuity and currency with revisioin and              tor Eric Abetz, announced the latest round of the Envirofund in
publication of guidelines and manuals for WSUD, runoff, water             February and called for applications for local projects aimed at
quality and so on. Australians continue to prove that when the            conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable resource use.
going gets tough, we really do know how to step up to the mark
                                                                          Senator Campbell said Envirofund is the local component of the
and lead the way with initiative and innovation. The water crisis
                                                                          Australian Government’s $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.
is a catalyst that is drawing together communities and govern-
ments right up to the Federal level. As Andrew Campbell from              “Since it was launched in 2002 nearly 6,000 community-based
Land & Water Australia has expressed in the article on page 8,            projects haave been approved providing over $90 million in fund-
this is an opportunity to bring together and coalesce diverse             ing,” Senator Campbell said. This has translated to massive on-
practices that have excellent local application, but previously           ground action to protect the environment and improve natural
may not have been drawn into a National focus. Stormwater                 resource management. Critical issues such as salinity, poor wa-
practitioners have been doing this for almost 2 decades or more           ter quality, erosion, and loss of native plants and animals are just
in some cases. We have recognised the diverse factors that                some of the problems being addressed by the Australian Gov-
impact on runoff and quality of waters in our rivers and coasts.          ernment Envirofund.”
We have solutions. There is a lot to celebrate and a lot to clean
up. Read through our pages and think about your needs and                 The last round of the Envirofund was a special drought recovery
let us know what we can do to help or where your concerns are.            round targeting people in Exceptional Circumstances declared
                                          Bronwyn Davies, Editor          areas. Under that Round, the Australian Government provided
                                                                          $20 million to help people in the worst affected areas undertake
                                                                          projects to protect land, water, plant and animal life from the ef-
                   Baramy Engineering                                     fects of the drought.
    SIA            Bluescope Water
                                            Melbourne Water
                                            Rocla Pipeline Products
    SUSTAINING     Ecosol                                                 Senator Abetz said this new Envirofund round is for projects
                                            Sinclair Knight Merz
    MEMBERS        GH & D                   Sydney Catchment Auth.        across Australia impacting on all aspects of the environment in-
                   James Hardie FRC Pipes   Vinidex                       cluding tropical, and coastal and marine areas as well as agri-
                                                                          cultural regions.
>>>>>>>From page 1                                                        “Types of eligible projects include dune protection through ac-
Round 2                                                                   tivities such as revegetation or construction of boardwalks, fenc-
Round 2 of the Community Water Grants will be announced mid               ing to protect riverbanks and waterways, and planting native
year. If you are considering applying for a Community Water               vegetation to improve habitat or manage erosion,” Senator Abetz
Grant under Round 2, you can:                                             said.
• visit Applying for a Grant on the water grants werbsite for
   more information on the application process                            “Projects that increase the community’s skills and knowledge
• pre-register via the contacts link on the watergrants website           for undertaking on-ground projects are also eligible, as well as
Areas of activity                                                         activities to raise awareness about local natural resource man-
The three themes for action addressed by the Community Water              agement issues.”
   Grants are:
• water use, efficiency and conservation,                                 More information and examples of eligible activities are in the
• water reuse and recycling, and                                          application form. Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 28
• improving surface and groundwater health.                               April 2006.
There are 27 pilot projects already underway that demonstrate a
range of ways in which communities can help save water and                For copies of the application form visit www.nht.gov.au/envirofund
the environment.          All information is available at                 or telephone 1800 065 823.

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       CELEBRATING REUSE:                                                   NSW Minister Opens Round
                                                                             Two Water Savings Fund
                                                                         Round Two of the NSW Water Savings Fund was opened by
                                                                         new NSW Water Utilities Minister David Campbell on World Water
                                                                         Day March 22, and will close on 10 May, 2006.
                                                                         The Water Savings Fund provides incentives to encourage
                                                                         effective and innovative investment in water savings measures.
                                                                         The Water Savings Fund offers $30 million each year for four
                                                                         years. A further $10 million has been allocated in 2006 for high
                                                                         water users to implement water savings actions.
                                                                         Funding applications are invited for projects that will save and
                                                                         recycle water in Sydney Water’s area of operations (Sydney, Blue
                                                                         Mountains and Illawarra).
                                                                         The priorities for Round Two are projects which:
                                                                         • recycle water, and/or
                                                                         • implement water savings actions identified by high water users
                                                                         The Fund is part of the NSW Government’s initiatives for saving
     NSW Premier Morris Iemma, holding samples of raw sewage
                                                                         water and energy. It goes hand in hand with the requirement that
         and A-class reuse water from the ReAqua Hyrate
                                                                         certain high water and energy users are required to prepare
                                                                         Savings Action Plans setting out measures to save water and
        Water Mining in Sydney                                           energy.
A $3.2 million recycling project was launched on World Water             Information Sessions
Day, March 22nd at the Beverley Park Golf Course in Kogarah,
                                                                         Information sessions are being held April 10 – 12 in Sydney,
NSW, using ReAqua HyRate technology from Copa Water. “It
                                                                         North Parramatta and Wollongong to assist Round Two funding
will collect enough recycled water to irrigate the golf course and
                                                                         applicants. The sessions will provide an overview of the first fund-
all of Kogarah’s parks and playing fields – saving almost 160
                                                                         ing round and how to prepare a successful application. There
million litres of drinking water a year,” said new Utilities Minister,
                                                                         will also be an opportunity to ask questions. For details of the
David Campbell at the launch
                                                                         information sessions and to register your attendance, download
The first non State government demonstration water mining                the information form from www.deus.nsw.gov.au/
project in Sydney is up and running. There are many examples
                                                                         Deadline for applications
of localized stormwater reuse, and treated effluent reuse from
large sewage treatment plants, but Sydney now has its first Coun-        Applications must be received no later than 5.00 pm Wednes-
cil project to mine the water out of raw sewage.                         day 10 May, 2006. Guidelines and application forms are avail-
                                                                         able from www.deus.nsw.gov.au/
The term Sewer Mining is not particularly palatable, and it is more
appropriately called Water Mining. After all, when you mine for          Round one funding offers
gold you don’t call it earth mining, you are mining for the prod-        A total of $9.3 million was offered to 27 projects in the first round
uct you value, which is obviously gold, or in the present case….         of funding offers, which anticipate saving six million litres of wa-
Water.                                                                   ter a day. Successful projects information is available at the DUES
As Sydney, and the rest of the Country is aware, there are largely       website.
only 4 sources of water: potable water, groundwater, stormwater          Information and assistance
and sewer. When it comes to irrigating something such as a golf
                                                                         If you have any queries regarding applications to the Water Sav-
course, potable water was ruled out, there was no accessible
groundwater, and that left stormwater and sewage. Whilst                 ings Fund, please email fundsmanager@deus.nsw.gov.au, or
stormwater could have met 67% of the water demands for the               telephone us on 02 8281 7417.
Beverley Park Golf Course at Kogarah, it was not enough to               To read more about the NSW Government Metropolitan Water
“drought proof” it. Additionally Kogarah Council desired a sup-          Plan, visit the Water for Life website at
ply on non-potable irrigation water to replace 70% of their total        www.waterforlife.nsw.gov.au/
potable water usage, that was poured onto parks and playing
fields. This meant Water Mining was the desired option.
Council ran a public expression of interest, and narrowed the
field down to three likely companies. Each of these was invited          plant takes raw sewage and produces A-class water for reuse.
to do a demonstration plant at the site, to prove their technol-         The primary requirement is for this water to have less than 10
ogy, and only Copa Water accepted. is well known for stormwater          cfu/100mls. To date, all coliform samples have been zero, and
treatment and stormwater harvesting, but along with the new              the performance has been excellent. Accordingly, the Depart-
name, comes a lot of new capabilities in wastewater and                  ment of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability (DEUS) gave the plant
wastewater reuse. Kogarah Council have multiple CDS units treat-         a green light to use the water for irrigation.
ing their stormwater and were happy to work with Copa Water              On 22nd of March, the AWA and Kogarah Council put on a one
once again on this demonstration.                                        day Water Reuse Symposium, that had over 100 people attend.
Kogarah Council’s Project partners are Copa Water (formerly              The day was a big success and participants were treated to a
known as CDS Technologies) and Sydney Water It is the first              tour of the plant, once it was ceremonially opened by Premier
project for Sydney Water of this type with third party access to         Morris Iemma. Other ministers and dignitaries attended too, such
their sewer, and a learning process for all parties in the design        is the importance of water reuse at present.
and administration of such a project. But with contribution fund-        Amit Chanan of Kogarah Council has been driving this project
ing from all players to see the demonstration plant a reality, a         forward for several years, to get to the demonstration plant suc-
multitude of minor issues were resolved, and the plant is now            cess that has now been achieved. Council will go to tender later
operational.                                                             in the year for a full scale plant at the site, which could see
The plant is a ReAquatm Hyrate non-membrane water mining                 Kogarah as the most sustainable Council in Australia.
plant. It utilizes the non-blocking screening technology from CDS,       More information, contact Murray Powell at Copa Water ph: (02)
with a secondary biological step, plus sand filter and UV. The           9645 8000
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Motorists No. 1 rubbish dumpers
Motorists are Australia’s worst litterbugs, throwing almost half the nation’s litter
on highways and carparks, according to the results of a survey released March                For more information see www.kab.or.au or for
3rd.                                                                                         more information about the National Packag-
                                                                                             ing Covenant see www.deh.gov.au/settlements/
The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell,
said the results of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index – funded by
the Australian Government – showed 48 per cent of Australia’s litter was found on            Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
highways, roads and in carparks.                                                             Don Chambers 0408 654 209 or Scott Lyall 0419
                                                                                             016 401 (Keep Australia Beautiful)
Senator Campbell said, “Cigarette butts account for almost half of all litter items
with South Australia having the lowest proportion of butts (38 per cent) and Vic-
toria the highest (53 per cent). Illegal dumping and uncovered loads also add to             National Litter Index results
roadside litter.”                                                                             Worst items
KAB has surveyed more than 825 sites across Australia. The National Associa-                  1. cigarette butts
tion Chairman of Keep Australia Beautiful, Don Chambers, said the top five types              2. miscellaneous paper (including tissues)
of litter found were:                                                                         3. miscellaneous plastic
• cigarette butts                                                                             4. snack bags and confectionery wrappers
                                                                                              5. metal bottle tops and can pull rings
• miscellaneous paper (including tissues)
                                                                                              6. plastic bottle tops
• miscellaneous plastic                                                                       7. straws
• snack bags and confectionery wrappers and                                                   8. cigarette packets
• metal bottle tops and can pull rings                                                        9. other foil
“These results are not good news for the health of the environment and our na-                10. cups/take away containers (paper)
tion,” Mr Chambers said. Litter is a symptom of the civil health of the nation.               11. clothing and materials
While the stain of urban graffiti alarms the community and leads to demands for               12. take away and cups (plastic)
tougher penalties – the litter at the bottom of the wall cannot be ignored. Too
many people are relying on someone else to clean it up.”                                      Worst locations
                                                                                              1. highways (items 28%, volume 48%)
Mr Chambers urged industry to support Keep Australia Beautiful.
                                                                                              2. car park (20%, volume 11%)
“The Australian Government, as well as Cadbury Schweppes, who are funding                     3. industrial sites/estates (items 14%,
the Tasmanian section of the research, have set an example we hope others will                   volume 20%)
follow. It is in all our interests to gather objective data about litter and to act on it.    4. retail (items 10%, volume 3%)
We need industry support to continue with this valuable research which should                 5. shopping centre (items 9%, volume 3%)
be done nationally at least two times a year.”                                                6. residential (items 8%, volume 7%)
Senator Campbell and Mr Chambers issued a challenge to Australians to partici-                7. beach (items 6%, volume 5%)
pate in programmes such as Clean Up Australia, Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities                 8. recreational park (items 6%, volume 2%)
and the Clean Beach Challenge.

               Queensland Urban Drainage Manual - 2006 Review
The Institute of Public Works Engineers (Qld) is project manag-              is the need to manage stormwater as an integral part of the ur-
ing a review of the Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (QUDM)                  ban water cycle.
on behalf of the original QUDM partners – Brisbane City Coun-                The present review work commenced in June 2005 and aims to
cil, IPWEAQ, and DNR&M.                                                      update QUDM’s current content and align it with the considera-
The Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (QUDM) is a guide for                   tions required by latest practice - i.e. environmental and urban
planning and design of urban stormwater systems, dealing pri-                water cycle aspects of stormwater management. The core con-
marily with the hydrology/ hydraulics of drainage systems and                tent of the manual will remain focused on the hydrology and
was first published in 1992 ) to provide Queensland local gov-               hydraulics of conventional drainage system elements, however
ernments with a standardised approach to the planning and                    the intent is to highlight linkages with other elements such as
design of urban stormwater drainage.                                         WSUD with references provided to appropriate guideline docu-
Since 1992, QUDM has been widely adopted by Queensland                       ments
local governments as a planning scheme code (under IPA) for                  The present review work is being done by Mr Grant Witheridge
their stormwater systems and been very well received by the                  Catchments & Creeks Pty Ltd Queensland.
industry with a total of over 895 copies sold throughout the state,          The proposed draft Queensland Urban Drainage Manual - 2006
interstate and overseas. As such, its potential to affect the di-            is planned to be published for the public comments on the De-
rection and approach adopted by the stormwater industry is sig-              partment of Natural Resources, Mines & Water web site
nificant.                                                                    www.nrm.qld.gov.au/index.html in the 2nd week of April 2006.
In 1993, QUDM received an Institute of Engineers Australia En-               QUDM is now over 13 years old.
gineering Excellence Award and is also widely used throughout
Australia.                                                                   For further information please contact;
                                                                             Upali Jayasinghe
At present, QUDM deals with only one aspect of urban                         Senior Engineer (Flooding & Stormwater)
stormwater management i.e. passing significant flows through                 Water Use, Water Management & Use
and away from urbanised areas so as to meet flood mitigation,                Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Water
public safety and convenience objectives. The impacts of                     Telephone: (07) 3239 3226
stormwater on the environment are now widely recognised, as                  Email: Upali.Jayasinghe@nrm.qld.gov.au
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             Release of Chapter 6 - Retrofitting of the Stormwater
                  Management Manual for Western Australia
The Retrofitting chapter of the Stormwater Management Manual
for Western Australia has now been released by the Department
of Environment and Swan River Trust.
Copies of the Retrofitting chapter, other published chapters and
the Decision Process for Stormwater Management in WA can also
be downloaded from the Department of Environment website at:
<http://stormwater.environment.wa.gov.au> under ‘Publications’,
then ‘Guidelines’. Additional chapters of the Manual will be dis-
tributed when they become available.
Retrofitting chapter:
The aim of the chapter is to explain the issues to be addressed
when retrofitting existing urban developments and individual
stormwater management devices in urban areas throughout
Western Australia.
Retrofitting is the process of installing or undertaking additional
or alternative stormwater management devices or approaches
in an existing developed area. Retrofitting can occur at the lot,
block/neighbourhood or catchment scale. Redeveloping or up-
grading existing developments and infrastructure particularly
presents opportunities for retrofitting.
The chapter provides brief descriptions of several best manage-
ment practices that are particularly relevant to retrofitting. It also
provides case studies and examples that demonstrate how to
undertake retrofitting projects.
The chapter has been written primarily for the following audi-
• Local and State government agencies with responsibilities and
  interests in stormwater management (such as Department of
  Environment, Water Corporation, Main Roads and Department
  for Planning and Infrastructure) who may be upgrading exist-
  ing stormwater management systems, developing catchment/
  regional management strategies, or assessing urban redevel-            structural methods (such as education and training), retention
  opment proposals.                                                      and restoration of natural water body systems, and structural
• Developers and their consultants who may develop propos-
  als for urban redevelopment.                                           It also provides coordinated guidance to developers, environ-
                                                                         mental consultants, community groups, industry, local govern-
• Community groups or community members who may develop
                                                                         ment, water service providers and State government departments
  proposals to upgrade existing stormwater management sys-
                                                                         on the latest management principles relevant to stormwater man-
  tems, or develop catchment management plans.
                                                                         agement at new urban development and existing built areas in
Other chapters of the Stormwater Management Manual for                   Western Australia.
Western Australia:
                                                                         The principles outlined in the manual will guide the preparation
Chapters on Structural Controls, Stormwater Management Plans             of structure plans, town planning schemes / amendments, sub-
and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation are currently in de-           divisions and development applications.
                                                                         The Manual chapters are developed through close consultation
Stormwater Management Manual for Western Australia back-                 with representatives of stakeholder groups, including Local and
ground information:                                                      State Government, engineering, planning, development and en-
The stormwater management approach promoted in the manual                vironmental organisations. However, in order to continually im-
aims to build on the traditional objective of local flood protection     prove the stormwater management guidelines, the Department
by having multiple outcomes, including improved water quality            would appreciate any feedback about the Manual, particularly
management, protecting ecosystems and providing livable and              as the principles and approaches are being more extensively
attractive communities.                                                  implemented. Feedback forms are located at the back of each
The manual encourages a treatment train approach, where com-             chapter. Alternatively, comments can be emailed to
binations of different methods are implemented in sequence or            bill.till@environment.wa.gov.au; or posted to PO Box K822, Perth
concurrently to achieve the best management of stormwater.               WA 6842; or you can contact Bill Till (Program Manager, Stream
These methods include ‘at source’ controls and infiltration, non-        and Stormwater Management) by telephone on (08) 6364 6626.

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    SIA Qld Awards night a success                                              Banksia Environmentalist Awards
More than 120 people attended the annual SIA Qld Stormwater                        now open for nominations
Excellence Awards at Brisbane’s Carlton Crest Hotel on Thurs-                  Nominations are now open for Australia’s most prestigious envi-
day night 30 March. In his keynote address, John Cole, Execu-                  ronmentalist award – the Prime Minister’s Award for Environmen-
tive Director of the EPA Qld, addressed the crowd of stormwater                talist of the Year, which rewards achievements in environmental
industry professionals and outlined the EPA’s priorities with re-              protection and education.
gard to stormwater capture and reuse. He also invited the SIA
Qld to become an active partner with the EPA in the develop-                   The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Sena-
ment of new guidelines to aid with the sustainability of urban                 tor Ian Campbell, said the Prime Minister’s Award had been ex-
development in the fast growing region of South East Queens-                   panded to recognise the outstanding contribution members of
land. The EPA was especially interested in the recommendations                 our community make to protect Australia’s wealth of environ-
by SIA Qld to the State Government, 80% of which have incorpo-                 mental and heritage places.
rated into the South East Queensland Regional Plan.                            “Expanding the categories for the Prime Minister’s Award to in-
There were a significant number of submissions for the SIA Qld                 clude Australia’s heritage places, pays tribute to the individuals
Stormwater Excellence Awards in 4 categories. The category of                  and groups all around Australia who work hard each year to
Excellence in Stormwater Education, Innovation and Research                    protect and conserve our nation’s special places,” Senator
was taken out by Brisbane City Council for its Lord Mayoral                    Campbell said.
Taskforce on Suburban Flooding.                                                “Australia’s heritage is rich and diverse, encompassing natural
The category of Stormwater Management Projects of less than                    landscapes, Indigenous places, coastal sites, and historic build-
$1M constructed was awarded to Maroochy Shire Council for its                  ings. These places need the support and care of the community
Cotton Tree Piers project on the Maroochydore foreshore. A                     to survive.
project consisting of the construction of public access piers in-              “Projects eligible for the Prime Minister’s Award will be those
corporating best practice stormwater management processes.                     that have played an important role in conserving and protecting
The category of Stormwater Management Projects of more than                    a significant place, and that also provided education and raised
$1M constructed was won by Ecological Engineering P/L, Cardno                  awareness of the issues of protection and conservation of Aus-
MBK and DBI Design for Coomera Waters residential develop-                     tralia’s significant heritage and environmental places.”
ment on the Gold Coast. . Some of the measures include a sus-                  The Award is open to any Australian individual, organisation or
tainable freshwater lake and wetland system, dual reticulation                 group that has been involved in:
sewer systems and swale bioretention systems.                                  • protecting and conserving a nationally significant natural, his
And finally the category of Major Water Sensitive Urban Design                     toric or Indigenous heritage place
project above $1M was taken out by Belleng VDM P/L for their                   • protecting and conserving water systems
work on the Genesis Parkland Living residential development                    • protecting biodiversity
on the Gold Coast. Located in East Coomera, on what were pre-
viously 16 rural-residential lots. In all, the WSUD measures put in            • protecting Australia’s oceans
place by Belleng VDM have translated into 84% reduction in                     The Banksia Environmental Foundation was created in 1989 to
potable water demand and a 17% reduction in stormwater run-                    support and recognise members of the community for their posi-
off, making it a deserving winner of the SIA Qld’s prestigious                 tive contribution to the environment. The Prime Minister’s Envi-
major award.                                                                   ronmentalist of the Year award has been sponsored by the De-
Stay tuned for the upcoming monthly dinner meetings. The first, in 2           partment for the Environment and Heritage since 2001.
weeks time, will host Prof. Bill Lucas. In May, Cr Dianne Thorley, Mayor       “The Australian Government is proud to sponsor the Banksia
of Toowoomba will address the SIA Qld to outline Toowoomba City’s              Awards and will continue to support the community and indus-
Challenges for the future and the June meeting will pit Griffith Universi-     try in finding solutions to the challenges that face our natural
ty’s Prof. Margaret Greenway against the maintenance managers of Pine          and built environments and heritage places,” Senator Campbell
Shire Council in a panel discussion on the pros and cons of ponds and          said.
wetlands. Visit www.stormwater.asn.au/qld for more information on these        Nominations close on 10 May 2006.
events or call Caroline Hick on (07) 3000 2116.                                For information visit www.banksiafdn.com/index.php?page=10

SWUE II Conference                                                       A hot topic of the moment is water –
19-21 June 2006                                                          Do we have enough to go around? How can we use it more wisely?
Sustainable Water in the                                                 Where are the priorities and how do we allocate water rights equita-
Urban Environment                                                        bly? There is currently more attention being focused on all aspects of
Sunshine Coast University                                                water capture, management, treatment, policy development and regu-
Sippy Downs Campus                                                       lations than ever before.
The Queensland chapters of AWA and SIA in association with UDIA have collaborated to provide a technical conference for anyone
working in the sustainable water industry or anyone interested in exploring solutions in resolving water use sustainably.
The SWUE II conference follows on from the highly successful SWUE conference in 2004 and will be your opportunity to update
yourself with the latest information and issues across the many water-related disciplines. There will be high quality presentations
delivered by a selection of industry experts and academics over two days. Technical tours will be conducted on the third day of the
conference to highlight significant and current sustainable water concepts in practice. Social aspects of the conference include a
conference dinner scheduled on the first night and a cocktail function on the second evening providing plenty of opportunities to
network with industry professionals across many disciplines.
The technical tour program will enable participants to gain an appreciation of how sustainable water initiatives including traditional
water sensitive urban design, stormwater harvesting and water recycling are being implemented through major developments, local
government stormwater management systems and wastewater treatment facilities.
You will also see many trade displays of the latest products and services from within the industry. Sponsorship opportunities still exist
and product trade displays are available. For sponsorship opportunities and/or trade booths you may email a request to Kathy
Bourbon at awaq@bigpond.net.au or call on (07) 3397 5644.
Full details of the conference program and registration are due to be released in the next few weeks. Visit www.stormwater.asn.au/
qld for links and updates.
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At least one state is considering a radical plan for a “financial lever” to force water             PHOTOCOPY AND SEND OR FAX TO:
utilities to use the precious resource more efficiently.
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The federal government also appears to be moving towards supporting the idea which                          ASSOCIATION LTD
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The new parliamentary secretary with responsibility for water, Liberal MP Malcolm
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Turnbull, raised the plan mid last month as a possible way of regulating the way utili-
ties manage their water allocations. “Can we not provide our water companies with                             OR SEND AN EMAIL TO:
market incentives to use water more efficiently?” he said in a keynote speech at a                  manager@stormwater.asn.au
national water summit in Sydney.                                                                      and we will forward appropriate
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Victoria, already investigating an incentives scheme for water retailers.                             www.stormwater.asn.au/join.asp
Eminent water scientist Peter Cullen, one of seven government-appointed commis-
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plan. “The idea’s been receiving some positive support so people are obviously look-           STUDENT            (full time student only)
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them to not sell their product and making them put a big return to government. The
system could involve states providing utilities with an annual water allocation and ad-        CORPORATE                              (for organisations &
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Turnbull said the question of any federal government intervention to get the states to
adopt such a scheme was “way beyond what I’m talking about”. “What I’m trying to do
is promote a discussion about the private sector and water,” he said.                                         PLEASE FORWARD
The federal government is under increasing pressure to deliver water reform, almost                         INFORMATION TO ME:
two years after the Council of Australian Government agreed to the much-lauded Na-             NAME: Mr/Mrs/Ms
tional Water Initiative. The initiative established the NWC to oversee the creation of a
national water market but progress has been slow, with the final state to join the pro-         .............................................................
gram, Western Australia, only doing so earlier this year.
The government is currently considering a report by NWC chief Ken Matthews which is             .............................................................
expected to be critical of some states’ efforts to cooperate on water reform.
Source: AAP NewsWire.
The full text of Mr Turnbull’s keynote address can be read on the speeches section of
his web site at www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/news/default.asp?action=article&ID=385               .............................................................
Ken Matthews representations can be viewed at www.nwc.gov.au/mediacentre/
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     SIA NSW ...... 2006 Excellence Awards & Dinner                                            ADDRESS:
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      2006. Awards will be presented 28th June at a dinner to be held in                        .............................................................
             conjunction with the SIA NSW / IECA Conference.                                    .............................................................
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     Jaya Kandasamy, UTS
     Ph: 9514 2558 or 0403 925 593                               National
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     HEC-RAS 3.1.3                                                                                                   Deputy President: John Bruce (Manningham C.C.)
     UTS 27th - 28th April 2006                                                                                      Secretary: Fadey Kassim (URS Australia P/L)
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                                                                 President: Stephen Frost (Fairfield City Council)   Committee:
     jaya.kandasamy@uts.edu.au                                                                                       Andrew Allan (Earth Systems)
                                                                 Vice President: John Constandopoulos (SKM)
                                                                 Secretary: Michael Wicks (Ingal Environmental       Amanda Bolton (EPA Victoria (VSAP))
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                                                                                                                     Keith Caporn (Mosstowie)
                                                                 Treasurer: Kevin Bennett (Baramy)
     CONFERENCE                                                                                                      Claude Cullino (Manningham City Council)
                                                                 Committee:                                          Peter Diprose (Barry Brothers Services
     4 – 5 May 2006, Rotorua                                     Barry Birch (Master Plumbers Assoc.)                Toni Domaschenz (Streets & Creeks Consulting)
     www.nzwwa.org.nz/                                           Andrew Celona (BMD Consulting)                      Greg Easton (Breese Pitt & Dixon)
                                                                 Susan Farr (Sydney Water)                           Kate Kinsella (Melbourne Water)
                                                                 Brett Phillips (Cardno Willing)                     Glenn Mansell (TGM Group)
     SIA NSW/IECA Conference                                     Murray Powell (CDS Technologies)                    Anthony McEwan (Hassell)
                                                                 Jessica Rozsa (Ecosol)                              Jonathon McLean (Coomes Consulting)
     SOIL & WATER: Too good to                                                                                       Stephen Miller (Earth Tech Engineering)
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                                                                 Committee:                                          Deputy Chair: Will Hepburn (Rocla Pipeline
     SIA NSW Awards for Excel-                                   Margaret Greenway (School of Environmental                Products)
                                                                             Engineering, Griffith University)       Secretary: Debbie Besch (North Metro Catchment
     lence                                                       Bill Johnson (Parsons Brinkerhoff)                        Group) (Stormwater Coordinator)
     28th June 2006 Parramatta                                   Peter Klouda (Iplex Pipelines)                      Treasurer: Andy Holland (DS Agencies)
     www.stormwater.asn.au/nsw/                                  Steve Settle (John Wilson & Partners)
                                                                 Dean Toomey (Parsons Brinckerhoff)                  Committee:
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                                                                                                                     Greg Ryan: (Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council)
     1st National Hydropolis Con-                                NZWWA SIA Committee (yet to be elected)
                                                                                                                     George Groenveld: (Oceania Research
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                                                                 Report calls for better NRM knowledge system
           CHANGES OF ADDRESS.                                   A new study of the effectiveness of natural resource management in Australia has found
      Please advise your relevant State                          that while there are areas of innovation and excellence, overall Australians are “not
      Association if you are moving. A                           putting it all together as well as we might”, and there is need for an overhaul of Australia’s
      quick call can enusre that your                            NRM knowledge system.
      newsletter goes to the correct ad-
      dress or replacement person in your                        The report, by Andrew Campbell, Executive Director of Land & Water Australia, calls for
      organisation. This is also important                       increased investment in new knowledge and in making better use of what we know
      for your email news. Often Bulletins                       already to: help people, businesses, industries and governments make better decisions
      are returned through the post with                         at all levels of management and policy; energise the innovation process so that we can
      no explanation by front desk staff
      because you no longer are working                          develop more sustainable land use and management systems and technologies; and
      at the organisation and the new per-                       help communities and the nation as a whole to learn as we go along, so that we make
      son in your role is left out of the                        best use of existing knowledge and past experience.
                                                                 Dr Campbell called for the establishment of a high-level agency to set priorities and
                         DISCLAIMER:                             review progress; the development of an overall NRM knowledge strategy, preferably
    Statements made in the SIA Bulletin do not necessarily       consistent with a new national framework for agricultural and NRM research, development
    represent the views of Stormwater Industry Association
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    Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western        order to build a common reporting framework.
    Australia or New Zealand, SIA Ltd and member
    Associations cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy
    of any information supplied or for any loss or damage
                                                                 The report, The Australian Natural Resource Management Knowledge System, can be
    which may arises from errors or omissions.                   downloaded at www.lwa.gov.au

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