The Water Sensitive Cities Conferences are a celebration of how water shapes our cities and towns into places that are more liveable, resilient, and sustainable. “Delivering the transition” approaches, activities, and achievements will be central to the 2019 conference, the forth in the series.

We hope you enjoyed the experience and have gained some valuable insight into the work that has already been achieved.  Below you will find the presentations from the conference.

Session 1

Welcome address - Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy, Pro-Vice-Chancellor  (Research Partnerships), UQ

Welcome to Country - Ashley Ruska, Nunukul Yuggera

Opening remarks - Professor Tony Wong, CEO CRCWSC

Designing the 21st century city in nature: prospects for the high(er) density urbanism, Caroline Stalker, Design Director (Urban), Principal, Arup Australasia

Resilience thinking in unlocking the complexities of cities: the complementary roles of the public and private sectors, Adam Fennessy, Partner - Advisory, Government and Public Sector; Oceania Leader - Future Cities, EY

Session 2A - Planning for a changing climate, City cooling

  1. The state of climate science for informing urban cooling, Kerry Nice, CRCWSC, Monash University
  2. Informing urban planning decisions: Amaravati, Dr Stephanie Jacobs, Mosaic Insights/Alluvium
  3. GPOP Green Grid - Making Sydney's new heart cooler and greener, Alan Hoban, Bligh Tanner
  4. Planning for the design of green and cool cities - the Victorian experience, Kim Markwell, E2Designlab
  5. Panel Discussion, Mellissa Bradley, Water Sensitive SA and SA Regional Manager, CRCWSC

Session 2B - Valuing a water sensitive city, Resources, innovation and efficiency

  1. Resource recovery: innovative, efficient, needed, Professor Zhiguo Yuan, Advanced Water Management Centre, UQ
  2. An enabling environment for innovation, Rita Chandra, Urban Water Futures Division, Yarra Valley Water
  3. Purple Phototrophic Bacteria: a silver bullet for effective resource recovery from wastewater?, Dr Tim Hulsen, UQ
  4. Innovation Centre in Subiaco WA, Paul Nolan, Water Corporation
  5. Panel Discussion, Dave Solley, Water and Biosolids Process, GHD

Session 3A: Planning for a changing climate, Flood resilience

  1. Flood resilient urban design, Piet Filet, International WaterCentre
  2. Moving beyond the Q100 Quagmire: risk based land use planning, Shannon McGuire, Ethos Urban
  3. Housing design to respond to seasonal groundwater inundation, Daniel Martin, CRCWSC, UWA
  4. Flood resilient housing, Dr James Davidson, James Davidson Architect
  5. Panel Discussion, Scott Moorhead, Townsville Water and Waste, and Graeme Milligan, Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Session 3B: Valuing a water sensitive city, Communities

  1. Engaging communities, Dr Jo Lindsay, Monash University and CRCWSC
  2. Accessing the research: Bendigo, Liam Sibly, City of Greater Bendigo and Karim Khodja, Bendigo Community member
  3. Townsville schools and water conservation, Annmarie Grasso, Townsville City Council
  4. Engaging the community in a waterwise Perth, Antonietta Torre, Water Corporation
  5. Panel Discussion, Dr Cara Beal, Griffith University

Session 4: Plenary panel, Transitions journey

  1. Gold Coast: the transition journey, Kathy Baker, Service Sustainability, City of Gold Coast
  2. Transitioning towards water for liveability: the Kunshan journey thus far, Jianbin Wang, CRCWSC
  3. Fostering champions to drive change, Ashley Vincent and Shelley Shepherd, Water Sensitive Transitions Network
  4. Panel Discussion, Dr Briony Rogers, CRCWSC

Session 5: Integrated platforms for city transformation

CRCWSC platforms: Dr Briony Rogers, Katie Hammer, Chris Chesterfield and Dr Christian Urich

Case studies: Shelley Shepherd, Sergey Volotovskiy and Sally Boer

Session 6A: Living with a changing climate, Urban metabolism

  1. Introduction, John Savell, Department of Housing WA
  2. Urban metabolism: concepts, applications and use for water sensitive cities, Associate Professor Steven Kenway, CRCWSC and UQ
  3. The Brabham development as a waterwise blueprint for challenging groundwater situations, Susanne Martins, Department of Housing WA
  4. Aura: a water sensitive city, Mark Stephens (presentation not available), Stockland
  5. Creating a leading water and energy efficient estate at Aquarevo - the development experience, David Bergmann, South East Water and Rory Costelloe, Villawood Properties
  6. Panel Discussion, Professor Karen Hussey, Centre for Policy Future, UQ

Session 6B: Valuing a water sensitive city, Ecological and human health and wellbeing

  1. Why protecting and enhancing ecology is so important and delivers multiple benefits, Julie McLellan, Healthy Land and Water
  2. Connections with water and health in Indigenous communities, Dr Cara Beal, Griffith University
  3. Applying the Transition Dynamics Framework: Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers program, Sara Lloyd, E2DesignLab
  4. Accessing the research: tools to support decision making, Dr Leah Beesley, UWA
  5. Panel discussion, Associate Professor Mark Kennard, Griffith University

Session 7A: Living with a changing climate, Urban intensification

  1. How do we support urban intensification?, Professor Nigel Bertram, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Monash University
  2. Pursuing a hybrid approach to water in Fishermans Bend, Aidan O’Neill, City of Port Phillip
  3. Informing urban planning decisions: Sydenham to Bankstown, Sue Burton, Cooks River Alliance, and Alejandra Rojas, City of Cantebury Bankstown
  4. Informing urban planning decisions: Innovation House Townsville, Darren Finlay, Sustainability Townsville
  5. Panel discussion, Mellissa Bradley, Water Sensitive SA and SA Regional Manager, CRCWSC, and Belinda Smith, Metropolitan Planning Authority

Session 7B: Valuing a water sensitive city, Economics

  1. Adoption of water sensitive urban designs: the role of economic analysis, Dr Sayed Iftekhar, CRCWSC and UWA
  2. Estimation of demand for recycled wastewater and stormwater for planning and management of a wastewater treatment plant buffer zone: a Western Australian case study, Dr Louise Blackmore, UWA (presented by James Fogarty)
  3. Valuing the benefits of water sensitive projects: an application to Tarralla Creek Renaturalisation, Rita Chandra, Urban Water Futures Division, Yarra Valley Water
  4. Integrating and valuing alternative water in Adelaide, South Australia, Craig Flavel (presentation not available), Water Technology SA
  5. Panel discussion, Professor David Pannell, UWA

Session 8: The future of the CRCWSC

Facilitator: Prof. Tony Wong, CEO, CRCWSC

Panel Discussion: Terri Benson, Greg Cash, Dr Briony Rogers, Ben Furmage, Paul Heaton

Last updated: 28th Mar 2019