Our researchers and staff contributed as both delegates and presenters at the 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD 2018), which ran in conjunction with Hydropolis 2018 in Perth on 13–15 February 2018.

We were excited to see the conference challenge delegate thinking around what represents urban water management best practice and its vital role in developing our communities.

A premier technical event hosted by Engineers Australia, WSUD 2018 attracted leading experts who shared their knowledge, experience and ideas for creating water sensitive liveable urban communities. The program and seven conference themes supported the facilitation of enduring water sensitive design.

Presentation of the Stormwater WA Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation
Kristy Chandler (Chair of WSUD 2018 organising committee), Antonietta Torre (Department of Water and Environmental Regulation) and Dr Emma Yuen (CRCWSC) attend the conference dinner.

Engineers Australia partnered with Stormwater WA to host WSUD 2018 / Hydropolis 2018 (with support from the Australian Water Association), which was a unique chance for Western Australian water professionals to exchange ideas and information about the region’s current and future challenges. It also meant delegates could broaden their knowledge on both a national and international scale. Indeed, the keynote speaker, Mark Fletcher (Global Water Leader, Arup), gave visionary international examples of blue, green and grey infrastructure.

Delegates could join optional pre-conference workshops and field trips on 12 February, and a conference dinner on 14 February, where Engineers Australia Hall of Fame and Stormwater WA Industry Awards winners were announced. Among the awards, the Stormwater WA Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation was presented to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the University of Western Australia, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the CRCWSC, and the State NRM Office. The award was for a project that examined the ‘performance of two urban stormwater biofilters in an area with seasonally high groundwater’.

Presentations by CRCWSC researchers and staff at WSUD 2018 / Hydropolis 2018

Presentation: Guiding water sensitive city transitions: lessons from six Australian Cities
Ms Katie Hammer, CRCWSC

Presentation 1: Managed aquifer recharge of nutrient rich water, superficial aquifer, Perth

Presentation 2: Urban subsurface drainage nutrient quality assessment
Mr Carl Davies, CRCWSC, University of Western Australia, RPS

Presentation: Community preferences for water sensitive urban systems and practices: what can we learn from existing non-market valuation studies?
Dr Asha Gunawardena, University of Western Australia and CRCWSC

Presentation: The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities as a knowledge broker
Dr Emma Yuen, CRCWSC

Some of the presentations by CRCWSC Participants (for a full list, please see the program)

Keynote speech: Perth’s journey to be a leading water sensitive city

Mr Ashley Vincent, Water Corporation

Presentation: What does the public think about water sensitive cities?
Ms Antonietta Torre, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, and Mel Roosendaal, Water Corporation

Presentation: Mainstreaming—Waterwise Council Program expanded to align with the CRC Water Sensitive Cities Framework (NPR)
Mrs Adele Gismondi, Water Corporation

Presentation: Transitioning Perth to a water sensitive city—the emergence of a community practice
Ms Shelley Shepherd, Urbaqua

Presentation: Kingston stormwater quality in-lieu contributions scheme
Ms Emily Boucher, City of Kingston

Presentation: A new approach to integrated water management in Victoria—policy, partnerships, projects and persuasion
Mr Dennis Corbett, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Presentation: Implementation of the Swan Canning water quality improvement plan—successes and learnings (Finalist of presentation award)
Miss Kate Bushby, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions

Presentation: Drainage for liveability—a whole of water portfolio approach to a wicked problem (Winner of presentation award)
Ms Suzanne Brown, Water Corporation