Leadership and influence

Leaders and champions play a crucial role in enabling water sensitive solutions and practices. Often it is the persistence and enthusiasm of a set of individuals that drives change in an organisation and in an industry.


New South Wales

First of its kind in Australia, City of Orange implemented a stormwater harvesting scheme to supplement their town potable water supply.



A Melbourne development planned in collaboration between a water utility and a developer, which includes smart technology to provide rainwater for hot water supply, recycled water supply and real-time monitoring of water use, forthcoming storms and tank levels.

White Gum Valley

Western Australia

An infill development in Freemantle that demonstrates a water sensitive approach at all scales, with smart monitoring of on-lot systems, communal groundwater network for garden irrigation and an infiltration basin transformed into a public park.

Moonee Valley Planning Scheme


Demonstration of leadership in policy at a local government level, through the ground-breaking integration of local requirements for stormwater management in developments.

Sponge City Innovation Park


Collaboration between experts from Australia and China has led to the delivery of Innovation Park in Kunshan, China. The area demonstrates how water sensitive solutions can be delivered at all scales.

Josh’s House

Western Australia

Josh Byrne led by example by building his own home using environmental principles and proving that sustainability can be affordable. Josh's house includes a range of water sensitive urban design and water efficiency measures.

City of Gold Coast Water Sensitive City Transition Strategy


The City of Gold Coast was one of the early adopters in applying the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities’ Transition Planning Process to develop a water sensitive city vision and transition strategy.

Moonee Valley Water Sensitive Cities Benchmarking


During a one-day workshop, Council and external stakeholders worked together through a facilitated threestep process to agree on the local government area’s current status in meeting the seven goals of a water sensitive city.

Last updated: 11th Oct 2019