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Currumbin Ecovillage wastewater management

The Currumbin Ecovillage is a 147 lot development over 270 acres of land in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The development contains community title blocks which range from 400 to 1400m2. A sewerage treatment plant located within the development accepts and…
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  • Date Published: 9th Oct 2018

Currumbin Ecovillage rainwater harvesting

The Currumbin Ecovillage is a 147 lot development over 270 acres of land in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The development contains community title blocks which range from 400 to 1400m2. All of the water supplied to the houses in the…
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  • Date Published: 9th Oct 2018

Enhancing our Dandenong Creek program

This case study delivers a range of waterway enhancements that the community helped to identify. Projects include daylighting a section of Dandenong Creek, creating new fish habitats, installing signage and public amenities, and working with industry to control pollution.  For…
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  • Date Published: 8th Oct 2018

Keeping Brisbane’s iconic South Bank Parklands green

When drought made it difficult to keep Brisbane’s iconic South Bank Parklands green, the South Bank Corporation considered several new sources of non-potable water for irrigation. Stormwater harvesting was the preferred option, due to its practicality, cost and yield, and…
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  • Date Published: 22nd May 2018

Getting the message right: The use of frames, community-friendly terminology and visuals

An important aspect of effectively engaging communities in a water sensitive future is to communicate messages using easy to understand terminology, appealing visuals and suitable message framing. The findings from Project A2.3 indicate that messages need to be tailored to…
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  • Date Published: 16th Oct 2017

The relationship between housing and heat wave resilience in older people

Abstract Older people have justifiably been highlighted as a high-risk group with respect to heat wave mortality and morbidity. However, there are older people living within the community who have developed adaptive and resilient environments around their home that provide…
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  • Date Published: 1st Sep 2015

Visitors’ perception of thermal comfort during extreme heat events at the Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne

Abstract Outdoor thermal comfort studies have mainly examined the perception of local residents, and there has been little work on how those conditions are perceived differently by tourists, especially tourists of diverse origins. This issue is important because it will…
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  • Date Published: 6th Jan 2016

From water engineers to financial engineering: Water provision in Australia’s East Coast capital cities, 1945-2015

Abstract This article analyzes the provision of urban water in Australia's three east coast capital cities - Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne - from the big dams of post-World War II years to recently completed desalination plants. We trace how major…
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  • Date Published: 1st Feb 2017

The allure of climate and water independence: desalination projects in Perth and San Diego

Abstract In the past decade, Perth and San Diego have both added desalination technology to their suite of water resources. In both contexts, the "independence" that desalination purportedly offers is a shorthand for diversification and drought-proofing in places where future…
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  • Date Published: 13th Feb 2017

Overcoming abundance: Social capital and managing floods in inner Melbourne during the nineteenth century

Abstract Before effective drainage and flood protection systems were built in the early twentieth century, areas of inner Melbourne close to the Yarra River were prone to flooding. An overabundance of water and a need to limit its impact on…
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  • Date Published: 14th Feb 2017

Water technology and the urban environment: Water, sewerage, and disease in San Francisco and Melbourne before 1920

Abstract The challenges cities face in supplying safe water and disposing effectively of sewerage and wastewater are affected by historical and environmental conditions and the long-standing effects of choices of infrastructure. This article provides case studies of two similar cities,…
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  • Date Published: 12th Feb 2017

Water and the making of Californian and Australian cities: Introduction

Abstract The articles in this special issue draw on examples from Californian and Australian history to consider how people have met the challenges of securing adequate water supplies and managing water issues in urban settings. Through studies in which water,…
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  • Date Published: 14th Feb 2017

Changing water habits after drought: Why garden watering was easier to change than showering

Summary Past experience has shown that communities can change habits and reduce water use during times of crisis but a critical question is whether these habits persist after the crisis and why? Social practice theory can be used to answer…
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  • Date Published: 24th Jan 2017

CRCWSC Industry Note (2016): How can social norms be leveraged to promote water sensitive cities?

What innovative, non-price approaches are available to manage water demand? How can current conservation programs be modified to better promote water savings, particularly amongst high-use households? Is there a way to harness people’s pre-existing beliefs and motivations in order to…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016

CRCWSC Industry Note (2016): Water and the Australian city: lessons from history

Most Australians live in suburban, single-family, detached houses. This historical and continuing housing preference means that providing water and sewerage services are expensive. Australians have traditionally been profligate with water, but have always shown remarkable willingness to adapt water usage…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016
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