The Western Sydney Salinity Working Party, hosted by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC Ltd) in partnership with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW), was established in 1999. This group has representatives from each of the 14 Councils in Greater Western Sydney, as well as from relevant agencies and the development industry.
Following on from the success of the 2005 and 2007 Urban Salinity Conferences convened by the Western Sydney Salinity Working Party and due the ongoing need for awareness raising and education relating to urban salinity issues, the 3rd Urban Salinity Conference will be held on the 8th and 9th June, 2010.
The 2010 UrbanSalt Conference aims to:
- Increase the understanding of all of the issues that relate to urban salinity across local government, state government agencies and the building and construction industry.
- Provide delegates with an increased level of understanding of salinity issues from the “green fields” planning stage to the post development stage.
- Provide delegates with the knowledge, motivation and skills required to continue to develop effective projects that will reduce the effect of salinity in urban environments.
- Provide delegates with ample opportunity to participate and share knowledge on this issue during the two days of the conference.
- Encourage the development of networks across a range of sectors that can be strengthened after the conference.
On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee we would like to invite all professionals who deal with the effects of salinity in an urban environment to attend the 2010 UrbanSalt Conference.
For more details see: http://www.gemsevents.com.au/urbansalt/
A 2-day Workshop entitled “Stormwater Management (source control)” has been organised by EEA (Engineering Education, Australia) for Thursday/Friday 18/19 March, 2010 in Sydney. The Notes provided in the course are based on the content of the award-winning manual “WSUD: basic procedures for ‘source control’ of stormwater – a Handbook for Australian practice” edited by Professor John Argue (University of South Australia). This document is endorsed by Stormwater Industry Association (SIA), Australian Water Association (AWA) and, recently, by Dept of Water, Western Australia. The Notes were updated in February, 2009.
The content features a balance between the three domains of WSUD (stormwater) practice – quantity control, pollution control and stormwater harvesting. Serious issues of stormwater management in Australia are posed by the Federal Government’s goal of 35 million population by 2050. How will Sydney’s existing stormwater infrastructure cope with change to selected regions under the ‘high rise’ option being proposed as the likely re-development scenario? What strategies can be adopted to enable existing (competently-performing) infrastructure to cope with this scenario without expensive upgrade? How can re-development in catchments with existing under-performing stormwater infrastructure be managed to enable the in-ground works to progressively meet the government’s goals without expensive upgrade? Must the creeks and natural waterways on Sydney’s northern, western and southern perimeters be sacrificed to hard-lining in the wake of the proposed expansion? Positive answers to these and many other questions based on WSUD ‘source control’ practices will be provided in the Workshop.
The Workshop will also include results of hydrological modelling of high-performing filter-bioretention systems enhanced by treatment taking place in parent soil masses; the fate of dissolved pollutants is singled out for particular attention.
The short course includes: design procedures based on state-of-the-art analyses and best overseas practices adapted to Australia-wide conditions; case study illustrations drawn from field installations with between ten and 18 years of Australian operational history; design ‘worked examples’; introduction and access to rainwater tank sizing software applicable across Australia. The Workshop will be led by Professor John Argue.
Attendance at the Workshop earns 32 hours credit for continuing professional development purposes with Engineers Australia. More information about the workshop including course content, cost and Registration Forms may be obtained from Ms Ann Ellis on (03) 9326 9777 or HIDDEN EMAIL
The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training has just released their training schedule for 2010 which is available via their website.
For more information contact the Centre directly.
On behalf of The Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, GEMS Event management are running a number of Water Sensitive Urban Design Workshops over 2010. The first is scheduled for the 17th or 18th March 2010, details:
Construction and Establishment of Vegetated Stormwater Systems
Effective civil construction and landscape establishment of bioretention systems, wetlands and swales is required to minimise costs and timeframes and realise the stormwater management benefits of these systems.
This one-day course provides detailed step by step guidance on the construction and establishment of bioretention systems and stormwater wetlands in order to address the key issues faced during on-ground delivery. It covers construction methods that respond to the phases of development (i.e. civil construction, landscape establishment and house building) and protocols (inspection requirements, sign-off forms) that ensure successful construction and establishment.
Workshop Dates: Wednesday 17th March, 2010 or Thursday 18th March, 2010.
Venue: Sydney Masonic Centre
66 Goulburn St
Sydney NSW 2000
Local Government Officer fee – $390 per person including GST
Consultants or Industry fee – $550 per person including GST
Full details please contact: Julie McGraw on (02) 9744 5252