Welcome to New WAter Ways

Hi everyone
This is our last newsletter for 2016. We hope you have enjoyed reading the bucket loads of information we have been sending your way and discovered at least one new watery thing. :)
The New WAter Ways Board would like to wish you all a fabulous Christmas and New Year.
Our office will be closed from 22 December to 9 January but we hope you will get in touch in 2017 and be part of  our journey towards a water sensitive WA.

Best wishes,
Rebecca, Don, Craig, Kelly, Loretta and Shelley (and all the others who provide such great support for our activities)


“The right time to invest in water infrastructure is not when we’re in crisis, but at a point when we can have a long-term vision of integrating the whole water cycle and looking at all options,” Dr Nanda Altavilla, one of the country’s leading recycled water experts, recently named a NSW Legend of Water.


Light industries improve to help protect Perth’s rivers

Small industrial businesses along the Swan and Canning rivers are reducing their risk of contributing nutrients and contaminants into our waterways through a new Government program. The Light Industry Program partnered with local government authorities to help these businesses improve environmental management to better protect Perth's rivers. (DPC Media Statements)


Publication: Iron Man Gypsum amendment of subsoil drains to treat nutrients in urban groundwater discharge

This publication outlines the findings of a trial that has established a solid point of reference for a new treatment measure for water quality in urban subdivisions, with very favourable outcomes in reduced phosphorus cocentrations. (DoW)


River oxygenation helps fish thrive

A black bream tracking project in the Swan and Canning rivers is showing benefits of providing artificial oxygenation in the upper reaches of the rivers. Tracking of 55 tagged black bream had found they avoided areas of the rivers that had low oxygen levels, confirming river oxygenation was an important strategy for improving river water quality and survival of aquatic species. (DPC Media Statements)


Prepare for Summer with Waterwise Garden Rewards

With summer nearly here, it is important to remember gardens and local greenspaces can thrive during the hot weather, without the need to use lots of water. Water Corporation’s Waterwise Garden Rewards program is a great way to help people get their gardens ‘summer ready’ and encourage waterwise habits in the garden. (WALGA)


Gascoyne Master Plan released for comment

A draft Gascoyne Master Plan to guide future expansion of the Gascoyne food production industry has been released for public comment. A $25 million commitment from the Government was included in the plan to upgrade a pipeline delivering bulk water to irrigators from Carnarvon's southern borefield. (DPC Media Statements)


$19 million boost for Southern Forests agriculture

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman has announced a $19 million funding boost from Royalties for Regions to further develop an irrigation scheme around Manjimup and Pemberton. This investment builds on the $3.6 million Southern Forests Water Futures project and will substantially increase water security and horticultural opportunities in the region. (DPC Media Statements)


Landmark lease signed in Broome

More than 600 hectares of State Government land, near Broome, will be leased at no cost to the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to establish a native fruit tree orchard. This was the first lease of its kind to be signed by the Water Corporation. (DPC Media Statements)


Albany water search finds options for growth

New mapping of aquifers in the Albany hinterland has revealed medium to long-term water source options for agriculture, industry and also potentially the regional water supply scheme. The results of this four-year water investigation reveal billions of litres of good quality groundwater that could form reliable water sources to meet regional development needs over the coming decades. (DPMC Media Statements)


Regional estuaries targeted for improvements

On-ground remediation works to improve the health of South Coast waterways will soon begin after the Government signed partnership agreements with local catchment groups, in the $20 million Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Estuaries Initiative.
  1. Oyster Harbour and Wilson Inlet
  2. Leschenault Estuary and Hardy Inlet (DPMC Media Statements)

Make water supplies part of your bushfire plan

Residents in bushfire prone areas are strongly encouraging residents in bushfire prone areas to secure an independent water supply and pumping capability, if they planned to stay and defend their home. Water utilities, such as the Water Corporation, would do everything they could to maintain scheme water during a bushfire but they must not be relied upon. (DPMC Media Statements)


Density threatens liveability if we miss the big picture of how a city works

Melbourne has been repeatedly awarded the accolade of world’s most liveable city. This is no doubt due in large part to the excellent public domain Melbourne offers. Its parks and leafy suburbs provide green amenity, and the city has great public programs through its libraries, cultural buildings and an ongoing calendar of events. However, Melbourne is growing rapidly in a way that threatens this overall liveability. (The Conversation)


Commonwealth announces benchmarking of Australia’s major cities

The Commonwealth will evaluate the performance of Australia’s major cities to improve decision making on city development. A new National Cities Performance Framework would be developed in 2017, to assist the Federal Government to target smart cities policy and allow the public to see how cities were progressing. (DPMC Media Statements)


Zero emissions by 2050: water utilities in focus

With the Victorian government likely to commit to a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, the leading author of a proposed emissions reduction strategy says water utilities are in prime position to lead the charge for renewable energy. (AWA)


Waterway pollution on top of Ministers’ agenda

An agreement to take action on waterway pollution, including microplastics, packaging and emerging chemicals, has been reached between Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers. At the latest Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM), ministers agreed they would regulate to ban microbeads if the current voluntary phase-out program did not succeed by mid-2017. (AWA)


Go2zone supporting Healthy Waterways & Catchments

Based in Brisbane, Go2zone is brought to you by Healthy Waterways and Catchments, a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect and improve our waterways. Go2zone is an innovative new initiative designed to provide the public with a genuine alternative to single-use, plastic bottles. Our Go2zone (innovation patented) vending machines dispense free, chilled water that allow you to refill any reusable bottle. If you don’t have a reusable bottle with you, no worries! Go2zone machines also sell high quality stainless steel or glass bottles for you to get water on the go.


Water sensitive urban development launched

Melbourne housing development using the latest water-sensitive inventions to help slash drinking water use by 70% has been officially opened. (AWA)


IWA launches Principles for Water Wise Cities

At the World Water Congress and Exhibition in Brisbane, the International Water Association launched the Principles for Water Wise Cities, with a call for further cities to provide their endorsement. The IWA developed the Principles for Water Wise Cities to inspire change amongst urban and local leaders and catalyse a shift in the current water management paradigm to make cities more resilient and liveable. (IWA)


SDGs are a new focus for restoring water quality and river ecosystems

Governments around the world have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to stop and reverse the decline of water quality and the destruction of freshwater ecosystems. They have set ambitious targets to “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials”, and to “protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes”. This is an opportunity to reverse decades, or even centuries, of environmental degradation, and to get serious about replenishing the environment. (IWA)


Water Sensitive Urban Design: Success or Failure?

Whether water sensitive urban design is a soaring success or an abject failure depends who you ask – or perhaps where you work. Water sensitive urban design, or WSUD, is widely regarded as an Australian innovation that rethinks the way we manage stormwater in cities. It’s an innovation that has arguably been through a long and challenging mainstreaming process, but is now enjoying widespread adoption. Well, in some states anyway. (Sourceable)


New NSW water portal boosts environmental water

A new internal New South Wales government water portal is set to act as a one-stop shop for agencies wanting to update environmental water data. Developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the Environmental Water Portal aims to improve reporting mechanisms and ultimately benefit irrigators and community members who want to access the information via the Environmental Water Register public interface. (AWA)


Queensland groundwater laws set to change

Queensland's new groundwater protection laws are being welcomed by farmers and environmentalists, but are sparking controversy among resource industry and government. The State Government has passed a bill requiring all mines currently under development to obtain an associated water licence if their operations could impact on groundwater. (AWA)


World-first study quantifies utility’s value to community

One of Australia’s leading water utilities has generated $72.4 million worth of benefits to the environment and society – a revelation from a world-first water sector quantification study on integrated profit and loss. Developed in partnership with international environmental data analysts Trucost and GIST, Yarra Valley Water (YVW) is the first water utility to measure annual environmental and social impacts, both positive and negative, in monetary terms. (AWA)


Wastewater education crucial for all Australians

World Toilet Day is an opportunity to ensure Australians – young and old – are not taking wastewater treatment processes and clean waterways for granted. TasWater Education Coordinator Gina Harvey said we were privileged in Australia to generally have good access to sanitation, but a lack of community education could put that at risk. Harvey has been running a series of innovative school education programs, including one called 'From the Tap to the Sea' where children create their own sewage network to learn about all stages of the process. (AWA)


California Law Recognizes Meadows and Forests as Water Infrastructure

California’s vast water infrastructure is likely the most extensive in the world. It includes the tallest dam in the nation and enormous state and federal water projects that tap rivers flowing from as far away as Wyoming. On September 27th, Governor Brown signed legislation that recognizes the state’s watersheds as part of it’s infrastructure. Just as the state’s canals and levees need maintenance and repair, so do our rivers and watersheds. (American Rivers)


Water storage solution wins Aid Innovation Challenge

A portable water tank that takes under 10 minutes to assemble has won the international Aid Innovation Challenge. The Pak Flat Tank, which can be packed flat and is easily transportable, was developed by GreenCo Water with the aim to provide practical water storage solutions for areas with poor water access. (AWA)


Registration now open for Walk for Water 2017!

The Water Challenge is WaterAid's annual event, coinciding with World Water Day on 22nd March. Signing up people like you from all over Australia to take a Water Challenge and ask your friends and family to sponsor you along the way. Every dollar you raise will help some of the world’s poorest families get access to clean, safe water.  Join up now, have fun and improve your health for a great cause. Registration for the Water Challenge is free.

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities


Ruth Morgan wins a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award

Congratulations go to Ruth Morgan (project A2.1) for winning a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for her book “Running Out? Water in Western Australia”. In her book, Ruth discusses the past Western Australian fascination with lush green gardens that sits at odds with the region’s mainly desert landscape. This environmental history perspective of our cities offers a new understanding of the past and questions the way we approach an uncertain future in a drying climate.


Publication: Community understanding of water terminology

This research helps us to understand which water terms are more or less community-friendly: in other words, which words are actually understood and used by community members.


Publication: Responding to the Millennium drought: comparing domestic water cultures in three Australian cities

This report describes the domestic water cultures that emerged in three Australian cities following the Millennium drought. The research found that water restrictions and the sense of water crisis in Brisbane and Melbourne instilled a strong water-conservation ethos. In contrast, access to desalination plants in Perth de-emphasised personal water-conservation responses.


What’s in our stormwater? Identifying stormwater contaminants in Australian catchments

Stormwater runoff in Australia provides a potentially valuable water source that remains underused despite the growing pressure on groundwater and potable water. Concerns about possible contaminants in the untreated urban runoff see most of it disappear down the drain with little benefit to people or landscapes. At the same time, not knowing how different land uses impact on stormwater runoff makes it difficult to regulate. What’s in the runoff depends on where the rain falls and where it is collected; but are there discernible trends that could help standardise stormwater treatments to minimise threats to human health?


Gum Scrub Creek wins again

The redevelopment of Gum Scrub Creek – which incorporates a demonstration of CRCWSC research – has won the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Award of Excellence 2016 in the Land Conservation Category.

New WAter Ways Events

Water Sensitive Cities Speaker Series

We are always looking for the latest in ideas, systems and treatments that involve all aspects of water. If you would like to present your findings, work or ideas as part of our Water Sensitive Cities Speaker Series, we would love to hear from you:


New WAter Ways Training Sessions

New WAter Ways Training Sessions aim to provide introductory information on processes and concepts for local government and industry planners, engineers, landscape architects, asset managers and developers.
There are now 7 training sessions. The dates for 2017 have been announced. Pencil these dates in your diary – we will start taking your registrations from January 2017. If you are new to the NWW training sessions, we suggest, if possible, attending them in the order they appear below:
  1. Better Urban Water Management - 21 February 2017
  2. Introduction to stormwater management practices - 21 March 2017
  3. Groundwater management for urban development – 23 May 2017
  4. Local water management strategies – how to get it right - 20 June 2017
  5. Biofilters – 25 July 2017
  6. Retrofitting for WSUD – 15 August 2017
  7. Maintenance – 19 September 2017
There is no cost for attendance at these sessions, however registration is essential as places are limited – Please email

Please visit the new page dedicated to the NWW training sessions here for full details of each training session.

Other Events

Please visit the New WAter Ways website for current and upcoming events that have already been advertised in past newsletters.


When: 16 – 18 May 2017
Where: International Convention Centre
Building on the success of 2016, Ozwater’17 will use enhanced technological insights to drive the most exciting program yet. With streamlined processes across all components of the conference, a new Innovation Stream, and enhanced exhibitor interactions, Ozwater’17 will again attract a dynamic and diverse audience, from professionals working across industries relating to water, decision and policy makers through to students, scientists and researchers. More.

2017 PLA Awards of Excellence

When: 16 June 2017
Where: Perth WA
Each year Parks & Leisure Australia acknowledges excellence in our industry through its prestigious Awards of Excellence. These annual awards recognise outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of ‘the people behind the places’ which promote and enhance opportunities for the good use of leisure time for a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community. Nominations open 16 January.

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities 3rd Water Sensitive Cities Conference

When: 18 – 20 July 2017
Where: Perth WA
More than 230 attendees from research, government and industry took part in the 2015 Conference with overwhelmingly positive feedback across the whole program. Our 2017 Conference promises to be even better. We'll celebrate the conclusion of the CRCWSC's Tranche 1 research by showcasing key results and recommendations, and corresponding on-ground practices. We will announce our second phase of integrated research and research adoption projects for Tranche 2 (2016 – 2021). More.
Shelley Shepherd
New WAter Ways
Phone: 0403 170 040

New WAter Ways presents this information in the spirit of keeping the water community up to date with relevant events and courses available to build technical expertise. This should not be seen as an endorsement by New WAter Ways or its partners in respect to the content or accuracy of any course or information presented. While every attempt is made to present accurate information on events, dates, scholarships, jobs etc no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of any of the information

New Water Ways represents a partnership of the Department of Water, Department of Planning, Western Australian Local Government Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA)
and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Rivers and Estuaries Division)

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