Welcome to New WAter Ways

We are happy to launch the new look NWW website! Hopefully it is more user friendly and is now accessible on all devices. Check it out here.....(but please bear with us as there may be some tech issues and broken links which we are in the process of fixing).

There is also a lot happening on the NWW calendar! The next Water Sensitive Cities Speaker Series talk is on 31 March and we have another exciting topic for you in April. Find out about these here.

Together with Landscape Industries Association WA, NWW is hosting a Symposium on Green Infrastructure at the Department of Planning. Details can be found here, where you can register your interest for a limited number of seats available.

It's final call for the Hartfield Park Managed aquifer recharge bus tour which takes place next Wednesday 29 March - all the details can be found here. Only a few seats left...

And finally, two new case studies on urban wetlands have been published on the website. More details here.
Hope to see you at an event soon



New WA Cabinet Announced

Labor Leader and Premier Elect, Mark McGowan has today announced the allocation of ministries for the incoming WA State Government. Congratulations to all, including Dave Kelly, the new Minister for Water. 


New dewatering and wastewater policies for the Swan Canning development control area

Following the merger of the Swan River Trust and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, new statutory planning policies have been prepared to provide improved guidance and direction to proponents, referral agencies and the community. Two new policies have been adopted: Planning for dewatering affecting the Swan Canning DCA (Policy 50) and Planning for wastewater management affecting the Swan Canning DCA (Policy 51). These new policies are available here. (DoW)


Drainage for Liveability fact sheet released

The Drainage for Liveability Program is excited to release a fact sheet on Living Streams in Water Corporation assets. This fact sheet, jointly developed by the Department of Water and Water Corporation, provides basic technical information required to design and construct Living Streams in Water Corporation assets (new or enhanced, rural or urban). It is recommended to be used as guidance only, with each situation considered on its merits. Other drain owners are encouraged to use this as a basis for design however other documents may also be relevant and inform design. Click here to download the fact sheet.


Guidance on changes to the Water Services Act

Following amendments made to the Water Services Regulations in December 2016, the Water Corporation has now prepared guidance for industry on the changes that impact preliminaries to works for minor water services works. Changes brought about by the amendment to the regulations include: An exemption from the Pre-requisites to Works for working in road reserves; and a revised process for general works, with a focus on early engagement to better manage works proposed on private land. The guidance note on works in road reserves can be found here, while a guideline for delivery of general works can be found here.  These documents provide information to assist developers and their consulting engineers when engaging with parties that may be impacted by such works. These guidelines will soon be made available on the Water Corporation website, here. (UDIA)


National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

The Australian government has launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. This comes in advance of the 2030 Strategic Plan, with Innovation and Science Australia commissioned by the government to review Australia’s performance in science and innovation, and offer a plan up to 2030. Here leading scientists respond to the National Science Statement and the speech given today by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos. (The Conversation)


Five-yearly environmental stocktake highlights the conflict between economy and nature

Australia’s population growth and economic activity continue to pose major environmental challenges, according to a comprehensive five-yearly stocktake of the country’s environmental health. The federal government’s State of the Environment 2016 report (prepared by a group of independent experts), released today, predicts that population growth and economic development will be the main drivers of environmental problems such as land-use change, habitat destruction, invasive species, and climate change. (The Conversation)


Water industry key to Australia’s renewable energy future

The Australian water industry could play an important role in achieving secure, cheap and 100% renewable energy, an ANU study has shown. The paper – 100% renewable electricity in Australia – found wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology could meet 90% of National Electricity Market (NEM) demand. The remaining 10% could be delivered almost entirely via pumped hydro energy storage (PHES), plus a small amount of biomass. (AWA)


New report shows residential water use steady in 2015 – 16

Residential water use in 2015–16 remained relatively consistent compared with previous years, increasing by only 1 per cent to 182 kL per property, according to a recent report released. (BOM)


Perth’s Museum of Water documents our intimate relationship with a precious resource

A museum of water? This is the improbable concept which was featured in this year’s Perth International Arts Festival. The brainchild of British artist Amy Sharrocks, the Museum of Water traced the manifold ways that people relate to water. (The Conversation)



Fremantle beats Sydney to first Nightingale project

The Nightingale Model has now reached Western Australia, with EHDO Architecture obtaining a licence and pipping Sydney in securing land to develop a project. Nightingale Freo will be built on a site in the Knutsford precinct, a semi-industrial area a 10-minute walk from Fremantle city centre. EHDO plans to develop the site into a “small, mixed-use development” with about 12 apartments, 250 square metres of commercial space and a large communal area on the roof. (Fifth Estate)

Urban jungle: saving city wildlife with trees, green roofs and pools

New research from the National Environmental Science Programme has revealed that just over 100 of Australia's federally listed endangered animals live in cities or towns. Providing places of refuge in the form of quality urban green space is vital in ensuring their long-term survival. The increasing amount of living infrastructure (such as green roofs, green walls and nature overpasses) in our cityscapes provides safe spaces for smaller urban fauna such as bees, butterflies and birds, as well as larger mammals and reptiles. (The Guardian)


Councils need to lead by example – Facilitating city-wide green infrastructure

Pip Hildebrand, green infrastructure consultant at Do it on the roof has called upon local governments to be green infrastructure leaders in their local area by following these 6 key steps. Hildebrand highlights the various opportunities available to governments to maximise the benefits of green infrastructure on a city-wide scale. (202020 Vision)


Why water sustainability needs more creative thinking

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the water industry should consider using art to better articulate community input on water sustainability projects, said industry experts. (AWA)


Researchers harness sunlight to rapidly purify wastewater

Wastewater can be rapidly and cheaply purified using sunlight, an Australian-led research team has discovered. Many leading water purification products need ultraviolet light to work, but this new method uses modified titanium dioxide as a photocatalyst. (AWA)


Innovative approach to water infrastructure a win-win for consumers and utilities

An Australian-first use of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) maintenance holes and jacking pipes has helped deliver a major water infrastructure project six months ahead of schedule. (AWA)


Australia’s tallest indoor greenwall

Collins Square, a commercial development in Melbourne, houses the largest and tallest indoor green wall in the Southern Hemisphere, provided by Fytogreen Australia. The impressive 52.9 metre living wall, used approximately 13,890 plants to provide a range of benefits to the building and its occupants. Over 16 species were used to provide a range of colours and textures, creating a lush vista for all offices spanning the 14 levels. (202020 Vision)


Climate change’s signature was writ large on Australia’s crazy summer of 2017

Australia’s summer is officially over, and it’s certainly been a weird one. The centre and east of the continent have had severe heat with many temperature records falling, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland. For much of the country, the heat peaked on the weekend of February 11-12, when many places hit the high 40s. That heatwave, which mainly affected NSW, was quickly attributed to climate change. But can we say whether the whole summer bore the fingerprint of human-induced climate change? Overall, Australia experienced its 12th-hottest summer on record. NSW had its hottest recorded summer. (The Conversation)


Australia’s 2016 environment scorecard: rains return but in some cases too late

After several dry years, vegetation across much of Australia received much-needed rains in 2016. But this broad pattern of improvement belies some major environmental damage in parts of the country – particularly in Tasmania, which was scorched by bushfire, the Gulf Coast and Cape York, which missed out on the rains’ return, and on the Great Barrier Reef, which suffered massive coral bleaching. (The Conversation)


Water conservation labelling scheme extends reach

The Smart WaterMark scheme (SAWM), which labels water savings products and services, is extending its range to include products that improve water efficiency. (AWA)


Home prices tell us the value the public puts on green spaces

Homes near green amenities are more desirable and more expensive because residents are willing to pay higher prices to gain the many benefits of green spaces. Our research has confirmed, for instance, that apartments near to the greenbelt in Vienna, Austria, are more expensive compared to otherwise similar apartments in that city. (The Conversation)


Water around the world....

Ecological Accounting Protocol – A Tool to Calculate the Opportunity Cost of Drainage Infrastructure

With release of Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Moving Toward “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia launched a process to introduce a new way of thinking about nature’s assets into municipal infrastructure practice. EAP, the acronym for Ecological Accounting Protocol, is one of the twin technical pillars for the whole-system, water balance approach that would refocus business processes to properly manage watershed systems within the built environment. (WaterBucket)


Explainer: what is ‘precipitable water’, and why does it matter?

As the planet warms, rainfall and weather patterns will change. As temperatures rise, the amount of water in the atmosphere will increase. Some areas will become wetter, while others, like southern Australia, will likely be drier. One measure of atmospheric moisture is called “precipitable water”. You may not have heard the term before, but will likely hear about it more often in the future. Both climate scientists and meteorologists are increasingly looking at it when studying weather charts. (The Conversation)


How the warming world could turn many plants and animals into climate refugees

Finding the optimum environment and avoiding uninhabitable conditions has been a challenge faced by species throughout the history of life on Earth. But as the climate changes, many plants and animals are likely to find their favoured home much less hospitable. In the short term, animals can react by seeking shelter, whereas plants can avoid drying out by closing the small pores on their leaves. Over longer periods, however, these behavioural responses are often not enough. Species may need to migrate to more suitable habitats to escape harsh environments. (The Conversation)


CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Aquervo development showcases urban sensitive water design

It’s official: 2016 was the hottest year on record. And rising temperatures, plus population growth, mean increased demand for water. To ensure future needs are met, effective environmental leadership is critical. And it’s organisations like South East Water, a partner of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), that are forging both new solutions and smarter management of existing natural resources.


SWAMPED exhibition of future scenarios launches at the St Kilda Hall

Melbourne’s St Kilda Hall was recently abuzz with the launch of Swamped: a multidisciplinary exhibition of future water scenarios imagined through architectural expressions of community-envisioned solutions. Swamped uses the suburb of Elwood as a case study, and its official opening saw researchers and dignitaries discuss balancing resilience in future climate scenarios.


Performance of two urban stormwater biofilters in an area with seasonally high groundwater

This report sets out methods for assessing performance of two biofilters (a raingarden and a bioretention basin) over a year, and makes recommendations for improved performance.


New WAter Ways Events

Water Sensitive Cities Speaker Series

Transitioning Perth to a Water Sensitive City - opportunities provided by the WSC Index tool

When: 12.30 -1.30pm, Friday 31 March, 2017 (*NOTE change of start time*)
Where: The Atrium Theatrette, Department of Water, 168 St George's Tce, Perth
Presenter:  Lindsey Beck, LindseyB Consulting and SME partner of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities 

The Water Sensitive City is articulated by many organisations in Perth as the aspirational target or vision for the future. But how do you know when you’ve gotten there? Or how far you have to go? Or what actions will take you there the fastest?
The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities recently spent two years developing and testing a Water Sensitive Cities Index which allows organizations to benchmark their current performance, prioritize actions for improvement, set targets and track progress towards their goals. Developed in close collaboration with industry partners, this Index provides the first practical framework for organizing teams, prioritizing investment, and informing actionable steps for water sensitive city transitions.
This talk will outline the role of benchmarking in operationalising a vision, using the Index as an example. Moving from the conceptual to the practical, the Index is a valuable tool for understanding the local expression of the water sensitive city and moving tangibly towards it
Brief Biography: 
Lindsey Beck is an Engagement Strategist who is passionate about getting better outcomes by bringing a people-focus to the design and delivery of technical projects. Her company, LindseyB, provides strategic insight and engagement services to clients such as Melbourne Water, Sydney Water, Water Corporation, Clearwater, Splash Network, local government, and others.
Lindsey loves interdisciplinary collaboration and gets excited by bringing people together, always with a focus on results. She is a sought after public speaker and conference presenter, including keynote presentations for Stormwater Victoria and Stormwater NSW. Lindsey contributes actively to the water industry in her roles as the Vice-President of the Australian Water Association (Victoria) and National Committee Representative (Victoria) for Stormwater Australia

This is a free session. No rsvp is required.


Images in Environmental Campaigns

When: 12.00 -1.00pm, Friday 21 April, 2017
Where: The Atrium Theatrette, Department of Water, 168 St George's Tce, Perth
Presenter:  Tracy Schultz

Can images improve engagement in pro-environmental messages?
Ask people why they changed their mind about an important topic or what brought something to their attention and they will rarely cite something they read; they will cite something that they saw. Images can be a powerful tool for communicating unfamiliar and complex topics, which environmental communications typically contain. There is, however, a scarcity of evidenced-based guidelines on which images best engage message recipients.
Tracy's research aims to identify the types of images that will engage people with important pro-environmental topics, like how we manage our future water resources. Results will be used by industry and government agencies to improve the way they communicate their messages to you. This research is part of Project A2.3 "Engaging Communities with Water Sensitive Cities" for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.
Brief Biography: 
Before starting at UQ Tracy worked as an environmental policy officer with the Queensland Government and as a research officer with the Queensland Centre of Mothers and Babies. In those roles she realised the value of engaging the wider public with policy initiatives, which led to research at the University of Queensland in environmental and social psychology.
She is interested in environmental psychology and community engagement. Tracy is keen to work with industry groups and government agencies to evaluate and improve their communications in relation to the images they use to illustrate and accompany public messages.

This is a free session. No rsvp is required.

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:




Symposium on Green Infrastructure


Roles & responsibilities in the delivery of green infrastructure in WA

This full day symposium is to start a conversation that recognises everyone's roles in the delivery of green infrastructure. We will aim to identify solutions to barriers along the supply chain, facilitating support for investment in urban forestry in WA by recognising risks, costs and the need for long term planning for tree, turf and vegetation health.
When: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Time: 9.30am - 4.30 pm
Where: Department of Planning, Meeting Rooms, 7th Floor, 140 William St, Perth
Cost: Free

Registrations from 9am to be seated by 9.30am. Please allow time to register and be escorted to the meeting rooms.

Session Topics:

  • - What's happening around the world 
  • - What is happening in Australia
  • - Green infrastructure in Perth - actions and issues
  • - It takes everyone - perspectives from different industry sectors
  • - Panel session - what are the key issues and how do we overcome them?
  • - The value of trees - learning from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • - How do we engage with the community? Getting political buy-in
  • - Developing an urban canopy framework for Perth and Peel

The full program and details can be found here.

Please register your interest here

If the above link does not work, copy and past the following link into your web browser:
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 New WAter Ways demonstration tour

Hartfield Park Managed Aquifer Recharge – Foothills Water Proofing Project: Retain, Reduce, Reuse!
When: 9am – 12pm, 29 March 2017
Where: Hartfield Park Kalamunda
Cost: $50 (incl GST)

Addressing the pressures on increased water scarcity has been at the heart of research into supplementing natural groundwater resources. Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is a process that uses waste water to recharge an aquifer – under controlled conditions. The results can have significant social, environmental and economic benefits.

Hartfield Park in the Shire of Kalamunda is where stormwater intended for urban wastewater drains is extracted, filtered and re-injected it into the aquifer thereby increasing the Shire’s water allocation, and thus making the growing need for irrigated sports fields viable.

This New Water Ways bus tour will take attendees on a guided tour of the facilities and surrounding recreation fields for an in-depth look and discussion of MAR.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Click here to secure your seat.

NWW Fact Sheets and Case Studies

New Water Ways has published a range of fact sheets and case studies that addresses various aspects of water sensitive urban design. We are continually working on growing this list, and publish them as they are developed.

NWW has recently published two new case studies. These latest case studies feature two urban wetlands in the metropolitan area: Wharf St and West Martin.

This information and guidance helps water practitioners gain a better understanding of WSUD and is a good starting point for planners, engineers and landscape designers to consult in the pursuit of their work. Click here to access the list of fact sheets, and here to access the case studies. In addition, a matrix of how each overarching guidance fits into the design scale has been developed. This can be viewed here.


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:
  • Better Urban Water Management - 21 February 2017 (completed)
  • Introduction to stormwater management practices - 14 March 2017 (completed)
  • Groundwater management for urban development – 23 May 2017
  • Local water management strategies – how to get it right - 20 June 2017
  • Biofilters – 25 July 2017
  • Retrofitting for WSUD – 22 August 2017
  • Maintenance – 19 September 2017
There is no cost for attendance at these sessions, however registration is essential as places are limited – Please email

Please note: an administration fee may be applied (post training) if you have registered and do not attend, or fail to provide an acceptable notification of non-attendance three days prior to a course commencing and/or a replacement person cannot be found.

 Visit the new page dedicated to the NWW training sessions here for full details of each

Other Events

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

Wembley Golf Course - Seminar

When: 9.30am – 12.30pm, 31 March 2017
Where: Wembley Golf Course, 200 The Boulevard, Wembley Downs
The Town of Cambridge took management inhouse of the Wembley Golf Course investing over $29 million (over 11 years) and now the facility provides a return of approximately $150 to each household in the Town. Transformation of the golf course and facilities has been complimented by innovative course management practices and a broader range of community services and programs. This seminar will look at the business innovation, facility development and activation, and leading practice in grounds, water and tree management that has given Wembley Golf Course the successful reputation it deserves.


UDIA presents a discussion on - Drainage for Liveability

When: 7.30 – 9 am, Thursday 27 April 2017
Where: Crown Perth
Drainage assets such as linear channels and basins have traditionally been functional, fenced and/or hidden from sight. They serve an important flood control purpose but have the potential to provide much more value to the community if we look for opportunities to share the spaces around them. The presentation will cover the Water Corporation’s new approach to management of its drainage assets via collaboration and cooperation with other government agencies, councils and developers.
Presentation by Suzanne Brown, Manager Drainage and Liveable Communities, to be followed by a panel discussion.


2017 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference

When: 16 – 19 May 2017
Where: Newcastle NSW
The conference will mark the tenth anniversary of the "Pasha Bulker" storm, and extensive flooding which occurred in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. The bulk cargo ship "Pasha Bulker" made global headlines after running aground on Newcastle Beach during the wild storm, and features in the 2017 Conference logo. The conference will feature improvements to flood risk management since 2007, inspections of the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme and the Newcastle Flash Flood Alert Service, which is the first of its kind in New South Wales.


WA Water Industry Breakfast: Water Security: Are we in deep water?

When: 22 June 2017
Where: Parmelia Hilton Hotel, Perth
Water security is a key driver of our nation’s health and prosperity, and a strong advocacy area for the Association. The Australian community needs certainty that its water needs will be met now and into the future. Balancing these needs across sectors and borders is a challenge for us and our leaders. Be part of this important conversation.


2017 WA Conference: Water Security: Technology & Ethics

When: 22 June 2017
Where: Parmelia Hilton Hotel, Perth
This year’s Water Conference will look at the intersection between the future of smart technology and ethics as we proceed towards securing our water future. We will explore current and future possibilities of smart water systems, the opportunities and risks of big data and how it can be used, and what role regulation plays in it all! This year’s Conference is not to be missed!
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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