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Melbourne’s Transition to a Water Sensitive City: Recommendations for Strategic Action

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2012

Source: Clearwater

The report Melbourne’s Transition to a Water Sensitive City: Recommendations for Strategic Action provides an interpretation of the outcomes of the Melbourne’s Transition to a Water Sensitive City project, led by Monash Water for Liveability. The project involved a series of four workshops in the Yarra Valley region of Melbourne and a series of five workshops in the South East region of Melbourne.

The workshop participants were from a range of organisations that have a role in the planning, design, management and use of Melbourne’s water system. This report presents the authors’ interpretation and synthesis of outcomes from the two workshops series and translates them to provide recommendations for coordinated strategic action across key stakeholder groups to enable transformative change in Melbourne’s water system.

From the report:

50-Year Vision of Melbourne as a Water Sensitive City

Developing a shared long-term vision of a desired future is an important step in recognising that everyone is connected through shared desires and concerns. Workshop participants were asked to identify the principles that will guide how we plan, invest, design, manage, regulate, monitor and evaluate our actions in this desired future. Building on the Living Melbourne, Living Victoria Roadmap principles (Living Victoria Ministerial Advisory Council, 2011), the working groups of the participants developed a 50-year vision of Melbourne as a Water Sensitive City, underpinned by four overlapping themes: Social and Ecological Health, Connected Communities, Shared Prosperity and Our Water System.

>>Visit the Clearwater site to download the full report.


WSUD 2012 Conference: Associated workshop & tour

Posted in Events by Clearwater on February 6th, 2012

24 January , 2012
20 February , 2012

Clearwater offers a number of capacity building initiatives that can help broaden your skills and knowledge in sustainable urban water management.

There are currently two unique development opportunities being delivered in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design.

Gaining Institutional Capacity for WSUD will provide council staff with the skills to assess organisational capacity, build commitment into planning and policy, and engage stakeholders to adopt new initiatives.  This one day workshop will be held on Monday 20th February – click here for more information.

2012 WSUD Technical Site Tour will highlight how innovative WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems contribute to a water sensitive city vision.  The tour will visit new and established WSUD sites at a range of scales across Melbourne.  This one day tour will be held on Friday 24 February – click here for more information.


Water-Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Tour – Stonnington & Port Phillip

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2011

14 October , 2011
8:50 amto1:30 pm
Source: Clearwater

Clearwater’s latest tour highlights an array of WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems across the City of Stonnington & Port Phillip.

Council experts and design consultants will be onsite to provide insights into the development and management of each project, discussing challenges, learnings and outcomes from concept to completion. This tour will visit tree pits, raingardens in both commercial and residential areas, stormwater harvest systems designed for open space irrigation and vehicle washdown sites. You will gain an insight into project goals, costs, engineering, landscaping and maintenance considerations and community engagement. The tour will include visits to 7 sites; morning tea; sit down networking lunch. Suitable for anyone involved in sustainable water planning or asset maintenance / design, including developers, planners, architects, environment and maintenance staff.

8:50AM – 1:30PM, Friday 14th October 2011

Meeting point to be advised upon booking your place.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan is a great example of a municipal strategy, that sets long term integrated water management targets and promotes a water sensitive approach to urban water management. The plan sets considerable targets for reduction in council and community mains water consumption, and promotes the substitution of mains supply with alternative water sources where appropriate. Pollution reduction targets are set to be achieved through an increase in water sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects in road, drainage, and streetscape works.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan recently won the 2011 Stormwater Victoria Excellence Awards in the category of Research, Innovation, Policy and Education.

Read more about the City of Port Phillip Water Plan.


Stormwater Harvesting & Reuse: Kalkallo, Vic

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on August 18th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

Yarra Valley Water has won the ‘Master-planning and design’ category of the 2009 Stormwater Excellence Awards for its proposed Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project, at the new Merrifield development in Melbourne’s north. The project will involve capturing and treating stormwater from a 160 hectare catchment area within commercial land at Merrifield. In the future, it is hoped that the treated water may supplement the drinking water supply across the development and Melbourne’s growing northern corridor. In 2009 the project received more than $9.6 million funding under the first round of the Federal Government’s ‘Water for the Future – National Urban Water and Desalination Fund’.

The stormwater will be collected via traditional stormwater drains. It will then be treated in a series of architecturally-designed wetlands along the Hume Highway frontage of Merrifield, including settling ponds and wetlands and then stored in a large dam. The wetlands will incorporate best-practice sustainability design principles, which will manage the quality and quantity of stormwater collected from the area. From there the water will pass through a state-of-the-art treatment plant, which will produce a drinking-water-quality end product, used to supplement the development’s recycled water supply. Eventually, it is hoped it can supplement the potable water supply when rigorous monitoring and data collection demonstrates that it is safe to do so.

“This water sensitive approach at Merrifield will be a leading example for future cities. It shows how the water industry is proactively creating solutions for the community to maximise use of alternative water sources, and reduce the excess stormwater degrading our streams and waterways,” says Mr Tony Kelly, Yarra Valley Water Managing Director. “The Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project is set to be a project of international significance, showcasing how urban water infrastructure can be designed differently to deliver a more resilient water solution.”