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Welcome to the Stormwater Industry Association of Western Australia.

We are a non-profit State association for the Stormwater Industry.

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Hydropolis 2017 - presentations

Hydropolis 2017: Catchments are the communities’ infrastructure

Date: Wednesday 31 May, 2017
Venue: Embleton Room, City of Bayswater

This half day conference considered several perspectives on how infrastructure can be considered and managed from a catchment perspective. Stormwater WA, together with NWW, presented industry, landscape, local government, state government and research perspectives that highlight their roles and activities in managing assets in a way which delivers improved catchment outcomes. The conference included a presentation on the works being done at Bayswater, including the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.

The aims/objectives of the day were to demonstrate that constructed stormwater management infrastructure can be integrated into the catchment as part of the ‘public domain’ of road reserves and parklands. This is particularly relevant with the advent of ‘at source’ management for small rainfall events to achieve the objectives of creating the Water Sensitive Cities vision. This can be better achieved by stimulating local community input to establish a local community vision and priorities for their waterways and catchments. It is the community that has the on-the ground knowledge that can really take the vision forward, but with support from professionals employed within Government entities and the consulting industry.

Conference program



How organic bio-filtration media works and how they are made? - Workshop


Learn the effectiveness of how selected bio-filtration media formulations using high organic content and recycled materials, can successfully remove nutrients and metals from a polluted run-off.

CORE biofilter

When: Thursday 9th March, 2017 at 9.00am
Where: Richgro - 203 Acourt Rd, Jandakot, WA
Fee: $25 per person

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Parallel Journeys: Australian conference showcased how British Columbia is moving towards a water-resilient future

Three ‘big ideas’ underpin BC vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”: Primacy of Hydrology, Shifting Baseline Syndrome and Cathedral Thinking

In 2001, Kim Stephens was keynote speaker for an Urban Water Cycle Management Capacity Building Program for local governments in New South Wales, Australia. Fast forward to August 2016. His keynote presentation at Stormwater 2016: Rising to the Challenge, a national conference held in Queensland (Australia), provided him with a platform for reflecting on "parallel journeys" during the period 2001 through 2016. He explained how a changing climate resulted in “teachable moments” in British Columbia; and how a “regional team approach” guides implementation of a vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.   

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Plenary Session at Stormwater Australia 2016 Conference, Rising to the Challenge, held in Queensland
CLICK HERE to learn more and access YouTube videos of the keynote presentation

Kim Stephens
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

Andrew Allan
Stormwater Australia
Rod Wiese
Stormwater Australia

"BC and Australia are on parallel journeys, but our pathways to a water-resilient future differ. Still, by sharing and comparing, we can inspire each other. Also, we can learn from each other’s experience to avoid going down dead-ends"

“We will reach out beyond our core industry practitioners to engage with a broader group of committed and talented people who will all need to work together to develop the solutions of the future”   “Australian ‘best practise’ (which is founded on water quality metrics) falls dramatically short of effective waterway protection. Clearly, we need to manage volume and restore water balance pathways as Kim Stephens explained in his keynote about the primacy of hydrology”

For more exerpts from Stormwater 2016: Rising to the challenge, click HERE.

Draft Decision Process on Stormwater Management

Have Your Say

The Department of Water has released the Decision Process for Stormwater Management in WA: Draft for Consultation for comment until 21 October 2016.

Urban development should be designed to ensure that liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive cities and communities are created by interconnecting the built, social and natural environments. Urban stormwater systems play a significant role in creating water sensitive cities and communities.

The decision process outlines the State government’s approaches and criteria for planning and designing new and existing (retrofitting) stormwater systems throughout Western Australia.

Draft decision process for stormwater management July 16 front cover