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Workshop: Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems
8:30 AM08:30

Workshop: Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems

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Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Bioretention Systems

This one day workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) “Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems”.

The workshop will guide participants towards key content in the guidelines including; what is a biofiltration system, how do they function and what are their benefits. Participants will also work through key considerations for design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance. The workshop will also debunk some of the myths around biofiltration systems.

Participants will also be introduced to other useful resources referenced in the guidelines including those developed by Water by Design (now Healthy Land and Water).

Workshop participants will:

  • Have a good understanding of the content of the guidelines and know where they can find relevant information.

  • Understand what a biofiltration system is, how it functions and what are the benefits of these systems

  • Understand the different types of biofiltration systems and the context that they would be used

  • Identify key considerations for designing biofiltration systems at the concept stage

  • Identify common design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance issues associated with biofiltration systems.

Who should attend?

Practiitioners seeking a better understanding of biofiltration systems including asset and civil engineers, development assessment officers, landscape architects, environmental officers and planners.

Workshop facilitator: Sally Boer


Sally is a founding Director of E2Designlab and an experienced urban water management practitioner well-versed in WSUD, aquatic ecosystem remediation and the design of stormwater management systems from concept to delivery. With a background in freshwater ecology and 17 years of experience spanning both research and consultancy, Sally enjoys sharing this knowledge through capacity building.

Sally is a contributing author to industry guidelines on Water Sensitive Urban Design and has presented numerous capacity building workshops. This has included the Bioretention Technical Design Guidelines and Bioretention Design Training Workshops for Water by Design, Queensland’s capacity building program. As active industry partners with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and the previous Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration, E2Designlab has a focus on demonstrating latest thinking by putting research into practice. As a member of the Regional Advisory Panel for the CRC Water Sensitive Cities, Sally is helping to guide knowledge generation, translation and adoption initiatives. Sally was awarded the inaugural Urban Development Institute’s Women in Development Excellence Award – Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Creating a Sustainable Environment, 2009 as testament to her achievements in delivering successful on-ground applications of WSUD.

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Planning a best practice project and introducing Take Me Outside
9:30 AM09:30

Planning a best practice project and introducing Take Me Outside

Free sustainability education workshop - Dubbo

Australian Association for Environmental Education are hosting a free workshop for anyone working on sustainability education projects or engaging with the community on environmental issues.

Learn the steps to planning a best practice Sustainability Education and Engagement project and discover how the new nature connection program ‘Take Me Outside’ can help your school, community group or government organisation.

Limited spaces are available- so book your place now


Whether you are from local or state government, a school, non-government organisation, community group or business, this workshop is an essential part of your professional development for 2019.

Do you educate or engage with residents, students, landholders, community groups, businesses or colleagues on environmental issues?

Are you looking for project ideas, activities, resources and support to help students, educators and community members to get outdoors?

Do you have to report back to your organisation on how your education and engagement projects are helping our environment?

Would you like to know how to enhance your programs so that they incorporate best practice principles?

Are you interested in finding out how to work collaboratively with other organisations and sectors in your region?


How to plan a best practice Sustainability Education and Engagement project

'Right from the Start! A guide to planning your best practice sustainability education & engagement project' is a new resource that has been developed by the Australian Association for Environmental Education- NSW Chapter (AAEE NSW). It has been road tested by regional sustainability educator networks across NSW as part of a recent AAEE NSW project to increase the capacity of these networks and their leaders, with assistance from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

This workshop will step you through how to plan your next sustainability education and engagement project using best practice principles. You will become familiar with our easy-to-follow project plan template to plan, manage, evaluate and promote your next project. Using 'Right from the Start!' will give you the confidence to design sustainability education projects that not only educate the community, but also empower them to become active citizens in caring for our environment.

The new nature connection program for kids and adults - Take Me Outside

In 2019, AAEE NSW proudly launches Take Me Outside NSW, a program from Canada that will build educator capacity to give children and adults an opportunity to reconnect with nature and spend time outdoors. Take Me Outside NSW will offer a 'one-stop-shop' for educators and the community to develop their own local projects and link with others in NSW on sustainability and environmental programs.

This workshop will provide you with Take Me Outside activities, support and resources, including the website, social media and templates. Throughout the workshop you will network and connect with other educators in your region who are looking for opportunities to collaborate on new projects that your organisation can be part of.


The workshops will be facilitated by sustainability education experts from the AAEE NSW Executive Committee, including Grahame Collier, Sue Martin, Jem Hansen, Erika Van Schellebeck and Ingrid Garland. These friendly facilitators bring years of expertise from local and state government, formal education, the community and business sector, to help you enhance your sustainability education skillset.


Workshop participants from a trial workshop we ran at the 2018 National AAEE Conference on the Gold Coast provided the following feedback:

“Right from the Start is a great tool to use with stakeholders to determine project direction”- Local Council Officer

“The project planning template was very useful and the case studies were great”- Environmental Education Centre Teacher

“The workshop gave me practical steps to follow when planning a project”- State Government Officer

“Very informative and useful for designing programs”­- Not-for-profit Sustainability Educator

“It was good to hear from and plan with others in authentic projects”- Federal Government Officer

“The workshop provided me with useful and comprehensive tools”- Environmental Consultant

“It helps to organise your thoughts around starting a project”- Environmental Education Centre Teacher

“I teach behaviour change and I love this as a framework to help my students understand how to evaluate change”- University Lecturer

“The Right from the Start planning template was good to layout ideas and see the process involved”- High School Teacher

“I can see where I can put it to use in both student and adult our programs”- U.S Environmental Education Centre Principal

“It helps plan the project with the end game and outcomes in mind”- State Government Officer

These workshops are part of the ‘Best Practice Sustainability Education and Engagement for NSW’ project supported by the NSW Environmental Trust, the Western Rivers Environmental Education Network and Dubbo Regional Council.

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Innovation in the urban development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design
8:30 AM08:30

Innovation in the urban development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design

You are invited to attend a seminar bringing together local and state government practitioners and developers titled:

Innovation in the urban development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design

Our changing urban form offers opportunities for vibrant, walkable suburbs that support a connected community. Urban growth and densification, climate change, and increasing health costs, are driving an increased interest in green infrastructure and water sensitive urban design due to the multiple benefits that they can provide.

In this national seminar series, we showcase innovative developments that create the types of communities that we all want to live in. Each development demonstrates how integrated design can deliver leafy suburbs that connect communities through access to high-quality private spaces, streetscapes and parks, with active links to healthy urban waterways. Combined, all of this offers lifestyles that support improved physical and mental wellbeing.

This is your chance to hear from project managers of award winning developments across Australia who have incorporated innovative urban water management into successful housing developments. The key focus of this seminar is to learn:

  • why we should embrace new approaches to urban greening and sustainable urban water management

  • the challenges to innovation and how they were overcome

  • the enabling factors that contributed to the development’s successes

  • how the market is responding to these innovative developments

White Gum Valley (Western Australia), Aquarevo (Victoria), and Fairwater and Central Park (New South Wales) have responded to community demand for sustainable housing choices, lower utility costs, and developments that offer attractive tree-lined streets to support more active lifestyles, providing high quality lifestyles.

Who should attend?

Anyone from the public or private sector who is interested in designing, approving or building new residential communities in NSW. Particularly strategic planners, landscape architects, designers, engineers and all types of sustainability professionals.


Venue: Sydney Water Building, 1 Smith Street Parramatta, Level 4
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019
Time: 8:30 - 12:00 followed by a light lunch and networking
Cost: $150 (inc. GST) - Splash Members, CRCWSC Members or $185 (inc. GST) - Non-members

Register at Eventbrite




White Gum Valley, WA

White Gum Valley is a 2.2ha medium density development in the Fremantle suburb of White Gum Valley. The LandCorp ‘Innovation Through Demonstration’ project showcases precinct-scale design excellence on a number of levels by incorporating diverse building types, climate sensitive considerations, creative urban greening and leading-edge energy and water management strategies. The innovations at WGV are being captured via a series of research programs in cooperation with research partners including Curtin University, the CRC for Low Carbon Living, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and ARENA. With a number of dwellings now occupied, performance data and practical learnings are being collected and widely shared to inform subsequent development projects by LandCorp and others.

Aquarevo, VIC

Aquarevo is a new community developed through cooperation between Villawood Properties and South East Water. Located in the heart of Lyndhurst, this new urban infill community will ultimately have 460 residential dwellings on a 42-hectare site. The development features 5 hectares of open space, wetlands, parks, and walking trails. Aquarevo aims to be Australia’s most water and energy-efficient urban residential development, pushing boundaries for what can be achieved in sustainable living. Enabled by technology Aquarevo homes will use up to 70% less drinking water than a typical Melbourne home through the use of recycled water for toilets, laundry and gardening, and treated rainwater for showering and bathing. A mini electrical grid is being created that will use excess electricity generated from rooftop solar from homes to power the onsite water recycling plant. Villawood will supply each new home with a battery. The first houses are now being built and new residents will be moving in during 2019.

Fairwater, NSW

Formerly the site of a private golf course, Fairwater is a highly connected and convenient community just moments from lively Blacktown CBD in Western Sydney. Set amid secure and tranquil surrounds, each contemporary designed residence at Fairwater takes inspiration from the views across ponds, wetlands, gardens and natural landscapes. Fairwater boasts over 9.5 hectares of dedicated public open space. Local flora has been retained and relocated to create a distinct and lush natural habitat, while tree lined streets lead to pockets of green.

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