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Upcoming Events


Innovative Approaches to Urban Stormwater Management Early Evening Insights and Networking



Stormwater SA invites you to join fellow stormwater practitioners for drinks and canapes at a relaxed early evening event.

Prepare for an insightful evening as we explore the recent innovations and future thinking in urban stormwater management.


When: Wednesday 14 June 2023 – 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm ACST

Where: The Original Coopers Ale House, 316 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Registrations Close: Monday 12 June 2023



Presentation 1: The Pasadena Biodiversity Corridor – Revitalised Reserves by Daylighting Stormwater

Hear from Rick Hennig from the City of Mitcham how Council transformed two under-utilised reserves into the thriving Pasadena Biodiversity Corridor, benefiting both the local community and wildlife. Learn about the innovative stormwater drain daylighting approach that connects these reserves and supports native vegetation growth, urban cooling, and a vibrant habitat for native animals.


Presentation 2: Smart Stormwater Systems - Harnessing AI for a Cooler, Flood-Resilient Future

A Prof Mark Thyer from the University of Adelaide will showcase their exciting research on smart design and smart control of stormwater systems that leverage machine learning/artificial intelligence to reduce flooding and multiple benefits, such as more water for urban cooling. Find out how this unique system provides an opportunity for local governments and industry to significantly reduce infrastructure costs now and the ability to adapt to future climate change.


Presentation 3: Water Sensitive Urban Design: Pioneering Solutions for Space-Saving Stormwater Management

Dr Michael Di Matteo from KBR will share cutting-edge concepts in water-sensitive urban design, including space-saving stormwater solutions using smart stormwater systems, floating wetlands, and smart surcharging for passive irrigation. Learn how these innovative approaches could help Adelaide achieve multiple benefits in urban spaces, fostering sustainable, resilient, and livable cities.


Don't miss this opportunity to engage with colleagues, learn about the latest innovations and network with fellow Stormwater SA members. Mark your calendars and join us for an evening of inspiration and conversation on the future of urban stormwater management.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Previous Events


Breakout Creek Site Tour and AGM

Stormwater South Australia invites you to join us on a site visit to the final stages of redevelopment at Breakout Creek, hosted by Bardavcol and Green Adelaide.

When: Thursday 8 December 2022 – 4:00 – 7:30pm

Where: Breakout Creek Redevelopment Site – Bardavcol site office, entry off Fawnbrake Crescent, West Beach (refer link below). 


Breakout Creek is being steadily transformed from an artificial channel into a more natural and healthy river system. The Stage 3 redevelopment area stretches from Tapleys Hill Road to the sea, a total of 1.5 kilometres of river and banks.

Stage 3 will create wetlands to capture and clean stormwater from adjacent residential catchments prior to discharge to the river, remove weeds, plant more than 215,000 new native plants and create habitat for a range of aquatic and terrestrial fauna. The redevelopment will also open areas that are currently fenced off, with new opportunities for people to enjoy trails, picnic areas, viewing decks and art.

A hard hat, eye protection, high visibility vest, long pants and sleeves and safety boots are required for entry.

The AGM will follow at the Beachside Restaurant (5 West Beach Road, West Beach), with drinks and nibbles provided.  We hope you can join us to celebrate the end of year and festive season approaching!


WSUD Compliance - Blacktown City Council

This webinar took place in September 2022.  A recording of the event can be found on the Stormwater SA YouTube page


In 2012, Blacktown City Council established a Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Program. A first of its kind in Australia, the program aims to increase compliance with legal requirements for the management of privately-owned water sensitive urban design assets in the Council area.

This webinar will provide an overview of Blacktown's WSUD compliance program, as well as a project that seeks to improve its capacity to increase compliance with legal requirements. It may offer important insights for local authorities seeking to establish their own compliance programs and initiatives.

Daniel Rider is the Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Officer at Blacktown City Council, and holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, accreditation in microplastic assessment, and is a qualified coral reef research diver. He is currently developing and implementing Australia’s first Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Compliance Program at Blacktown City Council. Daniel has amassed diverse experience in the areas of urban water management and the protection of aquatic environments. Driven by a passion for ocean conservation, Daniel has studied and mapped the distribution of microplastics in estuarine and marine environments; and undertaken reef research and turtle conservation works, and river health studies - in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand. In this time, Daniel has worked with a diverse range of organisations including AUSMAP, Global Vision International and government. Recognising the inseparable link between terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Mia Liu is the Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Support Officer at Blacktown City Council and currently implementing Australia’s first Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Program. Mia holds a Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Urban-rural Planning and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Urbanism (Urban and Regional Planning). She developed a dissertation of Redesign Student Accommodation based on Sponge City (WSUD) concepts, and a green infrastructure and flooding management urban report.



Brown Hill Keswick Creek Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16) project tour


Stormwater SA invite you to attend a tour of the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi (Park 16) project, to be held on Thursday 16 September 2021.

The Brown Hill and Keswick Creek stormwater board is constructing a wetland at the southern end of the Adelaide Park Lands. In addition to aiding the management of flooding in Park Lands Creek and downstream residential areas, the wetland will deliver a range of benefits including improving water quality, enhancing the biodiversity of the area and creating amenity for park users.

Further information about the project can be found on the project website.

PPE is required for the site tour - steel toe cap boots, high-visibility vests, safety glasses and hard hat.

Following the site tour, there will be drinks and nibbles provided at the Arab Steed Hotel, 241 Hutt Street, Adelaide.  

Due to COVID restrictions, only 22 people can attend drinks at the Arab Steed Hotel at this time. We hope that this will change closer to the date.

Tickets are available for both the tour and drinks. Please ONLY book for drinks if you are definitely able to attend. A waitlist has been created if those spots fill quickly and you will be contacted should capacity increase or a spot becomes available.


2021 National Stormwater Australia Awards for Excellence

Recognising and celebrating the 2021 National Stormwater Australia Awards for Excellence winners

Join us for a 2-course dinner and beverages as we celebrate the success of the category winners, which will be announced during a live cross to the 2021 National Awards for Excellence presentations.

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Location: Gilbert Suite, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

Registration & networking: 5:00pm
Livestream of awards: 5:30-7:00pm
Dinner: 6:00-7:30pm - 2-course dinner with beverages
Networking: 7:30-8:30pm
Close: 8:30pm

Members - $30 (incl. GST) Non-members - $120 (incl. GST)

Registrations close 5pm, Friday 9 April

The 2021 National Awards for Excellence categories are:

  • Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning

  • Excellence in Infrastructure

  • Excellence in Asset Management

  • Excellence in Research and Innovation

  • Excellence in Policy or Education

  • Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design

The full list of finalists is on the Stormwater 2021 website, and includes the 2020 Stormwater SA awards' category winners.

The 2021 Stormwater Australia Awards for Excellence encourage and celebrate excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects and the people involved.