E2D at the 2017 Stormwater Victoria Conference

Celeste Morgan, Sara Lloyd and Simon Roberts represented E2Designlab at the 2017 Stormwater Victoria Conference themed ‘Time for a Watershed’, presenting on three insightful topics drawn from recent projects:

The New Role for Councils: Driving an integrated green-blue approach

Celeste Morgan

The key champions for green-blue thinking are within and between local government. The upcoming IWM forums as part of DWELP’s ‘Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria’ will offer new opportunities for Councils to lead the green-blue approach for greater city resilience and liveability. Three studies of green-blue infrastructure were introduced to showcase the growing momentum and expertise in this area. This included the first strategy explicitly developed to implement green-blue infrastructure, ‘Greening Ballarat, A green-blue city action plan’. The strategy aims to reduce, slow down and passively treat stormwater runoff as part of an urban water catchment approach and support the implementation of an urban forest in Ballarat.

How Water Sensitive is My Municipality? A New Tool for Benchmarking Practice 

Dr Sara Lloyd and Ms Penny Ball

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) has recently developed the WSC Index, an online tool designed to guide governments and organisations to transition cities (or municipalities) into liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive places through water related actions. It benchmarks current water sensitive city status, facilitates the development of targets, strategies and actions to move toward a Water Sensitive City.

Sara Lloyd co-presented with Penny Ball on Victoria’s first city council (Moonee Valley City Council) to measure their water sensitive status.  The results of the benchmarking provide Council with an understanding of where their strengths in water sensitive practices are currently placed and where focus for improvements could be made.

Strategic prioritisation of WSUD opportunities

Simon Roberts

The Maribyrnong-Kororoit WSUD Scoping Study provides a clear focus and strategic implementation plan for Councils with a ready list of priority projects. The outcomes enable Councils to confidently pursue funding and strategically deliver WSUD projects that offer the best value for money in terms of reduced pollutant loads and improved waterway health, cost effectiveness, alternate water supplies and urban greening. The study was a partnership project between the Cities of Hume, Brimbank and Hobsons Bay.