The pawfect new addition to the team

Urbaqua has welcomed a new pup to the office! 3 month old Bonnie the Pomeranian has started her role under the supervision of the more experienced and significantly larger Mika. Bonnie’s new to the urban water scene but brings a whole heap of energy to the office in a tiny package! Her favourite activities include…

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#40under40WA

The WA 40under40 Awards is Western Australia’s pre-eminent program for recognising and celebrating the state’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and future business leaders under the age of 40. The awards recognise not only personal determination, commercial drive and business success, but also acknowledges philanthropic and community contributions. This year’s awards also marked the 20th anniversary of…

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How do you design a good monitoring program?

One of Urbaqua‘s resident Environmental Engineers, Halinka Lamparski, had the opportunity to present her ideas on just how to do this IN PERSON at the 2021 WA Inland Water Symposium held a couple of weeks ago (17th February 2021 @ Burswood on Swan). The event was organised in partnership by the AWA, ECA and EIANZ…

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The great Urbaqua/Coterra water conjunction

Urbaqua has officially expanded its ranks by welcoming in the Coterra water team, headed by Principal Environmental Engineer Rebecca Epworth. Rebecca will also be joining the Urbaqua board as Director. She will also be joined by her now official office dog and talisman, Mika. The Coterra water team brings with them a wealth of experience…

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World Wetlands Day – happy 50th anniversary!

Next Tuesday (2 February 2021) is officially the 50th anniversary of World Wetlands Day – celebrating the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since 1997, World Wetlands Day has been used to raise public awareness of wetland values…

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A new start: Happy 2021!

Urbaqua is back in the office and welcomes one and all to 2021! It would be easy to be cynical after one of the most painful years in recent memory, and obviously all our problems are by no means going to magically disappear just because of the change of a digit. However, let us make…

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A low carbon future for WA

The long-awaited Western Australian Climate Policy was released earlier this week; it sets out the State Government’s plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and a climate-resilient, prosperous low-carbon future. It focuses on six key areas: Clean manufacturing (creating jobs) and future industries; Transforming energy generation and use; Storing carbon and caring…

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Turtle Island

Turtle Island is a place 1,900 km way up north of Perth in Cone Bay, and approximately 200 km north east of Broome. It is a beautiful little island that has also been operating as a work base for pearling and finfish aquaculture since 1988. The island itself includes offices, accommodation and facilities for staff…

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Hydropolis 2020

Stormwater WA‘s annual showpiece, the Hydropolis conference (10-11 November 2020), was finally held (in person!) after a number of COVID and other-related delays. The conference’s theme ‘Water Sensitive Stormwater is Business As Usual– what is next for Perth?’ was reflected by a diverse range of presentations, speakers, projects, and research. The conference was appropriately opened…

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Kaya! It’s NAIDOC week

Kaya (hello)! – how many words do you know of the Aboriginal language group from your part of Australia? If you happen to live in the southwest of Australia you should definitely have a look at the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council (SWALSC) Noongar word list or the Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal…

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Dry: free from moisture or liquid; not wet or moist (see Perth).

As the mercury in our thermometers here in spring-y Perth start to expand, and the almost-summer warm air starts to drift into town, the (sort of) rains of our winter are a distant memory. While it’s a delightful reason to relax in our parks and beaches whenever we want (sorry Melbourne), something many of us…

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Hotham-Williams all wRAPped up

Urbaqua has had the opportunity to work closely with the Peel Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) this last year on a number of partnership projects monitoring and assessing the health of major rivers in the Peel-Harvey catchment. One of the projects that finished up recently was the Hotham-Williams Rivers Action Plan (RAP). The Hotham and Williams…

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World Rivers Day!

World Rivers Day is a global celebration of our waterways that occurs on the fourth Sunday of September every year. This year it was on 29 September 2020 (we missed it by a day!). However, it is still worth taking a moment to reflect on the many values our rivers provide us, and our responsibility…

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National Water Week: 19-25 October 2020

Australia gets a whole week to build awareness around the value of water: National Water Week, coordinated by the Australian Water Association (AWA), was created to remind us how hugely important access to clean water is to our daily lives. Most importantly, that it’s down to all of us to protect our water resources and…

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Wharf St smart park now online

The ribbon has officially been cut and the turtles have been released at the Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park in Cannington, and the City of Canning‘s first smart park. All the ministers, scientists, engineers, and collaborators were there on 8th September 2020 to see it finally open. This state-of-the-art park (described in a…

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R U OK? #theyearofCOVID-19

R U OK? Day is tomorrow, Thursday 10 September 2020. It’s a national day of action where Australians are reminded that every day it is OK to ask, “Are you OK?”. And given these “unprecedented times” (!!!!), and the especially serious and sad consequences associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and now recession, it seems more…

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It’s World Water Week (At Home)

We’re right in the middle of World Water Week (24 – 28 August 2020) – organised for almost 30 years by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This week been the focal point for global water issues since 1991. Key themes from this year’s event include: The need for water solutions to climate change; A…

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WSUD + Lego = BRICK-GAME ON!

What do you do for fun in an office full of hydrologists, environmental planners, engineers and a (now) Lego Master? Stage a Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Lego challenge of course, judged by yours truly: Alex Towler, environmental engineer and Lego Master Australia, Season 2. In addition to being a somewhat delayed End of Financial…

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In This Together, 20 years on

Twenty years ago, more than a quarter of a million people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge calling for change and a more reconciled Australia. And in recent days another movement for social justice and equality for Aboriginal Australia has developed momentum, somewhat conflicted by the disruption of COVID-19. In the current and seemingly endless…

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Good luck to our Man of Bricks – Alex Towler!

Urbaqua Man of Bricks and environmental engineer Alex Towler is going into finals week this week on LegoMasters Australia 2020 – and our office is crossing all our fingers and toes for him and partner-in-bricks, Jackson this Sunday/Monday! Alex and Jackson have been smashing it with all sorts of builds; hanging bricks, under water (Crablantis…

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