Introverts the world over have been celebrating this last month – their time to shine has finally come with the dawning of the Age of Social Distancing. However, it is also hard for many of us to feel and stay connected with both our personal and professional peers. But despair not! There are multiple ways…

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And now for a less depressing, non-COVID-19 post to end your week! If you’re like the rest of us staying in at home most nights, you might find yourself watching a bit more telly than usual. You might even find yourself watching more reality TV. And if you are guilty as such, for the next…

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It’s easy to lose sight of all the old issues we used to pay so much attention to before COVID-19 became a primary focus for most of us. But while we were madly trying to find stashes of toilet paper and pasta, Australia’s natural world has continued its struggle to thrive against the odds. So…

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The impact of the raging COVID-19 pandemic should not be understated, with half a million people infected, tens of thousands dying from the virus and epicentres shifting around us. It is also truly a grim economic situation we’re in right now with fears around unemployment, paying mortgages and rent, and the survival of our small…

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“The only thing that remains constant is change!” Nothing on the Earth is static due to continental drift. Australia moves particularly fast by geological standards, caused by the shifting tectonic plates. According to the New York Times reports, Australia drifts 7 cm north every year, with a clockwise rotation. As Australia has moved 1.8 metres…

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Earlier this week Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) announced that draft version of “Serpentine River Action Plan” is now completed and final report will be published and launched soon. PHCC partnered with Urbaqua to complete and deliver the Serpentine River Action Plan (RAP) as part of the ‘Connecting Corridors and Communities – Restoring the Serpentine River’…

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Always wanted to become a Master of WSUD? Well now’s your chance: New WAter Ways have announced their first Masterclass series taking place in the first half of 2020. These Masterclasses have been designed as a unique learning experience, including interactive place-based workshops to provide you with the chance to learn about the latest developments…

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Whew… what a hot summer… isn`t it? If you thought that the weather has been hotter than usual, it turns out you’re right. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BoM) annual climate statement, the annual national mean temperature last year was 1.52°C above average, making 2019 Australia’s warmest year on record. But temperature is only…

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Urbaqua is back! And it’s well overdue for us to introduce the newest faces to our office family: Graduate Environmental Engineer Rubén Vescovo and Summer Intern Nicky Lutfullina. Meet Ruben Ruben is an environmental engineering graduate from UWA, with a particular interest in coastal systems and meteorology. Ruben’s arrived showing up some of us at…

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Urbaqua is closing its doors for the year, with everyone ready for a break before getting into the swing of things again on 6th January 2020! It seems like the year is ending on a rather environmentally extreme note, what with bushfires, heat waves, and droughts seemingly dominating a lot of Australia’s headlines. However, this…

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In the rural and beautiful Shire of Boddington, approximately 120 km south-east of Perth, runs the tranquil Hotham River. The Hotham River is one of the major upstream waterways which joins the Williams River near Mount Saddleback to form the iconic Murray River, entering the ocean at the Peel-Harvey estuary. Close to the town of…

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If you didn’t know it already, we’re nearing the end of National Water Week 2019! It happens every October to build awareness of water environments and resources, and to remind ourselves that we need to use water wisely. 2019’s theme is It’s time to change the world, which focuses on encouraging young people (thanks Greta…

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I don’t think anyone is going to argue about how awful it is to hear about the current state of the world’s forests. Not just the loss of forests and their wildlife themselves, but the significant release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The most obviously devastating is the Amazon, still up in flames. Horrible…

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When people think of Perth they tend not to think of flooding like that which happened in Brisbane in January 2011. However, many Perthites do live in and around the city’s iconic Swan River and its multiple tributaries. The risk of flooding from our river system around the city is very much real, as demonstrated…

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Do you have a background in hydrology, urban development, and modelling? Are you interested in working in a small team delivering water sensitive urban design for local communities and industry? Then come and join Urbaqua! We are now looking for a hydrologist/engineer: with 4-7 years professional experience to support our principal hydrologist and senior engineers;…

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Happy Friday everyone! As summarised in our previous blog article, the City of Canning and Water Corporation, together with yours truly and others* are starting to make headway on the Wharf St Next Generation Smart Park project. Check out this snazzy video (featuring our very own Helen Brookes) which outlines the basin’s proposed transformation into a multi-functional…

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Do you know how much water it actually takes to support your lifestyle? It might be easy enough to work out based on your direct water use (for drinking, washing, cooking, gardening), but what about all that invisible water that it takes to make your coffee beans or t-shirt? If you had to guess which…

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NAIDOC Week (originally standing for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) is an annual time to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year (7-14th July 2019) the theme is “Voice, Treaty, Truth” which are three key elements to the reforms set out in the…

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