It’s a conference lovefest

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Urbaqua is all up in the conference scene this month with not one, not two, but three teamsters presenting at next week’s 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design/Hydropolis 2018! This event is being jointly held by Stormwater WA and Engineers Australia, with support from the Australian Water Association, at Crown Towers from 13-15 February 2018.

The focus of the conference is “Creating Water Sensitive Communities” and on what represents urban water management best practice and its role in developing our future communities.

We will be spruiking all things WSUD as follows:

  • Helen Brookes: Delivering water quality as part of land use planning and urban development (Tues 13 Feb)
  • Shelley Shepherd: Transitioning Perth to a water sensitive city – the emergence of a community practice (Tues 13 Feb)
  • Ross Perrigo: Ranford Pool Restoration – Delivering Outcomes With The Boddington Community (Wed 14 Feb)

And not only that but in some shameless self-promotion, Urbaqua is a finalist in the 2017 Stormwater WA Awards for Excellence for our work on the Neerigen Brook North Living Stream!


Winners will be announced at the conference dinner on 14 February – and who doesn’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day at a water industry dinner surrounded by other scientists and engineers?! Kidding, we are clearly above such a Hallmark racket.

We also forgot to mention last week’s World Wetlands Day Conference held at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre in Perth. Shelley and Helen presented their work at the 14th WA Wetland Management Conference on Options for the potential replenishment of Ramsar listed Forrestdale Lake, Armadale which we wrote about in a previous blog post.

And to top it all off, Helen, Shelley and Ross are presenting AGAIN at the IPWEA WA 2018 State Conference on 21-23 March, to be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. The girls will be looking at issues around WSUD asset maintenance and how biofilters can be better integrated into our public open spaces, while Ross will present on restoration of Ranford Pool on the Boddington River.

PHEW. Urbaqua is getting all its professional development for the year out in one hit! But it cannot be said that we are not passionate about our work!

And on that note, please enjoy this conference meme in theme with this blog post.


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