On behalf of Stormwater Australia and the Stormwater 2018 Conference Committee I invite you to join us in Sydney in October 2018 for what will be the highlight of the stormwater calendar.
With over 300 delegates anticipated, it will be the one stop shop for industry professionals looking to keep abreast of contemporary practice, share ideas with their peers and make new contacts that can be invaluable in their everyday work.
Expect a program that will leave you wiser, better networked with a little bit of fun thrown in along the way. As with previous conferences, we envision delegates and presenters to be drawn from a mix of practitioners’ working at the ‘coal face,’ new and emerging science and presentations on policy from around the country.
We are now entering the age of the mega city; in some countries as much as 90% of the population lives in urban centres. Urban centres are sinks, drawing in resources from their wide and disparate hinterlands. Stormwater professionals are very aware that the poorly evolved drainage systems of the past convey this pollution to receiving environments. A modern understanding of urban stream ecology reveals that paved cities do not respect the ecosystems that once flourished. And in a dry land such as Australia we are acutely aware of the need to manage our runoff as a resource rather than a waste.
The Conference has the resolution of many of these issues as a key area of focus. We are seeking presentations which focus on both science and practice. For a list of areas of particular interest please download the Call for Abstracts. I would encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration if you have anything that you have been working on, and would like to share with your industry peers. We are looking for a diverse mix of presentations and perspectives that will be of broad appeal.
As with previous years, we will be holding our National Excellence Awards at the Conference Dinner, and will be rounding the event program with a number of social and networking events as well as a workshop series.
I look forward to seeing you there. I look forward to working together with all of you to build a better tomorrow.