Melbourne, Australia – April 2010: Mother Nature’ has shown her fury. The recent hail storms in Melbourne and Perth, and flooding in Queensland reinforce two truths that should matter to all Australians. The first is the volatile nature of our climate, the second and most alarming, is that our stormwater management plans, especially in emergency situations, are not up to par.
“Major flooding across the southwest region has inundated homes and businesses, closed roads and flooded entire towns…The damage bill is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars”*
Australia experiences some of the most unpredictable weather on the planet, whether it is severe flooding or cruel drought. Although the worst of the 13-year drought which began in 1997 is over, we cannot afford to be complacent. Our local, state and federal governments must plan to capture, preserve, and harvest our precious rain water.
IQPC Australia will host the Stormwater Summit 2010, focused on driving strategies for stormwater harvesting, quality management, and community re-use.
‘The community is viewing stormwater in a whole new light as a result of the current water shortage across Australia. The industry has a unique opportunity to play a key role in ensuring that the value of this resource is fully understood and to identify new and creative means of managing stormwater in a fully integrated manner. This conference provides such an opportunity, bringing together practitioners from across Australia to share their collective challenges and ideas and take back real solutions for implementation in their communities.’ Chris Devitt, Director Technical Services, ORANGE CITY COUNCIL
Premier Anna Bligh’s comments on the recent QLD floods emphasise the costs to the community which can be eased by improved stormwater strategies. "Without doubt though this will be a damage bill in the hundreds of millions of dollars, with major parts of highways, railway lines washed away. These will be costs shared by all levels of government but these are the costs that natural disasters bring us," she said.
For more information on the conference, visit http://www.stormwaterevent.com.au
Who will be present at Stormwater Summit 2010:
- Chris Manning, Coordinator Strategic Sustainability Programs,TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL
- Chris Devitt, Director Technical Services, ORANGE CITY COUNCIL (Winner – Stormwater Industry Association 2009 National Stormwater Excellence Awards)
- Matthew Napper, Environmental Manager, LANDCOM (Highly Commended – Stormwater Industry Association 2009 National Stormwater Excellence Awards)
- Ralf Pfleiderer, WSUD Officer, MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL
- Lachlan Johnson, Roads Engineer, MANNINGHAM CITY COUNCIL (Highly Commended – Stormwater Industry Association 200 9National Stormwater Excellence Awards)
- Ben Zarb, Water Technician, MELBOURNE ZOO
- Hamish Scott, Manager Capital Works & Infrastructure, RACING VICTORIA
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