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Living Waterways Scorecard - Opportunities for NSW
Splash is excited to announce that Andrew O'Neil from Healthy Waterways Queensland has been engaged to deliver this full day informative and interactive workshop on their Living Waterways Framework. The workshop will be benefical to most disciplines across local government including planners, asset designers, project managers and environmental officers. Industry should also attend the workshop to identify a framework to integrate multiple benefits into your stormwater projects.
What is Living Waterways?
Aesthetically pleasing, harmoniously designed spaces not only enhance social and recreational amenity, but offer environmental benefits such as habitat protection.
Living Waterways is a best practice environmental management approach that assists practitioners and government to deliver enduring and affordable outdoor spaces which engage the surrounding communities.
The Living Waterways approach has been developed to support implementation of water sensitive urban design by encouraging and incentivising design solutions that embody the natural, historical and cultural elements of a site. They promote interaction with water to inspire, promote adventure and discovery, and to educate visitors about the delicacy of our ecosystems.
The Living Waterways approach is site-driven and aligns traditional stormwater principles with place-making benefits based around the four key themes:
A scoring system encourages innovation and improved design outcomes, while being flexible enough to cater for a variety of development types within the community.
Participants in the workshop will:
1. Think strategically and differently about how we deliver and better integrate stormwater and open space projects;
2. Learn about recent innovations in policy and multiple objective planning;
3. Identify available resources to assist in the design, assessment and maintenance of 'blue-green' projects;
4. Identify a framework that can help assess value for money when assessing council projects; and
4. Work through real case studies using the Living Waterways Approach.
Andrew O’Neill is the Principal Scientist and manager of the Healthy Waterways’ Water by Design team. After completing his thesis on the biogeochemistry of constructed wetlands treating acid mine drainage, Andrew conducted research into the disposal of high level nuclear waste in deep rock aquifers in Sweden, degraded river and lake systems in Indonesia, Canada and the USA and natural wetlands and hot springs in Yellowstone and Kamchatka. Andrew has been responsible for the design and delivery of high profile integrated water policy and water sensitive urban design projects in both the public and private realm, and supports uptake of sustainable urban water management through Water by Design by building leadership and technical skills in professionals and students, both in Australia and abroad.
Keep an eye out for more workshops across NSW.