Bioretention systems (aka raingardens, biofilters) are being built in enormous numbers right throughout Australia. Like any new form of infrastructure, getting the processes, procedures and experience in place to maintain bioretention systems is a challenge. Having said that, local governments are making significant progress in doing exactly this. In South East Queensland for example, six local governments now have maintenance programs in place for their bioretention systems and other similar assets. That's a six fold increase since 2012.
Jack Mullaly will share experiences and knowledge gained in Queensland about how best and easiest to maintain bioretention systems.
1:00pm - Welcome and introductions
1:10pm - Practical activity - Investigating and planning maintenance for a bioretention system
2:00pm - Presentation - Tips, tricks and new ideas - a Queensland perspective on maintaining bioretention systems
2:30pm - Q&A - Have a question about maintaining bioretention systems? Have a tricky bioretention system you would like to discuss with the group? Bring you questions along.
WHEN - 1pm till 3pm Thursday 27 October 2016 (be a few minutes early to make sure we get going on time)
WHERE - Meet at the corner of Freeman St and Napier St, Fitzroy North, Victoria 3068
WHAT TO BRING
(1) Things to keep you sunsafe
(2) Something to write with
(3) Something to write on
ABOUT JACK MULLALY
Jack Mullaly has a longstanding (and slightly disturbing) interest in maintaining bioretention systems. Jack joined Logan City Council in 2010, and threw himself into a project locating, mapping and assessing Council's stormwater treatment assets. The project quickly expanded to include having a panic attack over the number of assets and their condition.
After regaining his composure, Jack and the team at Logan set about testing how best and most cost effectively to maintain bioretention systems. This involved running real world maintenance case studies and cost effectively rehabilitating some very poor condition bioretention systems.
In 2012 Jack joined the Water by Design team at Healthy Waterways. While with Water by Design, Jack developed their Managing and Maintaining Vegetated Stormwater Assets training course and delivered it on 12 occasions in Queensland, as well as in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Jack also authored and produced the Guide to the Cost of Maintaining Bioretention Systems, the pre-eminent resource on bioretention maintenance costs in Australia.
In 2016 Jack formed Ideanthro, a (predominantly online) water sensitive urban design knowledge sharing resource. Ideanthro produces a twice weekly video series sharing knowledge about water sensitive urban design.