Climate change and population growth pose significant challenges and opportunities for Melbourne’s water supply, sewerage, stormwater and waterway systems. If these challenges are not effectively managed, communities will face water shortages and restrictions, devastated parks and gardens, flooded streets, destroyed waterways and escalating water bills. Conversely, if our water systems are effectively managed there is significant potential to harvest additional water resources for our parks and sporting facilities, beautification of waterways, increasing active transport, and reducing chronic diseases associated with sedentary lifestyles. Melbourne’s water outcomes are therefore reliant on effective collaboration and engagement among all stakeholders, including local government.
This document has been designed as an update for local government and water sector stakeholders, including both practitioners and senior managers, about the range of current Integrated Water Management (IWM) related activities, how they connect to each other and their implications. Its goal is to help stakeholders understand the scope of current activities and make informed decisions about the highest priority areas for engagement.
Research showed that one-quarter of Sydney respondents were open to consolidating property for sale with neighbours. However, consolidated lot sales are not part of the business model of most real estate agencies, local government, or property developers. It’s an area where the...Read more
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel points out, in this interview, the need for Australia to develop better storage systems and reflects on the recent report from ACOLA. California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, also warns Australia to pursue demand side...Read more
With regard to separation of food scraps for composting, this research identified that there are two important aspects often overlooked when the focus is only on behaviour: 1. Policy makers need to ensure that there are socio-technical systems supporting diverse groups of people...Read more
Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels requires staying within a ‘carbon budget’ and emitting no more than around 800 gigatonnes of CO2 in total after 2017.
This research looks at how water sensitive urban design (WSUD) has been adopted in modern statutory planning frameworks and whether current frameworks are sufficient to maximise the uptake of WSUD opportunities in Australia’s cities.
Viable urban areas need access to safe, reliable and a ordable water and sanitation services. Water is critical to all life—it sustains our communities, our economy and the environment on which we depend. Given this, water utilities are a critical part of our cities—delivering services today and helping maintain our future health, wellbeing and prosperity.