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Edition 1, May 2012
Living Rivers WSUD treatment

A word from the team leader

Welcome to our first Living Rivers eNews! This quarterly newsletter will update you on developments in the stormwater industry and the Living Rivers program. In this edition, we launch our information pack and provide news and resources to help implement WSUD in your council.

You may have seen recent reports on the Ministerial Advisory Council’s 'Living Melbourne, Living Victoria' implementation plan, recommending reforms for an integrated and resilient urban water system. The council's vision is to create 'A smart resilient water system for a liveable, sustainable and productive Melbourne'.
 
The Victorian Government supports this vision, its objectives and direction. This plan is a key component of the Government’s commitment to enhancing Victoria’s liveability.

All the best, Dr Peter Morison

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Download our free information pack

The Living Rivers information pack is now available for you to download.
 
 
The pack contains everything you need to know about the Living Rivers program, types of projects we fund with councils and what support is available.
 
You can download the pack from Melbourne Water’s website or email us for hard copies: livingrivers@melbournewater.com.au
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Pilot project: Sediment in Merri Creek

We recently hosted a workshop with our partners at councils in the Merri Creek catchment and the EPA, to discuss sediment entering the creek from building sites.
 
A working/steering group will be created to manage sediment in the catchment and develop the solutions identified in the workshop.
 
This project will continue throughout 2012 – we will update you on its progress via this newsletter.
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South-east regional WSUD guidelines

Draft guidelines are being developed for this region – they set out councils’ expectations for WSUD assets within their municipality. They are a useful reference for developers and consultants, as well as council. The guidelines outline key processes and requirements for WSUD in three main sections: background information and regulatory requirements, planning and design, and construction and maintenance.  
 
The guidelines should be used with the existing planning framework, and apply to residential, commercial and industrial developments.
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Asset register and life-cycle costings

We are working with councils to record WSUD assets in their municipalities. So far, assets from eight councils have been registered, and this project will continue throughout 2012.
 
We are also developing tools to evaluate the life-cycle costs of WSUD assets. We held regional workshops in mid-April to discuss the costing process and the data required from councils.
 
We will continue to work with councils to create an effective costing tool throughout 2012.
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10,000 raingardens update

This Melbourne Water program encourages residents to build a raingarden and treat stormwater run-off, while creating a low-maintenance garden they can enjoy.
 
Recently the program has been working with Kingston and Boroondara councils to deliver raingardens workshops to residents.
 
Raingardens – find out more about this program
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Darling Street rainwater harvesting – official opening. City of Melbourne.

Kingston integrated water strategy – officially launched 30th March, 2012. City of Kingston.

MUSIC software upgrades – all councils eligible. Contact: livingrivers@melbournewater.com.au
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Voltaire David
Infrastructure planning co-ordinator, Melton Shire Council
What is your role? 
My role involves planning for road and drainage infrastructure associated with precinct structure plans. I also head a team that assesses engineering plans and supervises civil works for new estate developments.
 
What are you working on at the moment? 
I am implementing the integrated stormwater management strategy across the Toolern precinct, aiming to reduce potable water demand by 50% using sources such as stormwater harvesting. This uses WSUD to meet water quality and detention requirements across the catchment, prior to storage and reuse.
 
I am also involved in implementing WSUD at the Melton Library site, which is under construction, and I am part of a planning group for recreational parks, using WSUD to treat stormwater.
 
What do you find most rewarding about being a WSUD champion?
Knowing that the council is contributing to more environmentally-sustainable developments.
 
What has been the biggest challenge with implementing WSUD in your council?
WSUD is a relatively new concept for the council, so the biggest challenge was increasing awareness of what it is and its benefits, getting buy-in from the relevant departments and key officers.
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