|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.