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News News Archive How Green was my Valley? Pursuing Green Infrastructure and Natural Asset Management

Tuesday, 8th November, 2011
Parramatta Park Event Centre
Cnr Pitt & Macquarie Sts, Parramatta
9.00am till 2.00pm
Over the last two decades, governments and the private sector have installed increasing amounts of green infrastructure such as GPTs, wetlands and raingardens, to meet environmental objectives.  Yet billions of dollars worth of more investment is needed if we are to fully transition to a water sensitive city.

This seminar, being offered by Stormwater NSW and sponsored by Total Earth Care, will examine how we need to start acknowledging green infrastructure within our asset management systems and to plan for its construction and maintenance.  This not only includes new green infrastucture but existing natural assets such as creeks, wetlands and bushland reserves.
Our presenters range from state and local governments, consultancies and researchers at the forefront of promoting green infrastructure.  This is an opportunity to hear the lastest thinking in natural asset management, and should not be missed!
Presenter Biographies
Jeff Roorda
Jeff Roorda is Chief Executive Officer of Jeff Roorda and Associates, which is an asset management mentoring and consulting organisation working with a range of infrastructure asset custodians and
regulators in a number of countries. Jeff has a Civil Engineering background and has worked extensively with engineers, accountants, economists, and community and environmental leaders to develop better ways to engage community decision makers in wise management of infrastructure assets. Recent projects include work with utility and transport companies, Government and Government regulators.
Dr Paul Raschky
Paul completed his PhD in economics in 2008 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He joined the department in 2009 after a research visit at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as a short-term consultant for the World Bank and contributed two background papers to a joint World Bank and United Nations Project on the Economics of Natural Disasters that was published in 2011. His research interests are in the fields of political economy, environmental economics, insurance economics and development economics with a focus on natural hazards.
John Dahlenburg
John is the Sydney Metropolitan CMA's Manager for Climate Change and Water Quality, and is currently managing the Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program. Previously, John set up and managed the Water Sensitive Urban Design in Sydney Program for 5 years, which is a capacity building program for all local councils in the Sydney Region. John has also worked in the sustainability area in France and has worked for both State and Local Government in Victoria in the areas of waste minimisation and environmental policy development. He began his environmental work as a research consultant at Monash University's Centre for Innovation in Waste Management.
Seminar Registration Fees
Seminar registration includes morning tea, lunch and a Seminar Workbook.
SIA Members - $175
Non Members - $195
Full Day Parking Permit - $7.00
Please note: There is only short stay meter parking available at Parramatta Park. For upwards of 3 hours, a full day parking permit must be displayed.

Seminar Presenters
Our presenters include;
Jeff Roorda
Jeff Roorda and Associates
John Dahlenburg
Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority
Karenne Jurd
Newcastle City Council
Andrew McGahey
Total Earth Care
Dr Paul Raschky
Monash University, Melbourne
Seminar Sponsor - Total Earth Care
Seminar Sponsor
"Current land owners of green field sites, particularly in Sydney's growth centre's, are constrained as riparian areas cannot be built on and costly remediation of these lands is often a condition of consent.  EEC's and non-listed ecological communities that are approved for destruction are generally taken to land fill at great financial and environmental expense.
Loss of this irreplaceable ecological resource is a poor use of a green infrastructure asset and translocation of these Ecological Communities to degraded lands within riparian corridors could be a far better model with these remnant assets preserved for future generations.
Translocation generally has a lower financial cost than the combined cost of tipping and revegetation and concurrently provides an improved conservation outcome in the management of green infrastructure."
Andrew McGahey, Managing Director Total Earth Care

If you would like further information on the Seminar, please contact Peta Freeman at GEMS Event Management on 02 9744 5252 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .