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More than 120 stormwater professionals from across Australia gathered at the Hunter Valley recently for the Stormwater NSW annual conference.


The conference which took place from September 5 to 9 has been, based on early feedback, an outstanding success.

Stormwater 360 was the platinum sponsor of the event,. They had a great display and a lot of interest in their products and services, as did all the exhibitors in the Trade Exhibition.


Stormwater NSW President, Murray Powell, was very excited about the achievements of the conference.



“One of the main reasons people come along to conferences is to meet other professionals in their field and to basically get re-energised.” Mr Powell said. “It’s a great way to remain technically up to date, as well as do some beneficial networking”.


“The feedback I have received tells me that nearly everyone who came along feels that sense of excitement and reinvigoration.”


“The quality of the full day workshops, the plenary presentations and the concurrent sessions were all exceptional.


“There were so many highlights it is hard for me to single out anything in particular, but I think the opening plenary presentation form Adrian McGregor just blew everyone away when he described what could be achieved when landscape architects, engineers and scientists work effectively together.


“So, Adrian let our imaginations run wild and then Professor James Ball’s follow up session brought us crashing back to earth with a summary of the new flooding and conveyance standards that is the core function of stormwater. It really was a perfect pairing to demonstrate the breadth of things covered by stormwater professionals.”


“And then there was the public declaration that John Argue should be nominated as a National Living Treasure; Jim Lenhart’s presentation on validating the effectiveness of stormwater management devices; Tim Fletcher’s presentation on the retrofit of existing suburbs… they were all first class.”


The social program also included a welcome reception at Bimbadgen Winery and the Stormwater NSW annual Awards Dinner, which was proudly sponsored by Storm Consulting.


“I think the quality of the award recipients just confirmed how innovative and professional stormwater management is becoming.’ Powell continued.


‘The standout award recipient in the most hotly contested category – Infrastructure, was Willoughby Council, with an outstanding project. Check out the Stormwater NSW website ( for more details. All in all, our stormwater industry is growing, learning and doing some great things.” Mr Powell continued.


“And anyone who heard our leading Paralympian Kurt Fearnley’s speech will never forget it; he was remarkable.


‘The final day field trip was real stormwater weather, with the heavens opening up, but we still saw a CDS Unit being installed, a new WSUD designed carpark, wetland centre, creek rehab and a residential development’s stormwater controls….. we had something for everyone, including rain’.


Powell wanted in particular to congratulate the Stormwater NSW Conference Committee which included Peter Bennett, John Constandopolous, Steve Frost, Richard McManus, Natalie Payne and all the other members of the Stormwater NSW Committee.


‘They should be very proud of what we achieved at this conference’.


Powell concluded by congratulating Julie McGraw and the team at GEMS Event Management for the job they did.


“Another member of the GEMS Event Team, Chris Gray was our MC and multiple attendees considered him to be the best MC they had ever heard! Being articulate, knowledgeable and passionate is a rare combination and he has it.”


“We have come to know GEMS Event Management as the absolute professionals when it comes to organising a successful and effective professional development activity like this conference. We use them every year, and they never let us down. Their performance this year just confirmed their reputation as the leader in this field, and it is a reputation that has been well earned.”