NEWS FROM DOWN UNDER: Australia in need of fresh approaches toward urban drainage and urban design
At Stormwater 2016: Rising to the Challenge, Rod Wiese presented a paper titled Why Best Practice is Destroying Our Waterways
Traditional end-of-line approaches to urban drainage are not working
Rod Wiese says the traditional end of line approach based around large centralised systems needs to give way to more proactive management at the source of catchment.
“My question is, what happens to our waterway upstream of these centralised systems? This strategy does nothing to protect our upstream waterways (under the traditional approach),” he stated. “We are using our natural waterways to convey all this dirty storm water in high volumes down to these systems where it then gets treated. The centralised approach has some benefits downstream but it is still leading to significant upstream degradation.”
Call for fresh approaches toward water management and urban design in Australia
Rod Wiese is not alone in his sentiments about Australia needing fresh approaches toward water management and urban design.
Last year, City of Melbourne councillor Aaron Wood, who chairs the city’s environment portfolio and serves as deputy chair of its economic development portfolio, nominated water sensitive urban design as a means by which to manage flood and other risks as a critical part of the city’s push to become more sustainable.
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