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Sponsorship Opportunities: Stormwater South Australia 2024 Excellence Awards

Early in the new year we will celebrate the next edition of the Stormwater SA Excellence Awards.

The Stormwater SA 2024 Awards for Excellence encourages and celebrates excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects and the people involved. The various award categories are listed below. 

With the awards to be held early next year, it's not only time to start thinking about submitting nominations for the awards, but we also encourage you to consider sponsoring either the event or one of the award categories. A sponsorship prospectus is attached with details of the sponsorship levels available and the opportunities this will afford your company.

Event Award Categories:

  • Category 1 - Excellence in Strategic and Master Planning
    This award recognises excellence in strategic or master planning in the development of integrated stormwater management. For example, projects within this category may include site or precinct master plans.
  • Category 2 - Excellence in Infrastructure
    This award recognises excellence in stormwater infrastructure projects that have been delivered and are now operational. By way of example, projects within this category may include a stormwater management system for a development incorporating treatment measures such as constructed wetlands or bioretention systems.
  • Category 3 – Excellence in Asset Management
    This award recognises excellence in the management of stormwater infrastructure in order to encourage and promote improved asset management planning and practices. By way of example, projects within this category may include programs and plans that set out approaches and strategies to manage stormwater assets.
  • Category 4 – Excellence in Research and Innovation
    This award recognises excellence in research and innovation that facilitate or accelerate the uptake of stormwater management principles and practices that lead to the sustainable use and management of stormwater. Projects that would be eligible for consideration in this category include new technologies used in stormwater management planning, design construction or maintenance.
  • Category 5 – Excellence in Policy or Education
    This award recognises excellence in policy/regulation and educational programs/activities that facilitate or accelerate the uptake of stormwater management principles and practices that lead to the sustainable use and management of stormwater. By way of example, projects within this category include capacity building projects or community focused education programs.
  • Category 6 – Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design
    This award recognises excellence in integration of stormwater into the urban environment. It is intended to promote the use of integrated design principles and to acknowledge design-led stormwater projects. By way of example, projects within this category may include stormwater treatment/flood mitigation within public spaces or restoration projects, improving aquatic ecosystems and creating liveable spaces.
  • Category 7 – Young Stormwater Professional of the Year
    This award recognises the outstanding achievements of a stormwater practitioner with less than 5 years'  experience (post-graduate or post-employment in the field). This award will acknowledge and reward young stormwater practitioners who have technical and professional stormwater management competence, demonstrated leadership skills including leadership of teams, demonstrated positive/notable outcomes from their stormwater work, demonstrated creativity/innovation and demonstrated service to the industry, the profession and/or society. 

The awards will be held in early 2024. Further information will be released in the coming months.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please refer to the Sponsorship Prospectus HERE or contact us for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Expressions of interest for “Event Sponsor” will be taken on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be subject to the approval of the SSA Chair. 

Should you wish to sponsor an award category, please indicate your first and second preference. In the case of multiple interested sponsors for a single category we may contact you to discuss your willingness to sponsor an alternative. 


Australian Flow Management Group UniSA Testing Facility Tour

Stormwater SA invites you to join us for a tour of the Australian Flow Management Group (AFMG) testing facility at the University of South Australia, followed by networking drinks at the Mawson Lakes Hotel.


When:    Thursday 24 August 2023 – 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm ACST

Where:   University of South Australia Mawson Lakes Campus.
               Mawson Lakes Blvd, Mawson Lakes, SA
               The meeting point for the tour will be the foyer on the first floor of Building N.

Registrations Close: Tuesday 22 August 2023


The AFMG provides specialised testing services to meet the needs of the water industry.

At this facility, the AFMG tests a range of products including flow meters, smart meters, pipes, pipe fittings, valves, emitters, drippers, timer taps, moisture sensors, drainage systems, EMC electrical equipment compliance, gross pollution traps, stormwater treatment devices and other hydraulic components.

The facility also houses a number of state-of-the-art research and testing facilities including:

  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing
  • Radio Frequency (RF) immunity testing
  • Controlled and random electrodynamic vibration testing
  • Full-scale hydraulic testing (up to 510 L/s)
  • Scale modelling of hydraulic structures (e.g. fish passages, culverts and overland flow paths)
  • Environmental testing in a controlled temperature and humidity room
  • Physical hydraulic model studies
  • Irrigation equipment testing
  • Water meter testing and calibration
  • Valve type testing.

Join us for your chance to tour the facility, and witness some of the testing machinery operating first hand. We look forward to seeing you there!


Innovative Approaches to Urban Stormwater Management Early Evening Insights and Networking


Stormwater SA invites you to join fellow stormwater practitioners for drinks and canapes at a relaxed early evening event.

Prepare for an insightful evening as we explore the recent innovations and future thinking in urban stormwater management.


When: Wednesday 14 June 2023 – 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm ACST

Where: The Original Coopers Ale House, 316 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Registrations Close: Monday 12 June 2023


Presentation 1: The Pasadena Biodiversity Corridor – Revitalised Reserves by Daylighting Stormwater

Hear from Rick Hennig from the City of Mitcham how Council transformed two under-utilised reserves into the thriving Pasadena Biodiversity Corridor, benefiting both the local community and wildlife. Learn about the innovative stormwater drain daylighting approach that connects these reserves and supports native vegetation growth, urban cooling, and a vibrant habitat for native animals.


Presentation 2: Smart Stormwater Systems - Harnessing AI for a Cooler, Flood-Resilient Future

A Prof Mark Thyer from the University of Adelaide will showcase their exciting research on smart design and smart control of stormwater systems that leverage machine learning/artificial intelligence to reduce flooding and multiple benefits, such as more water for urban cooling. Find out how this unique system provides an opportunity for local governments and industry to significantly reduce infrastructure costs now and the ability to adapt to future climate change.


Presentation 3: Water Sensitive Urban Design: Pioneering Solutions for Space-Saving Stormwater Management

Dr Michael Di Matteo from KBR will share cutting-edge concepts in water-sensitive urban design, including space-saving stormwater solutions using smart stormwater systems, floating wetlands, and smart surcharging for passive irrigation. Learn how these innovative approaches could help Adelaide achieve multiple benefits in urban spaces, fostering sustainable, resilient, and livable cities.


Don't miss this opportunity to engage with colleagues, learn about the latest innovations and network with fellow Stormwater SA members. Mark your calendars and join us for an evening of inspiration and conversation on the future of urban stormwater management.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Breakout Creek Site Tour and AGM

Stormwater South Australia invites you to join us on a site visit to the final stages of redevelopment at Breakout Creek, hosted by Bardavcol and Green Adelaide.

Breakout Creek

When: Thursday 8 December 2022 – 4:00 – 7:30pm

Where: Breakout Creek Redevelopment Site – Bardavcol site office, entry off Fawnbrake Crescent, West Beach (refer link below). 


Breakout Creek is being steadily transformed from an artificial channel into a more natural and healthy river system. The Stage 3 redevelopment area stretches from Tapleys Hill Road to the sea, a total of 1.5 kilometres of river and banks.

Stage 3 will create wetlands to capture and clean stormwater from adjacent residential catchments prior to discharge to the river, remove weeds, plant more than 215,000 new native plants and create habitat for a range of aquatic and terrestrial fauna. The redevelopment will also open areas that are currently fenced off, with new opportunities for people to enjoy trails, picnic areas, viewing decks and art.

A hard hat, eye protection, high visibility vest, long pants and sleeves and safety boots are required for entry.

The AGM will follow at the Beachside Restaurant (5 West Beach Road, West Beach), with drinks and nibbles provided.  We hope you can join us to celebrate the end of year and festive season approaching!


WSUD Compliance - Blacktown City Council

This webinar took place in September 2022.  A recording of the event can be found on the Stormwater SA YouTube page


In 2012, Blacktown City Council established a Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Program. A first of its kind in Australia, the program aims to increase compliance with legal requirements for the management of privately-owned water sensitive urban design assets in the Council area.

This webinar will provide an overview of Blacktown's WSUD compliance program, as well as a project that seeks to improve its capacity to increase compliance with legal requirements. It may offer important insights for local authorities seeking to establish their own compliance programs and initiatives.

Daniel Rider is the Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Officer at Blacktown City Council, and holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, accreditation in microplastic assessment, and is a qualified coral reef research diver. He is currently developing and implementing Australia’s first Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Compliance Program at Blacktown City Council. Daniel has amassed diverse experience in the areas of urban water management and the protection of aquatic environments. Driven by a passion for ocean conservation, Daniel has studied and mapped the distribution of microplastics in estuarine and marine environments; and undertaken reef research and turtle conservation works, and river health studies - in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand. In this time, Daniel has worked with a diverse range of organisations including AUSMAP, Global Vision International and government. Recognising the inseparable link between terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Mia Liu is the Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Support Officer at Blacktown City Council and currently implementing Australia’s first Water Sensitive Urban Design Compliance Program. Mia holds a Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Urban-rural Planning and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Urbanism (Urban and Regional Planning). She developed a dissertation of Redesign Student Accommodation based on Sponge City (WSUD) concepts, and a green infrastructure and flooding management urban report.