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.

This webinar took place in September 2022.  A recording of the event can be found on the Stormwater SA YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL5pQyhFfyw