2017 Pre-Conference Workshops

The Stormwater Conference hosted two extra workshops before the main Conference commenced in 2017.


Maintenance of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Assets

Presented by Jamie Comley, J Comley Consulting, Melbourne, Australia

  • Don’t fully understand the ongoing maintenance and operational requirements of WSUD?
  • Want to avoid costly pitfalls?
  • Keen to benefit from the past experience and ‘hard lessons’ of Greater Melbourne (a recognised world leader in WSUD)?

The purpose of this session is equip participants with the knowledge needed to avoid costly WSUD maintenance outcomes and sub-optimal asset performance.  Participants will gain skills and knowledge applicable to the ‘real-world’ management of WSUD assets, including:

  • Common WSUD management challenges and solutions based on Melbourne’s 20-year experience
  • Solutions and resources for efficient and sustainable management of WSUD assets
  • Fundamental requirements for maintaining WSUD assets

The session will provide plenty of opportunity for interaction and discussion, including:

  • Opportunity for participants to share experiences (good and bad) and troubleshoot issues with other WSUD and asset management/maintenance practitioners
  • Building relationships between participants to provide access to a network of local (NZ) WSUD asset management practitioners for ongoing peer-to-peer support

About the Presenter – Jamie Comley

Jamie Comley is an Environmental Engineer, Urban Planner and Geographer who has worked in sustainable water management for over 12 years and is based in Melbourne, Australia. His experience encompasses a broad range of strategic, technical, policy and research areas associated with implementation of integrated water management and WSUD. Jamie holds specialist expertise in capacity building, WSUD asset management and integrating sustainable water management into land use planning. He is passionate about improving sustainability and liveability outcomes for the community and enjoys taking a big picture view and collaborative approach in addressing these issues.

Jamie’s in-depth understanding of WSUD Asset Management and maintenance has benefitted from working with more than 15 councils across Greater Melbourne on improving the systems and processes that underpin successful WSUD asset management.  Jamie is lead trainer with Clearwater’s ‘Maintenance of WSUD Assets’ course and has worked alongside Melbourne Water and Stormwater Victoria to support industry capacity building, including contributing to the development of guideline documents.

Jamie’s career experience includes working with various water authorities (including Melbourne Water), local government and private consulting firms, both in Australia and overseas. These days, Jamie runs his own consulting business in sustainable water management.

1-1.30pm : Light lunch for workshop delegates

1.30-5.00pm : Workshop Two – Auckland Unitary Plan Implementation

Presented by Auckland Council

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the stormwater provisions contained within the Auckland Unitary Plan (Operative in part) (AUP(OP)). It will also provide an overview of guidance developed to support a transparent and consistent application and experience of the AUP(OP) provisions for applicants, their agents, and their specialists.

The training objectives are for participants to understand the following:

  • Overview of the stormwater outcomes sought through the AUP(OP).
  • How the specific AUP(OP) stormwater and flooding provisions work to achieve those outcomes. Particularly the greater reliance placed on assessment against the objectives and policies rather than designing solutions within a rule framework.
  • How the AUP(OP) stormwater and flooding provisions align with network discharge consents, and with other legal instruments, such as the Stormwater Bylaw, and the Code of Practice.
  • Key shifts within the AUP(OP) from legacy plan approaches, including
    • the move to a risk based management approach for development within flood hazard areas; and
    • implementation of integrated stormwater management through land use provisions as well as diversion and discharge rules.
  • How the stormwater and flooding provisions of the AUP(OP) form part of the Council’s implementation strategy towards meeting the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management , including maintaining freshwater quality where it is excellent or good, and progressively improving it in degraded areas.
  • The practical applications of an integrated stormwater management approach via worked example(s) and how to use the Water Sensitive Design Guide within the Auckland Design Manual.
  • A summary of the Council’s approach, via its practice notes, to provide a clear and consistent approach in administering the stormwater and flooding provisions in the AUP(OP).

Auckland Council Presenters

Dr. Claudia Hellberg – Claudia was intensely involved in the drafting, coordination, and mediation of the plan provisions and leads the Wai Ora Strategy Team.

Nick Brown – Nick provided evidence for the flooding provisions and leads the Auckland Council Flood Planning Team.

Nick Vigar – Nick provided evidence in regard to contaminant management and manages the Waterways Planning Team.

Katja Huls – Katja has implemented the Unitary Plan provisions as a part of many structure plans and plan changes processed under Housing and Special Housing Areas Act; and manages the Resource Management Team in the Operational Department of Auckland Council.

Allan Leahy from MWH now part of Stantec has been engaged by council to facilitate training for the Auckland Unitary Plan flooding provisions.

Alastair Jewell – Alastair has been at the forefront in operationalising stormwater and flooding provisions under the RMA, in his role as a principal planner (and the natural resource consenting specialist) in the Resource Consent Department’s practice and training team.