Using WSUD to Drive Innovation in Open Spaces



14-17 OCTOBER 2018




When planning and designing new sporting facilities, as well as renewing existing green open space, it is important to consider how Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) can effectively address urban storm water runoff.

Sporting facilities and the broader network of green open spaces are of increasing importance as high density development significantly reduces stormwater infiltration and aquifer recharge. 

Apart from the benefits to public health and livability, sports and recreational open space will play an increasingly important role in managing urban runoff and mitigating the effects of the urban heat island.

A multi-disciplinary, WSUD integrated approach to planning and design, will achieve outcomes that provide usable open space, attenuate peak flows associated with urban runoff, reduce mains water irrigation demand, treat polluted storm-water and  provide urban cooling.



Sally Boer

Sally Boer is a Director of E2Designlab, who has been at the forefront of WSUD and passive irrigation, successfully delivering the first sports field wicking bed in Australia.  She brings ecological first principles and integrated design processes into practice to deliver multiple benefits. 


Christoper Walker

Dr Christopher Walker is the Environmental Manager of Covey Associates and has developed and managed stormwater treatment projects for numerous development projects in Australia and overseas. Chris is also an Adjunct at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a founding member of the Stormwater Research Group at USC.



Terry Lucke

Dr Terry Lucke is Associate Professor in Hydraulic and Civil Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. His main teaching areas are Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics and Road and Drainage Design. The focus of Terry’s research includes the development of innovative stormwater management systems and evaluation of their performance, and the advancement of Water Sensitive Urban Design practices. Terry leads a team of researchers in the Stormwater Research Group at the University of the Sunshine Coast.



James Worth

James Worth is a Senior landscape Architect and Director of Worth Design who's passion is in delivering future solutions that cater to sustainable design outcomes. Such innovations aim to provide positive solutions that will minimise negative impacts of increased urban density. Worth is extremely passionate about Green Infrastructure and especially living architecture biomass allocation within high density built up spaces. 'Clean air and clean water will be increasingly important in future urban environs and therefore it is vital that we plan now with realistic cost effective and practical sustainable solutions in mind'.


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