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Audit of WSUD in Western Sydney

Project: Maintenance and Costing Study of Stormwater Management and Water Sensitive Urban Design Techniques (WSUD)

This was a joint project between the PRCG and the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and involved four member councils (Blacktown, Holroyd, Ryde, Parramatta). The project involved an audit of council WSUD policies, protocols and procedures in comparison with best practice detailed in the Department of Environment & Climate Change (DECC)’s draft Stormwater & WSUD Operation and Maintenance Guideline.

Four University Students recommended how councils could improve Stormwater & WSUD management. Project findings confirmed a strategic, consistent approach amongst councils was currently lacking. However, the release of DECC’s Operation and Maintenance Guideline will help to address this issue, as will the proposed delivery of specific training to Sydney Councils later this year. In addition, the WSUD in Sydney Program will be developing further online tools and resources.