2019 Stormwater NSW Conference
August 27 - August 30
In 2019, Stormwater NSW is excited to be travelling back to Coffs Harbour, 22 years after the first regional NSW conference was held there. With a long history of flooding events due to the proximity of the Great Dividing Range and so many natural assets to protect from urban runoff, Coffs Harbour is an ideal place to hold the 2019 Stormwater Conference, offering conference participants a picturesque and contextual relevant location.
The theme for the 2019 Conference is “Failure to thrive: are sustainable stormwater practices really catching on?”. This theme aims to explore sustainable stormwater practices and if they are becoming the new normal, or if they are at risk of sliding backwards as the excitement of innovation and implementation begins to shift toward the less glamorous yet crucially important long-term management and maintenance. As with any innovation, whether it be digital, physical or philosophical, this transitional period can often make or break innovation. But with so much at stake for centres like Coffs Harbour, and our waterways and oceans at large, can we afford to allow sustainable water practices to fade? Now is the time to confront this issue head on.