The Sydney Catchment Authority has received the prestigious Excellence in Policy and Education Award at the 2013 New South Wales Stormwater Industry Awards for its ‘Using MUSIC in Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment’ manual.

Acting Chief Executive of the Sydney Catchment Authority, Fiona Smith said the manual was developed by the SCA and environmental engineering firm BMT WBM to help consultants use ‘MUSIC’ – the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation – for larger, more complex urban and rural land use developments.

“The Stormwater Awards provide recognition and celebrate excellence in the innovation, development and management of stormwater,” she said.

“This manual demonstrates the SCA’s commitment to ensuring optimal stormwater management in the catchments and we hope it will make the MUSIC model easier to use for such complex developments.

“The award we have won acknowledges the high standard of work being undertaken by the SCA to promote the uptake of best practice stormwater management modelling for proposed developments.”

Stormwater NSW President, Richard McManus, said of the win: “Sydney Catchment Authority is leading the way, not just in NSW but across Australia in this key area, and I know the final product of their efforts will be better environmental outcomes.”

Tony McAlister, Managing Director at BMT WBM said he was pleased with the result.

“We’re extremely proud to be duly recognised alongside the SCA for the development of the MUSIC modelling guidelines,” he said.

“Awards such as these further demonstrate our ability to work closely with our customers to better understand their challenges and push the technical boundaries to deliver pioneering solutions.”

The Sydney Catchment Authority will now be put forward as a finalist in the National Stormwater Awards, which will be presented in Adelaide in 2014.

The ‘Using MUSIC in Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment’ is available at

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