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Feature — 10 November 2010
 
Wollongong City Council: planning and Water Sensitive Urban Design
 Enable images to view Wollongong City Council uses eWater’s music stormwater modelling product when assessing Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) development applications (DAs).
Some developments have more than 20 dwellings and occupy at least 5000 square metres.
The Council strives to keep water quality high and wants to achieve the same, or improve, water quality after development of subdivisions as before. They therefore seek the most efficient stormwater treatment and best Water Sensitive Urban Designs to maintain stormwater quality.

Suri Mora (Environmental Assessment Officer) and Andrew Thomas (Stormwater Officer) at the council’s Environmental Planning & Strategy Division use music and other water quality modelling tools to assess the stormwater quality aspects of proposed developments. When assessing the environmental impacts of large developments and subdivisions, music helps to assess the stormwater aspect.

Suri said “If the applicant has incorporated stormwater quality information, we use (music) modelling, it makes it easy to plan for life cycle costing and annual maintenance cost.”

music is a useful tool for planning and maintenance of parks and playgrounds, and allows a rough idea of costs involved in maintaining stormwater infrastructure to be calculated.

The use of music modelling will be particularly important for assessment of developments in the large scale West Dapto urban development that is due to occur in the southern Wollongong Local Government Area over the next 20 to 30 years.

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