Linking councils and stormwater developers

MUSIC-link is the most important new feature in MUSIC v6. It streamlines the process for assessing the compliance of Water Sensitive Urban Designs (WSUD) submitted by the development sector against guidelines from a specific council or other Local Government Authority. It generates efficiencies in the development process by not only providing very specific modelling parameters to designers, but also speeding up the assessment process, thus saving valuable time.

The main benefit of MUSIC-link is a significant reduction in the time that councils must spend on examining models that support developer’s proposals, to ensure they comply with council’s requirements to do with water quality targets and allowable performance parameters for stormwater infrastructure. Councils can automatically generate reports from MUSIC about the performance of proposed stormwater designs, and then check these for compliance, rather than painstakingly gathering this information from the MUSIC models that developers have submitted.

MUSIC-link also provides developers with clear expectations about model requirements of a particular council or other LGA. Participating councils’ requirements have been incorporated into MUSIC-link, so developers can refer to these when designing stormwater systems.

The launch of MUSIC-link on 7 November 2013 was a step-change in product development for MUSIC and the MUSIC community. It turns a "best practice" technical software product into a rapid assessment platform which instantly builds capacity for councils to support their stormwater quality improvement policies and provides the developer / consultancy sector greater certainty. It acknowledges how councils need to use MUSIC within a complex development assessment environment and provides the best chance to ensure WSUD continues to be an achievable outcome for all local authorities.

In conceiving and refining MUSIC-link, eWater has so far collaborated with councils in NSW, QLD and SA to ensure this new functionality meets the needs of local government and the urban water industry in delivering WSUD outcomes. Currently, seven councils are participating in MUSIC-link, with others poised to join them.

Councils adopting MUSIC-link

  • Blacktown City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Lake Macquarie Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Council

MUSIC-link functionality is paid through a subscription model by assessing authorities and councils.

MUSIC-link flyer (PDF 556kb)

Sustainable water use is part of the mission of our independent not-for-profit company eWater, which evolved from the eWater Cooperative Research Centre. We work to build capacity and collaboration in water modelling, within the water industry nationally and internationally.

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