Tech Talk: Grey to green - overcoming barriers to WSUD

When:  Oct 20, 2021 from 08:30 to 10:00 (ACST)
Associated with  South Australia


Maintenance of water sensitive urban design assets (WSUD) is regularly identified as a major barrier to the broad adoption of green infrastructure solutions. This presentation will provide solutions to common technical challenges with WSUD asset design, construction and maintenance and a suite of resources currently under development to support maintenance programs that will ensure WSUD assets function as intended and extend their serviceable life.

This presentation from Water Sensitive SA will address the following issues:

  • Asset maintenance and budgets – what SA practitioners are telling us
  • Draft Inspection and maintenance guidelines – Biofilters, compliant with IPWEA Practice Note 5 Stormwater Drainage
  • Tips for successful raingarden projects – design and maintenance
  • Tips for successful permeable paving projects – design and maintenance
  • How to access resources to deliver better WSUD projects.


Mellissa Bradley | Program Manager, Water Sensitive SA
Mellissa has more than 25 years’ experience working within the fields of civil design, development assessment, policy development, environmental management and construction management for stormwater and wastewater re-use schemes. Her cross-disciplinary experience has enabled her to translate technical information and research into a form suitable for use by decision makers, policy writers and practitioners, providing the guidance and evidence base needed for urban greening and water sensitive cities transitions. Mellissa is committed to supporting industry and government achieve a cultural shift and build the technical capability required to mainstream water sensitive urban design practices. For her contribution to urban water management, Mellissa was the recipient of the Leadership Award at the South Australian 2019 Smart Water Awards.

Time and date

Wednesday October 20, 2021. This is a free online session via Zoom. The session will commence at 8.45am CST but participants are asked to log in any time from 8.30am CST onwards to facilitate a prompt start. Details for logging into the Zoom session will be provided to you in your confirmation and reminder emails.