Discussion paper

This discussion paper compiles ideas generated at a workshop hosted by Peet, The Department of Communities and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) on 13 and 14 June 2018. These ideas focus on the Brabham development project in the north east urban growth corridor in Perth (Figure 1). This development can provide a practical example of Perth’s commitment to become Australia’s most water sensitive city, and this discussion paper outlines on-ground initiatives to realise this outcome. More specifically, this discussion paper address the need for more innovative development approaches that combine water management and urban design to create sustainable and liveable communities in locations challenged by high groundwater tables. Whilst the ideas were generated by researchers, experts from the water and development industries and other stakeholders, the workshop outcomes do not represent an endorsement by their respective organisations.

The workshop created a forum for collaboration and research translation, with a specific focus on the Brabham development. It brought together the research of the CRCWSC with the experience of Perth’s water and development industry to apply this knowledge to the context of urban development in high groundwater areas. The workshop approach included:

  • Visiting the site to appreciate the ‘as-is‘ context, and hearing from the key development partners about their drivers, aspirations and challenges for the project.
  • Inviting research and practice experts to share current water sensitive city research findings, developments and thinking.
  • Using group work and collaboration to interpret these insights and generate novel, alternative ideas for water management and urban design for Brabham.
  • Developing these ideas further into tangible ideas for the development project.

These propositions are practical and evidence based, and are intended to challenge conventional practice.

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