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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:00 PM AEDT – 1:00 PM AEDT

Australian cities are struggling to meet policy aspirations for sustainability, liveability, resilience and productivity, highlighting a significant gap between strategic city-shaping goals and on-ground practices. Conventional development practices— increasing urban sprawl and piecemeal densification—place pressure on existing infrastructure and the environment, and commonly lead to more impervious surfaces, urban heat, degraded waterways, as well as a loss of biodiversity and green space. To help counter this, the role of water in shaping city form and function needs to be more clearly recognised and advanced in the planning and management of urban growth, as emphasised in the concept of a ‘water sensitive city’.

The the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities has recently published a ‘Framework and Principles’ to guide practitioners in ways to elevate and integrate water considerations within urban planning processes.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Framework and some of the key insights from the research and case studies undertaken with industry partners in four cities across Australia.