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Splash

Splash will build capacity in people and organisations around sustainability, liveability, productivity and climate resilience.

Through its activities, Splash provides valuable services to organisations within the water, wastewater and stormwater industries in New South Wales.

Our purpose

We aim to build the capacity of NSW cities and towns through their journey to become water sensitive cities. Water sensitive cities are more liveable, sustainable, and resilient to climate change.

Splash serves to support the industry by influencing and advocating for the transition to water sensitive communities. It offers a range of services including knowledge sharing, capacity building, and networking opportunities. Since Splash’s inception in 2016, the program has quickly garnered support and funding from key partners such as Sydney Water, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Planning, Metropolitan Water Directorate, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Blacktown City Council and others.

Its values are reflected in its work and the way it services the industry. These are:

Collaborate - We work with others to achieve our goals
Purposeful - We drive towards an outcome in everything we do
Resourceful - We make the most of everything we have and look for leveraging opportunities with others
Leadership - We promote and demonstrate new ways of moving the industry forward
Leading best practice - We promote and demonstrate technical excellence

Since its inception in 2016, Splash’s achievements include:

  • Formation of the only organisation in Australia that links water sensitive cities with climate change adaptation and resilience;

  • Provided a central hub of resources for NSW stakeholders that spans water sensitive cities, water sensitive urban design and climate adaptation and resilience;

  • Developed networks and linkages between over 280 individuals and 80 organisations including local and state government, consultants and universities;

  • Delivery of 17 workshops to over 600 people;

  • Provided opportunities to regional NSW that were traditionally restricted to Greater Sydney and

  • Initiated collaboration between water sensitive city capacity building organisations in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia to leverage off national priority projects.

The major funding partners of Splash are Sydney Water, the Department of Planning and Environment and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.


Splash will build capacity in people and organisations around sustainability, liveability, productivity and climate resilience.

Through its activities, Splash provides valuable services to organisations within the water, wastewater and stormwater industries in New South Wales.

Our purpose

We aim to build the capacity of NSW cities and towns through their journey to become water sensitive cities. Water sensitive cities are more liveable, sustainable, and resilient to climate change.

Splash serves to support the industry by influencing and advocating for the transition to water sensitive communities. It offers a range of services including knowledge sharing, capacity building, and networking opportunities. Since Splash’s inception in 2016, the program has quickly garnered support and funding from key partners such as Sydney Water, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Planning, Metropolitan Water Directorate, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Blacktown City Council and others.

Its values are reflected in its work and the way it services the industry. These are:

Collaborate - We work with others to achieve our goals
Purposeful - We drive towards an outcome in everything we do
Resourceful - We make the most of everything we have and look for leveraging opportunities with others
Leadership - We promote and demonstrate new ways of moving the industry forward
Leading best practice - We promote and demonstrate technical excellence

Since its inception in 2016, Splash’s achievements include:

  • Formation of the only organisation in Australia that links water sensitive cities with climate change adaptation and resilience;

  • Provided a central hub of resources for NSW stakeholders that spans water sensitive cities, water sensitive urban design and climate adaptation and resilience;

  • Developed networks and linkages between over 280 individuals and 80 organisations including local and state government, consultants and universities;

  • Delivery of 17 workshops to over 600 people;

  • Provided opportunities to regional NSW that were traditionally restricted to Greater Sydney and

  • Initiated collaboration between water sensitive city capacity building organisations in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia to leverage off national priority projects.

The major funding partners of Splash are Sydney Water, the Department of Planning and Environment and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.


  • Living Waterways Framework

    about 1 month ago
    Healthy land and water logo

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Healthy Land and Water and Splash

    This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the Living Waterways Framework and how the methodology can be used to design projects to embody elements of liveability, resilience, sustainability and productivity. Participants of this workshop typically include planners, engineers, catchment managers, designers, landscape architects, asset managers and policy officers. Working through the framework, the workshop will guide participants to align traditional stormwater principles with place making benefits. This is a workshop that will give participants the skills to identify ways to meet community and environmental outcomes through good design, identify...

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Healthy Land and Water and Splash

    This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the Living Waterways Framework and how the methodology can be used to design projects to embody elements of liveability, resilience, sustainability and productivity. Participants of this workshop typically include planners, engineers, catchment managers, designers, landscape architects, asset managers and policy officers. Working through the framework, the workshop will guide participants to align traditional stormwater principles with place making benefits. This is a workshop that will give participants the skills to identify ways to meet community and environmental outcomes through good design, identify best practice design options, promote collaborative thinking for design solutions and strategies, provide an effective way to communicate and engage with key stakeholders. Topics include;

    • Overview and benefits of the Living Waterways Framework
    • How the framework works and its application to a nominated project
    • Peer review of the design using the framework
    • Broader application of the framework

    This workshop is most effectively run with multiple 5-7 members of multidisciplinary project team with a project as a case study. This provides the opportunity to work through the framework and its guiding principles and methodology. At the end of the workshop these teams have a well-designed project with input from a multidisciplinary team (and possibly community representatives). This workshop can also be delivered in a format with individuals working on a project preselected by the workshop facilitator.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au

  • Introduction to Stormwater Quality Management Workshop

    about 1 month ago
    Sustainability logo

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Sustainability Workshop and CT Environmental

    This is a 1-day course which is an introduction to stormwater quality and includes basic principles of why we need to do it and an introduction to water quality treatment science. This course would give designers and Council regulators a solid understanding of water quality science and some of the regulatory issues.The course is presented by Mark Liebman and Carl Tippler, both presenters have many years of Council and consulting real world field experience underpinned with the right mix of academic...

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Sustainability Workshop and CT Environmental

    This is a 1-day course which is an introduction to stormwater quality and includes basic principles of why we need to do it and an introduction to water quality treatment science. This course would give designers and Council regulators a solid understanding of water quality science and some of the regulatory issues.The course is presented by Mark Liebman and Carl Tippler, both presenters have many years of Council and consulting real world field experience underpinned with the right mix of academic learning.

    Modules include:

    • Aquatic Ecology basics (Carl Tippler presents this component and is a hands-on session looking at two different creek benthic samples – one from an urban creek and one from a natural creek).
    • Impacts of Urban Development in terms of pollutants and flow and imperviousness.
    • Flows and Stream Erosion – designing for water quantity and its impacts – it is not all about quality at all.
    • Stormwater Treatment Processes (including a discussion of treatment trains – what are they and how to design one)
    • Discussion of the Stormwater Australia Draft stormwater quality improvement device evaluation protocol (SQIDEP) which teaches students about the science of measurement of water quality and how to “filter” for the truth from proprietors.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au


  • Assessing WSUD in New Development Training

    about 1 month ago
    Mcgregor coxall logo

    Duration: 1.5 hours

    Provider: McGregor Coxall

    This ‘in-house’ session is intended for development assessment staff, including a non-technical audience (e.g. planners). It is intended for those councils where there are DCP controls for WSUD. The session is intended to help DA staff understand these controls in more depth, so these staff can support their successful implementation. Topics include;

    • What is WSUD?
    • What does WSUD mean in the local context?
    • Why is WSUD important in new development?
    • What are the WSUD controls in this council’s DCP?
    • Examples of how the controls can be...

    Duration: 1.5 hours

    Provider: McGregor Coxall

    This ‘in-house’ session is intended for development assessment staff, including a non-technical audience (e.g. planners). It is intended for those councils where there are DCP controls for WSUD. The session is intended to help DA staff understand these controls in more depth, so these staff can support their successful implementation. Topics include;

    • What is WSUD?
    • What does WSUD mean in the local context?
    • Why is WSUD important in new development?
    • What are the WSUD controls in this council’s DCP?
    • Examples of how the controls can be implemented in new development
    • Key things to look for in a WSUD strategy at DA stage and common issues.

    This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au

  • Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltrations Systems Workshop

    about 1 month ago
    Small crcw wsc

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: E2 Design Lab

    This workshop uses material from the Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltrations Systems by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRC WCS). It will provide a good understanding of all aspects of stormwater biofiltration systems; from concept design, detailed design, construction, establishment, handover and maintenance. It is ideal for staff who need to understand how these systems function, what are some of the key design issues that need to be considered, what are some of the common issues to look out for prior to handover and during the construction and establishment phases....

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: E2 Design Lab

    This workshop uses material from the Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltrations Systems by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRC WCS). It will provide a good understanding of all aspects of stormwater biofiltration systems; from concept design, detailed design, construction, establishment, handover and maintenance. It is ideal for staff who need to understand how these systems function, what are some of the key design issues that need to be considered, what are some of the common issues to look out for prior to handover and during the construction and establishment phases. A range of disciplines have found this workshop to be very beneficial including planners, development assessment officers, engineers, landscape architects and labourers. Topics include;

    • Overview of the CRC Water Sensitive Cities ‘Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems’
    • When you might choose a biofiltration systems
    • Function and benefits of biofiltration systems
    • Components of a biofiltration system
    • Design concept through to detailed
    • Common misconceptions
    • Key construction and establishment stages and hold points
    • Site tour to see a biofiltration system in the ground

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au

  • Bioretention Design and Construction OR Operation and Maintenance Workshop

    about 1 month ago
    Ct environmental

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Sustainability Workshop, CT Environmental, LT Urban Engineering

    This course is designed for Councils or teams who have responsibility for both design, construction and operation and maintenance of bioretention systems. The one-day workshop included in the standard product offering will focus on design and construction or operation and maintenance. For a small additional cost both design and construction and operation and maintenance can be covered in the afternoon breakout sessions. The advantage of choosing to run both breakout sessions is that it allows an organisation to send both indoor and outdoor staff knowing their training needs will...

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Sustainability Workshop, CT Environmental, LT Urban Engineering

    This course is designed for Councils or teams who have responsibility for both design, construction and operation and maintenance of bioretention systems. The one-day workshop included in the standard product offering will focus on design and construction or operation and maintenance. For a small additional cost both design and construction and operation and maintenance can be covered in the afternoon breakout sessions. The advantage of choosing to run both breakout sessions is that it allows an organisation to send both indoor and outdoor staff knowing their training needs will be tailored.

    This course is presented by two of the following presenters Mark Liebman, Carl Tippler or Paul Tatham and the presenters will be tailored to meet the needs of participants. Mark has worked with a leading team at Blacktown Council for 3 years developing their WSUD standard drawings which have a major focus and bring much needed innovation to bioretention design. Carl Tippler is one of Australia’s leading aquatic ecologists. Paul Tatham has substantial experience designing, building and auditing hundreds of raingardens for the City of Sydney.

    The first half of the day is spent together learning about:

    • Why we are doing this? A basic introduction to aquatic ecology presented by Carl Tippler. Carl brings in a sample from a natural creek and an urbanised creek and shows participants what the difference is. He talks about aquatic ecology with an infectious passion and at an appropriate level for all staff.
    • Fundamental stormwater treatment process presented by Mark Liebman – provides participants with an understanding of the basic treatment processes. This builds basic knowledge required to understand how bioretention systems function.
    • Bioretention Fundamentals – presented by Paul Tatham – describes basic processes present in bioretention systems.
    • An optional field based learning component would take participants into the field to look at the good, bad and ugly.
    • Following lunch there are two break out groups – one attending a design + construction stream and one attending an operation + maintenance stream. The afternoon sessions provide detailed knowledge required to design and construct and separately to operate and maintain bioretention systems. It sees Mark and Paul share many years of non-academic, practical, field knowledge and experience.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au

  • Construction and Establishment of Stormwater Vegetated Assets Workshop

    about 1 month ago
    Design flow logo

    Duration: 7 hours

    Provider: DesignFlow

    This session focuses on the construction and establishment phases of a biofiltration system. It is targeted at staff responsible for wetlands and bioretention basins. It is ideal for staff who are supervising the construction of these assets as well as those staff who are building and establishing the vegetation within these assets. Without knowing the key construction and establishment issues these assets can become a liability for an...

    Duration: 7 hours

    Provider: DesignFlow

    This session focuses on the construction and establishment phases of a biofiltration system. It is targeted at staff responsible for wetlands and bioretention basins. It is ideal for staff who are supervising the construction of these assets as well as those staff who are building and establishing the vegetation within these assets. Without knowing the key construction and establishment issues these assets can become a liability for an organisation. This is a very practical workshop with half of the workshop spent in the field visiting different assets in the ground. Topics include;

    • Function of bioretention systems and wetlands
    • Guidelines and asset handover sign off
    • Certification
    • Issues with bioretention system construction and landscape establishment and maintenance
    • Issues with wetland construction and establishment and maintenance
    • Site inspection of a range of assets (good and not so good)

    This course is presented by Jason Sonneman.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au

  • Influencing and Engaging Stakeholders

    about 1 month ago
    Transform leaders

    Influencing and Engaging Stakeholders

    Duration: 4 hours

    Provider: Transform Leaders

    This is a workshop for any staff that are in a position where they need to influence someone (peer, manager, team, client, external stakeholder) or an outcome. The ability to influence and engage is an important skill to have in many areas of our professional and personal life. It is particularly important as we work towards finding integrated water management solutions to complex water problems that span a range of stakeholders and teams. It is also important as we work towards implementing water sensitive urban design solutions to achieve multiple...

    Influencing and Engaging Stakeholders

    Duration: 4 hours

    Provider: Transform Leaders

    This is a workshop for any staff that are in a position where they need to influence someone (peer, manager, team, client, external stakeholder) or an outcome. The ability to influence and engage is an important skill to have in many areas of our professional and personal life. It is particularly important as we work towards finding integrated water management solutions to complex water problems that span a range of stakeholders and teams. It is also important as we work towards implementing water sensitive urban design solutions to achieve multiple place making benefits. This workshop will give participants the tools they need to plan and implement more effective and successful influence attempts. Topics include;

    • Identifying the difference between influence and persuasion
    • Six principles of influence
    • Strategies to plan and implement an influence attempt

    This workshop can be run for individuals however works most effectively when teams participate in the workshop and can identify the stakeholders they need to influence to do their jobs well.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au


  • Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Harvesting Projects Workshop

    about 1 month ago
    Optimal stormwater logo

    Duration: 4 hours plus optional site visit

    Provider: Optimal Stormwater

    This workshop is targeted at staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of stormwater harvesting systems and or those interested in finding out what is involved in managing these systems. This course is presented by Omid Sayar and Murray Powell.

    Presenters will use case studies from recent projects to explain the concepts discussed in the workshop. Topics include;

    • Skills and training required for maintenance
    • Operation and maintenance
    • Asset and equipment auditing
    • Preventative & reactive and predictive maintenance
    • Process & Instrumentation Diagrams
    • Electrical works
    • Managing water quality and quantity
    • User interface...

    Duration: 4 hours plus optional site visit

    Provider: Optimal Stormwater

    This workshop is targeted at staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of stormwater harvesting systems and or those interested in finding out what is involved in managing these systems. This course is presented by Omid Sayar and Murray Powell.

    Presenters will use case studies from recent projects to explain the concepts discussed in the workshop. Topics include;

    • Skills and training required for maintenance
    • Operation and maintenance
    • Asset and equipment auditing
    • Preventative & reactive and predictive maintenance
    • Process & Instrumentation Diagrams
    • Electrical works
    • Managing water quality and quantity
    • User interface and irrigation
    • O&M Budgeting
    • Regulation and guidelines,
    • Risk assessment
    • Emergency Response Plans
    • Reporting & Records

    There is an option to visit a nearby stormwater harvesting scheme following the workshop to see a system in action.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au

  • Introduction to Stormwater Harvesting

    about 1 month ago
    Sustainability logo

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Sustainability Workshop and Optimal Stormwater

    This is a one-day course presented by Mark Liebman (Sustainability Workshop) and Omid Sayar (Optimal Stormwater). Mark has been at the forefront of stormwater harvesting and reuse for over 15 years. He has designed numerous successful, small and large systems for Councils and developers. Mark played a key role in designing the recently commissioned Angus Creek stormwater harvesting scheme which will see Blacktown Council harvesting nearly 200 megalitres of stormwater per year. Dr Omid Sayar is a passionate process engineer with significant experience in commissioning and operating stormwater harvesting systems. Optimal...

    Duration: 8 hours

    Provider: Sustainability Workshop and Optimal Stormwater

    This is a one-day course presented by Mark Liebman (Sustainability Workshop) and Omid Sayar (Optimal Stormwater). Mark has been at the forefront of stormwater harvesting and reuse for over 15 years. He has designed numerous successful, small and large systems for Councils and developers. Mark played a key role in designing the recently commissioned Angus Creek stormwater harvesting scheme which will see Blacktown Council harvesting nearly 200 megalitres of stormwater per year. Dr Omid Sayar is a passionate process engineer with significant experience in commissioning and operating stormwater harvesting systems. Optimal has commissioned and operates numerous stormwater harvesting systems across Sydney for various Councils.

    Together, Mark and Omid will see participants learn how to design a basic stormwater harvesting scheme and then the stages involved in commissioning and operation.

    This course takes participants through:

    • Critical design elements of small and large schemes
    • Environmental constraints – dealing with and identifying salinity and sodicity
    • Detailed discussion of the Blacktown International Sports park stormwater harvesting scheme from both a design and commissioning perspective.
    • Modelling – MUSIC and Goldsim – learn how to use simple rules of thumb and also build reliable models
    • Risk management and legal frameworks including Water Industry Competition Act – by both Mark and Omid.
    • Discussion of the commissioning phase of a stormwater harvesting system by Omid.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au


  • Auditing Stormwater Treatment Systems in the Field Training

    about 1 month ago
    Mcgregor coxall logo

    Duration: 3 hours

    Provider: McGregor Coxall

    • This workshop is intended for those involved in operations and maintenance of stormwater treatment systems, however anyone involved at any stage of a stormwater treatment project could benefit from this knowledge. This training involves site visits to stormwater treatment systems in the field. At each site, participants will complete a field audit together, and discuss:
    • What to look for in a dry or wet weather field inspection (we will provide checklists)
    • Any maintenance challenges or other issues we observe in each system
    • Discuss causal factors
    • Discuss options to...

    Duration: 3 hours

    Provider: McGregor Coxall

    • This workshop is intended for those involved in operations and maintenance of stormwater treatment systems, however anyone involved at any stage of a stormwater treatment project could benefit from this knowledge. This training involves site visits to stormwater treatment systems in the field. At each site, participants will complete a field audit together, and discuss:
    • What to look for in a dry or wet weather field inspection (we will provide checklists)
    • Any maintenance challenges or other issues we observe in each system
    • Discuss causal factors
    • Discuss options to rectify problems with each particular system (where relevant)
    • Discuss lessons for the next design

    This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

    For more information or prices for this workshop contact kristy.good@sydneywater.com.au