Shelley Shepherd & Helen Brookes

Shelley Shepherd

Director, Urbaqua

Shelley is a Director of Urbaqua, a not-for-profit environmental organisation that works to support and deliver water and environmentally sensitive outcomes in Western Australia. Shelley has been working with Government at many levels to raise awareness of how to better integrate environmental issues into planning, as she was the lead consultant in the preparation of Better Urban Water Management (WAPC, 2008) and is the Program Manager of New Water Ways, WA's capacity building program for water sensitive urban design.

Helen Brookes

Director, Urbaqua

Helen is a Director of Urbaqua, a not-for-profit environmental organisation that works to support and deliver water and environmentally sensitive outcomes in Western Australia. Helen has 20 years' experience in the environmental and water sectors, which has been gained whilst working as a consultant in Australia and in the UK, and as a regulator with the UK Environment Agency. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management; an active member of the UDIA Urban Water Committee and former chairperson of the Stormwater Industry Association WA.


Putting the Blue Back into our Green Spaces

The integration of water sensitive urban design into public open spaces is a significant opportunity to avoid sterilisation of land for drainage whilst providing high quality, high amenity multi-functioning spaces for the community to enjoy. Recent experiences in several local government areas have demonstrated that the desired outcome may not be being achieved and water sensitive urban design systems are being created that spatially dominate or otherwise compromise the function of public open spaces. This workshop will explore some of the reasons for poor integrated public open space outcomes using some case studies in the Cities of Swan and Wanneroo. The workshop will explore a number of water sensitive urban design strategies and consider the application of criteria as part of the decision-making process. Participants will work in teams to consider how they would integrate water into three different types of public spaces.

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