Integrated Water Management in 21st Century Business

The next RHAA business breakfast is on 21st October 2016 at the University of Queensland in St Lucia, Brisbane.

Over the last five years we have seen a significant shift in sustainable technology and design, from alternative and idealistic, to mainstream and accountable. This breakfast event looks at how leading edge South East Queensland commercial development has integrated rainwater harvesting, stormwater and sustainable water management.

We have three excellent speakers contributing their expertise on this important topic, Mark Stephens from Stockland, Ben O’Callaghan from Ecodesign and Sally Boer from E2DesignLab.

Head over the Rainwater Harvesting website to make a booking.

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Mark Stephens – Aura Case Study on Integrated Urban Water Management

Mark Stephens joined Stockland in 2007 and leads sustainability planning, environmental management and infrastructure delivery for Australia’s largest new master planned community, Aura.  Mark’s industry experience spans over 18 years in Development Management with qualifications in Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture fuelling his passion for delivering sustainable communities.

Mark has worked on the Aura Master planned community for over 9 and half years navigating the development through state and federal government approvals, infrastructure agreements and delivery.



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Ben O’Callaghan – Currumbin Ecovillage after 10 years – an insightful case study

Ben is one of Australia’s leading sustainability professionals with more than 16 years of experience in the property sector. His unique combination of academic qualifications and practical sustainable design experience has enabled him to contribute to over leading-edge 50 projects in Australia since 2001. Ben is a Director of Ecomplish Consulting, Smart Urban Villages and a former Bond University lecturer in Sustainable Development. Ben won an audience Best Speaker award at Green Cities 2015.

Uniquely, Ben lives in an award winning sustainable community (The Ecovillage in Currumbin) and award winning sustainable house “Yagoi100”. Ben’s house uses only rain water and receives recycled water back from a local community wastewater treatment plant.


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Sally Boer – A business approach to delivering integrated water management

Sally Boer is a founding director of E2Designlab, a small business specialising in integrated water management. E2Designlab recognises water as much more than a utility or a resource – they see water as an enabler of valued ecosystems and resilient communities. Sally’s professional career has been devoted to using science to guide strategic planning and to inform decisions that shape the creation of healthy and sustainable cities. With a background in freshwater ecology and over a decade of working with developers and local government authorities in urban water management, Sally understands the drivers and sometimes competing interests shaping on ground outcomes. Sally is also the Vice President of Stormwater Queensland; an industry representative on the Regional Advisory Panel for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and a member of the Sustainability committee for Business South Bank.