• Paid Event

Innovation in the development sector - big ideas, new technologies, integrated design

Wednesday 13th Feb 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM

William Angliss Institute
555 La Trobe St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Registrations are now closed

Clearwater and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities are excited to host this national seminar series to showcase innovative development that address the challenges and opportunities of our changing urban form.

Urban growth and densification, climate change, and increasing health costs are driving innovation in urban design that deliver multiple benefits for the community.

Each presentation demonstrates how integrated design can deliver green suburbs and connected communities to promote liveability and support physical and mental wellbeing. 

Why attend?

Come along to hear from leading developers on innovative design solutions for new urban developments and learn how to best work with the development industry to achieve more sustainable, liveable and resilient communities. Our guest speakers from across the country will discuss:

  • the technical and non-technical aspects that make them exemplar
  • the process that led to the favourable development outcomes
  • key challenges to innovation and how they were overcome
  • enabling factors that contributed to the development’s success
  • why leading developments are embracing new approaches to urban greening and sustainable urban water management
  • how the market is responding to these innovative developments.

Who should attend?

Ideal for anyone who is interested in improving urban design to create sustainable and resilient communities. Practitioners, senior officers and managers from local government, water corporations, and consultancy firms are encouraged to attend.


White Gum Valley (WGV), WA (presented by Josh Byrne)

WGV is a 2.2ha medium density development in the Fremantle suburb of White Gum Valley. The LandCorp ‘Innovation Through Demonstration’ project showcases precinct-scale design excellence on a number of levels by incorporating diverse building types, climate sensitive considerations, creative urban greening and leading-edge energy and water management strategies. The innovations at WGV are being captured via a series of research programs in cooperation with research partners including Curtin University, the CRC for Low Carbon Living, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and ARENA. With a number of dwellings now occupied, performance data and practical learnings are being collected and widely shared to inform subsequent development projects by LandCorp and others. 

Aquarevo, Victoria (presented by Rory Costelloe & Dr David Bergman)

Aquarevo is a new community developed through cooperation between Villawood Properties and South East Water. Located in the heart of Lyndhurst, this new urban infill community will ultimately have 460 residential dwellings on a 42-hectare site. The development features 5 hectares of open space, wetlands, parks, and walking trails. Aquarevo aims to be Australia’s most water and energy-efficient urban residential development, pushing boundaries for what can be achieved in sustainable living. Enabled by technology Aquarevo homes will use up to 70% less drinking water than a typical Melbourne home through the use of recycled water for toilets, laundry and gardening, and treated rainwater for showering and bathing.A mini electrical grid is being created that will use excess electricity generated from rooftop solar from homes to power the onsite water recycling plant. Villawood will supply each new home with a battery. The first houses are now being built and new residents will be moving in during 2019.

Following the two case study presentations, there will be a plenary discussion where you wil have the opportunity to ask questions.


Dr Josh Byrne, Josh Byrne & Associates, White Gum Valley

Josh is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and research academic. His working life continues to bridge the practical and theoretical by undertaking both consulting and academic pursuits. He is the Director of Josh Byrne & Associates, a landscape architecture and sustainability consulting practice, and a Research Fellow with Curtin University where his research activities span high performance housing, water sensitive design and sustainable urban development. Josh also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

Josh has a unique approach to environmental design and community engagement and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading sustainability communicators. He is well known as a television presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia where over past 15 years he has showcased the benefits of sustainable gardening to a national audience. He has authored two popular books on this subject, along with a number of academic publications and industry guides on energy efficient housing and urban water management.

Josh is a past recipient of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni for Science and Engineering and the AWA WA Water Professional of the Year. In 2018 he was awarded the Planning Institute of Australia WA Planning Champion Award for his leadership in urban sustainability.

Rory Costelloe, Executive Director, Villawood Properties

Rory Costelloe, BE, Dip F.S. is the Founder and Executive Director of Villawood Properties. With 35+ years of experience in Local Government, engineering and broad-acre development management, he is acknowledged as one of Australia’s most creative and innovative developers. From humble beginnings as a Bendigo-based property syndicate group, Rory's hands-on management has seen Villawood grow to become one of the Australia’s most successful and credentialed private property companies.

With formal qualifications in Engineering, Rory contributes to a range of sector boards and leadership committees as well as industry, academic and government think-tanks. He was a Board Director at the Victoria Chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) for 12 years, and is currently on the Geelong Authority, the RMIT Planning Advisory Committee, and Melbourne Water Liveability Directions Panel. In December 2017, UDIA recognised Rory’s considerable contribution to the property industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr David Bergman, Research and Development Manager, South East Water

With a PhD in Chemistry, David has worked in R&D roles in chemicals, detergents, food, manufacturing and now water and wastewater.

Within South East Water, David holds the role of Research & Development Manager, and is responsible for ensuring a healthy pipeline of projects being implemented, and to enable the opportunity for commercialisation through their subsidiary ‘iota’.

David is passionate about innovation and delivery of solutions that make a difference. Safe collection and use of alternative waters, making passive systems smart and resource recovery are areas of particular interest for David in his role at South East Water.

South East Water is one of the three metropolitan water retailers servicing Melbourne. Its region covers the south eastern suburbs including a growing population of 1.6 million and 700,000 connections.


Tea & coffee and morning tea.


Follow the link to REGISTER NOW. Registrations close Friday 8 February 2019. Places are limited.


p: 9679 7711
e: info@clearwatervic.com.au


This seminar is delivered in partnership with the CRC for WSC, Splash, Water Sensitive SA, NewWAterWays, and Water by Design.