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What is Stormwater Management and Why Does it Matter

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What is stormwater management? To keep our environment clean, we must understand stormwater management. Stormwater is water that accumulates on the ground during a storm. This water can pick up pollutants as it flows, contaminate our waterways and harm the environment. That’s why it’s so important to have a system to manage stormwater. This article will detail what stormwater management is and why it’s important. Let’s get started.

What is Stormwater Management?

As the name suggests, stormwater is water that accumulates during a storm. This water can come from rain, snow, or sleet. It can also come from melted snow or ice. Stormwater typically collects on the ground, but it can also accumulate in low-lying areas such as ditches and catch basins.

Stormwater management is the process of controlling how rain and snowmelt runoff interacts with the environment. There are various stormwater management systems to help reduce flooding, improve water quality, and protect ecosystems. These systems are designed to minimize the impact of stormwater on our infrastructure and waterways. There are various ways to manage stormwater, and each municipality will have its system in place.

What Does Stormwater Management Affect?

There are various ways stormwater management can affect our environment. One of the most important ways it can help is by reducing flooding. When stormwater accumulates on the ground, it can cause rivers and streams to overflow their banks. This can damage homes and businesses and contaminate our waterways with pollutants.

Stormwater management can also help improve water quality. When stormwater runoff picks up pollutants, it can contaminate our waterways and harm the environment. This is why it’s essential to have a system to manage stormwater. A well-designed stormwater management system can help reduce the number of pollutants that reach our waterways.

Stormwater management can also help protect ecosystems. When stormwater runoff flows into streams and rivers, it can disturb the natural habitat and harm aquatic life. A well-designed stormwater management system can help protect these ecosystems from the adverse effects of stormwater runoff.

Lastly, stormwater management can help reduce the impact of stormwater on our infrastructure. When stormwater accumulates on the ground, it can cause roads and bridges to collapse and damage sewers and drainage systems. A well-designed stormwater management system can help reduce the impact of stormwater on our infrastructure.

Why Does Stormwater Management Matter?

Every municipality has its system for managing stormwater. It’s essential to understand why these systems are in place and what they can do for our environment. Understanding the effects of stormwater runoff can help keep our environment clean and healthy.

How Stormwater is Managed

Stormwater management is a complex process, and each municipality will have its system in place. However, there are a few common methods for managing stormwater.

One common method is to use detention ponds or basins. A detention pond is an artificial pond that stores stormwater runoff. This water can then be released slowly to prevent flooding. Detention ponds can also help improve water quality by filtering out pollutants.

Another common method is to use green infrastructure. Green infrastructure includes things like rain gardens and green roofs. These systems help absorb stormwater and reduce the amount of runoff that reaches our waterways. Green infrastructure can also help improve water quality by filtering out pollutants.

There are also various other methods for managing stormwater, including detention tanks, infiltration systems, and percolation trenches. Each municipality will have its system in place, and it’s essential to understand how these systems work.

How is Stormwater Water Polluted?

One of the main ways stormwater can pollute our waterways is by picking up pollutants on the ground. These pollutants can come from various sources, including cars, factories, and homes. When these pollutants reach our waterways, they can harm the environment and aquatic life.

Stormwater can also pick up sediment from the ground. This sediment can clog up waterways and damage aquatic life. It can also reduce water quality by blocking the sun’s rays from reaching the water.

Lastly, stormwater can pick up trash and debris. This trash can harm aquatic life and contaminate our waterways. It’s essential to keep our streets and neighborhoods clean to prevent these pollutants from reaching our waterways.

Everyone has to keep our waterways clean and free of pollutants. By understanding stormwater management, we can all do our part to ensure that there is less contamination in our waterways.

Ways in Which You Can Help

There are various ways you can help reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on our environment. As an investor, you can start by reducing your water usage in your apartments. When there’s less demand for water, there’s less pressure on our infrastructure to handle large amounts of stormwater.

You can also help by picking up after your pets. Pet waste contains harmful pollutants that can contaminate our waterways. When you pick up after your pet, you’re helping to keep our environment clean and healthy.

Lastly, you can help by choosing environmentally friendly products. Many products contain harmful chemicals that can contaminate our waterways. By choosing environmentally friendly products, you’re doing your part to help protect our environment.

Benefits of Stormwater Management

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When it comes to stormwater management, there are several benefits to consider. A well-designed stormwater management system can help reduce the impact of stormwater on our environment, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

It’s also important to note that these systems come with various other benefits. For example, detention ponds can provide valuable habitats for wildlife. Green infrastructure can help reduce the amount of energy used in buildings and improve air quality.

Besides this, stormwater management can help municipalities save money. When stormwater accumulates on the ground, it can cause roads and bridges to collapse and damage sewers and drainage systems. A well-designed stormwater management system can help reduce the impact of stormwater on our infrastructure.

Stormwater management is essential for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Everyone needs to understand the basics of stormwater management and how they can help. By working together, we can all keep our waterways clean and free of pollutants. So, if you’re looking for a way to help the environment, start by learning about stormwater management and take measures to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff in your community. 

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Green light for $320 million ‘catalyst’ resort at Port Douglas

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A $320 million resort with a wave pool has been given development approval by the Douglas Shire Council.

The 164-room resort was expected to also have 90 self-contained cabins and a swimming lagoon. The wave pool was expected to have waves up to 7 foot and offer rides of 26 seconds.

The development, spear-headed by local businesses NorthBreak Developments and Hunt Design, was expected to inject more than $117.5 million worth of wages into the local economy over the construction period.

Once operational, Northbreak expected the resort would create 740 full-time jobs, attract 128,680 visitor nights and generate $79.2m in direct expenditure each year.

NorthBreak would also have to offset their demands on the council’s water supply and sewer network, as well as contribute towards planned trunk infrastructure to service the Shire.

The development site is located on the Captain Cook Highway.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the wave park would be a catalyst for a new era of tourism in Port Douglas and Daintree.

“This transformative project will significantly lift summer tourism by creating a world-class surfing experience and year-round swimming option down the road from Port Douglas,” he said.

“With no recognised surf breaks in the tropics, the council believes this once-in-a-generation development will attract a wave of new visitors and keep our beautiful pocket of the world at the forefront of travellers’ minds.”

“The wave park fits in nicely with our sports tourism focus and is perfectly positioned in the Mowbray Valley to complement the Wangetti Trail development.”

Council’s planning team has worked closely with NorthBreak and Hunt Design on the development application since late-2020.

Kerr said the wave park development would play a vital role in helping the region recover from the economic shocks felt during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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First-home buyers urged to consider waiting as prices stall

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Home buyers looking to get a foot on the property ladder, but fear missing out as prices in our two largest capital cities become increasingly unaffordable, are urged to consider waiting and use the time to save for a bigger deposit.

February CoreLogic figures show Sydney prices dipped 0.1 per cent – the first monthly decline in house prices since September 2020. In Melbourne, prices were flat.

Many property experts say the boom may be over and that prices are likely to slide from here.

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless says: “With rising global uncertainty and the potential for weaker consumer sentiment amidst tighter monetary policy settings, the downside risk for housing markets has become more pronounced.”

Martin North, founder of Digital Finance Analytics, says: “Prices are likely to ease back from here and so the imperative [for first-home buyers] to catch the runaway train is, in my view, old news.”

“It’s better to be cautious, see what happens to interest rates and prices, as well as income and costs, as many are caught in a pincer movement where the cost of living is rising while wages, in real terms, are not,” North says.

In Sydney and Melbourne, more than 70 per cent of homeowners that North classifies as “young, growing families”, many of which are first-timers, are already under mortgage stress – despite record-low mortgage interest rates.

First-home buyers remain more active than before the pandemic, but their numbers are falling.

Home lending figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the number of new loan commitments by first-home owners, seasonally adjusted, was down 32.6 per cent in January, compared to the same month last year.

The forces that powered the red-hot housing market over the past two years are losing momentum, says Steve Mickenbecker, group executive of financial services at Canstar.

Looming higher mortgage interest rates and a rising cost of living on essential items, such as petrol and food, are leaving potential home buyers with less discretionary income and capacity to borrow.

“There is now a firming expectation of Reserve Bank cash-rate increases later in the year, which should start to slow what has been a strong two-year run in home lending and [property] prices,” Mickenbecker, says.

Westpac this week lifted its fixed-interest mortgage rates for the third time this year, following similar moves by other major banks.

“That shows just how quickly interest rates rise when they start moving off the floor,” Mickenbecker says. “Borrowers have to prepare for multiple [interest-rate] increases and a big leap in repayments.”

Still, previous predictions for significant property price falls have proven to be wrong, and forecasts are not universal across the housing industry.

While some analysts are seeing sizeable declines in Sydney and Melbourne, others, such as My Housing Market chief economist Andrew Wilson and SQM Research founder Louis Christopher, are expecting a “soft landing” for property prices.

They point to the return of mass overseas migration and rising confidence as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic as reasons why a house price crash is unlikely.

Rents are rising strongly in Sydney – another factor to consider in the decision of whether to become a homeowner.

Figures from Andrew Wilson show rents for Sydney houses rose 11.5 per cent over the past 12 months and unit rents rose by 6.7 per cent. Melbourne house rents are up 4.7 per cent, though rents on Melbourne units are down 3.2 per cent.

  • Advice given in this article is general in nature and is not intended to influence readers’ decisions about investing or financial products. They should always seek their own professional advice that takes into account their own personal circumstances before making any financial decisions. 


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Not living the dream: Millennials locked out of housing market by older generations

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Contradictory government policies are creating intergenerational inequity as new research from the University of South Australia shows that the housing market is failing to concurrently cater for both older and younger generations.

In a new research paper that explores generational differences in property tenure in Australia, UniSA housing experts identified an inequitable distribution of housing among older and younger people.

The study showed that older generations1Silent Generation and Baby Boomers – hold the lion’s share of housing properties which, by default, locks out their younger Millennial (or Gen Y) counterparts.

Over three census periods (2006, 2011 and 2016) researchers found that 80 per cent of older generations were long-standing homeowners compared to only about 50 percent of Millennials.

It’s a situation that’s exacerbated by Australia’s soaring house prices, where recent reports indicate that Australian home buyers paid an average of $1,066,133 to secure a home over the past year (a national increase of 25 per cent2).

Lead researcher, Dr Braam Lowies says aside from the massive financial constraints, the research highlights how government policies designed to protect one generation, can hinder another.

“In Australia, owning your own home has always been the great Aussie dream. But each year, this dream is becoming further out of reach for younger Australians,” Dr Lowies says.

“Australia has an ageing population, the majority of whom report a desire to ‘age in place’ – to live in the community with some independence, rather than in residential care. And with growing support from the government – such as home support programs and home care packages – older people can do this with greater confidence and security.

“Yet on the other end of the age spectrum, Millennials are finding themselves locked-out of the market as the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers retain a significant portion of the housing stock, much of which has considerable value and development potential due to its lot size and location.

“For Millennials, this limits their housing options, creating severe housing tenure inequalities. The consequence is that younger people are frequently compelled to revert to the parental home or the rental market – and this is despite government grants to support first home buyers.”

68 per cent of Boomers owned their own home by age 30-34 compared with 50 per cent of Millennials at the same age.

Property expert, UniSA’s Peter Rossini, says more nuanced housing policies are needed to address intergenerational differences.

“With more than 15 per cent of the population (3.7 million) aged over 65, and estimations that this will grow to 22 per cent (8.7 million) by 2056, the conundrum of one generation impeding another is not going away any time soon,” Rossini says.

“Having bipolar housing scenarios across generations is a demonstration of how the current system is unbalanced. It’s an unsustainable position and one that requires a review of current housing policy to deliver more refined and considered outcomes for all.”

Notes to Editors:

1 – Generation age ranges:

  • ­­Silent Generation: people born between 1925-1945, currently aged 77-97 years
  • Baby Boomers: people born between 1946-1964, currently aged 58-76 years
  • Millennials (or Gen Y): people born between 1981-2001, currently aged 21-41 years

2 – Median house prices over 2021 in order of % increase:

  • Canberra (36.6% increase)
  • Sydney (33.1% increase)
  • Hobart (34.6% increase)
  • Darwin (30.1% increase)
  • Adelaide and Brisbane (both 27.5% increase)
  • Melbourne (18.6% increase)
  • Perth (7.5% increase)



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