Alluvium sponsors healthy waterways awards

27.06.2014 - Posted by Kane Travis Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2014 Healthy Waterways Awards!

Alluvium was the proud sponsor of the Rural and Agricultural Award category, which was won by the Wild Mountains Trust for their great work on the Camp Creek Headwaters Renewal Project. This project is designed to help people understand their vital connection to water and to motivate personal action. Last year, volunteers involved with the project cleared many hectares of weeds and planted thousands of trees.

From our experience working at the forefront of understanding the major issues facing our waterways in rural and agricultural settings, we know first-hand that solutions require a collective approach from government, industry and the rural community. The Wild Mountains Trust project was a great example of the community’s contribution to river health.

It would be remiss not to mention the other finalists in this category: the Maroochy Landcare Group for their work on Maroochy FarmFLOW Program, and SEQ Catchments for their work on the Laidley Valley Flood Recovery Project.

Restoring the health of our waterways requires long term investment and the energy of passionate people. The Healthy Waterways Awards night, with over 300 people focused on improving river health in attendance, bodes well for the future of the waterways in southern Queensland.

L to R Susan Zommers and Lizz Hills from the Wild Mountains Trust collecting the Rural and Agriculture Awaard for the Camp Creek Headwater Renewal project, with Steve Skull from Alluvium.

Seeking an Urban Water Specialist

1.04.2014 - Posted by Simon Tilleard
Alluvium is searching for an urban water specialist to play a key role in our Brisbane office.

We are seeking a talented individual to assist the Regional Manager in developing a small team of urban water professionals in Brisbane. The ideal applicant will have very strong technical skills and consulting experience. Where you have a passion, desire and ability, we will work with you to create a role that provides a challenging and professionally rewarding experience.

Please contact Steve Skull on mobile 0400 612 473 for a position description.

The Brisbane River with the Story Bridge in the foreground and the CBD in the background. Image from Wikipedia

Community completes Alluvium rain garden

27.02.2014 - Posted by Alexa McAuley
On Sunday, Alexa McAuley and Andrew McMillan from Alluvium attended a community planting day at Marrickville Council’s newest stormwater treatment system – the Bruce Street rain garden at Marrickville Golf Club in Sydney.

Alexa and Andrew completed a detailed concept design for the rain garden in 2012, and Council finalised the construction drawings in 2013. Construction was recently completed and everyone is very happy with the result. Council did a great job organising the event; the rain garden was opened by the Mayor and around 45 community members attended the planting day. The volunteers planted around 1,200 plants and Marrickville Golf Club put on a BBQ for all the participants.

Volunteers planting native grasses on the edge of the rain garden

View of the completed rain garden. Council’s contractors planted out the filter area and left the edges for the community planting day.

Alluvium and Equatica have merged

14.11.2013 - Posted by Matt Francey
Over the last 6 years at Alluvium we have consciously been building the strongest possible skills and expertise in the management of catchments and waterways. As a part of this we aim to take the latest and best thinking and apply that to the management of waterways.
The field of urban waterway management has perhaps changed more quickly than any other over that period. Waterways in our urban areas are unique in that they contain fragmented areas of high natural values, are highly valued by the community but have been significantly changed from their pre-urbanisation state. It has been a goal of ours for several years to combine the best thinking in river and urban catchment management.

To help achieve this goal Alluvium this week has merged with Equatica, a provider of high end urban water skills in Sydney. Together, the combined company provides a unique ability to integrate the elements of the urban water cycle and its interaction with waterways. We are confident that no other business in Australia offers this fully integrated approach.

The merger extends our physical locations to Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Townsville and Sydney enabling us to better service clients at a national level.

Personally I think this is a great outcome and a large step forward for Alluvium. I sincerely welcome Richard, David, Alexa, Andrew and Anna into the Alluvium family.

New Alluvium staff from left to righ David Knights, Alexa McAuley, Richard McManus, Anna Thompson and Andrew McMillan

Alluvium rides to work

18.10.2013 - Posted by Rob Catchlove
On Wednesday 16 October 50,000 registered participants set a new record for the National Ride2Work Day. Staff from all four Alluvium offices in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Townsville turned out in force to help make the event a success and promote sustainable commuting.

While more staff than usual rode on Wednesday, cycling to work is common at Alluvium. Some staff choose to ride from a sustainable transport perspective and some from a fitness perspective or efficiency in getting to work. Either way, the norm is for over 50% of our staff to ride to work.

But riding is not just about fitness. It was interesting to note a recent story on the economic benefits to cities and towns of cycling which said that “The economic benefits of riding and walking to work include better health, less congestion, reduced infrastructure costs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, better air quality, noise reduction and savings in parking costs.”

What was great on Ride2@Work Day was that a few guys who live quite a few km from the office rode in and now have plans to ride more often.

Happy riding for the other 364 days of the year!

Alluvium Melbourne employees (from the left) Clare Ferguson, James Fitzgerald, Rob Catchlove, Dan O'Halloran, Penny Clark and Darcy Moar meeting for breakfast on National Ride2Work Day earlier this week.