December 2017

New member of Alluvium Melbourne

21.12.2017 - Posted by Mark Stacey
We’re very pleased to be welcoming David Carew as a new member of Alluvium’s Melbourne team in early 2018. David is a restoration ecologist who has spent the last 10 years at Melbourne Water, providing vegetation advice to their River Health program and then overseeing the management of their Stormwater Quality Treatment Systems.
David’s ecological skills and design philosophy are an excellent complement to our existing team. We believe that coupling our existing portfolio with David’s experience will provide our clients with a unique service offering in ecological restoration of natural and stormwater systems. David starts with Alluvium in February 2018 and will be contactable via and 0407 045 517.

India Water Impact Summit

19.12.2017 - Posted by Tarika Khanna

Simon Tilleard and myself attended the India Water Impact Summit that was organized by Centre for Ganga River Basin Management & studies (CGANGA) and National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) from 4-7 December 2017 in New Delhi, India.

The summit focused on transforming Ganga by providing much required motivation for developing water and environment infrastructure in the Ganga Basin and other water bodies in India by engaging with all local stakeholders and international experts. Nitin Gadkari, Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD&GR) addressed the gathering and emphasised action oriented work from hereon to achieve Ganga rejuvenation. He stated that the current government is receptive to ideas that are implementable, cost effective and can address the concerns of river Ganga. 

There were many parallel sessions, plenary sessions and technological presentations planned to discuss various themes during the summit. Simon Tilleard was one of the panellist in the session ‘urban river management and interlinking of water bodies at city scale’.

The session discussed the state of urban rivers and the local solutions that are available which however fail to be upscaled. The panellist discussed the successful examples of rural rivers revival and the poor implementation of sanitation plans of the city as the major concerns for urban rivers. The panellist from research institutes like Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur discussed the small-scale solutions that are implemented by them at institutional scale.

In addition, Simon discussed the concept of water sensitive cities which can address the urban rivers concern at city scale. The discussions also resulted in acknowledging that city wide solutions are present but the market for acceptance is slowly growing for the same. 

Alluvium Melbourne are hiring!

18.12.2017 - Posted by Mark Stacey
We are looking for an exceptional engineering graduate to join our team in Melbourne. If you’re interested, check out the Job Ad on SEEK here.

The economics of public green space

4.12.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis

In a relatively recent trip to Bangkok I was confronted by the urban environment that seemed go on and on with little open greenspace to rest your eyes.  I googled it.  Apparently Bangkok has on average 3m2  of green space per person (compared to 15 m2 for Sydney).

All of us who live in cities with ample green space know it is important, but more recently the quantification of the benefits has been advancing Vivid Economics recently produced a good document to produce a natural capital account of London’s green spaces.  Closer to home a NESP project ‘Benefits of Urban Green space in the Australian Context and Griffith Business School produced some very good work earlier on in defining public green space and life satisfaction in urban Australia. 

Alluvium and Natural Capital Economics have become highly involved in advancing the understanding of social and economic benefits of green infrastructure and green open space in cities.  Together we are currently supporting the policy development for naturalising creeks in Sydney, and further south, supporting Melbourne Water to review research on the economic values of waterways as part of the development of an urban constructed waterway framework.