Water Sensitive Cities

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

The WSUD in Sydney Program leads a consortium of NSW State and Local Government organisations as a Project Partner for the new CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. The vision of the research program is to harness the potential of storm water to overcome water shortages, reduce urban temperatures, and improve waterways health and the landscape of Australian cities.

This Program with its  separate but interlinked research projects and it’s integrated demonstration and communications strategies, addresses key issues which have so far restricted the on-site capture and use of storm water to ease long term water shortages in urban environments in Australia.

In addition to proving that storm water harvesting is safe, practical and cost effective, the solutions proposed will enhance the liveability of our cities by delivering improvements in urban micro-climates, waterways health, and urban landscaping. These benefits are not available as part of any other water supply management strategy, and can be delivered within a timeframe that is synchronous with the rate of urban development and at a cost significantly lower than traditional water supply alternatives.


The CRC publishes an Annual blueprint outlining the research strategies and their progress, these can be downloaded from the Monash University Water for Liveability  site.

If you would like to become a member of the Sydney Consortium, or receive further information on the project, please contact the Program Manager at info@wsud.org.  The following organisations are proudly participating in this National Research Program.

Sydney Metropolitan Consortium – Investment Partners

As a group, the Consortium have committed a total of  $90,000 per year for the length of the Research Program.  Individually, commitments include $10,000 plus an administration fee (paid to the SMCMA to facilitate governance, capacity building and communication initiatives) each year for the length of the Program.  Each has also committed a considerable amount of in-kind contributions to investigate opportunities for embedding research outputs within their operations.

Other NSW Industry Partners

Marrickville Council in the inner west of Sydney has long been at the forefront of sustainable urban water management research with Monash University and sees the great beneffits of being involved in this Research Program to become a Water Sensitive City.  Independent of the Sydney Metropolitan Consortium, Marrickville has committed $50,000 funding per year for the life of the research program.

The Salinity & Water Quality Alliance is a group of 13 NSW Councils – Bathurst Regional, Blayney Shire, Bogan Shire, Cabonne Shire, Coonamble Shire, Dubbo City, Gilgandra Shire, Mid-Western Regional, Narromine Shire, Orange City, Warren Shire, Warrumbungle Shire and Wellington Shire Councils  – undertaking water quality projects across the catchment, in collaboration with the Central West Catchment Management Authority.  The Alliance’s goal is to achieve on-ground natural resource management outcomes while developing local level policy frameworks.  The Research Program will assist in laying the foundations for the adoption of water sensitive urban design into everyday practice across regional NSW.  The Central West CMA, on behalf of the Alliance, has committed $50,000 to the life of the Research Program, independent of the Sydney Metropolitan Consortium.