2017 Stormwater Victoria Conference

Pre Conference Workshops

Turning Ideas Into Impact: Making the Most of Technical Knowledge

Full Day Workshop: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Presenters: Lindsey Beck, Lindsey B Consulting


The stormwater industry is changing to meet the demands of modern cities with growing complexity in physical and social infrastructure. Expectation from community and government to be more collaborative and inclusive in decision making is ever-increasing, as we navigate stakeholder expectations and the need to collaborate with a growing number of professions outside our own.

This requires technical professionals to play a new role of “advocate” for their ideas and expertise with no official training on how to do this. Technical specialists spend an increasing amount of time on engagement-related activities and away from their specialty, or they rely on internal communications teams that often lack the right technical background.

So what does this mean?  

The stormwater industry’s brightest minds are struggling to make a difference for their organisations and clients as they try to make their ideas heard. Employers want to support employees to be more effective and to align their ideas to deliver concrete business objectives.

There is a clear need to develop capacity to refine, present and engage people with emerging stormwater ideas and innovations.



Our workshop teaches a process that empowers participants to be more effective at communicating technical messages. Offered over one day, the skills participants learn can apply to any technical idea or issue. Applicable to areas such as flooding and drainage, urban planning, integrated water cycle planning and delivery, or green infrastructure, this workshop gives participants a process and underlying principles they can apply to real-world communication problems they are facing right now such as obtaining funding, engaging with political stakeholders on new ideas, engaging community on technical solutions or infrastructure, and others.

The course is taught using applied using real-world examples brought by the participants to give them a concrete and relevant case to apply immediately.

Learning Objectives

  • Ability to clarify communication objectives
  • Better understand audiences and how to tailor messages
  • Develop fit-for-purpose structures for improved delivery
  • Apply key principles that inform design and execution specific to communication in a technical field


  • Expertly facilitated in a dynamic and interactive way.  Your facilitators will teach you the process and principles; then engage you in discussion and exercises to ensure understanding and hone your skills. You will leave the session ready to take your first action!
  • Full day workshop (preferred, but we can modify to suit half day format if required)
  • Up to 30 participants


image1Lindsey Beck is a Strategic Engagement Specialist with particular expertise in the urban water industry. She has experience from three continents brokering relationships between technical professionals, government and community to improve outcomes and generate impact. From bringing water to rural communities in Africa, to planning and implementing local water and sanitation projects, Lindsey’s superior communication skills and ability to build agreement in diversity have made her successful in navigating many challenging collaborations.

Lindsey is known for her policy expertise and strategic communication skills, for untangling complex problems and yielding real-world solutions. Lindsey currently works as an independent consultant in her business LindseyB helping technical professionals in the water industry translate their ideas into policy and practice. Having led award-winning projects, she has a reputation for delivery and bringing a positive attitude to the toughest situations. Her current clients include water authorities, research organisations, engineering consultancies and local councils.

She is Vice President of AWA Victoria, State Representative for the Stormwater Industry Association and a Committee Member for Stormwater Victoria. Lindsey holds an Honours degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management and a Masters degree in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, specializing in water regulation.


Designing Sediment Ponds and Wetlands to Current Best Practice Requirements in Victoria

Half Day Workshop: 12.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Presenters: Valerie Mag and Michael Mag, Stormy Water Solutions


This workshop will walksparticipants through the engineering design process required for sediment ponds and wetlands.

Practitioners will work through detailed worked examples designed to facilitate confidence in designing sediment ponds and wetlands going forward.

This workshop will be very useful for practitioners who do not deal with wetland design engineering requirements all the time, but where a basic understanding of the design requirements would be advantageous. Practitioners such as planners, managers, landscape architects and environmental scientists may not have had the chance to develop these skills during their academic or professional experience. The workshop explains these methods in a simple and clear manner, providing the hydrologic and hydraulic grounding required for successful design development.

In addition, many engineers will find the workshop extremely useful to consolidate and refresh their knowledge in regard to sediment pond and wetland design. The workshop will can be especially useful to drainage engineers in the induction phase of their professional experience within an organisation (government or private).

The course is completely consistent with the Melbourne Water Land Development Manual, Melbourne Water’s Constructed Wetlands Design Manual (Draft) 2015 and CSIRO’s WSUD Engineering Procedures: Stormwater (2005).

Key Objectives

To clearly demonstrate the design process and requirements for sediment pond and wetland design to current best practice standard.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be provided with the understanding and tools (spreadsheets, checklists etc.) to ensure sediment pond and wetland designs to the requirements of Melbourne Water’s Constructed Wetlands Design Manual (Draft) 2015

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for practitioners who are involved in the planning, design and/or approval of drainage and WSUD projects such as drainage engineers, planners, managers, landscape architects and environmental scientists.


Valerie Mag has trained over 1800 people and run over 90 training courses over the past thirteen years. She is acknowledged as a successful trainer and workshop facilitator, with participant feedback overwhelmingly positive.

Valerie spent the first 12 years of her career as an engineer and senior engineer with Melbourne Water. Here she developed robust water management and modelling skills, particularly in the areas of floodplain management and catchment management.  Over the last fifteen years Valerie has been particularly involved in many water sensitive urban design projects.  Projects have ranged from large catchment strategy development, the design of large wetland systems, flood mitigation schemes, and small-scale projects.

Valerie is recognized as a leader in her field. As an independent consultant she works very closely with catchment management authorities, Melbourne Water, councils, developers and individuals to provide transparent and robust stormwater engineering solutions on the ground.


For further information please contact the Conference Organisers on +61 2 9744 5252

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