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Alluvium International

10.07.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis
Around 18 mths ago we decided to set up Alluvium International and see how our home grown Australian skills apply to the international market.  Happy to say that it has been a busy time and we have found there certainly is a need for our skills to help contribute to solving the complex water issues found in Asia and the Pacific. 
 
NCEconomics is a valuable partner in this venture as the social and economic aspects of water management are so important in the development context. Together we recently signed up to an exciting ecosystem services valuation project in Myanmar. 
 
Since beginning in March last year AI has been working in places such as Nepal, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos PDR and Tuvalu. We recently compiled a map of current and recent work - see here.
 
Our work in the international arena has helped drive us towards our vision of making the world a better place, and has been a great opportunity for our staff to travel and face the challenges presented by international work.  
 

Our Townsville office is hiring!

22.06.2017 - Posted by Lucy Moon
Our Townsville office is seeking to recruit passionate, experienced and exceptional waterway engineers and / or geomorphologists with 2-5 years experience.

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Data audit project in Myanmar

16.06.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard




Running 2,170 kilometres directly through the centre of Myanmar, the Ayeyarwady River forms the cultural and economic heart of the country.
In recognition of the importance of the Ayeyarwady River to Myanmar’s development, and the need to make a sustainable plan for utilising its resources, the Government of Myanmar has begun developing a Basin Master Plan.
 
The datasets needed for informed evidence-based basin planning for the Ayeyarwady Basin have historically been dispersed across a number of agencies, storied in various formats and of unknown quality. The Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) and the Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC) have therefore requested assistance in: i) undertaking a comprehensive review of available hydrometric and meteorological data in the basin; and ii) capacity building in quality control and database development. 
 
The Australian Water Partnership (AWP)-funded Activity 1 Hydrological data audit and capacity building in data management supported Alluvium, Hydronumerics and ALS Hydrographics to address this request through development of a consolidated and quality checked hydrological, meteorological, water quality and sediment database for the basin. The database forms the initial building block for development of a social, environmental and economic baseline for the Ayeyarwady Basin to inform development of the Basin Master Plan.
 
See the Australian Water Partnership news article here


 

River symposium 2017

6.06.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis
Very happy to say we were successful in having six papers accepted at the River Symposium in September.  It is great to see a number of papers with our clients and delivery partners.  Hoping to see everyone in Brisbane.
 
The cost of saving an icon from pollution: integrating science & economics to estimate the cost of meeting targets to help save the Great Barrier Reef (Alluvium, NCEconomics).
 
Integrated solutions takes an integrated team – Reshaping catchment and river health investment and action in the Wet Tropics (Alluvium, Terrain NRM, CANEGROWERS).
 
Waterway Science Conceptual Models: conceptual models to support collaborative decision-making  (Alluvium, Yorb, Melbourne Water, Natural Economy).
 
Urban stream restoration: Comparison of approaches in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (Alluvium).
 
Waterways are natural capital underpinning communities and businesses – A case study of Gold Coast Waterways (NCEconomics, Alluvium).
 
River Basin Planning – Drawing on the Australian Experience to Inform Basin Planning in India (Alluvium International, Institute of Sustainable Futures University of Technology, Access Water Management ,C2S2).
 

Tallebudgera Creek restoration works following Cyclone Debbie rainfall

1.06.2017 - Posted by Misko Ivezich
I recently attended a field trip in the Gold Coast and Logan area with the River Basin Management Society. On Tallebudgera Creek we visited bank restoration works which we designed with Gold Coast City Council in 2014. The works consisted of timber logs, large boulders and revegetation to stabilise a several hundred metre long stretch of bank within Smales Park.
 
The works got their first real test in late March this year when over a metre of rainfall fell within the catchment associated with Cyclone Debbie. The rainfall resulted in significant flooding which caused widespread damage across Tallebudgera Valley. The works have held up really well and the establishing vegetation looks fantastic. There are also good scour holes below the logs which provide resting pools and habitat for the native fish populations including Australasian bass, Empire gudgeon, Crimson-spotted rainbowfish, Australian smelt and Striped gudgeon. The below sequence of photos show the bank before the works, immediately after the works and following the flood in March this year.
 
The work Gold Coast City Council have undertaken to get the vegetation established so quickly has been fantastic. 
 
 

The eroding bank on Tallebudgera Creek in Smales Park in 2014 


The works after construction in early 2015


The works after the flood in March 2017



The vegetation establishment across the site has been significant in just over two years 

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