Senate debates

Monday, 16 March 2015


Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; Reference

3:39 pm

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2015:

(a) the quantum of stormwater resource in Australia and impact and potential of optimal management practices in areas of flooding, environmental impacts, waterway management and water resource planning;

(b) the role of scientific advances in improving stormwater management outcomes and integrating these into policy at all levels of government to unlock the full suite of economic benefits;

(c) the role of stormwater as a positive contributor to resilient and desirable communities into the future, including 'public good' and productivity outcomes;

(d) model frameworks to develop economic and policy incentives for stormwater management;

(e) model land use planning and building controls to maximise benefits and minimise impacts in both new and legacy situations;

(f) funding models and incentives to support strategic planning and investment in desirable stormwater management, including local prioritisation;

(g) asset management and operations to encourage efficient investments and longevity of benefit;

(h) the role of innovation in supporting desirable outcomes and transparent decision making, including access to information and novel technologies for planning, design and implementation; and

(i) any related matters.

Question agreed to.