From a small residential sub-division to a master-planned community, WRM provides a high level of expertise in water sensitive urban design, including stormwater, flood and water quality management.

We work collaboratively with our clients to develop urban infrastructure solutions that maximise both developable area and environmental outcomes. Through our work with local government, we have a good understanding of the development assessment process and apply this knowledge to address Council’s key issues of concern.

Our expertise extends to the management of water at the river basin scale to support agricultural development and resource planning.

Case studies

Mackay Ring Road

Mackay Ring Road

A major infrastructure planning study for the Mackay Ring Road

The completed report considered all potential impacts including flooding and community concerns

Pioneer River aerial

Pioneer River

Estimation of design flood discharges and flood levels along the Pioneer River

A comprehensive set of flood depth and hazard maps was developed for a range of design events

An engineered waterway channel at Fitzgibbon


A comprehensive flood and stormwater management strategy for the Fitzgibbon Urban Development Area

The strategy maximised developable area while ensuring no adverse impact downstream

Drainage infrastructure

Bakers One

Trunk drainage assessment to support development opportunities

Developed an integrated suite of water quality and drainage infrastructure for the Bakers One catchment to facilitate future development

Landscaped low flow channel

Springfield Development

Flood and stormwater management for one of Australia’s largest urban developments

The adopted strategy maximised the developable area of the site

Redbank Motorway Estate location

Redbank Motorway Estate

Stormwater management plan for the proposed Redbank Motorway Estate

MIKE11 and TUFLOW modelling of the Brisbane River

Other projects

JV Property Syndicates Pty Ltd v Connor O’Meara

Supreme Court, Queensland

Review of technical studies and preparation of expert evidence on alternative options for stormwater drainage design for a residential development site in Rockhampton.

Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

Alice Springs Farms Area Flood Mapping Study

Two dimensional flood modelling of the Todd River downstream of Alice Springs to determine design flood levels including the impact of sediment transport.

Flood mapping for land use planning and emergency management.

Department of Planning and Infrastructure

Pacific Paradise Urban Development

Expert representation for Maroochy Shire Council.

Mediation with a developer regarding stormwater quality and flooding impacts of a proposed urban development. Related to an appeal in the Land and Environment Court.

Maroochy Shire Council

Cooroy Residential Development

Appearance as an Expert Witness in the Land and Environment Court.

Regarding the impact on catchment drinking water quality of a proposed 75 lot residential and motel development in Cooroy, located in a drinking water catchment.

Noosa Shire Council

Brookwater Golf Course and Residential Development

Flood study, lake design and stormwater quality management plan for the prestige Brookwater development in Springfield.

Medallist AMP Golf Holdings

Tallow Creek Flood Study

Two-dimensional flood modelling of Tallow Creek and its floodplain to assess the impact of various developments on flooding.

Byron Shire Council and various developers