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Permeable paving & infiltration systems

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Permeable paving & infiltration systems

This event was extremely popular, and we will consider running it again – please email Kathryn Bothe to register your interest. Anyone on the event waitlist will be provided with updates.

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Tim Johnson – Permeable paving and infiltration systems, myth busting (35:48)
Russell King – Lessons learned from permeable paving of roads and footpaths (25:06)
Alex Game – Fig Plaza Adelaide Oval – case study (18:17)
Permeable paving demonstration – Melrose Park, Kegworth Road, City of Mitcham (2:43)


Adelaide’s reactive clays have long been a perceived barrier to permeable paving and infiltration systems.

The City of Mitcham will demonstrate how collaboration between Council’s engineering and horticultural teams is delivering benefits to the natural environment and civil assets via a range of projects incorporating permeable paving and infiltration systems. Russell King will impart his knowledge on how to avoid common mistakes when constructing permeable paving systems and describe how a recent project eliminated the need for major stormwater asset upgrades. Dr Tim Johnson will present data from his PhD thesis, Trees, stormwater, soil and civil infrastructure: Synergies towards sustainable urban design, that tackles myths about trees, soil movement and the use of permeable paving.

Oxigen developed the landscape design for the Adelaide Oval Fig Tree Plaza project that applied permeable pavers and raingardens to this iconic site. Alex Game will take us on a journey that explores the design constraints presented by the historic fig trees through to the construction phase techniques that offer a model for the Adelaide landscape and civil design industries.

Exhibition and site tour

The event provides an opportunity to meet with the suppliers of a range of permeable and porous paving products over morning tea, followed by a site tour of some of the City of Mitcham’s landscape and civil works projects including: Permeable paved roads, carparks and footpaths; and infiltration and bioretention systems.

(Lunch included)


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About the presenters

Dr Tim Johnson, Sustainable Infrastructure Engineer, City of Mitcham

Tim provides strategy and guidance for water sensitive urban design, green infrastructure, urban forestry, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation for the City of Mitcham. He is responsible for the delivery of water sensitive urban design initiatives and projects in streetscapes and reserves for the City of Mitcham. Tim has recently completed his PhD thesis, Trees, stormwater, soil and civil infrastructure: Synergies towards sustainable urban design.


Alex Game, Oxigen

Alex has been at Oxigen since 2008, working across a wide-ranging portfolio including; landscape, urban design, architectural, furniture, signage, civil and infrastructure projects. Alex has also worked in Vancouver and on several high-profile projects across North America. Now based in Adelaide, Alex is involved with many regional and national projects.


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March 13, 2018 @ 9:30 am
March 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Acknowledgement of Country

Water Sensitive SA acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.