WMAwater Hobart Office opening

We are very excited to have opened our Hobart office in September. Our team of Fiona Ling and Kim Robinson complement our existing capabilities with expertise in flood hydrology, hydrologic analysis for hydro power schemes, yield studies, system modelling, real time flood forecasting, and impacts of climate change. The opening of our Hobart office extends our services across the east coast of Australia.

Fiona has more than 25 years’ experience and has lead hydrologic studies on a wide range of national and international projects. Fiona has worked for a variety of clients including all levels of government, aid agencies, water management authorities and infrastructure owners. Fiona has extensive experience in hydrologic analysis for stages of large dam projects from pre-feasibility, feasibility, design and due diligence. She has developed successful flood forecasting systems for a broad array of applications including small dams, complex hydropower systems and major cities. Fiona led water availability and river modelling components of two key Tasmanian climate change studies, Tasmanian Sustainable Yields and Climate Futures for Tasmania. She has co-authored more than 50 journal and conference papers and contributed to revisions of ANCOLD Acceptable Flood Capacity Guidelines and Australian Rainfall and Runoff. Fiona is immediate past chair and a member of Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering, and a member of Engineers Australia Civil College Board.

Kim is a senior hydrologist with expertise including rainfall runoff modelling and catchment yield analysis, flood forecasting system design and development, design flood hydrology including Monte Carlo and joint probability analysis, hydro power assessment and site identification, model automation and climate change impact assessment. He has been lead developer for inflow and flood forecasting models used to manage water resources for hydro and water supply scheme operation, flood response and construction project risks. Kim has been involved in large scale development of rainfall runoff models for a number of projects covering current and future climate modelling and analysis of reliability for proposed irrigation schemes.

Conference Highlights

We are continuing to provide technical leadership in the water space, with our people presenting papers and at workshops at both national and international conferences, and also publishing journal articles. We look forward to utilising these latest advances in research to develop practical solutions for our clients. We presented 25 papers at the Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS) and associated ARR workshop in Hobart, 4 papers at the Flood Management Association (FMA) conference in Nowra, and 3 papers at the River Flow conference in St Louis. Our people have not just attended technical workshops but have lead or presented at workshops for ANCOLD in Adelaide, HWRS at Hobart, Water Sensitive Urban Design conference in Sydney, FMA in Nowra and given a Keynote address at the Stormwater conference at the Gold Coast. We also published a journal paper in the Australian Journal of Water Resources on our work on the Warragamba Dam and the Haweksbury-Nepean flood assessment.

By presenting our work and attending conferences, we make sure that we keep up with new developments in the industry and incorporate the best current practice into our projects.

Congratulations to our student engineer Mikayla Ward for winning best overall poster at HWRS/NZHS in Queenstown.

WMA Water welcomes Kim Robinson to the Tasmanian team

Kim is a senior hydrologist with specialisation in hydrometric data collection, monte-carlo based design flood hydrology, and the impact of climate change on catchment yields, inflow and flood forecasting systems. Kim will be working alongside Fiona Ling. The WMAwater Tasmanian office is OPEN and our details are: Unit 105, 119 MACQUARIE STREET HOBART TAS 7000 Phone 03 6111 1726 [email protected]

WMA Water welcomes Fiona Ling

WMA Water is excited to announce that Fiona Ling will be commencing with us in September. Fiona will be based in our HOBART office and forms part of the senior leadership team within WMA Water.

Fiona’s expertise in flood hydrology, hydrologic analysis for hydro power schemes, hydrologic studies and modelling, real time flood forecasting, and impacts of climate change on water availability compliments WMA Water’s capability.

The opening of our Hobart office extends our services across the east coast of Australia.

Fiona’s experience covers numerous hydrology projects throughout Tasmania and overseas including hydrology and design flood studies for hydropower dams, optimisation of system operations for a multiuse dam, and development of a flood detection system.

Fiona has undertaken research on climate change impact on yields and flood events and has authored more than 50 journal and conference papers, contributed to ANCOLD guidelines and the Australian Rainfall and Runoff revision.

Fiona’s appointment is effective from 6 September 2016.

Tomakin, Mossy Point, Broulee and Mogo Draft Flood Study – Public Exhibition

A draft flood study for the suburbs of Tomakin, Mossy Point, Broulee and Mogo, prepared by WMAwater on behalf of Eurobodalla Shire Council, is on currently public exhibition.

The results of the study are the first step in identifying the potential for flooding in the targeted river catchments. The consultants considered a mix of first-hand accounts from residents, historic flood marks, tidal data, rainfall records and modern modelling techniques in their research.

Council and the consultants are now eager to meet with the community again to present the draft study and two community information sessions will be held in June. The sessions will be held at the Tomakin Community Hall on Tuesday 7 June between 6pm and 8pm, and on Wednesday 8 June between 11am and 2pm. The community can drop in at any time between these hours to meet with Council staff and representatives from WMA Water.

The draft flood study, which was prepared with the technical advice and financial support of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, is now on public exhibition and Council is seeking comments from the community until close of business on Friday 24 June.

The study is available for viewing or overnight loan from the Batemans Bay and Moruya Libraries. An additional copy is available for viewing at the Moruya Administration Centre. You can also download or read the study by visiting www.esc.nsw.gov.au under public exhibition.

Media contact
Norm Lenehan, Coastal and Flood Management Planner
P 02 4474 1374

For media enquiries please contact 02 4474 1012 | 0448 005 166 | [email protected]

Manly Lagoon FRMS Consultation

WMAwater has been commissioned by Warringah and Manly Council under the guidance of the Manly Lagoon Catchment Coordinating Committee to undertake the Manly Lagoon Floodplain
Risk Management Study and Plan. This study provides the basis for the future management of those parts of the catchment which are flood liable.

A key component of this process is the community consultation. To facilitate the consultation a website has been established at:


As well as the website a formal newsletter has been produced and, as at 2016-04-11, is being distributed to residents.

Community consultation is an important component of the Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan process. The local knowledge of residents and business operators, and their personal experiences of flooding are an important source of information. We are particularly interested in your views on how flooding should be managed in your local area.

Kiama FRMS

Kiama Municipal Council have engaged flood consultants WMAwater to carry out a Floodplain Risk Management Study (FRMS) for the Surf Beach Catchment.

An important feature of the FRMS is community consultation, which aims to inform the public on the progress of the project and allow the opportunity for the community to contribute. WMAwater is particularly interested in suggestions for mitigation measures that could reduce flood risk in the catchment.

Residents living within the area of interest will receive a newsletter and questionnaire to be returned by the 8th April 2016 (also available for download as a PDF, or online here). Other residents are invited to download the newsletter and questionnaire and submit a response to the following:

[email protected]

Catherine Goonan

Phone: (02) 9299 2855
Fax: (02) 9262 6208

The workshop will be held on:

Date: Wednesday 30th March

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Location: Council Administration Building, 11 Manning St

Yass Valley Flood Study

In conjunction with Yass Valley Council the draft flood study has been released for community feedback.  The media release from Council is reproduced below:

Council is seeking Community feedback on the Draft Yass Flood Study prepared by WMAwater, which defines the nature and extent of flooding in Yass. The Flood Study will help Council to plan for and manage future flood risk in Yass. The Flood Study is on public exhibition for four weeks, from Thursday 25 February 2016 to Thursday 24 March 2016.

Hardcopies of the Draft Yass Flood Study are available from:

  • Yass Valley Council Office (209 Comur Street, Yass)
  • Yass Library

Yass Draft Flood Study documentation

Do you have any comments on the Draft Flood Study?

The community can make a submission to Council in writing or email on any aspect of the content of the Flood Study.

Closing date:

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 16:00

MEDIA RELEASE: Draft flood study released for the villages of Gundaroo and Sutton

A draft flood study, prepared by water engineering consultants WMAwater, for the villages of Gundaroo and Sutton has been released for public review and comment. Council is seeking the community’s feedback on the report and the interim Flood Planning Area (FPA) map, with the 6 week consultation period concluding on Friday, 26th February 2016.

Gundaroo flood - March 2014

Gundaroo flood – March 2014

“Yass Valley Council conducted community consultation during January and February 2015 and the information gained from these meetings has formed the foundation for the report prepared by WMAwater,” said Councillor David Needham, Chair of the Yass Valley Floodplain Risk Management Committee (FRMC). “Gaining input from residents of Sutton and Gundaroo is exceptionally important at this stage of the flood study and I encourage people to read the information available and attend their upcoming community meeting.”

WMAwater, along with Yass Valley Council, the Office of Environment & Heritage and State Emergency Services will be hosting community information sessions relating to the draft Flood Studies during the exhibition period:

  • Gundaroo Hall: Tuesday, 9th February 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm
  • Sutton Hall: Wednesday, 10th February 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm

“The Floodplain Risk Management Study for Sutton and Gundaroo will assist in understanding flood behaviour in the villages and help us plan for and manage future flood risk,” Director of Engineering, Gary Chapman.

Yass Valley Council received funding from the NSW Government to contribute towards the development of a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for Sutton and Gundaroo, a three stage process:

  • Stage one: a flood study defines the nature and extent of the flood behaviour.
  • Stage two: a floodplain risk management study determines options considering social, ecological and economic factors relating to the flood risk.
  • Stage three: a floodplain risk management plan where the preferred options are publically exhibited and subject to revision in light of responses received.

The final Flood Planning Area (FPA) map will be incorporated in the Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Copies of the report can be found on Council’s website (http://www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au/council/exhibition), alternatively and due to the size of the documents Council will make hardcopies available at; Yass Valley Council Office (209 Comur Street, Yass), Gundaroo & Sutton stores, Gundaroo Pub and Gundaroo & Sutton Public Schools (once school commences).

A printable PDF is available.