Ozwater'23

Site Tours

Ozwater - Site Tour

Ozwater’23 Site Tours range from visits to innovative water and wastewater facilities around Sydney to historical walking tours. This year we have five site tours available as optional add-ons to an existing or new conference delegate registration. All site tours will take place on Tuesday, 9 May and are open to book at an additional cost. Capacities are strictly limited, so we recommend registering early to avoid disappointment.

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2023 Site Tours


Date: Tuesday 9, May 2023
Time: 8.15am – 2.00pm
Duration: 5.5 Hours
Capacity: 20 people


Tour St Mary’s Water Resource Recovery Facility

Located in Western Sydney, St Mary’s Water Resource Recovery Facility has recently been upgraded to host innovative technologies including the solid stream featuring thermal hydrolysis, and a new co-generation facility that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. This facility is testament to Sydney Water’s commitment to sustainable and innovative approaches to resource recovery.

 

Tour St Mary’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant

St Mary’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant is one of the biggest water recycling facilities in Australia.

Receiving tertiary-treated effluent from 2 water resource recovery facilities, it uses membrane technology to produce highly treated recycled water, which is discharged into the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

 

Quakers Hill Purified Recycled Water Demonstration Plant

The Purified Recycled Water Demonstration Plant and Customer Experience Centre is the first facility of its kind in New South Wales.

Sourcing filtered wastewater from the existing Quakers Hill Water Recycling Plant, will demonstrate the treatment technology used to produce purified recycled water to supplement our water supply.

 

Schedule

8.15am: Meet at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC)
8.30am: Bus departs from ICC
12.45pm: Bus departs for ICC
2.00pm: Bus arrives at ICC

 

PPE Requirements

Closed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, hi-vis, safety helmets and gloves.

Hi-vis, safety helmets and gloves available at the venue.

 

Catering

Morning tea and lunch provided

 

Cost

Member $150
Non-Member $210

Date: Tuesday 9, May 2023
Time: 8.15am – 1.00pm
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Capacity: 20 people


Sydney’s New Global Gateway – Putting Water at the Heart of a Sustainable and Productive Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis 

Western Sydney Airport, Luddenham Sites around Kemps Creek, and Cecil Hills


Experience Centre sessions
– Including airport briefing and Sydney Water’s projects and innovations in the Aerotropolis

 

Aerotropolis construction site tour by bus

The Aerotropolis lies at the heart of the Western Parkland City. The vision is for a new city in a parkland setting, with cool, green places centred on Wianamatta-South Creek as the core element of liveability and amenity. This vision relies on retaining water in the landscape, encouraging green spaces with extensive tree canopy, integrating waterways into the design of the city and keeping waterways healthy so they can support the essential drainage, recreational and environmental functions expected of a cool, green corridor.

 

Aerotropolis tour including AWRC site (early construction drive by) and Cecil Hills Reservoir and Beauty Point

Sydney Water is planning an Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) at Kemps Creek. 

The project includes the construction and operation of a: 

  • new Advanced Water Recycling Centre 
  • new treated water pipeline 
  • new environmental flows pipeline 
  • new brine (a waste by-product of the reverse osmosis process) pipeline 
  • associated ancillary infrastructure. 

The AWRC and associated pipelines will be built to support the population and economic growth of Western Sydney, including designated growth areas known as South West Growth Area and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Area. 

 

Schedule

8.15am: Meet at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC)
8.30am: Bus departs from ICC
12.10pm: Bus departs for ICC
1.00pm: Bus arrives at ICC

 

PPE Requirements

Closed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and sun protection

 

Catering

Morning tea and lunch provided

 

Cost

Member $150

Non-Member $210

Date: Tuesday 9, May 2023
Time: 12.45pm - 4.00pm
Duration: 3 Hours
Capacity: 20 people

Join Stuart Khan for an historic 10 km walking tour of Sydney. The tour begins at Centennial Park Robertson Road Gates (off Lang Road). From there, you will explore Centennial Park, then follow Oxford Street to Hyde Park. You’ll walk through Hyde Park to Macquarie Street, Bridge Street and finish in the historic Rocks area. On the way, you’ll learn about -and trace the paths of- Sydney’s first two engineered water supplies, the Tank Stream and the Lachlan Swamps/Busby’s Bore Scheme. Other notable water-related sites include historic drinking water fountains and a public water pump, Woollahra Reservoir (1880), Centennial Park Reservoir No.1 (1899), Paddington Reservoir (1864), Sydney’s grandest old sewer vent (1857), and a convict-built stormwater drainage system (1840s). Other historical sites include notable statues, Federation Pavilion, Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint, NSW Parliament, Macquarie Obelisk, an anchor and cannon from the First Fleet flagship the Sirius, and many more. We’ll finish with a drink or a bite in The Rocks, all in good time to get to the Ozwater’23 welcome reception.

Stuart knows his history of Sydney very well and this will be a highly educational, as well as enjoyable tour of Sydney.

Schedule

12.45pm: Meet at Centennial Park Robertson Road Gates (off Lang Road)
1.00pm: Tour commences
4.00pm: Tour concludes

 

PPE Requirements

Walking shoes, sun protection, and appropriate clothing (raincoat, in case of rain).

 

Catering not provided

 

Cost

Member $40

Non-Member $56

Date: Tuesday 9, May 2023
Time: 12.45pm - 4.00pm
Duration: 4 Hours
Capacity: 20 people

The Sydney Desalination Plant is an essential component of Sydney’s water supply resilience supplying up to 250 megalitres per day of drinking water (15% of Sydney’s water needs). The plant was built between 2008 and 2010 in response to the millennium drought and operated successfully for two years. With water storage dams recovering to high levels, a decision was made to place the plant in a state of long-term preservation ready to respond to the next drought. In late 2015 a tornado hit the plant causing extensive damage and requiring thorough inspection and reinstatement to its pre-storm condition. This was completed successfully in late 2018. In January 2019, after seven years of preservation, the plant was successfully restarted and continues to be available to assist the supply of water to Sydney’s customers.

 

A tour of the Sydney Desalination Plant provides a unique insight to a large-scale reverse osmosis plant that has faced many challenges that include full operations to deep preservation and the recovery from extensive tornado damage.

 

Schedule

12.45pm: Meet at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC)

1.00pm: Bus departs from ICC

3.30pm: Bus departs for ICC

4.00pm: Bus arrives at ICC

 

PPE Requirements

Long pants, long sleeve shirts, closed and flat soled shoes, weather- appropriate clothing (rain jackets, sunglasses and hat, warm clothes) and a water bottle. 
Hard hats, safety glasses and hi-vis vests will be provided for use during the tour.   

 

Catering

Lunch provided

 

Cost

AWA Member $100

Non-member $140

Date: Tuesday 9, May 2023

Time: 12.30pm – 2.15pm

Duration: 1 Hour

Capacity: 25 people


Aboriginal Harbour Heritage Tour

 

Join your First Nations guide and admire the beauty and history of Sydney Harbour through the lens of the Gadigal.

 

The Royal Botanic Gardens was where the First Nations people lived off and farmed for many years before European settlement. The tour will allow guests to learn and experience Indigenous culture whilst taking in two of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks - the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

This experience offers an opportunity for local, domestic and international visitors to learn about the richly diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney region.


Schedule

12.30pm: Meet at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC)

12.45pm: Bus departs from ICC

2.00 pm: Bus departs for ICC

2.15pm: Bus arrives at ICC

 

PPE Requirements

Appropriate walking shoes, sun protection, and appropriate clothing (raincoat, in case of rain).

 

Cost

AWA Member $50

Non-member $70