The Role of Demonstration Projects

(2008 – current)

This project investigated how demonstration projects can assist in the diffusion of sustainable urban water management technologies and practices in the Australian urban water sector.

Demonstration projects act as bounded experiments, trialling the application of technology, infrastructure or science, as well as non-structural innovations such as education or policy programs. Each project may offer new insights into how a policy or new piece of technology can contribute to change or enhance current practice, and help shift towards more sustainable urban water practices.

Urban water professionals from Local Government, State Government agencies, the water businesses, leading consultants, land developers and researchers were interviewed to identify the quality and diffusion of information of both technical and process innovations in demonstration projects. Their experiential insights helped reveal the drivers for initiating projects and to identify the enabling and/or constraining factors involved in undertaking the process of design, construction, and implementation of these projects.

Research Team:
Prof Rebekah Brown, Dr Megan Farrelly and Ms Caitlin Davis

Project Partners:
Australian Research Council, Water Corporation (WA), the Western Australian Planning Commission, the Department of Water (WA), City of Armadale (WA), the Smart Water Fund, South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, Maroochy Shire Council.

Key Industry Reports:
Farrelly M.A. and Davis C. (2009) Demonstration Projects: Case Studies from Melbourne, Australia. National Urban Water Governance Program, Monash University Australia. PDF (3.4MB)

Davis C. and Farrelly M.A. (2009) Demonstration Projects: Case Studies from Perth, Australia. National Urban Water Governance Program, Monash University Australia. PDF (3.6MB)

Davis C. and Farrelly M.A. (2009) Demonstration Projects: Case Studies from South East Queensland, Australia. National Urban Water Governance Program, Monash University Australia. PDF (3MB)

Other Publications (link)

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Peggy Hamburg