Policy, Guidelines and Training
Mackay Stormwater Treatment Offsets
Client: Mackay Regional Council
In response to allowing Mackay Regional Council greater flexibility in meeting State Planning Policy management objectives for water quality, a regional approach to water quality improvement was identified. The offset approach allows Council to raise funds to undertake targeted works, such as riparian restoration, cane farm wetlands and regional wetlands in degraded floodplain zone.

DesignFlow, in consultation with Council, developed a voluntary stormwater quality offset policy. The policy recognises varying development types and waterway conditions and providers developers two levels of offsets depending on the setting of the proposed development. Cost metrics were developed and consultation with industry undertaken to finalise the policy.