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WSC Speaker Series talk – Valuing the benefits of water sensitive projects: an application to Tarralla Creek Renaturalisation

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The Atrium, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation


Rita Chandra, Project Manager, Integrated Urban Water, Yarra Valley Water


Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is a commonly used method for evaluating options and supporting decision-making in projects. Often, however, BCAs are perceived as a set of numbers and an attachment to a business case as opposed to a process of realising the full community value of the project.

The CRCWSC have developed a set of economic evaluation tools to streamline the BCA method and, in doing so, a process of engagement to support practitioners in understanding the value of projects for the community.

The Tarralla Creek Renaturalisation project is a collaborative effort between Melbourne Water, Maroondah City Council and Yarra Valley Water to convert an existing piped and channelled drainage back into a natural waterway in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We have used the CRCWSC tools on the Tarralla Creek renaturalisation project to get a better understanding of the value of this project to the community and facilitate conversations for funding commitment.

Brief Biography

Rita is in the Urban Water Futures team at Yarra Valley Water and is focused on long-term integrated planning of water resources for the community. She is informed by a diverse range of experiences including work in the property development sector and water engineering design in India.

This is a free event – no RSVP required.

Hope to see you there!


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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