SV: Oh yeh, I remember seeing you around the hydraulic labs there! And what are you up to now? What’s a favourite project that you’re working on at the moment?

Simon: There are plenty of exciting projects on the go. The integration of City West Water and Western Water provides a great opportunity to keep up the great IWM planning the broader western growth front, so this is a stand out given the potential scale of change.

I'm also really excited to keep working with the Our Future Cities team to see what water and broader city shaping initiatives we can drive. OFC is a volunteer organisation that has delivered interdisciplinary student competitions, mentoring, seminars and site visits with the aim of increasing the diversity of voices that are given a chance to contribute and influence the decisions that shape our cities.

We had a stellar 2020 program despite the challenges of the Covid-19 lockdown and are excited for what 2021 holds. 
 
SV: That’s sounds very exciting and rewarding. Where do you see OFC going in the future/over the next year? What's the program? 

Simon: Currently we are seeking sponsorship and partners to run a 2021 interdisciplinary competition. Last year we had hundreds of students from Victoria, Australia and even internationally dialing in to learn about Water Sensitive Cities, the UN SDGs and how to apply these to deliver better outcomes for the community and environment of Box Hill. We hope to deliver a new and improved program at a different location in the second half of 2021. So, if any of the readers have a project in mind, we would love to hear from them. 
 
SV: Yes, I hope readers do get involved with OFC more. Moving away from work, what’s your favourite stormwater/ recreational spot to take your family & friends?
 
Simon: I have been living in Victoria for over 10 years now and I would love to take some of my VIC friends to my hometown of Bridgetown (WA) and take them down for a swim in the Blackwood River before popping over to Margaret River for some beach and winery time ;) 

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If you’re interested to learn more about Our Future Cites, please check out their website: https://ourfuturecities.org/  
You can get in contact with the team there.