Hi Readers! Can you believe we’re halfway through
the year already!? Our monthly newsletter has been providing you
with all things stormwater for three and a half years now and
throughout this time we’ve discussed a number of different topics.
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covered in future editions? Please let us know by replying to this
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In this month’s issue of Keep Things Flowing we
review an underground stormwater detention product and we review
possible tax deductions for the upcoming end of financial
GRAF Ecobloc Detention
Earlier this month the Storm Team met with a
representative from GRAF to participate in a product information
session. The focus product was the Ecobloc. The Ecobloc is an
underground modular detention system, similar to the Ausdrain,
Atlantis or Novaplas detention systems.
The main difference between the Ecobloc and other
modular detention tank systems is how the individual modular
sections are connected together. The Ecobloc has hollow cone shaped
supports (protruding from a top plate) that lock into a base plate.
Photographs of the Ecobloc system are presented below.
The cone shaped supports serve multiple purposes
High load bearing capacity;
Low loss of storage volume, resulting in up to 97%
Easy and fast installation process;
Reduced transportation costs (units are stacked into
each other for transportation);
Initial pricing information provided for the Ecobloc
indicates that the Ecobloc is comparable to other similar modular
detention systems. If you require assistance with sizing a
detention system for your development please contact our office and
we would be pleased to provide you with assistance.
June has come and gone, which means it’s time to
forage for those faded receipts inside your shoe box and sort out
your tax returns. The ATO’s website has listed some
occupation-specific deductions you can claim for your work-related
expenses. Some common work-related deductions for engineers (and
potentially architects, town planners etc.) are listed below:
- Work-related daily travel expenses: travels
between your work and meeting places and/or sites are generally
deductable. Travelling from home to site then onto work is also
deductable, however travels between home and work are generally private
- Overnight and overseas travel: fares,
accommodations, meals and incidental expenses for work (e.g. site
visits) are generally deductable. This includes attending
industry-related seminars interstate or overseas (attendance fees
are also deductable). Course fees and tutorial fees for
work-related training (e.g. software package courses) are also
- Union fees and subscriptions to associations:
membership fees to Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia
(amongst others) are generally deductable. Fees incurred for
application to qualified status (e.g. CPEng) are generally
- Protective clothing, uniforms and laundry: safety
equipment, protective clothing and uniforms are generally deductable.
The costs for laundry and dry-cleaning uniforms and protective
clothing are also deductable.
Make sure you are able to supplement evidence for
the above deductions (e.g. receipts). The above is of an
informative nature; see the ATO website for more details or seek
professional advice from your tax agent.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Keep Things
Flowing. Feedback on articles presented is always welcomed and for
further information on any of the articles presented please don’t
hesitate to contact our office.
As always, Keep Things Flowing!
The Storm Team
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