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Resin Café and Brewery - Bulli, NSW

Our clients purchased a run-down and derelict heritage dwelling and land near Bulli Railway Station. Their dream for this site was to restore the heritage dwelling, create a modern extension at the rear, and turn the use into a café with an ancillary brewery.

The site is heavily flood affected and our clients engaged Rienco to prepare a suitably detailed flood study that addressed the
requirements of Wollongong City Council’s (WCC’s) DCP Chapter E13.

This study was complex, because Council’s adopted catchment-wide Collins Creek Flood Study was completed sometime prior, and did not reflect very recent changes to the floodplain that affected flood behaviour at the site. These were large pieces of infrastructure and development, such as the Bulli Woolworths development adjacent, and the Northern Distributor Extension. Moreover, Council has updated its blockage policy since the Collins Creek Flood Study was completed, which dramatically changes design flood behaviour again.

Rienco developed hydrologic (WBNM) and hydraulic (TUFLOW) models to quantify design flood behaviour at the site. Development consent was secured and we look forward to our first beer tasting at the new Brewery!

What our customers say


In my capacity as an architect I have worked with Anthony on a large number of projects throughout the Wollongong area. Anthony has a deep knowledge of local stormwater issues, and in particular the risks and mitigation strategies that should be applied. He is very experienced in the requirements of local councils and has contributed to many successful applications of all scales, from renovations to developments and subdivisions. I can wholeheartedly recommend Anthony and the Rienco team for their practical and professional approach to assessing and solving stormwater related conditions, and as effective advocates in dealing with the council planning controls.

Michael Vail

Michael Vail Design

I use Rienco for all flooding and drainage matters on my projects because of their flooding modelling skills and pragmatic understanding of the difficulties of land development. The top-line integrity of their work was demonstrated recently on a very contentious project where the Rienco report passed a rigorous peer review by one of Australia's leading hydrology firms, with no change to the original findings and recommendations. It's comforting to know with Rienco you have that clarity of thinking helping find the best solution, and the confidence that it will be right.

Land Development Project Manager


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