Demonstration Sites Grants Program

Nature strip at Chisolm demonstration property featuring water friendly treatment

The best way to protect our waterways is to manage water where it falls and to prevent stormwater washing pollutants like leaves, soil and litter down the drain or into rivers and creeks.

Many people in the region are already using innovative and cost-effective solutions to manage rainwater that falls on their block.

As part of the H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy education program, 15 urban and rural residential owners in the ACT and region applied for and were given grants to implement innovative, best practice stormwater management practices on their block.

Events

Thanks to Open Gardens Canberra, you can visit the sites to see first-hand how others have re-designed their gardens to make better use of water, minimise contaminated run-off and ensure that only rain goes down the stormwater drain.

Tours

A free tour of selected gardens not previously shown will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018.

A courtesy bus will leave Dame Pattie Menzies House, Challis St, Dickson at 8:45am. Participants will spend approximately 45 minutes at each site before being dropped back at Dame Pattie Menzies House at the end of the day.

A packed lunch will be provided.

Book your seat on a tour through Eventbrite.

Open to the public

Saturday 20 October 2018

Members of the public who are not on a bus tour are also welcome to make their own way to visit these open gardens during the following times:

Sites include:

94 Weeroona Drive, Wamboin NSW - 9:00am to 11:00am
Continued conversion of an established rural residential block to be more water and catchment sensitive, using additional swales, a rainwater tank and keyline infiltration systems.

29 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT - 10:00am to 12:00 noon
Enhancement of an establishing water and catchment sensitive garden by additional rainwater capture and improved swale designs.

1/3 Bird Place, Flynn ACT - 11:00am to 1:00pm
This project enhanced the water holding and infiltration of a common use area to the front of a complex of townhouses, using swales and terracing. A new planting scheme was installed that complemented the restructured bank. The nature strip was also rehabilitated and planted to remove bare ground.

10 Simpson Street, Watson ACT - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Disconnection of downpipes, improved rainwater storage capacity and construction of swales were installed to improve the water and catchment friendly characteristics of this property.

293 Antill Crescent, Watson ACT - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
The conversion of an established older urban garden to be water and catchment friendly, as well as supporting sustainable living. Treatments included the use of swales, dry creeks, enhanced rainwater storage and permeable paving.

Sunday 28 October 2018

Guided tours of the gardens below will be held at all properties below at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm on Sunday 28 October 2018.

To register your interest in visiting these properties and to receive more information please email epdstormwatereducation@act.gov.au.

*Please note there is no bus tour on this day. Please make your own way to the gardens for guided tours with the property owners at the times shown above.

8 Harland Place, Flynn ACT
Continued conversion of an older urban garden to be water and catchment friendly as well as supporting sustainable living. Treatments included use of swales, rain gardens, pervious paving and nature strip rejuvenation.

120 Widgiewa Road, Carwoola NSW
Undertook erosion control and overland flow management on a newly established rural residential block which had also been recently affected by bushfires.

1703 Burra Road, Burra, NSW - Not opened previously
Installed improved stormwater management treatments on a predominantly natural bush rural residential block. The treatments addressed overland flows and rainwater storage using swales, an infiltration rain garden and an additional rainwater tank.

372 Mountain Creek Road, Uriarra, NSW
The project included the restoration of eroding streambanks, including removal of weeds, fencing, encouragement of regeneration, new plantings and construction of new water sources to remove grazing pressure on the stream.

100 Nemerang Crescent, Waramanga, ACT
Continued improvement of the capacity of an older urban residential block to manage stormwater by installation of extra rainwater storage, swales and a wicking garden bed. Composting of organic matter from the site will be enhanced by a compost tumbler and pervious paving will enhance water infiltration.

For further information please phone 6205 0504 or email healthywaterways@act.gov.au.


Projects

Geographically spread across the ACT and region, grant recipients have delivered projects such as:

Rural residential projects will also include:

  • property planning
  • fencing to manage grazing to preserve ground cover
  • erosion control
  • overland flow management
  • management of riparian zones.

The demonstration sites offer simple solutions for the management of stormwater on urban and rural residential blocks using practical water-sensitive design.


H2OK demonstration sites

Burra, NSW

Install improved stormwater management treatments on a predominantly natural bush rural residential block. The treatments will address overland flows and rainwater storage using swales, an infiltration rain garden and an additional rainwater tank.

Carwoola, NSW

Undertake erosion control and overland flow management on a newly established rural residential block which has also been recently affected by bushfires.

Charnwood, ACT

Install additional swales, water storage capacity, a rain garden, an enhanced composting system and wicked garden beds to transform an older suburban garden into a more productive water effective and catchment friendly garden.

Chisholm, ACT

Refurbishment of an established garden to reflect better management of water, including rehabilitation of an artificial creek, conversion of an existing nature strip to a more water friendly treatment and an upgrade of the existing irrigation system to better connect to new and existing rainwater storage.

Coombs, ACT

Constructing a water and catchment sensitive nature strip at a newly established residence, incorporating rain gardens and pervious paving elements.

Curtin, ACT

As part of redevelopment of the existing block to build two compact units, flo-cell units will be installed to support lawns fed by below ground water storage beneath the turf. The new gardens will be designed to reflect water and catchment friendly principles.

Flynn, ACT

This project will enhance the water holding and infiltration of a common use area to the front of a complex of townhouses, using swales and terracing. A new planting scheme will be installed that complements the restructured bank. The nature strip will also be rehabilitated and planted to remove bare ground.

Hackett, ACT

Enhancement of an establishing water and catchment sensitive garden by additional rainwater capture and improved swale designs.

Hoskingstown, NSW

Restoration of an erosion gully by construction of three rock groins, complemented by a range of other fencing, off stream watering points and other elements to reduce erosion on the property.

Flynn, ACT

Continuing conversion of an older urban garden to be water and catchment friendly as well as supporting sustainable living. Treatments include use of swales, rain gardens, pervious paving and nature strip rejuvenation.

Uriarra, NSW

Restoration of eroding streambanks, including removal of weeds, fencing, encouragement of regeneration, new plantings and construction of new water sources to remove grazing pressure on the stream.

Wamboin, NSW

Continuing the conversion of an established rural residential block to be more water and catchment sensitive, using additional swales, a rainwater tank and keyline infiltration systems.

Waramanga, ACT

Continue to improve the capacity of an older urban residential block to manage stormwater by installation of extra rainwater storage, swales and a wicking garden bed. Composting of organic matter from the site will be enhanced by a compost tumbler and pervious paving will enhance water infiltration.

Watson, ACT

Disconnection of downpipes, improved rainwater storage capacity and construction of swales are proposed to improve the water and catchment friendly characteristics of this property.

Watson, ACT

Conversion of an established older urban garden to be water and catchment friendly, as well as supporting sustainable living. Treatments include the use of swales, dry creeks, enhanced rainwater storage and permeable paving.


More information

For further information please phone 6205 0504 or email healthywaterways@act.gov.au.