Construction has already begun on the first ACT Healthy Waterways project – two new wetlands at Isabella Pond in the Lake Tuggeranong catchment – which was brought forward to coincide with the upgrade of Isabella weir. Find out more.
Construction on the next group of projects is expected to commence before the end of 2017. In the meantime, the construction team continues to work on final designs with water quality as the primary driver. The rest of the projects will be rolled out in packages based primarily on location.
As with all construction projects, bad weather and site discoveries may delay a project. However, contingencies will be incorporated into the schedules for each site. Construction of all projects must be complete by June 2019.
Following construction, an ‘establishment period’ of up to two years (to allow for revegetation and stabilisation of earthworks for example) will limit access to some areas on each site.
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Minimising the impact of construction
Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of construction on the environment and the local community. However, there may be a few issues along the way, including:
- increased noise and dust
- soil erosion
- increased traffic
- disturbance to verges, including trees, grass, footpaths, kerbs and gutters, public lighting or stormwater pumps
- the removal of trees and other vegetation from project sites.
Please note that:
- all works must be consistent with the relevant statutory obligations, including the Environment Protection Act 1997
- construction environment management plans, along with erosion and sediment control plans, will be implemented to manage the potential impact of pollution
- the implementation of landscape management and protection plans will ensure verge assets are managed, protected and, if need be, replaced
- traffic management plans will help to minimise the disruption for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.