Wetlands - Fyshwick (Fyshwick catchment)

14/12/2018 - Civil and earthworks continue.

7/11/2018 – Earthworks have started.

13/8/2018 - Letters advising of the start of construction are being delivered to residents who live within a 100m radius of the site. Please check your letterbox.

16/10/2018 - Site fencing is in place and works have started.


The new wetlands off Dairy Road in Fyshwick will connect to an existing channel, creating a much larger chain of functional wetlands.

Once part of Jerrabomberra Creek, the old channel has minimal stormwater flow but the new works will make it functional once more.

The total treatment area of 9,200 square metres makes the Dairy Road wetland one of the biggest of the ACT Healthy Waterways projects and will have a significant impact on the stormwater that flows into Jerrabomberra Creek and downstream into Lake Burley Griffin.

Located wholly within the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, it is surrounded by many formal and informal trails, paths and boardwalks. Existing adjacent tracks will be retained and upgraded and some of these will be combined with new paths to create a loop that is sure to be popular with walkers and pedestrians

There are two more ACT Healthy Waterways projects in the area – at Eyre St in Kingston and Matina St in Narrabundah. Combined, they will remove 114,000kg of nitrogen, phosphorous and suspended solids every year from stormwater that flows into Jerrabomberra Creek.

Start dateSeptember 2018
Likely construction finish dateMarch 2019+
Anticipated establishment periodTwo years from completion^
Open for public useMarch 2019*

+ Construction may be delayed by a number of factors, including bad weather.
^ The vegetation establishment period may change depending on ground and weather conditions.
* Some areas of the site may remain closed to allow for plants to establish.

Design changes

Although water quality is the priority for ACT Healthy Waterways, the project team is also working to a fixed budget and timeframe.

The original plan presented to the community involved the creation of a vegetated swale. The upgrade to a functional wetland will increase its capacity for water quality treatment and add to the surrounding environment.

More information

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How this project might impact you

  • Trucks will pass in and out of the area during the improvement work. Routes have been established to minimise traffic disruption and noise.
  • Any detours for traffic, walkers and cyclists will be in place and will be clearly signposted.
  • The construction site will be fenced for public safety during the preparation, construction and establishment phases of the project.
  • The contractor has prepared a Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) to detail how it will deal with flora and fauna issues.

Landscape design plan

Wetlands - Fyshwick - landscape plan