First projects lodged for development approval

After almost three years of investigations and planning, the first 11 project sites have been submitted for development approval (located in four catchments: Lake Tuggeranong, Yarralumla Creek, Lower Molonglo and West Belconnen).

Canberrans love their lakes and rivers and the earlier consultation undertaken in August/September 2016 confirmed they have a keen interest in improving water quality. Our community also values the recreational and educational opportunities that landscape features like wetlands provide.

The ACT Healthy Waterways Project is a long term cross-government investment in the quality of our water. Each project will help to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients in our waterways which adversely affect water quality in our lakes and rivers and downstream in the Murrumbidgee River system.

The largest project site included in the first group is the construction of twin wetlands between Cotter Road and Dixon Drive. Spanning an area of 35,300 square metres, it is likely to be a popular resting point for cyclists and a great place for families, with the Centenary Trail as its centrepiece.

Four of the first 11 projects are in the Lake Tuggeranong catchment, identified as a priority in the early stages of the Project. Although improvements may not be immediate, in time the new infrastructure should see a decrease in the frequency of lake closures.

Construction is expected to start on the projects in mid 2017. Up to 14 additional projects will be submitted for development approval over coming months.

The development approval process includes 15 working days for public notification. To view the plans online and make a comment, please visit www.planning.act.gov.au or find more information via your smartphone using the DA Finder App.

The ACT Healthy Waterways Project (which also includes a stormwater education program) is jointly funded by the Australian Capital Territory and Australian Government as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.