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.


Geographically spread across the ACT and region, grant recipients 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.