Changes to the list of projects

Three people looking at a waterway map

The ACT Healthy Waterways project started with the selection of some 500 sites. From that point, the challenge for the project team was to identify those that would provide the best water quality outcomes in the most cost-effective way.

Thirty-six projects were presented for community consultation in August 2016 after which a managing contractor was appointed and detailed design undertaken.

As expected, further investigation as part of detailed design revealed issues with some sites that affected either the water quality outcomes or the cost. Feedback from the community also influenced final decisions. As a result, there has been movement in the proposed list of projects.

Projects not progressing

The following projects, included in the list presented for community consultation, will not be progressing:

Project IDProjectLocation Why is it not progressing?
LM004 Rain garden Adjacent to the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Fremantle Drive ACT Healthy Waterways Project budget now fully allocated
LM008 Rain garden Adjacent to Streeton Drive, to the south of the Archery Club range ACT Healthy Waterways Project budget now fully allocated
TG003 Rain garden Lake Tuggeranong ACT Healthy Waterways Project budget now fully allocated
UM015 Wetland On the reserve adjacent to Morrisset St, Queanbeyan Posed significant risk for bird-strike at Canberra Airport.
FW021 Pond Adjacent to Jerrambomberra Creek, Symonston Posed significant risk for bird-strike at Canberra Airport.
FW020 Pond Adjacent to Jerrambomberra Creek, Symonston Posed significant risk for bird-strike at Canberra Airport.
FW001 Rain garden Gladstone St, Fyshwick Posed significant risk for bird-strike at Canberra Airport.
TG023 Rain garden North of Isabella Dr, near Kirkcaldie Circuit, Fadden Need to relocate services (eg stormwater pipes, utilities) meant project no longer cost-effective.
TG003 Rain garden Chirnside Circuit, Kambah Located in an overland flow. Redesign required. Currently on the reserve list.
YA012 Rain garden Reynolds St, Curtin Close to homes. Not going ahead due to community concerns.
YA025 Pond Corner Wilkins and Beasley Sts, Mawson Need to relocate services (eg stormwater pipes, utilities) meant project no longer cost-effective.
WB008 Wetland Corner Krefft and Barnard Circuit, Florey Need to relocate services (eg stormwater pipes, utilities) meant project no longer cost-effective.

Projects added from the reserve list

Four projects have so far been added to the current list of construction projects:

  • Waterway restoration upstream of the confluence of the Queanbeyan and Molonglo Rivers, Oaks estate (UM001)
  • Wetland, corner of Ginninderra Drive and Copland Drive, Evatt (WB004)
  • Waterway restoration, Tattersalls Cres, Florey (WB010)
  • Waterway restoration, McCulloch St and Cotter Rd, Curtin (YA002)
  • Rain garden, Gowrie Playing Fields, between Bugden Ave and Castleton Cres, Gowrie (TG017)

See the complete list of current projects.

Research

Two research projects were proposed right at the beginning of planning.

One of these was to be conducted in Jerrabomberra Creek. However, investigations by the project team determined that the waterway in Fyshwick did not represent a typical urban stormwater system.

Now called the Urban Stormwater Pond Research Project, it will focus on ponds in North Canberra, Dunlop and Coombs.