Improving waterway health in Sydney

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Example of a stormwater treatment area in Canberra

We're partnering with local Councils across Sydney to upgrade parks and improve the health of waterways like creeks and rivers.

The Waterway Health Improvement Program (WHIP) aims to reduce the impact of stormwater on the health of our waterways. Through adding natural stormwater treatment systems in parks, we can improve waterway health and create spaces for the community to enjoy.

We're using water sensitive urban design (WSUD) to improve waterway health around Sydney. Find out what WSUD is here.

Learn more about each park below as we progress.


If you have any questions please contact the WHIP Team on 13 20 92.


We're partnering with local Councils across Sydney to upgrade parks and improve the health of waterways like creeks and rivers.

The Waterway Health Improvement Program (WHIP) aims to reduce the impact of stormwater on the health of our waterways. Through adding natural stormwater treatment systems in parks, we can improve waterway health and create spaces for the community to enjoy.

We're using water sensitive urban design (WSUD) to improve waterway health around Sydney. Find out what WSUD is here.

Learn more about each park below as we progress.


If you have any questions please contact the WHIP Team on 13 20 92.


  • Parkside Drive Reserve – final detailed concept design

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    8 months ago


    Sydney Water has been working closely with Georges River Council to refine and finalise the concept designs for a stormwater treatment area at Parkside Drive Reserve in Kogarah Bay.

    In March and April 2018, Sydney Water and Georges River Council sought feedback on preliminary concept designs for the proposed stormwater treatment area. The community was invited to provide feedback via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Parkside Drive Reserve on 17 March 2018.



    The full consultation report can be read here.

    The final design has now been prepared, taking into consideration the feedback...


    Sydney Water has been working closely with Georges River Council to refine and finalise the concept designs for a stormwater treatment area at Parkside Drive Reserve in Kogarah Bay.

    In March and April 2018, Sydney Water and Georges River Council sought feedback on preliminary concept designs for the proposed stormwater treatment area. The community was invited to provide feedback via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Parkside Drive Reserve on 17 March 2018.



    The full consultation report can be read here.

    The final design has now been prepared, taking into consideration the feedback received from the community. It can be viewed here.


    What we heard:

    When we spoke to the community in March and April 2018, we heard strong support for:


    • a planted stormwater treatment area

    The community also recommended the following:


    • seating and additional shade
    • planted screening for neighbouring residents
    • rubbish bins and water bubblers


    What we have done:

    After listening to the community, we have refined the concepts for Parkside Drive Reserve and are excited to share the latest design. We have:



    • realigned and reduced the proposed paths to maintain a buffer between neighbouring residents and park users
    • added design features to reduce the possibility of stormwater treatment areas becoming a habitat for mosquito breeding
    • retained existing lawn areas and trees to maintain the existing character of the reserve from key view points


    • included a swale (a linear, depressed channel that collects and carries stormwater) as part of the treatment system



    Final concept design incorporating community feedback



    Present day




    Indicative image of proposed design





    The design can be viewed here.

    The construction contract will soon be awarded, with work expected to commence in early 2020. We will continue to keep the community updated before and during construction.


  • Milson Park – final detailed concept design

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    8 months ago


    Sydney Water is working closely with the City of Parramatta Council to refine and finalise the design for a stormwater treatment area at Milson Park in Westmead.

    In November 2017, Sydney Water and the City of Parramatta Council sought feedback on preliminary concept designs for the proposed stormwater treatment area. The community was invited to provide feedback via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Shannon’s Paddock on 4 November 2017.



    The full consultation report can be read here. The project is also part of the City of Parramatta’s Masterplan for Milson Park, which...


    Sydney Water is working closely with the City of Parramatta Council to refine and finalise the design for a stormwater treatment area at Milson Park in Westmead.

    In November 2017, Sydney Water and the City of Parramatta Council sought feedback on preliminary concept designs for the proposed stormwater treatment area. The community was invited to provide feedback via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Shannon’s Paddock on 4 November 2017.



    The full consultation report can be read here. The project is also part of the City of Parramatta’s Masterplan for Milson Park, which included community consultation and was approved by Council in 2018. The Masterplan can be viewed here.

    The final design has now been prepared, taking into consideration the feedback received from the community. It can be viewed here.


    What we heard:

    When we spoke to the community in November 2017, we heard the following were highly valued:


    • planted stormwater treatment areas
    • new walking and cycling paths through the park
    • improved habitat for plants and animals
    • nature play and fitness stations
    • picnic and BBQ facilities.


    In addition, some members of the community expressed their support to maintain the presence of the horses that are currently informally kept at the site.

    Unfortunately, this is not possible, however City of Parramatta Council are working closely with the horse owner to find a suitable alternative location for the horses.

    What we have done:

    After listening to the community, we have refined the design for Milson Park to:


    • retain large open areas of lawn for passive recreation and refined the pedestrian-cycle path that transects the site
    • refine the shape and function of the wetland and rain gardens and introduced elements of nature-based play
    • introduce additional native plantings and trees to provide shade around proposed seating areas and enhance the habitat values of the park
    • incorporated an area that could be used as a community garden or farm


    We also received additional suggestions from community members, including public toilets, a dog off leash area and traffic calming methods regarding the crossing of Darcy and Mons Road into the park. These will be passed on to the City of Parramatta Council for future consideration.


    Final design incorporating community feedback




    Present day



    Indicative image of proposed design


    The complete detailed design can be viewed here.

    The construction contract will soon be awarded, with work expected to commence in early 2020. We will continue to keep the community updated before and during construction.




  • Ruse Park – community update

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    8 months ago


    Sydney Water has been working closely with the City of Canterbury Bankstown to refine and finalise the concept designs for a stormwater treatment area at Ruse Park in Bankstown.

    In March and April 2018, Sydney Water and the City of Canterbury Bankstown sought feedback on the concept designs for a proposed stormwater treatment area at Ruse Park. This was done via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Memorial Oval on 24 March 2018.

    The full consultation report can be read here.

    What we heard:

    When we spoke to the community in March and...


    Sydney Water has been working closely with the City of Canterbury Bankstown to refine and finalise the concept designs for a stormwater treatment area at Ruse Park in Bankstown.

    In March and April 2018, Sydney Water and the City of Canterbury Bankstown sought feedback on the concept designs for a proposed stormwater treatment area at Ruse Park. This was done via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Memorial Oval on 24 March 2018.

    The full consultation report can be read here.

    What we heard:

    When we spoke to the community in March and April 2018, we heard the following were highly valued:


    • Improvements to walking paths
    • Shaded seating areas
    • Improvements to landscaped stormwater treatment areas

    In addition, community members expressed an interest in discouraging antisocial behaviour (drinking alcohol) in the evenings and better maintenance of the park facilities.


    What we have done:

    After listening to the community, we have refined the design for Ruse Park to:

    • retain large open areas of lawn for passive recreation and update the pedestrian / cycle path that transects the site
    • update the shape and function of the wetland and rain gardens and introduce elements of nature-based play
    • introduce additional native plantings and trees to provide shade around the proposed seating areas and enhance the habitat values of the park


    Final concept design incorporating community feedback





    Sydney Water is now working closely with Council to finalise the detailed design using this feedback. As the designs progresses we will continue to update the community.


  • Mildura Reserve – community update

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    8 months ago

    Sydney Water has been working closely with City of Canterbury Bankstown to refine and finalise the concept designs for a stormwater treatment area at Mildura Reserve in Campsie.

    In March and April 2018, Sydney Water and the City of Canterbury Bankstown sought feedback on the concept designs for the proposed stormwater treatment area at Mildura Reserve. This was done via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Mildura Reserve on 24 March 2018.


    The full consultation report can be read here.

    What we heard:

    When we spoke to the community...

    Sydney Water has been working closely with City of Canterbury Bankstown to refine and finalise the concept designs for a stormwater treatment area at Mildura Reserve in Campsie.

    In March and April 2018, Sydney Water and the City of Canterbury Bankstown sought feedback on the concept designs for the proposed stormwater treatment area at Mildura Reserve. This was done via an online survey, feedback form and a community information session held at Mildura Reserve on 24 March 2018.


    The full consultation report can be read here.

    What we heard:

    When we spoke to the community in March and April 2018, we heard the following were highly valued:

    • rain gardens, wetlands and a saltmarsh zone
    • new paths through Mildura Reserve
    • improving the habitat for plants and animals along the Cooks River edge

    In addition, the community suggested keeping open lawn areas for dogs and ball games; more seating and shade; water bubblers and rubbish bins; nature based play; and flora and fauna habitat features.

    What we have done:

    After listening to the community, we have refined the design for Mildura Reserve to:

    • retain large open areas of lawn and refined the pedestrian path that crosses the site
    • refine the shape and functioning of the wetland and rain gardens, and introduce elements of nature-based play
    • introduce additional native trees to provide shade around proposed seating areas and enhance the habitat values of the park


    Latest concept design incorporating community feedback


  • Your feedback

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    almost 2 years ago

    Online consultation has now closed

    The online consultation has now closed for all projects.

    Thank you to everyone who provide feedback online, via the feedback forms or at the community information sessions.

    We are using this feedback to inform the designs and are continuing to work closely with local Councils.

    Online consultation has now closed

    The online consultation has now closed for all projects.

    Thank you to everyone who provide feedback online, via the feedback forms or at the community information sessions.

    We are using this feedback to inform the designs and are continuing to work closely with local Councils.

  • Online Consultation has now closed

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    about 2 years ago

    The Waterway Health Improvement Program online consultation for Mackey Park, Parkside Drive, Mildura Reserve and Ruse Park has now closed.

    Thank you to those of you who came to our community open days, it was great to meet you.

    Thank you also to those who shared their feedback by post and online.

    We will continue to work closely with the Council's to ensure where possible the feedback is included in the designs as they progress to the next stage of development.

    We will share furture projects updates on this page.


    The Waterway Health Improvement Program online consultation for Mackey Park, Parkside Drive, Mildura Reserve and Ruse Park has now closed.

    Thank you to those of you who came to our community open days, it was great to meet you.

    Thank you also to those who shared their feedback by post and online.

    We will continue to work closely with the Council's to ensure where possible the feedback is included in the designs as they progress to the next stage of development.

    We will share furture projects updates on this page.


  • Project: Mildura Reserve

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    over 2 years ago

    Join us in the reserve on Saturday 24 March from 9am...

    Drop by Mildura Reserve, Campsie on Saturday 24 March anytime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to share your ideas and opinions on the waterway health improvement plan at your park.

    We are working with City of Canterbury Bankstown to ensure cleaner water enters Cooks River, alongside providing a more beautiful and usable space for the community to enjoy.

    If you can’t make it on the day click, here to provide feedback online before 15 April 2018.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us on the...

    Join us in the reserve on Saturday 24 March from 9am...

    Drop by Mildura Reserve, Campsie on Saturday 24 March anytime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to share your ideas and opinions on the waterway health improvement plan at your park.

    We are working with City of Canterbury Bankstown to ensure cleaner water enters Cooks River, alongside providing a more beautiful and usable space for the community to enjoy.

    If you can’t make it on the day click, here to provide feedback online before 15 April 2018.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us on the day!

  • Project: Ruse Park

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    over 2 years ago

    Join us in the reserve on Saturday 24 March from 1:30 pm…

    Drop by Memorial Park (opposite Ruse Park), Bankstown on Saturday 24 March anytime between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to share your ideas and opinions.

    Alongside improving waterway health, we are also working to realign pedestrian and cycle connections to better facilitate the community.

    If you can’t make it on the day click, here to provide feedback online before 15 April 2018.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us on the day!

    Join us in the reserve on Saturday 24 March from 1:30 pm…

    Drop by Memorial Park (opposite Ruse Park), Bankstown on Saturday 24 March anytime between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to share your ideas and opinions.

    Alongside improving waterway health, we are also working to realign pedestrian and cycle connections to better facilitate the community.

    If you can’t make it on the day click, here to provide feedback online before 15 April 2018.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us on the day!

  • Project: Parkside Drive

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    over 2 years ago

    Join us in the park on Saturday 17 March from 10am...

    Drop by Parkside Drive Reserve, off Parkside Drive, in Kogarah Bay on Saturday 17 March anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to share your ideas and opinions.

    We aim to improve the health of water entering Kogarah Bay and create new habitats for wildlife in the area.

    If you can't make it on the day, click here to provide feedback online by 15 April.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us on the day!


    Join us in the park on Saturday 17 March from 10am...

    Drop by Parkside Drive Reserve, off Parkside Drive, in Kogarah Bay on Saturday 17 March anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to share your ideas and opinions.

    We aim to improve the health of water entering Kogarah Bay and create new habitats for wildlife in the area.

    If you can't make it on the day, click here to provide feedback online by 15 April.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us on the day!


  • Project: Milson Park and Shannons Paddock upgrade

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    over 2 years ago

    Sydney Water and City of Parramatta Council want to hear what you think about upgrading Milson Park and Shannons Paddock, off Darcy Road, Westmead.

    Drop by Shannons Paddock playground from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 4 November 2017 to share your ideas and opinions or click here to provide feedback online.




















    About Milson Park and Shannons Paddock
    Milson Park is a large, open space of dense vegetation and areas of lawn in Westmead and is about 6.9 hectares. Shannons Paddock is located on the opposite side of Darcy Road and has a playground, footpaths, lawn areas and some planting. The parks are surrounded by Westmead Private Hospital, residential housing, environmental conservation areas and waterways.

    Sydney Water and City of Parramatta Council want to hear what you think about upgrading Milson Park and Shannons Paddock, off Darcy Road, Westmead.

    Drop by Shannons Paddock playground from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 4 November 2017 to share your ideas and opinions or click here to provide feedback online.




















    About Milson Park and Shannons Paddock
    Milson Park is a large, open space of dense vegetation and areas of lawn in Westmead and is about 6.9 hectares. Shannons Paddock is located on the opposite side of Darcy Road and has a playground, footpaths, lawn areas and some planting. The parks are surrounded by Westmead Private Hospital, residential housing, environmental conservation areas and waterways.