Improving waterway health in Sydney

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 Heath 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 waterways@sydneywater.com.au


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

The Waterway Heath 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 waterways@sydneywater.com.au


  • Project: Ruse Park

    about 2 years ago
    Ruse park image

    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: Mackey Park

    about 2 years ago
    Mackey 1

    Join us in the park on Sunday 18 March from 10am...

    Drop by Mackey Park, Marrickville on Sunday 18 March anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to share your ideas and opinions.

    This work to expand stormwater treatment areas in Mackey Park is aligned with the Cooks River Parklands Master Plan. In 2016, Council consulted with the community and determined objectives to improve ecology in the area, add nature play areas and enhance natural habitats.

    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 Sunday 18 March from 10am...

    Drop by Mackey Park, Marrickville on Sunday 18 March anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to share your ideas and opinions.

    This work to expand stormwater treatment areas in Mackey Park is aligned with the Cooks River Parklands Master Plan. In 2016, Council consulted with the community and determined objectives to improve ecology in the area, add nature play areas and enhance natural habitats.

    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: Parkside Drive

    about 2 years ago
    Carss park

    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: Hoskins Park

    over 2 years ago
    Hoskins park  pic

    Sydney Water and Inner West Council want to hear what you think about improving waterway health at Hoskins Park in Dulwich Hill.

    Drop by Hoskins Park, Pigott Street, Dulwich Hill on Saturday 11 November 2017 2pm – 4pm to share your ideas and opinions or click here to provide feedback online.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us!


    The image below hows the areas in the park we are considering adding landscaped stormwater treatment.


    Next steps

    If a landscaped stormwater treatment area is supported by the community, Sydney Water will work closely with Council’s Master Plan team to integrate the treatment area with other works planned for the park, including amenities such as seating and barbeques, cycleways and pathways.

    The draft Master Plan will then go through Council’s approvals process including a public exhibition period.



    Sydney Water and Inner West Council want to hear what you think about improving waterway health at Hoskins Park in Dulwich Hill.

    Drop by Hoskins Park, Pigott Street, Dulwich Hill on Saturday 11 November 2017 2pm – 4pm to share your ideas and opinions or click here to provide feedback online.

    Look out for the Sydney Water banners to find us!


    The image below hows the areas in the park we are considering adding landscaped stormwater treatment.


    Next steps

    If a landscaped stormwater treatment area is supported by the community, Sydney Water will work closely with Council’s Master Plan team to integrate the treatment area with other works planned for the park, including amenities such as seating and barbeques, cycleways and pathways.

    The draft Master Plan will then go through Council’s approvals process including a public exhibition period.



  • Project: Milson Park and Shannons Paddock upgrade

    over 2 years ago
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    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.