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


  • Parkside Drive Reserve – final detailed concept design

    about 1 month ago
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    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 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.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide any additional feedback, please contact us by phone (1300 464 775) or email (waterways@sydneywater.com.au).


  • Milson Park – final detailed concept design

    about 1 month ago
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    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.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide any additional feedback, please contact us by phone (1300 464 775) or email (waterways@sydneywater.com.au).


  • Ruse Park – community update

    about 1 month ago
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    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 ...

    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.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide any additional feedback, please contact us by phone (1300 464 775) or email (waterways@sydneywater.com.au).


  • Mildura Reserve – community update

    about 1 month ago
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    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


  • Mackey Park – Community Update

    about 1 month ago
    Sydney Water and Inner West Council have been working together on a project at Mackey Park, Marrickville. The project, part of a broader Waterway Health Improvement Program (WHIP), proposed the installation of a natural planted stormwater treatment area within the park.

    Several sites across Sydney were being considered for the program, which included site investigations, concept designs and community consultation.

    The investigation of Mackey Park has found that due to engineering constraints, the site is not a feasible location for the program. A number of factors have led to this conclusion, including unforeseen requirements to upgrade existing infrastructure and clashes...

    Sydney Water and Inner West Council have been working together on a project at Mackey Park, Marrickville. The project, part of a broader Waterway Health Improvement Program (WHIP), proposed the installation of a natural planted stormwater treatment area within the park.

    Several sites across Sydney were being considered for the program, which included site investigations, concept designs and community consultation.

    The investigation of Mackey Park has found that due to engineering constraints, the site is not a feasible location for the program. A number of factors have led to this conclusion, including unforeseen requirements to upgrade existing infrastructure and clashes with existing underground services. For these reasons, we will not be progressing the designs for the park.

    Since November 2017, the local community has shown an active interest in the WHIP. We thank you for your interest and invaluable feedback.

    You can find more information on the progress of other sites by:

    • calling: 1300 464 775
    • emailing: waterways@sydneywater.com.au

  • Hoskins Park – community update

    about 1 month ago
    Sydney Water and Inner West Council have been working together on a project at Hoskins Park, Dulwich Hill. The project, part of the broader Waterway Health Improvement Program (WHIP), proposed the installation of a natural planted stormwater treatment area within the park.

    Several sites across Sydney were considered for the program, which included site investigations, concept designs and community consultation.

    We have reviewed the sites included in the program and at this stage we will not be progressing with the designs for Hoskins Park. This is because other sites have been prioritised for inclusion in the WHIP.
    Since November 2017,...

    Sydney Water and Inner West Council have been working together on a project at Hoskins Park, Dulwich Hill. The project, part of the broader Waterway Health Improvement Program (WHIP), proposed the installation of a natural planted stormwater treatment area within the park.

    Several sites across Sydney were considered for the program, which included site investigations, concept designs and community consultation.

    We have reviewed the sites included in the program and at this stage we will not be progressing with the designs for Hoskins Park. This is because other sites have been prioritised for inclusion in the WHIP.
    Since November 2017, the local community has shown an active interest in the WHIP. We thank you for your interest and invaluable feedback.

    You can find more information on the progress of other sites by:
    • calling: 1300 464 775
    • emailing: waterways@sydneywater.com.au
  • Your feedback

    about 1 year 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.

    If you have any questions, please contact waterways@sydneywater.com.au

    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.

    If you have any questions, please contact waterways@sydneywater.com.au

  • Project: Hoskins Park

    over 1 year ago
    Hoskins park  july 2018 newsletter reve page 2
    Join us in the park on Friday 10 August and Saturday 11 August

    In November 2017, Sydney Water sought community feedback on options for improving waterway health at Hoskins Park, Dulwich Hill.

    The benefits to waterway health of planted stormwater treatment systems include cleaner stormwater entering the Hawthorne Canal; new habitat areas for native plants and animals; and potential to use the treated stormwater to improve the lawn areas within the park.

    Majority of people we heard from in November 2017 supported the inclusion of a rain garden at Hoskins Park (60% voted ‘yes’).

    Based on the feedback received,...

    Join us in the park on Friday 10 August and Saturday 11 August

    In November 2017, Sydney Water sought community feedback on options for improving waterway health at Hoskins Park, Dulwich Hill.

    The benefits to waterway health of planted stormwater treatment systems include cleaner stormwater entering the Hawthorne Canal; new habitat areas for native plants and animals; and potential to use the treated stormwater to improve the lawn areas within the park.

    Majority of people we heard from in November 2017 supported the inclusion of a rain garden at Hoskins Park (60% voted ‘yes’).

    Based on the feedback received, we revised our proposal for a stormwater treatment area. The revised design can be viewed here.

    What we heard:
    • The lawn space adjacent to the playground was highly valued by the community and a rain garden was not supported in this location
    • Additional paths were generally not supported in Hoskins Park
    • There was support for an increase in areas of native planting and a new frog pond

    What we have done:
    • Relocated the rain garden away from the playground
    • Included irrigation to help improve the quality of the lawn
    • Removed any new paths
    • Included native planting and a frog pond in the concept


    Sydney Water and Inner West Council want to hear what you think about the revised design. We encourage you to drop by during one of our community events to share your ideas and opinions:

    • Johnson Park on Friday 10 August – anytime between 9.30 am and 10.30 am*
    • Hoskins Park on Saturday 11 August - anytime between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm

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

    If you can’t make it to one of the community events, you can click here to provide feedback online. The online survey will be open until 24 August 2018.

    * Note: This community session will be held in conjunction with the weekly Magic Yellow Bus event. In the event of rain, the session will be postponed. For updates and wet weather cancellations, check our website www.sydneywatertalk.com.au or the Inner West Council's Twitter feed.

  • Online Consultation has now closed

    over 1 year 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

    almost 2 years ago
    Mildura reserve image

    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!