Designs

Banksia St O'Connor wetland

By ACT Government

  • Banksia St O'Connor wetland

    Banksia St O'Connor wetland

  • Banksia St O'Connor wetland

    Banksia St O'Connor wetland

About the project

This small urban wetland was designed in 2009 to clean up urban stormwater in the Sullivans Creek Catchment in Canberra. It includes a diverse array of plants and attracts wildlife.
Construction of the wetland was completed in February 2010. The wetland was designed to filter out nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen from stormwater and collect sediment.

A community group was formed to help plant and establish native plants around and in the wetland. Wherever possible local native species were chosen.

The wetland replaced an underused area of open space that was made up of dryland grass and a mix of native and exotic trees. It provided little variety in the landscape.

Now with a wetland in place (that attracts native animals like waterbirds and turtles) there are a range of habitat types. The group planted wetland plants, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs and trees and grew rapidly.

The wetland is well loved by the local community and helps reduce the impact of urban heat island effect.

The Office for the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment advocates for green spaces that play multiple roles - water filtration, habitat creation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and places where children and adults can enjoy nature.