Stormwater management at Maluga Passive Park

Bushland Management Services was contracted by Canterbury Bankstown City Council to help protect an important waterway in Birrong, which was at risk from stormwater pollution.

Stormwater runoff negatively impacts our natural environment. This occurs when rain falls on impervious surfaces, such as roads, roofs, car parks and other hard surfaces. The stormwater picks up contaminants, including fertilizer, engine oil and litter, and carries them to a drain, and ultimately to the nearest river or pond. To help reduce the damage, bio retention basins and swales are used.

A bio retention basin is a densely vegetated artificial pond lined with substrate, the purpose is to collect and store stormwater to draw out these contaminates before releasing the water into the   catchment. To promote the health of the catchment, our team installed native plantings into constructed bio retention basins located at Maluga Passive park.

Maluga Passive Park, in Birrong New South Wales, is home to a network of artificial bioretention ponds, created to capture, manage and remove contaminates from stormwater before it re-enters the Georges River Catchment.

To help protect our waterways, Bushland Management Services installed 47,000 native plants into the bio retention basins. These plant installations soak up and filter out the stormwater contaminants that would otherwise be delivered directly into the waterways. In addition, these plant installations create good habitat for waterbirds, small reptiles and amphibians who rely on healthy waterways for their survival.

Stormwater management outcomes:

  • Improve water quality.
  • Reduce erosion.
  • Reduce the risks of flooding.
  • Improve habitat for native species.
  • Reduce the damage of invasive weeds.
  • Improve community experience.

This project commenced in 2015 and our team still works closely with Canterbury Bankstown City Council on a variety of projects.

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