Water sensitive cities protect and enhance ecosystem health ensuring that urban areas minimise their impact on natural ecosystems and by integrating healthy natural systems into the urban environment. With good design and management, healthy waterways, trees, vegetation and waterbodies can be integrated into the urban environment.
Small Creek Naturalisation
Transformation of 1.6km of existing concrete channel in a heavily urbanised catchment into a natural waterway. The project proactively engaged the local community to create a treasured environment.
Dobsons Creek Disconnection Project
In 2010, Melbourne Water and Knox City Council initiated a pilot program to retrofit the 1300 hectare Dobsons Creek catchment with stormwater disconnection measures on public and private land with the aim of improving the health of Dobsons Creek.
Enhancing Our Dandenong Creek program
A collaborative approach with the local community resulted in a series of works to the urban waterway, including daylighting of a piped section of the creek.
Bannister Creek Living Stream
Naturalisation of a local creek produced demonstrated ecological and amenity benefits that led to an increase nearby property prices.
Sydney Water Bank Naturalisation
New South Wales
Naturalisation of 1.1km of riverbank along the Cooks River in Sydney involved demolition and replacement of steep, deteriorated concrete panels with more gently sloped river banks, stabilised with sandstone and more than 80,000 local native plants.
A new community at Officer
Collaborative planning and design delivered habitat-rich 100m wide waterway corridors which included 'eco-sponges' which hold and infiltrate stormwater runoff to minimise impacts on the waterway.
Forest Park Ecological Wetland
Transformation of a parklands area to a multi-functional landscape in Kunshan, China. The parklands include ecological wetlands that provide water quality treatment for the adjoining canal network, and provides storage of flood water when needed.
Kunshan Ring Road Case Study
Kunshan is a polder city (a piece of land in a low-lying area that has been reclaimed from a body of water by building dikes and drainage canals) with many canals and waterways which can have poor water quality in some areas.