What’s happening to improve water quality near you


Canberrans can now have their say on proposed waterway improvement projects in their local neighbourhood under a $93.5 million initiative funded by the Australian and ACT Governments.

Liberal Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Simon Corbell announced the beginning of consultation on the ACT Healthy Waterways (Basin Project) today.

Representing Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce at today’s announcement, Senator Seselja said the ACT had an important to play in the larger Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

"As the only capital city and largest urban area in the Basin, the ACT is central to ensuring positive economic, social and environmental outcomes of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan," Senator Seselja said.

"In implementing the Plan, the Australian Government is placing the emphasis firmly on building more modern and efficient water infrastructure. That is why we are contributing up to $76 million under this phase of the project for the construction of priority water infrastructure across the ACT to reduce the impact of urban run-off and improve downstream water quality and river health.

"ACT Healthy Waterways (Basin Project) demonstrates the collaborative approach taken by the Australian and ACT governments to implement waterway improvements as part of the overall Murray-Darling Basin Plan."

Up to 25 waterway improvement projects will be constructed across six ACT catchments— Lake Tuggeranong, Fyshwick, Yarralumla Creek, West Belconnen, Upper Molonglo and Lower Molonglo.

"This will include the construction of new wetlands, ponds, rain gardens and channel naturalisation to reduce sediment, nutrients and other pollutants from entering lakes and waterways and downstream into the Murrumbidgee River and the Murray–Darling Basin," Mr Corbell said.

"In addition to improving water quality in our waterways, these projects are expected to improve the amenity of local neighbourhoods and creating spaces for residents to enjoy.

"The most appropriate and cost-effective treatment options have been determined for each of the catchments, with several reserve projects also identified.

"These will go ahead if any of the priority projects are no longer considered viable or if they come in under budget."

Mr Corbell said the projects were chosen following extensive investigations and community feedback received during Phase 1 of the project.

"I encourage Canberrans provide their comment on the final design plans and meet the waterway improvement team at one of six drop-in sessions to be held across Canberra next month," Mr Corbell said.

 The following sessions will be held:

  • Yarralumla Creek catchment: Hughes Community Centre, Whittle Street, Wednesday 7 September, 3-7pm
  • Lower Molonglo catchment: Weston Creek Uniting Church Hall, 16 Parkinson Street, Thursday 8 September, 3-7pm
  • Fyshwick catchment: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, corner Canberra Avenue/Captain Cook Crescent, Manuka, Tuesday    13 September, 3-7pm
  • Upper Molonglo catchment: Riverside Oval Community Room, 14-21 Carinya Street, Queanbeyan, Wednesday 14 September, 3-7pm
  • Tuggeranong catchment: Tuggeranong Library, Cowlishaw Street, Thursday 15 September, 3-7pm
  • West Belconnen catchment: Kippax Uniting Community Centre, corner Luke Street/Hardwick Crescent, Holt, Tuesday 20 September, 3-7pm

The six week consultation runs until Friday 30 September 2016. For more information visit www.yoursay.act.gov.au

Media Contact: Veronica Hayes (Senator Seselja’s office) ph. 0427 839 164