Shailer Pioneer Park Wetland and Riparian Restoration - Slacks Creek Restoration Project (SCRP)

A stormwater wetland was designed and constructed to improve water quality of runoff from the Centenary Creek catchment. The project involved integrating strong multi-purpose functionality into the design, and included features such as a boardwalk over the wetland, and an open grassed park area.

Project Summary

The Water and Carbon Group (WCG) was engaged to deliver a stormwater treatment solution within a unique, low-lying council parkland (Shailer Pioneer Park). Since completion, the project has developed into a high-value environmental precinct, integrating rehabilitated riparian zones with a wetland and the existing adjacent sporting amenities. The effective integration was pivotal to delivering value to the community. Similarly, the project has facilitated public recreation, awareness, knowledge and understanding of the inherent values of a wetland system in water quality improvements.

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ha.of reforestation completed throughout the project

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yearduration of project. From planning to completion

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Species incorporated into the riparian restoration project

Project Summary

The Water and Carbon Group (WCG) was engaged to deliver a stormwater treatment solution within a unique, low-lying council parkland (Shailer Pioneer Park). Since completion, the project has developed into a high-value environmental precinct, integrating rehabilitated riparian zones with a wetland and the existing adjacent sporting amenities. The effective integration was pivotal to delivering value to the community. Similarly, the project has facilitated public recreation, awareness, knowledge and understanding of the inherent values of a wetland system in water quality improvements.

Solution

WCG designed and constructed a high-density treatment wetland system in 2014. The system was designed to:

  • Maximise the parkland as a community asset to create an environmental precinct, (featuring a wetland and forest adjacent to active recreational space); 
  • Improve the quality of the water entering the Logan River through the treatment and reduction of pollutant loads; 
  • Deliver a showcase ‘Water Sensitive Urban Design’ (WSUD) project for the Council; 
  • Provide guidance and training to key council staff in the delivery of stormwater wetlands; 
  • Enhance local ecology by improving in-stream and riparian habitats; 
  • Be cost-effective and as low maintenance as possible; 
  • Employ locally indigenous species, and address issues such as safety and the risk of mosquitoes and cane toads. The bio diverse revegetation is to buffer the Arboretum that will offer multiple land use benefits.

 

Completed wetland in early growth stage
Completed wetland in early growth stage

Outcomes

As of 2018, the project is still ongoing with regular monitoring and maintenance taking place. The project appears to be exceeding expectations despite being affected by additional flooding, frost damage and seasonal dry weather. Despite the setbacks, the project has been completed to an extremely high quality, whilst staying within its budget and time constraints.

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ha.of reforestation completed throughout the project

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yearduration of project. From planning to completion

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Species incorporated into the riparian restoration project

Completed wetland in early growth stage
Completed wetland in early growth stage
View of scenic bridge upon wetland completion
View of scenic bridge upon wetland completion
View of mature wetland from scenic bridge
View of mature wetland from scenic bridge

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