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The Cooks River catchment has vast impervious areas. Stormwater from these areas flows into the Cooks River collecting rubbish and other pollutants along the way. Raingardens are specially designed to collect stormwater run-off, filter pollutants and sediments, and slow or stop their flow downstream, in addition to other benefits.

As part of the Cooks River Alliance Action Plan – Program 4: On-ground Works, we are building a series of raingardens within member council neighbourhoods, through funding from the Australian Government.

So far we have completed raingardens at:

  • Emery Avenue in Bankstown
  • Scouller Street in Enmore (see case study in Annual Report 2015-2016)
  • Forrester Reserve in Kingsgrove
  • Kingsbury Reserve in Kingsgrove
  • Butler Reserve in Kingsgrove
  • Murdoch Park in Marrickville

And we are currently working on the raingarden at:

  • Madeline Street in Strathfield
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Butler Reserve raingarden and nature playground

The treatment of stormwater through the raingardens is being monitored through a partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU). More details.