Living Streams improve the quality of water by removing pollutants such as nutrients and other contaminants such as metals. Monitoring undertaken by the City and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions demonstrates ‘unacceptable’ levels of nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus in the drainage corridor between Nurdi Park and Kalangedy Drive, which eventually flows into the Canning River. High levels of these nutrients can cause algal blooms.
Living streams improve the appearance and amenity of storm water drains and the planting provides shade and increases biodiversity.
A case study of the Bannister Creek Living Stream project in Lynwood found that the improved amenity for the houses that were within 200m of the restoration site, post construction, resulted in increased value of homes. A copy of the case study can be found here
Grant funding has been provided by Perth NRM, the Swan and Canning River Recovery Program and the Water Corporation’s Drainage for Livability Program to convert approximately 200m of the drainage corridor between Nurdi Park and Kalangedy Drive into a Living Stream.
The City has engaged consultants to prepare the draft Concept Plan for whole of Nurdi Park, incorporating the Living Stream.
The City will engage with the community and stakeholders to obtain views on the draft Concept Plan and information on how the park and surrounding area is used.
A final Concept Plan will be developed in light of community feedback, followed by Detailed Design for Stage 1, the Living Stream.
Construction of Stage 1, the Living Stream will occur. This will include the reshaping of the drainage corridor and planting of the drain to create a Living Stream.
When is it happening?
The City recently wrote to residents close to Nurdi Park to advise that construction works would take place in March 2020.
Unfortunately there have been some project delays. The City has now scheduled the works for May 2020, subject to weather conditions.
Can I help with the planting?
In February the City advised that it would invite the community to join them and the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) for a planting event at the Living Stream.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place it is unlikely that this will occur. However the City will keep you updated on any changes.
It is likely that staff from the City an SERCUL will undertake most of the planting.
What is happening?
The City has recently been given the opportunity to convert part of the drainage corridor between Nurdi Park and Kalangedy Drive into a Living Stream. The South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) has received grant funding from the Water Corporation, Perth NRM and the Swan Canning River Recovery Program, for the project for this financial year. The City has prepared a draft Concept Plan for Nurdi Park and the Living Stream, and is seeking feedback from the community.
What is a Living Stream?
What are the benefits of a Living Stream?
What does the project entail?
How can I be involved?
The City is hosting an information session at Nurdi Park on Tuesday 10th December 2019, 4 pm – 5:30pm. To register your attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 422 664. You can also submit your feedback online here: www.yoursaycanning.com.au/nurdi-park
Community members will be invited to participate in the planting of the surrounds of the living stream.
How can I submit my feedback?
Online (Guestbook and ideas platform): www.yoursaycanning.com.au/nurdi-park
Phone: 1300 422 664
Mail your comments and questions to:
City of Canning
Locked Bag 80
WELSHPOOL WA 6986