Drains to be transformed into wetland image

18 May 2018

Clearing of the overgrown Wellington Street drains will start next week in preparation to rehabilitate the area into a working wetland that beautifies the area and supports the health and sustainability of Yakamia Creek.

The Wellington Street wetland project is a $1 million partnership between the City of Albany and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to convert the former drainage basins at the western end of the Centennial sporting grounds into a wetland.

Phase one of the project begins with the clearing of weeds and regrowth after 12 months of site investigation and project planning, including ensuring statutory approvals for aboriginal heritage and clearing are in place.

Senior Civil Engineering Officer Austin Rogerson is coordinating the project and said the aim was to divert stormwater through the constructed wetland before it reaches Yakamia Creek.

“What we’re aiming to do is rehabilitate the area and establish a wetland system that helps protect the Yakamia Creek environment,” Mr Rogerson said.

“Stormwater will be filtered by the vegetation to remove nutrients and other pollutants before passing the water back into the creek and discharging into Oyster Harbour.”

Mulching machines will clear the drainage area to prepare it for wetland construction, with the mulch removed next summer when bulk earthworks commence.

“We ask people using the sporting grounds or walking through the Wellington Street road reserve to the North Road shopping centre to avoid the area while mulching is happening as pedestrian access will be limited,” Mr Rogerson said.

“We’ll have some signage in place on site so the community is aware of what is happening.”

The wetland project is supported by the Regional Estuaries Initiative, a $20 million State Government program that seeks to improve the health of regional estuaries.