Browns Creek restoration in Lismore Park
Browns Creek was naturalised into a meandering creek with floodplain wetland remnants that reflected the historical floodplain before colonisation.
Lismore Park is a large and prominent parkland in central Lismore. The major challenge for Council was to shift the balance from active to passive recreational use for Lismore Park, and reclaim the parkland for a broader section of the community.
Browns Creek flows through Lismore Park in an ugly concrete channel. The planning for the park needed to integrate the naturalisation of Brown’s Creek to provide biodiversity, visual amenity, and water quality improvements.
Council engaged the Storm Consulting team partnering with Spackman Mossop + Michaels landscape architects to develop the Master Plan. A multi-use parkland space has been created that compliments the sporting use with playgrounds, event venues, café, and an impressive boulevard to provide a connection for pedestrians to access the CBD through the park.
Browns Creek was naturalised into a meandering creek with floodplain wetland remnants that reflected the historical floodplain before colonisation. Gross Pollutant Traps were required to prevent the creek being smothered in litter and sediment from a large urban catchment. The community were very keen to see the creek naturalised and for the parkland to have its “Big Scrub” forest woodland restored.