Grassroots protection of Little Stringybark Creek

Like many urban waterways, Little Stringybark Creek was once a healthy and clear stream. However, with the pressure of urban development…

Like many urban waterways, Little Stringybark Creek was once a healthy and clear stream.  However, with the pressure of urban development the health and condition of the creek has deteriorated with pollution and erosion.  Stormwater is the culprit, and especially the way we directly connect our impervious surfaces to creeks with pipes and channels, etc.

As more development occurs, the volume of stormwater discharge to the creek increases which damages habitat and wildlife.  By capturing stormwater at the source and using it to flush toilets, water gardens, fill pools, etc., we reverse this damage.

Over recent years, the local community, researchers, Shire of Yarra Ranges Council and Melbourne Water have worked hard to improve the health of Little stringybark Creek across the catchment.  This has included installation of rain tanks and raingardens on people’s lots, and in the streetscape of the suburb.   The results of this work are starting to show and research is being undertaken to see if this grassroots pilot project can be a model adapted to other urban areas across Australia.  This project could easily represent a watershed moment for Australian stormwater management (pardon the pun!).

Storm has acted in the role of technical support partners for the project, providing planning, design and construction advice to facilitate project delivery.  Two of Storm’s staff – Jamie Tainton and Tommy Plahcinski – have been embedded in the project team for this purpose.

See the Video of the LSC project

See a video of How Raingardens Work