Mars Creek Catchment Environmental Plan

Campus expansion to showcase creek enhancements at Macquarie University

Macquarie University is planning significant development projects in coming years, as foreshadowed under a site Concept Plan 2030.  As a result, the University is seeking to address the following factors:

  • Precinct-based stormwater management
  • Creek and riparian rehabilitation
  • Native vegetation and weed management
  • Landscape management


The University engaged Storm and Spackman Mossop Michaels to prepare a Mars Creek Catchment Environmental Plan to achieve this in one integrated Planning document.


The Plan comprises the very best of the best Master Planning and Concept Design document of its kind that has ever been prepared.  The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. The Plan’s development and raison d’etre are rooted in sustainability.  The University has set a very high bar of contemporary standards, principles and practices.
  2. Compliance – the Plan goes beyond the usual flow and water quality requirements and sets stretch criteria.  .
  3. The Plan represents a truly comprehensive and integrated document that seamlessly combines actions for Stormwater, Flooding, Creek, Riparian and Landscape.
  4. A Best Planning Practice approach was adopted which demonstrates the following features:
  • Whole of catchment approach
  • Treatment train approach
  • Structural and Non-structural measures
  • WSUD approaches
  • Integrated Water Cycle Management approach


The Mars Creek Catchment Environmental Plan was conferred a 2012 Merit Award of Excellence in the category of Strategic/Master Planning by Stormwater NSW.


→ Download the award nomination