Marrickville Council is partnering with local communities to become a Water Sensitive City as part of its climate change adaptation approach. The Sustainable Irrigation Plan (SIP) is one of many projects working towards this.
SIP will improve Council's ability to maintain the condition of local sports fields.
At current water prices, Marrickville Council currently spends over $140,000 each year on potable water for all its parks, with majority of the water used for irrigating 10 sports fields. The aim of the SIP is to reduce the amount of drinking quality (potable) water used for irrigating its sports fields. It will do this in two ways:
Potential water sources for irrigation include stormwater, roof water, groundwater and recycled wastewater.
For irrigation purposes, the water will be:
The SIP project uses a collaborative approach and is coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team within Council – including environmental managers, landscape architects, and environmental engineers.
Mackey Park is one of the riverside parks identified in the NSW Environment Trust funded Collaborative Planning for Sustainable Irrigation Project along the Cooks River.
Marrickville Council received funding of $2.265 million in March 2009 under the Australian Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects to upgrade Mackey Park in collaboration with community stakeholders. The works include an upgrade of the playground and picnic area and reconstruction and extension of the sports fields, with new field drainage into a wetland and irrigation system.
The system at Mackey Park now:
Two tanks were installed in September 2010 to allow flexibility with options for water storage from other sources and public art opportunities.
Council contributed $835,000 toward the project, with further funding from the NSW Environment Trust funded Collaborative Planning for Sustainable Irrigation Project that part-funded the Masterplan for the park's refurbishment, collaborative engagement, irrigation demand studies, the wetland and water recycling and storage system.
Soil tests carried out in 2009 revealed contamination that led to rethinking the design of the upgrade to address the contamination.
A wetland has been built to treat the playing field drainage water and reuse of the treated drainage water for irrigation. Irrigation systems have been designed to accommodate future connection to off-site recycled water supplies in the future.
In September 2010, Council invited stakeholders to share your their ideas and local knowledge about Marrickville and Henson Parks and look and comment on preliminary designs of the harvesting system. The feedback is being included in the current detailed investigations.
If you would like to stay informed about the progress of the project please contact Council's water team on email@example.com or 9335 2222.
This project is funded by:
For further information or to be involved in this project, please contact Senior Environment Officer – Water and Catchments on 9335 2062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.