Water sustainability grants

Applications are now closed.

Applications for the 2019–20 Water Sustainability Grants closed 9am on 22 July 2019. These grants support projects that help reduce urban heat effects, treat stormwater run-off and re-use water.

We received 34 applications, from 25 applicants, seeking a total of approximately $2.5 million from our funding pool of up to $1 million. The applicants are made up of 16 councils, three schools, three environmental organisations, two multi-council regional boards, and one research organisation.

Those applicants who were awarded grants will be announced soon.

Last financial year, 2018–19, almost $1 million in funding was provided via the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board’s NRM levy, to harness Adelaide’s stormwater to create cooler, greener suburbs, and improve the quality of water flowing into Gulf St Vincent. Sixteen grants were awarded to 13 recipients for the following projects:

Grant recipient Projects
City of Adelaide Turning Gray St green Raingardens, new street trees and Australia’s largest green wall will help cool one of the hottest and driest parts of the city while helping to clean stormwater flowing into Torrens Lake. Engagement with the local community will help build capacity and climate change resilience.  
Eastern Region Alliance
through City of Burnside
Resilient East Coordinator The coordinator collaborates across the eight Eastern Region Alliance councils, their communities, state government and other councils to help implement urban greening and water sensitive urban design.
City of Charles Sturt Greville Ave raingardens Up to 10 raingardens, constructed along Greville Ave, Flinders Park, will improve the quality of stormwater flowing into the River Torrens and Gulf St Vincent, reduce the localised urban heat effect, create new habitat, and improve streetscape amenity.
City of Unley
with the cities of Mitcham, Holdfast Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, and the University of Adelaide
Smart water storage and re-use
Exploring leading-edge alternatives to conventional approaches to solving stormwater drainage problems. A ‘smart’ detention model will be developed to showcase how real-time sensors, internet connectivity, automated valves, and clever programming can manage peak flow rates, provide water for re-use and improve stormwater quality.
Light Regional Council Waster sensitive urban designs (WSUD) for Kapunda Town Square + Branson Rd upgrades Design and construct raingardens as part of the Kapunda Town Square upgrade, and improve stormwater quality and re-use as part of the Branson Rd upgrade. Interpretive signage will be developed to share the water sustainability features of these projects with the community and to be a showcase for other regional local governments.
City of Mitcham Smart water design implementation + Sustainable water management research Council will continue its investment in integrating permeable paving, Treenet inlets, infiltration trenches and other water sustainability features in its capital works program, while extending research into their success. Permeable paving will be installed around trees at the Price Memorial Oval car park and footpaths will be upgraded with permeable paving in Bowilla Ave, Vaucluse Cres, Hillview Rd and Fife Ave in the Brown Hill and Keswick creeks catchment. Infiltration trench performance and sediment loads will be investigated and evapotranspiration potential of street trees will be investigated.
Mount Barker District Council
with the City of Onkaparinga
Stormwater basin adaptation guidelines + Resilient Hills and Coasts WSUD training for regional practitioners Develop and trial guidelines for applying a best-practice water sensitive urban design philosophy to the redevelopment of old/out-dated stormwater detention basins. On behalf of the Resilient Hills and Coasts Project Partners, training will be designed and delivered to regional water sustainability practitioners, recognising the need for training to be delivered outside the metropolitan area and addressing the specific context of regional councils.
City of Onkaparinga John Nicholl Reserve WSUD Design and construct a stormwater management basin and associated vegetated drainage swales at John Nicholl Reserve, Aldinga Beach, to improve the quality of run-off draining to Gulf St Vincent, reduce the volume of water discharged, reduce localised flooding, protect and enhance the health of existing and new trees with passive irrigation, build the capacity of the council in contemporary sustainable water management, act as a template for future coastal stormwater management projects, and improve the amenity and functionality of the reserve.
City of Playford Greening the Streets of Playford This project will draw together many council stakeholders to collaborate on conceptual designs for road asset renewal programs, adopting a contemporary multi-objective design philosophy to achieve transport serviceability requirements and reduce stormwater runoff, improve stormwater quality, integrate living infrastructure such as street trees, reduce urban heat impacts, increase streetscape amenity for the community, and address canopy cover and vegetation retention targets. This work will increase council’s capacity to deliver the best value to the community.
City of Victor Harbor Railway Tce streetscape upgrade This project will integrate a contemporary approach to the integrated design of landscaping, heritage management, public art, accessibility, and water management. The quality of water flowing from the catchment into Encounter Bay will be improved and the quantity reduced, compared to conventional stormwater drainage designs, while still managing localised flooding. Council’s capacity to more sustainably manage urban water will be improved, and the completed project will provide a ‘best practice’ demonstration site.
District Council of Yankalilla Jervois Rd stormwater outlet to Bungala River Significantly upgrade the outlet, with the design and construction of a stormwater treatment swale, raingarden, and gross pollutant trap, to help protect the health of the Bungala River, plus flow on benefits for the Estuary and marine environment.
KESAB Environmental Solutions Drivers for change – connecting the construction industry to clean site best practice This program will be extended and strengthened with the development and production of contemporary, targeted resources integrating water sustainability, and the delivery of training through the Clean Site Officer and doorways2construction Construction Industry Training Board partnership. This will help the building and construction industry to better manage water and reduce building and construction impacts on watercourses and coastal and marine environments.
St Catherine’s School St Catherine’s wetland stage2 St Catherine’s School, Stirling, will continue its excellent work rehabilitating a creekline on the school grounds, with the design and construction of a wetland to improve the quality of stormwater flowing from the school into the Onkaparinga River catchment, improve the aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, provide significant learning opportunities for the whole school community, and honour Peramangk and Kaurna culture.

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