Oaklands wetland

In a major stormwater use project, an extensive wetland has been constructed at the former Driver Development Centre site at Oaklands Park. The wetland enables up to 200 million litres of stormwater to be used for irrigation each year at up to 30 council reserves. This stormwater would have otherwise flowed out to sea.

Located next to the Oaklands Estate reserve, the wetland was completed in 2013. It is surrounded by recreational and educational facilities.

The site has been transformed into a haven for native birds and fish; parrots, ducks, cockatoos and wader birds, including spoonbills, ibis and gulls, as well as dragonflies and frogs, are making their homes among more than 85,000 new plants.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges took out the ‘Excellence in the design and/or construction of a public water works project’ at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia's 2014 Excellence Awards. The award was presented for the region’s work alongside the City of Marion and FMG Engineering on the Oaklands Wetland project. This follows the 2013 win for excellence in community engagement in a public works project.

This project is a collaboration between the City of Marion and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, with additional funding from the Australian Government’s 'Water for the Future' program. For more information visit the City of Marion's Oaklands wetland web page.

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Lead agency

City of Marion


Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Funding partners

Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan


Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges