H2OK - Residential Demonstration Site Open Days

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Dame Pattie Menzies House

16 Challis Street

Dickson, ACT 2602


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As part of the H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy education program, funding was provided to urban and rural residential owners in the ACT and region to implement innovative, best practice stormwater management practices on their block as demonstrations of best practice others can learn from.

Through a partnership with Open Gardens Canberra, people will be able to visit the sites to see first-hand how others are re-designing their gardens to make better use of water, minimise contaminated run-off and ensure only rain goes down the stormwater drain.

A free courtesy bus will leave the Dame Pattie Menzies Building in Dickson at 8:45am and will ferry you around different sites and drop you back at the end of the day.

A packed lunch will be provided for those on the bus.

If you reserve a seat on the bus you will be at each open garden for approximately 45 minutes.

We will be running two separate days of tours in June both days will be looking at different properties.

Please choose which date you would like to attend from the drop down box at the top of the page and register. You are welcome to attend both days if you would like.

You are also welcome to use your own transportation and attend as many of the sites as you wish.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact the Program Officer for H2OK, Lyndsey Day at or alternatively on 0466 365 951

The open times for these sites are as follows for both days

Saturday June 2nd 2018

9:00 - 11:00am Sat
372 Mountain Creek Road Uriarra, NSW 2611

Restoration of eroding streambanks, including removal of weeds, fencing, encouragement of regeneration, new plantings and construction of new water sources to remove grazing pressure on the stream.

10:30 - 12:30pm Sat
25 Buttfield Street Coombs, ACT 2611

Constructing a water and catchment sensitive nature strip at a newly established residence, incorporating rain gardens and pervious paving elements.

11:30 - 1:30pm Sat
100 Nemerang Crescent Waramanga, ACT 2611

Continue to improve the capacity of an older urban residential block to manage stormwater by installation of extra rainwater storage, swales and a wicking garden bed. Composting of organic matter from the site will be enhanced by a compost tumbler and pervious paving will enhance water infiltration.

12:30 - 2:30pm Sat
25 Jauncey Court Charnwood, ACT 2615

Install additional swales, water storage capacity, a rain garden, an enhanced composting system and wicked garden beds to transform an older suburban garden into a more productive water effective and catchment friendly garden.

1:00 - 3:00pm Sat
8 Harland Place Flynn, ACT 2615

Continuing conversion of an older urban garden to be water and catchment friendly as well as supporting sustainable living. Treatments include use of swales, rain gardens, pervious paving and nature strip rejuvenation.

Sunday 17th June 2018

9:00 - 11:00am Sun
1443 Hoskinstown Road Hoskinstown, NSW 2621

Restoration of an erosion gully by construction of three rock groins, complemented by a range of other fencing, off stream watering points and other elements to reduce erosion on the property.

10:00 - 12:00 am Sun
120 Widgiewa Road Carwoola, NSW 2602

Undertake erosion control and overland flow management on a newly established rural residential block which has also been recently affected by bushfires.

11:30 - 1:30pm Sun
68 Hambridge Crescent Chisholm, ACT 2905

Refurbishment of an established garden to reflect better management of water, including rehabilitation of an artificial creek, conversion of an existing nature strip to a more water friendly treatment and an upgrade of the existing irrigation system to better connect to new and existing rainwater storage.

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