Sparrovale Wetlands construction to start soon

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Construction of the sustainable Sparrovale Wetlands system is expected to begin in October this year subject to final planning approval, after council awarded the $3.25 million contract to Goldsmith Civil and Environmental.

The world-class wetlands will provide significant environmental and community benefits, as well as a critical, end-of-line drainage solution for the Armstrong Creek growth area. The system will treat, store and convey stormwater flows from the upstream development precincts.

The project will include the construction and landscaping of linear wetlands, earthen channels, access roads and drainage structures.

The City carried out an open tender process that was publically advertised. The Tender Evaluation Panel found that Goldsmith Civil and Environmental was the ideal candidate, given its project experience, expertise and value for money.

The project design has been guided by a Project Working Group that includes representatives from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

The City is fully funding the project. The total project budget is $4.02 million, made up of funds from each of council’s 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 budgets.

In parallel to this project, the City is developing the Sparrovale Master Plan which will shape the design and development of the site with the help of upcoming community consultation.

Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor

The Sparrovale Wetlands system will be an iconic environment for the community to enjoy for many years to come and an important ecosystem for wildlife and plants to thrive. The project will also provide a vital drainage solution for the Armstrong Creek growth area, and further demonstrates the City of Greater Geelong’s clever and creative commitment to good planning outcomes.

Congratulations to Goldsmith Civil and Environmental on being awarded the tender.

Councillor Pat Murnane - Chair - Finance portfolio

The council has identified an opportunity to develop a landmark environmental asset, while creating a drainage solution for Armstrong Creek at the same time. This is an excellent example of clever and creative design thinking.

Armstrong Creek has been important in helping us cater to our region’s population growth, with around 15,000 new residents moving in over the past 10 years. Given this community will continue to grow in the years ahead, the Sparrovale Wetlands will be a crucial piece of infrastructure.

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