The new Newland Reserve Stormwater Wetland has been completed well under budget.
Mayor of Bankstown, Councillor Khal Asfour, said Council invested $679,000 in the construction phase, achieving a great result for local residents and the environment.
“The new wetland captures stormwater runoff from the roofs, roads, driveways and other hard surfaces in Milperra, and helps to make sure it is in good condition before it enters the Georges River,” Mayor Asfour said.
“In addition, the wetland provides habitat for a diverse range of species including long and short-neck turtles, eastern water dragons and many waterbirds.”
Mayor Asfour said the new wetland project came in more than $100,000 under budget, largely because excavated sediments were reused on site.
“This minimised the need to purchase new soil and avoided the cost of sending the excavated materials to landfill, potentially saving Council more than $900,000 in tipping fees.”
Residents are invited to celebrate the completion of the project by planting a tree at the wetland on Sunday 22 July (10am-Noon).