Bodkin Park Living Stream

Bodkin Park features two lakes connected by a channel of open drain and a partially revegetated living stream which provides a stormwater management function.

A living stream is a man-made stormwater channel that looks like a natural stream. As well as conveying stormwater, the nutrient stripping vegetation in the living stream also treats the water and creates diverse habitats for wildlife.

The Bodkin Park stormwater management system contributes large volumes of fresh water into the Andrew Thomson Conservation Reserve wetlands. This has a detrimental impact on the flora and fauna in the wetlands due to high nutrient levels in the stormwater runoff.

Maintenance works

In 2020, the City undertook maintenance works to tidy the existing living stream in line with the Clontarf-Waterford-Salter Point Foreshore Masterplan.

Works included:

Improving the quality of the water whilst retaining sight lines and maintaining physical access to the stream
Selectively clearing mid-storey shrubs and under-prune trees to open site lines
Provide additional community facilities focused on natural character such as a new bridge, an insect hotel and a children's bush cubby. 

Living Stream Draft Concept Plan

In 2019 the City had planned for the wood-lined open drainage channel located between the north and south lakes to be rehabilitated. A new living stream was to be created with the introduction of indigenous wetland plants that strip the level of nutrients and contaminants in the water to aid in reducing the high levels of summer algal growth in the south lake and leading into the river.

The living stream draft Concept Plan demonstrated:

  • ecological connectivity of the lake systems and the foreshore wetlands to allow movement of aquatic and amphibious animals through the area
  • water quality improvements
  • the retention of all existing mature and semi-mature trees
  • environmental restoration and revegetation best management practice
  • the retention of site-lines and maintenance of physical access to the stream.

Community feedback

As a result of community feedback on the draft Concept Plan, the City considered options to retain the key project objectives of improving storm water quality entering the Canning River and retaining the $270,000 of external funding. 

In December 2018 Council received a petition against the draft Concept Plan. A revised concept plan was then presented at a meeting with a number of the petitioners and following feedback from this meeting, the project partners determined that taking these requirements into account would mean the project no longer meets grant funding requirements. As a result, the Living Stream draft concept plan project was cancelled and remaining funds reallocated to another project.