Bodkin Park Living Stream

In partnership with the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and Water Corporation, the City has received a grant from Perth NRM to establish a new living stream at Bodkin Park in Waterford.

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.


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

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.

Draft Concept Plan

The wood-lined open drainage channel located between the north and south lakes will be rehabilitated to create the new living stream and the introduction of indigenous wetland plants that strip the level of nutrients and contaminants in the water will 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 demonstrates:

  • 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 is now considering options to retain the key project objectives of improving storm water quality entering the Canning River and retaining the $270,000 of external funding. 

The project will now focus primarily on the Bodkin Park north lake, which receives storm water from the Water Corporation main drain. The revised scope will allow nutrient stripping and sedimentation to occur in the north lake prior to the storm water running into the south lake via the open drain. Other elements of the current Draft Concept Plan will also be considered in revising the draft.

A revised Plan is being developed and will be available for feedback in mid 2019. For more information, please visit

Existing drainage channel