What’s it all about?
Hurstville City Council, with funding support from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, is constructing a stormwater harvesting and reuse scheme within the Hurstville golf course.
How will it work?
Stormwater will be harvested from catchments to the north, east and west of the course and stored in a pond located in the area to west of the 4th hole.
The stormwater will be collected from an existing pipe that runs under the 13th fairway between Roberts Avenue and Lime Kiln Bay. From there, water will be pumped into a bioretention system that will filter out sand, sediment and other substances before entering the storage pond. The water will thenundergo further treatment to remove any bacteria before it is used to irrigate the golf course.
What will it look like?
As well as the biorention system and storage pond, the scheme will include a small wetland that will serve as a water hazard in front of the 3rd green. A drainage swale between the 3rd and 15th fairways will also provide a further challenge for course patrons. Each of these elements has been designed by Council’s consultant team, which includes engineering, landscape design and irrigation specialists, and will not only improve the condition of the course but also its look and feel.
Why is Council doing it?
The scheme will have a number of positive impacts on the course and the local environment. Apart from improving the look of the course it will also enhance its capacity to withstand long dry summers by providing a reliable source of irrigation water. From an environmental perspective, the scheme will prevent sediment and other unwanted substances from entering Lime Kiln Bay, and save more than 20 million litres of drinking water that is currently used to irrigate the course. The large number of trees, plants and shrubs that will be planted will also provide important habitat for native animals and will fully offset the green house gas emissions associated with the ongoing operation of the scheme.
When will work commence?
Construction will start in July 2012, with the first stage of the scheme (biorentention system, access tracks, storage pond, wetland and swale) to be completed in the latter half of the year. This will provide sufficient water to irrigate all the greens and tees within the course.
Like to know more?
Down load the information on this web page Project flyer (1.83MB)
Register your interestest - register your interest to receive updates about the project, take part in a site tour, or to learn more about how you can reuse stormwater at your home, business or school.
Find out what the Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon, thinks about the project
View a map showing the configuration of the scheme
View a map showing the catchment boundary and surrounding landuses
Take a tour of the Hurstville golf club