What is happening at Dunstan reserve?

Moreland is planning to construct its fifth major stormwater harvesting system at Dunstan Reserve in Brunswick West. This project intends to divert stormwater from local areas for treatment and storage and then use the treated water to irrigate the ovals and community gardens at Dunstan Reserve.

Stormwater runoff from approximately 50 hectares of residential area will be diverted into a raingarden in the north-east of Dunstan Reserve. The runoff will be filtered as it percolates through the raingarden (a sandy vegetated area) and will then drain into an underground tank. Water will be drawn from the tank, disinfected by Ultra Violet light treatment, and then used to water the ovals and community gardens. The raingarden will be planted with native plant species that will increase the biodiversity of the park and provide habitat and food for insects and birds.

The system is designed to save up to 10 million litres of drinking water each year.

Community feedback

We’d love to get your input into the Concept Plan.

You can provide your feedback by taking our survey, further down the page.

Next steps

Further opportunities to participate at this early stage include a community consultation meeting at the reserve. Please see Key Dates.

Before: After:

There is a larger version of the Concept Plan in the Document Library.

What are the benefits of this project?

  • Enhanced local amenity through the proposed raingarden and dry creek bed, new footpath and sitting area.
  • Increased natural cooling and reduction in the heat island effect
  • Sustainable watering options for the sports field and community gardens (saving approximately 10 million litres of drinking water per year)
  • Slowed down stormwater run-off will help relieve pressure on the creek and reduce erosion.
  • Treated urban stormwater runoff through natural systems before the stormwater enters Moonee Ponds Creek and ultimately Port Phillip Bay. This will treat 10 million litres of surplus of stormwater flows, remove 10 tonnes of suspended solids, 15 kg of Phosphorus, and 86 kg of Nitrogen per annum
  • Improved habitat for a range of animals such as bugs, insects, invertebrates, frogs, waterbirds and reptiles.
  • Enhanced the diversity of local flora (plants).
  • Self-guided interpretive signage will share an understanding of the harvesting element, the ecological function of the system, and local biodiversity.